Mums are busy people. Career, home and kids take up more time than many of us have available. The last thing on your mind is your looks. If there was an easier way, would you subscribe to that beauty regimen?
The truth - beauty is as easy as you want to make it. Just like everything else, it takes commitment. You don’t want to have to rise at 5 a.m. to fix lunches for the kids and yourself, so what do you do? Creative mothers get things going the night before to preserve as much sleep as possible for herself. There is somewhat of a learning curve as you set up your routine for skin care, hair care, nail care, makeup and etcetera, but after that, it’s a cinch to maintain if you are willing to give it a go.
You’ll wonder why you ever fretted over your looks when people ask you how you have time to do it all. Tell them it was effortless – because, in the long run, it will be.
6 Beauty Shortcuts for Mum
Did you ever look at your mum and wonder how she stays so young? When she’s in a good mood and relaxed, try to pry her secrets away. In the meantime, here are six shortcuts that will get you started.
Use the night-time – After a hard day of work and kids, it’s customary to fall into bed exhausted. Before you do, consider all the beauty that could be at work while you sleep. Cleanse your face at night. A nightly regimen cuts down the time spent in front of the mirror during the morning. Never go to sleep in your makeup if you want to retain smoother skin as you age.
Wear socks to bed – Moisturize your feet at night with a gentle foot cream and then place socks on them. In the winter, this is a good thing since the air is dry and your body temperature drops while you sleep. Your feet absorb moisture and look better and healthier.
Wash your hair at night – Give yourself that hot oil treatment and dry off. Use a curling iron the next morning to manage it. Now time is cut in half.
Use liquid eye shadow – Instead of fumbling around for the right brush, use your finger. Apply that swatch of colour to your lids with ease and efficiency using this eye makeup medium.
Get plenty of sleep – Don’t underestimate the restorative power of a good night snooze. Getting rest allows the body to repair itself from the inside out. You’ll see fewer bags under the eyes, fewer dark circles and less dull looking skin this way. Also, sleep can help reduce stress levels, which can lead to such beauty faux-pas as biting nails and twisting your hair.
Use combination products – If time is of the essence in the morning or even at night, be on the lookout for products that do double duty, like 3-in-1 cleansers that tone and clarify as well. BB creams can cover flaws in your skin and give off a smooth look that only needs a bit of lipstick or eye shadow to complete.
The key to instant beauty is simplifying the process.