As a Mom, do you remember your pre-baby days when every time you saw a hassled, barely put together Mom running after her kids, you swore to yourself –That will never be me!
How did that work out for you? Yeah, thought so. Been there, done that. When you become a Mom lots of things take a backseat especially those long weekend beauty sessions, the trips to the Nail Salon with your girlfriends, that haircut appointment you would make every time Jennifer Aniston sported a new look. *Sighs*
But it does not have to be the case because there are so many ways Moms can fit beauty in their jam-packed schedules. Don’t believe me, see these tips for yourself:
Plan your Suds– Every mom knows that the moment they hit the shower, the kids will be banging on their doors. But a shower is the best place to pamper, exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize your skin and hair. So it is important that you schedule your shower either late at night or early in the morning before everyone is up. An early shower will also help you face the long day ahead in the freshest way possible.
Unclutter your makeup– The top reason why moms don’t apply makeup is not because they don’t have a few spare minutes but because they think makeup takes too much of time. A simple beauty routine using a tinted moisturizer or foundation, blush, mascara and a nude lippie won’t take more than 5-10 minutes but will certainly help you look put together. You also need to pare down your daily makeup essentials. Keep a separate cosmetic bag for the makeup products that you use every day which will save valuable time fumbling inside your makeup bag looking for stuff.
Use those free seconds – Free seconds, they are everywhere we just don’t see them. While watching television, waiting at the doctors’, while the kids are playing in the park and so many others. You can use these precious seconds to file your nails, change your nail polish, apply a face mask, dip your feet in a homemade foot spa, the possibilities are endless. Just identify what little beauty treatments you can fit into your spare time.
Simplify your haircut– A high maintenance haircut is definitely not a mom’s best friend. You need to make an appointment with your hair stylist and get a haircut which is easy to maintain (wash and go) and yet stylish and flattering. Believe me it’s possible to get a haircut like that.
Buy Multitasking products– Who values multitasking more than a mom, right? There are several products which multi-task for more than purpose. Some examples are tinted moisturizer with SPF, exfoliating mask, lip and cheek stains, Firming body moisturizer, cleansing conditioner etc.
Take a Shortcut– Instead of letting go of a beauty routine because of lack of time, look for shortcuts. Make a handy kit containing dry shampoo for refreshing oily hair, eye drops for rejuvenating tired eyes, baby wipes to remove makeup and petroleum jelly which can be used as a lip balm, tame the eyebrows and shine the eyelashes.
Look into your kitchen – Using kitchen products for beauty isn’t something new at all. An elder relative of mine would rub papaya skin on her face after she had cut it for salad, use tomato pulp to remove blemishes and rub lemon rind as an astringent. At an age of 65, her skin can still make a girl in her twenties envious! Honey, lemon, yoghurt, fruit peels etc. can be used for beauty treatments even while you are in the kitchen preparing dinner.
Get the most out of your sleep– Even if nappy changing and feeding sessions cut short your beauty sleep, you can make it count. Use a few drops of aromatherapy oils like lavender, chamomile on your pillow for a soothing experience. Change your cotton pillow covers to satin ones to reduce moisture loss from hair and also try eye masks for avoiding distractions during your sleep.
Take your vitamins– Beauty needs to come from within. Start a multivitamin supplement today to augment your daily diet and nutrition. As a woman and a mom you need to take your daily dose of calcium, iron, Folic acid and other vitamins. Eat fruits like blueberries, blackberries, plums, oranges etc. with plenty of antioxidants which are crucial to prevent premature aging.
Make time for yourself– It is easier said than done but you need to get some “me-time” every day. It is easy to sacrifice alone time on your family and kids but you will feel the pinch in the long run. Make it a point to yourself and your family that the “me time” is important to you even if it is just 10 minutes. If you are calm and assertive enough, even a small baby will learn to entertain himself while mom is taking five to relax.
These are some of the ways in which I feel you can incorporate beauty in your busy mom schedule. How about you? Are there some tips that you would like to share with us? Would love to hear from you in the comments.This post has been written by our staff writer Swapna.
Images credit - weheartit.com