When you become a parent, your priorities change. Life becomes all about keeping your baby safe, healthy, and happy and that, as all new moms find out, is a full-time job. Sleepless nights and hectic days leave little time for “you”.
The lack of time moms have to get themselves ready is well-known and often joked about. You may have even come across funny internet memes with quotes such as “My hairstyle? It’s called Being a Mother”. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with spending less time on yourself once baby comes along, for many moms it can really start to get them down.
If you’re desperate to get back to “You” again but you really struggle to find the time, here you’ll discover 10 fantastic beauty tips for busy moms.
1. It’s All In The Preparation
The main tip that’s going to really help you have more time to get ready in the morning is preparation. Prepare your outfit and have a shower the night before once baby is in bed. Then, when morning comes all you need to do is run a flat iron over your hair and you’re ready to go.
Making sure you have all of your beauty products in one place the night before will also help speed up your getting ready routine in the morning.
2. Take Advantage Of Quick Eye Fixes
It’s often your eyes that give away just how tired you are. Therefore, if you only have time to focus on one thing in the morning, your eyes are what you are going to want to focus on.
So, what can you do? Well, if nothing else, a soothing, cool eye gel is must. This really helps to reduce the puffiness under your eyes, making you appear brighter and much more alert. Even if you’ve had a rough night with your little one, a cooling eye gel can make it look like you’ve had a blissful, long night’s sleep.
To complement the fresh, bright eyed look, eye drops can help to eliminate “red-eye” – something that’s frustratingly common when you aren’t getting enough sleep!
Taking care of your brows is another fantastic tip. A simple brush and gel application can help your brows appear well-groomed. This in turn, helps to give you a put-together look, even if it’s all you’ve had time to do.
3. Stick To The Basics
Even if you’ve prepared everything the night before, there’s still going to be days when there just isn’t time to do a full make-up routine. On these days, sticking to the basics is the best idea. It could be that you just use mascara and a little lip gloss. Or maybe your cheeks could do with a little touch of blush?
By sticking to the basics, it takes just a minute or two and you’ll still feel a million times better about yourself than if you hadn’t done anything.
4. Wake Up Earlier
I know, this sounds crazy! When you’ve had a tough, sleepless night, the last thing you want to do is set your alarm to wake up early. However, even just 15 minutes gives you the opportunity to wake up, grab a coffee and spend a little time on yourself before you have to deal with baby. Plus, it’s easier to get ready if you’re not trying to multitask!
5. Drink Plenty Of Water
Okay, so this isn’t going to give you more time, but it will make you look and feel better. When you were pregnant, you likely got used to drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. If you’ve cut down on your water intake, now’s the time to up it again. By hydrating the skin, you’ll achieve a beautiful glow, enabling you to skip the foundation on busier days.
6. Use Whitening Strips
Out of all the tips on the list, this is one many moms don’t tend to think about, yet it can make a massive difference to how you look and feel.
As a new parent, you’ll likely find yourself turning to saviors such as coffee and red wine to get you through the days and often long nights. The trouble is, both of these heavenly beverages can seriously stain the teeth.
Whitening strips can help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile with minimum effort. Some are even designed to work in as little as 2 hours, after wearing them for just 30-minutes to an hour.
7. Invest In Head Scarves
For many moms, it’s their hair which causes the most anxiety. Doing your hair can take a very long time – time that you just don’t have as a new mom. On very busy days, it pays to cover up a bad hair day rather than trying to tame it. A great way to do this is with a fashionable head scarf.
A head scarf can make you look glamorous, without the effort. Similarly, a headband can work wonders too.
8. Olive Oil Moisturizer
One problem many new moms have when it comes to looking their best is they just can’t afford it once baby comes along. Skin care products can be expensive, but there are natural products you can use to ensure your skin looks and feels fantastic.
Olive oil is one of the best natural moisturizers you can use. If you opt for the extra virgin varieties, they contain a lot of antioxidants. Olive oil is great for both general skin repair and to help clear up sun damage.
By using olive oil as a moisturizer both morning and night, it will reduce the need to use foundation on the mornings that are just too busy.
9. The Dry Shampoo Miracle
If you just don’t have time or the energy to wash your hair some days, dry shampoo can be a godsend. Helping to make the hair look clean and shiny, simply spray the dry shampoo into your locks and brush it out.
However, while dry shampoo is great for occasional use, it should never be used every day. It does contain chemicals which can be really damaging to the hair if overused.
10. Give Your Skin A Healthy Glow With A Self Tan
In the past, self tan was both difficult and time consuming to use. However, these days there are a lot of excellent self-tanning products designed to work in as little as a few minutes. If you’re worried about streaks, it’s worth trying out the gradual self-tan moisturizers.
Giving your skin a healthy glow is another way to eliminate the need for make-up on busy days.
Overall, it’s certainly not easy finding time for yourself when you’re a new mom. However, the tips above can help you to both look and feel better in a matter of minutes. Do you have your own quick beauty tips you couldn’t live without? Share them below…