Did you know that your baby’s bum cream can treat far more than what it’s intended for? We take a look at its many uses.
Parents trust bum cream for keeping baby’s nappy area happy and rash-free. But, did you know that there are many other uses for bum cream beyond the bum? We take a look at 10 wonderful uses for the whole family:
The joy of bum cream is its high zinc oxide content. That’s the magical antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient that makes this cream an all-round healer. When zinc oxide is applied to a wound area, it provides the body with the extra zinc it needs to repair skin cells. Use it on rashy patches, cuts, grazes, and any skin irritations for that matter (great for those annoying grass rashes and for teething/drool chin rash).
Soothes acne and pimples
Perhaps the most famed of all uses (even more so than as a bum cream) is its role in clearing acne, spots, blemishes, pimples, and breakouts. Simply apply to the spot in question, and watch it magically reduce in redness and size.
Good to know: Bum cream can be used to help treat eczema, psoriasis, molluscum, bedsores, chilblains, and warts (again, the zinc works its magic here).
Makes a rich face mask
Yes. It’s true. Because bun cream is so thick and pasty, you can’t use it as a regular moisturiser. But you can use it once a week as a face mask. This DIY beauty hack has even made its way into celebrity circles. After your regular bedtime cleansing, smear bum cream all over your face (you can try massage it in, but you won’t get very far). Then leave it to absorb overnight. You will go to bed looking like Casper, but you will wake up looking fresher and smoother, with a more even complexion. Be sure to sleep on a towel. Do this once a week only.
Minimises rash/razor burns
This one is for the dads but also good for moms to use when shaving their legs or underarms.
Smoothing rough, cracked heels
Apply bum cream, put socks on, and allow to seep in overnight.
Helps fight wrinkles
It’s a hell of a lot cheaper than La Mer, so I figure there isn’t much to lose by trying this one out. Zinc is a natural astringent – that means it tightens the skin’s elastic fiber leading to a reduced appearance of wrinkles.
A good solution for insect bites and stings
Sudocrem contains a mild local anaesthetic to ease discomfort.
Prevent and soothe chafing
Be it from cycling or because your thighs rub together in summer.
Treating sweat rashes
You know, those pesky under-the-boob ones.
A beauty primer
Another DIY beauty trick: Use a tiny bit of bum cream in place of your regular primer, before applying makeup. It will provide your skin with a thin barrier so that your foundation/eye shadow can be applied without sinking into pores and creases. Once rubbed in, it isn’t greasy and doesn’t leave you looking shiny. It actually leaves a matte finish. Be careful not to slather it on too thickly though, or you may end up looking like a ghostly, pale, and chalky corpse.
- Apply around your hairline when applying hair dye/colour, to prevent your skin from staining.
- Protect your manicured hands when washing the dishes.
- When ailed with colds and flu, apply under the nose to prevent dryness and chaffing from excessive wiping and blowing.
- Leave the tub in the fridge, and apply the cooled cream to really ease the burn.
- To reduce appearance and swelling.
- Use for dry, callous knees and elbows.
- Apply if you suffer from piles, hemorrhoids, and painful bowel movements.