One thing I can say I do routinely in my life besides chase a toddler around is make sure I take care of my skin. And yeah, I can already hear moms in my ear “easier said than done” or “oh I don’t have time for that.” Well ladies, as a mother of a toddler and 3 stepsons I can say that you should MAKE time. As a former aesthetics student I find that it’s important to take care of your skin. And make that one of our priorities as women. Sure, we aren’t as young as we use to be and we aren’t free to take 2 hours getting ready with the luxury of spending more hours looking for an outfit. Nowadays it’s no makeup, hair tied up, in my husbands soft pj pants and a t shirt. If your a stay-at-home mom like me, you might relate to this.
Well ladies, although motherhood literally is our life and we are super busy being super hero’s in our homes, we have to make sure we take that extra 5 minutes to take care of our skin. After all, we are the reason the household functions, so we deserve it and we are worth it! Hence the super hero thing.. Anyways here are some of my top tips that aren’t so time consuming and expensive that have helped me keep my skin healthy and gorgeous.
- Cleanse your face daily.
Even though this part should be obvious and simple. I can’t tell you how many times Iv forgotten this simple task since Iv become a mom. Iv at least gotten the routine of daily cleansing down. Cleanse in the morning and right before bed. First thing I do when I wake up is brush my teeth and use my aveeno cleanser on my face with warm water. I like this cleanser because it’s gentle on my skin and very light. I have rosacea on my cheeks and it helps that this cleanser doesn’t irritate it. I also do this same cleansing routine before bed. Sometimes I use hot water to steam my face so the pores can open up some and then cleanse my face. Just feels relaxing and makes me feel cleaner. If you don’t have time to steam, don’t worry, it’s not a requirement as part of your routine this is just my personal preference. Of course make sure to put moisturizer on afterwards, better if it has an SPF if you do take the kids outside or have a game to get them to. I like the gentle moisturizer by Simple. It’s smooth and light weight and again doesn’t irritate my rosacea.
2. Do a facial mask at least once a week before bed
I love masks! And they are so relaxing to me. I don’t go out and get all dolled up as much as I use to, so I like that little bit of pampering myself every once in a while. I make a simple avocado and honey mask. I take an avocado and I cut it up, mash it into a bowl. And then I take some honey, a teaspoon amount and mix it all together to create a paste. It’s ice cold when you get it on your face but it has so many benefits for your skin! It helps with dry skin, dehydrated skin, decreases wrinkles, helps prevent acne, and even helps improve skin complexion. Honey adds a great mix to this. It makes a great anti-aging agent as well as increases cell renewal and lessens fine wrinkles. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash off, no need to moisturize afterwards, the honey does that for you! Great way to wind down before bed.
3. Drink the good stuff!
No I don’t mean that glass of wine this time. I mean things like 5-8 glasses of water a day to help prevent those toxins in your body from showing up on your face. It helps with overall hydration in your skin, discoloration and skin complexion. And you really should just try to drink water as much as you can. It makes a huge difference in your overall energy and skin.
Also green tea is great for your skin. For the tired mom, one cup of green tea a day is ideal for reducing eye puffiness, reviving tired skin and preventing wrinkles. It has so many antioxidants that are great for your body, you can also use it on your skin. I like to save some of the tea and use it as nice, cool toner. Keep it in the fridge and apply some to the face using facial pads or a soft brush before bed.
For glowing looking skin, try make a green smoothie and drinking it daily or a few times a week.
Ingredients: 1 cup of spinach, 1/2 cup of peas, 2 teaspoons of honey, and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
How to make:
Just a little recipe that has helped me in the past and doesn’t taste too bad. You can make it for breakfast on the way to work or while your making the kid’s breakfast.
4. Exfoliate, exfoliate exfoliate!
Don’t forget to exfoliate. There are too many benefits to exfoliation that this step just cannot be skipped. If you have very dry skin, I wouldn’t recommend doing this more than 3 times a week. But you want to at least do it to help remove those dead skin cells just sitting on top of your skin. Find a nice exfoliator I personally like using Aveeno scrubs since I have Rosacea on my cheeks and Keratosis Pilaris on my arms. It’s super gentle for a scrub and it doesn’t leave my skin very dry like most exfoliators. It’s great for sensitive skin.
Exfoliating helps even out your skin texture, removes dry flaky skin and dead skin cells, prevents break outs and minimizes the appearance of large pores. Put on a nice serum right after wards followed by a moisturizer for maximum results. Exfoliating is great for opening up those pores helping skin care products penetrate a little easier. Use a nice body scrub from bath and body works for exfoliating while in the shower. I personally like to steam my body and face up first to help open up the pores and get a good deep scrub in. Put on a nice hydrating body lotion afterwards for super smooth skin.
Although there are so many more tips I can list. These would be my top favorites and I can say making these small changes have helped my skin so much especially with my sensitive skin. Makeup looks so much better on healthy, glowing skin ladies and as a mom we have to make sure we take care of ourselves. We work hard, and we deserve to be able upkeep ourselves. I hope these tips helped you!