6 Sudocrem uses you’ve probably never thought of before

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  • Well worth the £2.99 spend, it's not just for infants

    Although it’s primarily known as a nappy rash cream, the humble Sudocrem is so much more than that.

    This unassuming, multipurpose tub can heal wounds, treat skin ailments and act as a general life hack in so many more ways than one – and it’s the same formula as when it first launched 85 years ago.

    When you consider its price tag, it’s a bloody bargain. Read on for six surprising uses you may not have considered until now.

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    As a face mask

    Because of the high zinc oxide content, many people find that a Sudocrem facial, once a week, is one of the best acne treatments if you’re on a budget. Simply apply a thin layer before bed, then wash off any excess in the morning (unless you like the chalky look).

    For cuts and burns

    One of the reasons Sudocrem is such a household name is because of its incredible healing abilities for things like every day cuts, scrapes and burns.

    ‘It helps to heal wounds by forming a protective layer over the vulnerable area, reducing the risk of infection, and also contains a mild local anaesthetic to soothe discomfort,’ the brand itself says.

    As a barrier cream for fake tan and hair dye

    Similar to Vaseline, Sudocrem acts as a great barrier cream. Apply it to the soles of your feet before a fake tan sesh to stop them from going orange, or around your hair line before colouring your hair to avoid stains.

    To soothe sore skin conditions

    The combination of ingredients such as lanolin, a skin-soothing emollient, and zinc oxide, which reduces fluid loss, helps to calm areas of skin suffering from conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

    To prevent chafing

    The downside to summer wardrobes is the chafing situation you can experience if you have thicker thighs. But apply a bit of Sudocrem to the problem areas, and you’ll find summer days far more comfortable.

    To calm chilblains

    Another seasonal ailment, this time more prevalent in winter, chilblains are seriously sore, red painful skin, usually on the fingers or toes. Apply a thin, protective layer over them to ease the pain and help them heal faster. The same can be said for summer-related skin ailment sunburn and insect bites.

    All hail the mighty Sudocrem.

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