By Erin Lukas
Jul 24, 2018 @ 10:45 am
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Laverne Cox's approach to red carpet beauty is full-on glam. She's often seen at Hollywood events wearing her hair in bouncy, cascading blonde waves, paired with a classic matte red lip. But when it comes to her skincare routine, the Orange is the New Black star is surprisingly more chill. 

In an interview with The New York Times about her beauty routine and favorite products, Cox revealed that her go-to face wash isn't actually meant for your face at all. "I’m not as chichi as I appear. I wash my face with baby shampoo," she said. "It’s really weird, but if it’s gentle enough for a baby, then it’s good enough for me."

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OK, so using baby shampoo could be a great beauty hack in moments of desperation, but is the product safe to use on adult skin? In short, yes.

"Shampoos and cleansers have similar designs in that they both use cleansing ingredients to remove dirt and oil from the skin and hair," explains Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "Baby shampoos contain specific surfactants that are known to be mild so they are less likely to cause irritation or stinging of the eyes." 

That being said, baby shampoo might be gentle enough to use on your face, but it's not intended to be put there. "While baby shampoos will cleanse the skin, they are not truly designed for extended skin contact, so I caution patients with sensitive skin to stick to skin cleansers instead," says Dr. Zeichner.

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Err with a side of caution by only using baby shampoo in emergencies, like when an empty cleanser hasn't been restocked. Since gentle cleansers are formulated specifically not to disrupt the skin barrier, Dr. Zeichner suggests using body wash instead of baby shampoo as a cleanser alternative. 

"You can even use your body cleanser like Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash ($6; target.com) on your face, he says. "It uses gentle cleansing ingredients, as well as moisturizing ingredients to hydrate while cleansing the skin."