Do you ever just get to the point where you’re just fed up with spending money on stuff you don’t really need?
If you want to save the pennies AND a trip to the supermarket, we’ve rounded up the best multi-purpose beauty buys that you probably already have in your kitchen (or bathroom) cupboard…
1) Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, from £1.50, Superdrug.com
This miracle multi-purpose product is a must for any beauty bag. Khloe Kardashian swears by it to keep her heels soft while Cheryl Fernandez-Versini uses it on her eyelashes to add length. Vaseline can also be used on your cheekbones as a highlighter, mixed with powder eyeshadow or to moisturise your cuticles. Is there anything this baby CAN’T do?
2) Sudocrem, From £2,99, Boots.com
Designed for nappy rash and eczema, this baby product can actually be used for way more - Kimberley Walsh even covers her spots in it before she goes to bed! Mums also swear by it for insect bites, minor burns (including sunburn), chicken pox and conditions such as piles.
3) Bepanthen Nappy Cream Ointment, from £3.35, Boots.com
Made to prevent nappy rash, this healing ointment can be used for practically any skin problem including soothing burns, chapped nipples and for really dry lips. It can also be used for tattoo aftercare to stop the tattoo from itching and to keep scabbing to a minimum.
4) Avene Thermale Spring Water Spray, from £2.69, Escentual.com
The unique composition of this thermal water spray means it can be used by even the most sensitive of skin-types. Gwyneth Paltrow uses as a quick refresher during the day and it can also be used to prep and set make-up. We also swear by it as a toning spritz or to clear up our skin after it’s had a flare-up.
5) Johnson’s Baby Oil, from £1.25, ASDA.com
Ignore the name, because we reckon just as many adults use this as babies! Beyonce’s make-up artist revealed she uses this on the star to create her dewy-skinned look and Victoria Beckham puts it on her skin before she flies long-haul. We also smother our bodies in it after we’ve stepped out of the shower as a speedy, full-body moisturiser.
6) Bio-Oil, from £8.99, Superdrug.com
This specialist skincare oil can be used on way more than just scars and stretch marks. It can also be applied to dried-out cold sores, to soothe cracked elbows and as a five-minute facial. That’s not forgetting as a hair serum, massage oil and make-up cleaner. Now THAT’S multi-use.
7) Weleda Skin Food, from £6.95, Feelunique.com
Now this has quite the cult following – and for good reason. Victoria Beckham ‘slathers this on’ as a body moisturiser, but did you know it can also be used as a lip balm, hand cream and to soothe dry, flaky skin under your eyes? You can also use it as a facial moisturiser, but it’s quite thick so it’s best to apply to hands, dab over face and then rub it in.
8) E45 Moisturising Lotion, from £4.49, Boots.com
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini confessed to using this non-greasy emollient lotion as a moisturiser for her very dry skin. It works by adding a layer of oil to skin to prevent moisture from evaporating and can be used on everything from eczema and sunburn and many women use it as a hand cream too.
9) Johnson’s Baby Wipes, £1.79, Boots.com
Not just for baby’s bottoms, these can also be used to remove make-up and clean dirty make-up brushes. Also, if you apply a couple of drops of Johnson’s Baby Oil to your face before using, it works as a mini-facial when you take off your make-up.