Margot Robbie admitted to using some unconventional beauty hacks last week. In an interview with UK Elle, the 26-year-old actress confessed to a non-traditional use for nipple cream.
“I use Bepanthen, which is actually a nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers or diaper rash cream for babies,” said Robbie.
“I have a conspiracy theory that lip balms actually have additives in them to dry your lips out so you keep buying them. But because Bepanthen is just a cream for dry skin, it works. It’s what I’ve used my whole life.”
Her foundation application was equally non-conformist, as the actress explained: “When I put on foundation, I use an eyebrow brush or toothbrush to brush it into my hairline so that it all blends.
“I do that every single day, and every time my husband [Tom Ackerley] is like, “What are you doing?” And I’m like, “I’m brushing my makeup into my hairline!” And he’s like, “Girls are crazy.”
We may indeed be crazy, sir. But you know something? We know what works!
Many nipple creams are made up of mostly lanolin – the waxy stuff secreted by sheep to keep their wool soft. It’s the perfect moisturiser for sore, cracked nipples, as any woman who has breastfed will tell you. Truth be told, Bepanthen contains several ingredients, not all of them natural.
If you’re into nipple cream as a moisturiser, you might want to try something like Lansinoh instead – it’s basically lanolin. In fact, that’s all it is. It also works equally well for nappy rash because it’s water-proof, which means that it will stay on to protect a baby’s sensitive skin, come hell or high water, so to speak.
All of this sounds mildly weird, and possibly gross, until you realise that several lip balms on the market already use lanolin because of its natural moisturising properties. The most famous of these is of course Lanolips, (and their hardest-working lip balm is called 101 Ointment.)
While there is some truth to the addictive nature of lip balm, owing to additives that can dehydrate the skin, Robbie would probably do just as well with a lanolin-based balm as she would with the nipple cream.
The application of foundation with a toothbrush also carries its own wisdom, largely because makeup brushes can err on the expensive side. Although, right now, Robbie is probably surrounded by bags of nipple creams, lip balms and tiny little brushes from a dozen companies keen to offer their alternatives.
But for those who wish to know more about unconventional uses for beauty products – AKA stealing from the baby aisle – may I present a short list of alternative uses, (that are cheaper as well).
These are the perfect product for removing makeup or cleaning your face on the go. Because they’re designed for a baby’s bottom, they’re ultra-mild so even the most sensitive of skins can tolerate them. Another huge bonus: they’re like, half the price of the leading wipe brands.
A midwife once recommended this to me when my daughter was a newborn and her skin was super-dry and flaky. So, if your skin is extra dry from winter’s cruel winds, the solution might lie in your pantry. The advantages of olive oil are that it’s natural and organic and cheaper than your beloved coconut oil. Maybe don’t use the spray though, yeah?
Sunscreen loses its potency roughly six months after it’s opened, which leaves you with half a tube for the grey months. Do not despair! You can use it as a shaving cream.
BABY SOAP WASH
OK, you have to be careful here because some supermarket brands proclaim that they’re mild and gentle when really, they’re full of strange chemicals and dodgy palm oil. However, many baby wash brands also double as shampoo, which is great if you’re travelling and don’t have room in your bag.