No one needs to tell you that taking care of kids is an around-the-clock job that leaves little time for you to think of yourself—much less take care of yourself.
But a simple skincare routine that helps you feel fresh is not only easy to manage, it’s important for you to have a little ritual that makes you feel like yourself.
So, what to do once that pregnancy glow is gone? Well, unless you’re in some sort of terrible postpartum hormonal crisis with you skin, the answer is pretty simple. Here are our tips:
1) Get Back to Basics
Washing your face in the morning and at night with a gentle cleanser removes all the gunk that accumulates on your skin throughout the day (and night), which clogs up your pores and can enhance the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You don’t have to spend a ton of money on products to get good results. Raw honey has been used as a natural cleansing agent for centuries due to its antibacterial properties.
Using a face wash with a little scrubbing component a few times per week will help you get rid of dead skin cells and blemish-causing bacteria.
The fancy stuff hasn’t proven to be any better than pharmacy products. What you do want to look for are moisturizers labeled paraben-free, fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, as those things have been found to have detrimental effects on health.
Ask any dermatologist the secret to slowing down the aging process and they’ll tell you sunscreen (and maybe botox). Sun damage is the number one worst thing for you face, and using a daily sunscreen—or moisturizer with a hint of sunscreen in it—is critical to a healthy skincare routine.
Repeat the ritual
It’s your face. You only get one. Why not take care of it? You already take care of everything else. Also, having a daily skin care ritual is an opportunity to take a moment for yourself and do something that makes you feel like you again. That whole self-care thing can make a huge difference in how you start your day.
2) Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is not only critical for keeping your body healthy, it’s also one of the best ways to maintain supple, glowing skin and hair. It’s recommended that women drink at least 2 liters (roughly 9 cups) of water per day.
Some tips for staying hydrated include:
Make it a habit to drink one glass of water before and after every meal
Make yourself a “spa water” with a little fruit
Set a timer
3) Embrace the no-makeup makeup look
No one with a newborn, toddler or even grown kid has time to do a full face of makeup everyday. And there’s no reason to.
The no-makeup makeup look is so in right now, and a simple pink flush on your lips and cheeks, as well a brush of mascara on your lashes is all you need for an effortless, fresh look. A little concealer under the eyes to hide those baggies doesn’t hurt, either.
No one will know you haven’t showered in three days.