As any mother will tell you, the weeks following the birth of your first child can be exhausting, leaving you with puffy eyes and dull skin. If your beauty routine has fallen by the wayside, and you have little time to spend on pampering, make the most of the time you do have with these easy tips.
Eat well and stay hydrated
It’s incredibly important to look after your health, and remembering to drink lots of water, eat fresh fruit and take multivitamins will help to protect your skin. Check out your local health store for good quality supplements specially designed for new mums.
Lack of sleep can take its toll on your skin, but taking a moment to cleanse and moisturise before you fall into bed can really help reduce the damage. Try a night cream with vitamin E to revitalise your complexion as you sleep, and massage in some nourishing facial oil before you apply your makeup to lock moisture in.
Switch to easy use cosmetics
Trying to apply liquid eyeliner is not advisable when you’re frazzled. Ditch hard-to-use cosmetics for ones that can be applied quickly, replacing foundation with a tinted moisturiser that you can throw on in thirty seconds, and swapping eye shadows and liquid liners for a soft kohl pencil.
Brighten your eyes
Eye rollers were made for situations like these – the cool roller ball will soothe puffy eyes as it moisturises, helping to reduce dark circles. A touch of white eyeliner around the inner corner of your eyes will make them look more open, and a few dabs of illuminator under your eyes will banish dark circles. Finish with a light coat of mascara for a natural look.
Take care of your brows
It’s amazing how much unkempt brows can affect the way you look. If yours are pretty manageable, a quick pluck should suffice. If not, fitting in an eyebrow appointment when you do get some time to yourself may be in order. For day-to-day grooming, a quick brush will make you look tidier – you can even run your mascara wand over them after you’ve coated your eyelashes.
Shorten your hair routine
Save yourself a little time in the shower by switching to a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner, or if you really don’t have time to wash and blow-dry, use a dry shampoo to hold off hair grease for another day. Simply spray in and brush through to liven up limp hair, and watch the oil vanish. Then, twist up with a big hairclip and you’re ready to go.
Don’t neglect your nails
Hands and nails can quickly become a horror story if left unkempt, but trying to pick up a baby with drying nails is not a good idea. Abandon polish for a buffer, which will give you shiny nails with no paint or fuss, or find half an hour to pop into your local nail salon for a well-earned pampering session.
With these easy changes you can really make a difference to your appearance.
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