I’m in my late 20s. You’d think I’d have a grip on a beauty regime by now. To be fair, I’ve only recently taken a holistic approach to my beauty and skincare routine, and have started paying closer attention to what I put on my skin. That being said, I found it hard to get into the groove of things and find out exactly what works for me.

Know Your Skin
Let me break it down for you. My skin type can be broadly categorized as combination skin. It’s oily and dry, with bouts of normalcy; it basically has a mind of its own. I’ve tried every possible product for combination skin and found that the products cease to have any effect after a while (give or take a week). They say trial and error works best. In my case it was always just trial and failure. Well, up until the time I began using baby oil that is.

It’s funny, though. As a child, baby oil would often make my skin break out in rashes. I didn’t think to try it as an adult well, because, it’s for babies. But, after a bit of research, I figured it was worth a shot and I’m glad I did.

skincare routine with baby oil

Baby Steps
Of course, I eased into the process. I didn’t just slather it on, expecting quick results. My morning routine went something like this:

  • I cleansed (using a foam wash with activated carbon), worked up a lather, and rinsed with lukewarm water.
  • After that, I’d pat my face dry and make sure I’d apply the baby oil (a dime size amount) within 10 minutes of my shower.
  • I used tissue to blot the excess oil (there rarely was excess), and voila! A little eyeliner and gloss and I was out the door.

However, my nighttime routine was a little different.

  • In the summer, I would exfoliate every night. But as the weather cools down, I exfoliate three times a week. I find that with excess oil and sweat in the summer, a thorough scrubbing routine works well for me; in the winter, I need to tone it down for I risk over-drying.
  • After I exfoliate, I cleanse (I use the same face wash as the morning), but with warm water. Warm water works better to open the pores and dig out the dirt, so for my nighttime routine, I turn up the temperature.
  • I’d finish my shower and then proceed to moisturize (again, within 10 minutes). But, here’s the kicker. I used twice as much baby oil this time around. I made sure to rub my skin in upward circular motions, and let my skin (and open pores) absorb all the oil.

The Verdict
I’m happy to report: Switching to baby oil was probably the best decision I ever made. In the past, I’d experience dry patches, stretched skin and what not—all despite having applied the appropriate amount of moisturizer.

With baby oil, I slather it on and my skin has never felt softer or more hydrated. The dry patches are gone; my cheeks have taken on a pink hue (which a lot of people mistake for rouge, a compliment if you ask me); and after a bath, my skin still feels soft and supple even if I haven’t applied any moisturizer.

But, the best part is that the upward circular movements, combined with the restorative properties of the vitamin E in baby oil, has given me a more youthful look—it’s my own budget-friendly anti-aging elixir.

Is there really anything else I could possibly need? I think not. While using baby oil worked for me, I would recommend you figure out your own routine with baby oil, and see if it can work for you too. And yes, it’s safe to say I will not be using anything else on my skin from now on.

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.