Beauty On A Budget

If you want quality beauty products that are easy on the skin, hair and wallet, look no further than your baby’s changing table. These nursery necessities do double duty (that’s duty, not dooty) for baby and you, so stock up and save yourself a trip down the beauty aisle with these frugal finds.

Mom and baby in tub

As a rule of thumb to protect baby's sensitive skin as well as yours, opt for natural products that don't contain alcohol, dyes, fragrances, harsh chemicals or oils. And as for your little one, don't worry: She'll never know. Just think of it as early payback for the things she'll be taking from you a few years down the road.

Baby wipes

Wipes are no. 1 on the list of must-have double-duty baby products. "Hands down, they are the best makeup removers and the most gentle to the skin," says Patty Bell, film and television makeup artist. They come in larger quantities than traditional facial cleansing wipes, making them more economical. As a bonus, you also can use them as cheaper, more discreet alternatives to feminine wipes.

Baby oil

In addition to its ability to lock in moisture for enduringly smooth skin, baby oil is also excellent for removing eye makeup, and comes in gel and cream forms for easy application minus the drippy mess.

Baby powder

Use corn-starch-based powders like deodorant to prevent perspiration and odor under the arms and other sweat-prone areas, and to reduce the appearance of an oily scalp between shampoos.

Diaper rash cream

The zinc oxide in these creams also works as a mild astringent and antiseptic -- perfect for on-the-spot pimple and minor sunburn treatment. It also helps prevent unwanted moisture under the breasts and inner thighs, especially handy during the hot summer months. Just remember to use a thin layer to avoid that notorious white film.

Disposable bibs & changing pads

Their ability to soak up serious spills and messes make these convenient catchalls optimal for blotting away excess oil on your face without ruining your makeup. Simply cut one or two bibs or pads into small triangles and tuck them into your purse for an easy way to combat unwanted shine on the go.

Shampoo & conditioner

Less harsh than their adult counterparts, baby shampoos and conditioners can help you get more wear out of your recent dye job, and they're gentle enough for daily washing. Most come in time-saving all-in-one formulas, and are the perfect choice for cleaning makeup brushes.

If you suffer from seborrheic dermatitis (flaking or dry patches on the sides of the nose and/or eyebrows) or blepharitis (dryness around the eyelashes), Dr. Brooke Jackson of the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago suggests washing the face with baby shampoo two to three times a week for a safe, effective treatment without the tears.

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Comments on "6 Thrifty beauty buys for baby and you!"

Kim Watson August 20, 2010 | 8:22 AM

good to know. these things are soo much cheaper than "adult products", and i usually buy them in bulk anyway.

Deb Davies August 16, 2010 | 2:00 PM

thank you for the great tips; in this economic hard times it is great to have items that can play double duty.

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