For moms with babies, we always have diaper rash ointments or creams on hand. And of course, we use it for diaper rashes. But did you know that you can use it for more than just diaper rashes? There are various other ways you can use it for, and they’re for reasons you never thought of.
Most diaper rashes uses two main ingredients in their products: Zinc Oxide and Petrolatum Topical. Zinc oxide is a mineral that is used to treat diaper rash, minor burns, and other skin irritations; whereas, petrolatum is a mineral oil made from petroleum used to protect minor scrapes, burns, or eczema.
You’ll often find these ingredients in popular brand-name diaper rash ointments.
For zinc oxide, some brand name products include Balmex, Boudreaux Butt Paste, and Desitin. For petrolatum topical, you’ll see them in Aquaphor, Vaseline, and Vitamin A&D.
Depending on the main ingredient of the product, you can use them in the following ways.
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1. Chapped Lips (Petrolatum topical)
Did you forget your chapstick? No worries! Grab that tube and apply some ointment to your chapped lips!
2. Hemorrhoid Discomfort (Both Zinc Oxide & Petrolatum topical)
If you’re experiencing hemorrhoid discomfort, remember that you can use your little one’s diaper rash cream or ointment to help heal the skin and relieve pain. It helps tremendously!
3. Cuts & Scrapes (Both Zinc Oxide & Petrolatum topical)
Minor cuts and scrapes can be healed by using zinc oxide or petroleum jelly. And that’s exactly what you have in your diaper bag! It helps heal your skin, which can prevent any type of infection from forming.
4. Burns (Both Zinc Oxide & Petrolatum topical)
Did you accidentally burn yourself? Try using your diaper rash ointment or cream for pain relief and to help reduce redness.
5. Treat Rashes (Both Zinc Oxide & Petrolatum topical)
Are you mommy-ing out some rashes? Apply some ointment/cream to your skin for relief!
6. Moisturize Face, Hands, and Feet (Petrolatum topical)
Use your diaper rash ointment as a moisturizer. Believe it or not, it works wonders!
7. Cracked Heels (Petrolatum topical)
Cracked heels occur at least once in your life. And if that’s you right now, use your little one’s diaper rash ointment to help reduce it! Simply wash your feet with warm water and soap, then apply it afterwards.
8. Itching (Both Zinc Oxide & Petrolatum topical)
Perhaps you’re itching from an insect bite or you’ve developed a rash that is itchy. Why not use some of that ointment or cream?
9. Removes Makeup (Petrolatum topical)
Use ointment to remove makeup. Apply it around your makeup areas, such as eyes, cheeks, or lips, and wipe it off for easy clearance!
10. Prevents Messiness When Painting Nails (Petrolatum topical)
You can paint your nails without any messiness by applying ointment around your nail cuticles, which can help avoid nail polish from brushing over your skin.
11. Prevents Hair Dye Stains (Petrolatum topical)
We all know dying your hair can get messy. Especially when the hair dye gets on your hair line, forehead, and ears! That’s why you can prevent hair dye stains by applying the ointment to your skin. Simply wipe it off afterwards!
12. Remove a Stuck Ring (Petrolatum topical)
Sometimes, you didn’t think your finger was that…”fat”…until you tried that ring on and it wouldn’t come off! Oh-oh.
But no worries, it can come off! Try applying ointment around your finger and slowly slide the ring off.
13. Polish Leather Shoes (Petrolatum topical)
Leather shoes looking dull? Try polishing it with some ointment!
14. Make Shower Curtains Easy to Slide (Petrolatum topical)
Sometimes, your shower curtains just won’t slide over. That’s why you need to lubricate it! Use your ointment!
15. DIY Lip Gloss (Petrolatum topical)
You can make your own lip gloss by scraping off some of your eye shadow or blush and mixing it with the ointment. Once the mixture has been fully incorporated, freeze it to harden and use it for a nice night out!
16. Long Lasting Perfume (Petrolatum topical)
Apply ointment to your skin for a long-lasting fragrance!
Places to apply:
- Inside wrists
- Inside elbows
- Behind your knees
- Behind your ears
17. Prevent Water Running Down the Eyes of Your Little Ones (Petrolatum topical)
Use ointment to prevent water running down the eyes of your little ones! It creates a water-protected layer that prevents water from running over the eyes.
18. Crow’s Feet (Laughing Wrinkles) (Petrolatum topical)
Curious about ways to reduce wrinkles? Applying ointment is one way!
19. Sunscreen (Zinc Oxide-Based)
Use diaper rash cream as a sunblock to prevent sunburns and suntans!
20. Prevents Photo-aging (Zinc Oxide-Based)
Are you seeing signs of photo-aging? Apply some diaper rash cream!
Not sure what it is?
It’s when your skin slowly damages due to prolonged exposure to the sun. If this continues, it may lead to skin cancer. Which is what you don’t want, right?
21. Underarm Odor (Zinc Oxide-Based)
Let’s say you’re out for a walk with your little ones. You’re happily strolling along the sidewalk and all of a sudden, you get a whiff of some bad odor. This odor is not just some normal odor. It’s especially coming from your underarms! But wait. You didn’t bring deodorant!
No worries. You’ve got that diaper bag on the stroller right? Got that diaper cream too? Use it! It helps with bad odors and helps dry the sweat off!
22. Foot Odor (Zinc Oxide-Based)
If you’re like me, you must be suffering from Athlete’s feet and ohhh boyy. We all know how bad some smells can get! But it’s okay because you can simply apply some cream you have on-hand to temporarily remove foot odor.
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