Skincare Basics for Busy Moms
Being a mother is a difficult and exhausting job. Mothers have various roles to play. You’re a cook, housekeeper, taxi, seamstress, and many other jobs, all rolled into one. Mothers constantly put the needs of their children and their husbands before their own needs, so oftentimes they go without being able to shower or even having time to brush their hair properly. With all the hard work they put in, mothers should be able to take care of themselves the same way they do for everyone else!
So if you’re a busy mom looking for a quick and easy way to give yourself some TLC, you’ve come to the right place. We have compiled a selection of products to help pull yourself together quickly and beautifully, so even when you’re covered in baby spit-up, you will still look and feel great.
Cleansing your skin is a great way to prevent breakouts and calm your skin even when you’re not feeling your calmest. There is a range of cleansers to meet every skin need, so finding one that suits your needs will benefit you greatly. If you prefer something more natural, jojoba oil or a mixture of 50% castor oil and 50% extra virgin olive oil is a good natural option for you.
If you’re unsure of the time commitment of using a cleanser everyday, using cleansing facial wipes is another option. These convenient products can be thrown into your bag and used whenever you have a free moment. So instead of using a paper towel to wipe off the baby carrots that were flung at your face, you can use one of those wipes instead! The gentle facial cleansing properties will improve the health of your skin as well as get those carrots off, for a dual purpose benefit.
Skin that is moisturized and healthy is a wonderful way to look fresh even when you’re running on very little rest. Just like cleansers, there is a range of moisturizers on the market for every skin type and need. With all the products available, dry skin can become a thing of the past.
There are even some that contain SPF, meaning one less step you have to take before leaving the house! And moisturizing can be a simple and easy step that takes little to no time at all. Using baby oil right when you get out of the shower will help keep you moisturized all day long, making it one less thing on your mind!
Some days doing your hair might feel like another chore on your to-do list instead of a moment for self-care. Other days you might try to take the time to wash your hair only to have children barging through the door with a million requests!
So it’s easy to see why you might just throw your hair up in a messy bun and call it a day. And while there is nothing wrong with a good messy bun, you don’t deserve to have your hairstyles limited! But how can you make unwashed hair look good?
Two words for you- Dry shampoo. Dry shampoo was invented specifically for those days when you don’t get the opportunity to wash your hair but still want it to look good. Dry shampoos help freshen up hair, giving it volume and helping it smell great until you get the chance to wash it.
Another way to help yourself in the hair department is to get a low maintenance haircut. The cuts that are considered most mom-friendly are lengths that fall between your chin and shoulders. These lengths are easy to manage and can be easily thrown into a ponytail. Shorter hair actually requires more attention, so if you don’t have much time to worry about your hair, it’s not recommended.
A hairstyle that can be air dried and tamed with just a brush will be your best friend! And if you want a bit of sass to your hair, you can add some curls or waves. They are super easy to do! Just put your hair in rollers while you’re doing things around the house or braid it overnight and take the braids out in the morning. So hair care can be super simple and not so time-consuming if you just know how to hack it.
Makeup in Ten Minutes or Less
Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up looking and feeling good. Putting on makeup is one way we can go from looking dull and tired to looking glowy and wide awake. Makeup can be a lengthy process depending on which products you use, but it can also be a quick process as well.
That 30-minute makeup routine was feasible when you were a young woman with no children, but now as a mature woman with a full plate of responsibilities, it no longer works. So how can you still achieve the look you desire in less time? With these few products!
- Base Makeup
Base makeup includes things like your foundation, BB and CC creams, mineral powder, or a tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizers are a two-in-one skin care product, giving you a sheer coverage and moisturizing your skin at the same time.
Mineral face powders are an easy way to give your face coverage without looking cakey or clogging up your pores. When applying with a brush you can cover your face in as little as ten seconds, which is a huge time saver.
BB creams provide light coverage and have multiple skincare benefits. CC creams do the same with the added benefit of color correction.
When looking at someone, people tend to notice the eyes first. After all, they are the window into a person’s soul and when you’re a mom, your soul probably shouts exhaustion. Even though your soul is tired, your eyes don’t need to look it too!
A good start to making your eyes look more awake is concealer. Concealer covers those dark circles under your eyes, making them disappear as if they never existed to begin with.
For the appearance of brighter eyes, mascara is the way to go. Quickly swipe on a coat or two to make your lashes longer, fuller, and give the appearance of someone who is wide awake.
Now mascara isn’t for everyone, so liner is also a good way to go. Using white eyeliner and black eyeliner together can give the appearance of bigger and brighter eyes. The trick is putting the white eyeliner in the outer corner of your eye to make eyes look brighter.
There is always time to apply a coat of lip gloss. One quick swipe across each lip and you’re covered! A tinted lip balm is a great way to add some color to your face and also keep your lips moisturized at the same time.
A shimmery lip gloss is another way to brighten your face and pull focus from your tired eyes! Even if you don’t have time for anything else, you can keep a lip product on you and use it anytime of the day or night, making it the perfect product for any busy mom!
As a mom, your greatest tools are your hands. You use them for everything from changing diapers to doing dishes to reading bedtime stories and so much more. And the hands are one of the body parts that take the most abuse because of how much they get used in a day. So it’s easy for skin to become dried out and rough, leading to cracked and painful skin. It can also lead to dirty and broken nails. So hand care is super important!
One way to prevent dried and cracked skin is to keep your hands moisturized using a moisturizing hand cream or vaseline. If you’re outside and on-the-go a lot, find a cream with SPF to prevent sun damage and eventual age spots. Keeping your hands soft and supple all day is super easy with the small tubes and jars these products come in. Just throw one into your diaper bag or purse and you’re all set.
As a mother, every second of your day gets used up. Don’t be afraid to take some of those seconds to take care of yourself, because you’re important too.
Eliminate steps when possible in your skincare routine by finding products that serve multiple purposes. And don’t limit your routine to only mornings. You can do your routine at night after the children go to bed. Just find time to pamper yourself because you deserve it!
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