I was giving my daughter, Chloe, a shower the other day (“Baths are for babies, Mommy. I’m a BIG girl now.”) After a salon-worthy lather of her usual Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo, Chloe spotted my ten-bottle deep collection of shampoo, body scrubs and deep conditioners (I’m a beauty editor, after all!) on the shower ledge and insisted on using my Kerastase Color Conditioner on her Shirley Temple curls. It got me thinking: If Chloe, who turns three this month, is using my beauty products, why shouldn’t I use hers? So what if I’m an adult using baby products, right?
So, with Dora distracting her, and my son, Jordan, napping, I snuck into her bathroom and started sniffing, smearing and slathering her arsenal of products on me. Here’s a roundup of my faves:
Noodle & Boo Instant Hand Sanitizer, $5.50
A “greener” Purell, this natural vegetable glycerin formula hydrates skin while grain-based ethanol kills 99 percent of germs. Chloe’s hands–and now mine–are clean and baby soft. It’s no wonder Gwyneth and Brooke Shields are fans, too.
Mustela High Protection Sun Lotion SPF 50, $15
This moisturizing cream, with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect against UVA and UVB rays, really lives up to its name. Even Chloe’s fair skin has yet to burn despite our numerous trips to Boca. I especially love its soothing aloe vera formula that won’t irritate my normally sensitive eyes.
Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath, $3.99
When I want both my kids asleep by eight (can you say American Idol?), I add this lavender and vanilla cleanser with skin-soothing oatmeal to their bath. The delicious scent really does help us all relax, unwind and be ready for sleep.
Calfornia Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo & Bodywash, $11.49
Bathing an infant and a toddler simultaneously isn’t easy, so any shortcut helps. That’s why I’ve turned to this two-in-one hair and body cleanser. I love that it’s organic and scent-free, and that it won’t dull or strip even my highlighted hair.
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Baby Lip Balm, $7.50
Shea butter, apricot kernel oil and jojoba butter are as soothing to dry, chapped lips as a lullaby is to a newborn. I apply it over nude lipliner for a natural, beautiful shine.