Being busy moms living in the real world, we can all relate to the fact that our daily lives often don’t align with the glamorous images portrayed in poetic quotes about motherhood. Instead of feeling like goddesses or angels, we find ourselves embodying more of the evil witch than a Disney princess! Let’s face it, a good day for us is when we can manage to sneak in a quick shower and actually enjoy a hot cup of coffee before it turns cold.
But despite the chaos, we still deserve to feel beautiful and confident. So, here are some down-to-earth beauty tips for busy moms that will help you embrace your real-world superpowers and feel absolutely fabulous, even when life feels like a whirlwind!
However, these changes aren’t really unexpected; it’s what comes from putting another person’s needs before our own. In most cases, this other person is quite likely to be perfectly dressed, in matching onesie, mittens and booties! Then there’s the whole hormones rigmarole – a lot of changes happen to your body, hair and skin after childbirth – and we got to deal with that too!
Now all that is very well, but deep down, we still want to look good, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – it’s a healthy sign that you love yourself. And you know what they say, there’s no love like self-love!
So this Valentine’s Day, resolve to love yourself a little more, and bring out your inner Mom-diva. We know it isn’t easy when you have a toddler who loves pulling your hair, or a baby who enjoys spitting up on you, but with just a little extra effort, you can look and feel a lot better!
10 Beauty Tips for Busy Moms
1. Learn Some Basic Hairstyles
Busy moms often find styling their hair to be a time-consuming task that they tend to avoid. But here’s a solution for you! Learn one easy and stylish hairstyle from each category – braid, ponytail, and bun – along with a quick blow dry technique. Choose a style that suits your face, hair texture, and length, and master it in just five minutes. These versatile hairstyles are perfect for any situation, ensuring you always look fabulous even on the busiest days!
2. Go easy on the Cosmetics
When it comes to cosmetics, busy moms can benefit from streamlining their beauty routine to save time and still look fabulous. Instead of overwhelming yourself with a wide range of makeup products, focus on the essentials that will give you a quick and polished look. Incorporate everyday must-haves like sunscreen and lip balm for protection and hydration. Additionally, keep a few basics like foundation, eyeliner, and lip gloss on hand for special occasions. And let’s not forget the magic of a trusty concealer, a go-to ally for sleep-deprived moms, helping you conceal those tired eyes.
3. Get the right Hair Products
Opt for hair products that contain the least chemicals. We assume you don’t have the time to wash your hair regularly, so invest in dry shampoo – it’s perfect to freshen up your hair; just brush on with a large brush. You can even make your own, as shown in the picture above from diy-crafts. Use a toothbrush with hairspray to comb down flyaways and stray strands. If your hair is prone to frizz, keep some leave in conditioner or serum – a quick application on your strands, and you’re done!
4. Fix Tired Eyes
When it comes to tired eyes, we know busy moms can relate. Those pesky bags and dark circles can leave you looking and feeling exhausted. But fret not! Try these effective DIY treatments to freshen up your eyes. Whether it’s chilled tea bags, cucumber slices, potato puree, or ice cubes, these remedies can help reduce puffiness. For intense dark circles, a concealer can work wonders. And if all else fails, why not embrace a touch of style with oversized sunglasses? Not only will you look effortlessly chic, but you’ll also give your eyes a break.
5. Develop a Night Routine
Considering all the stuff Moms have to do during the day, night is the perfect time to help skin rejuvenate. Get everything done now – cleanse skin well, use a good night cream to fight early signs of ageing, use a foot cream for cracked heels and a hand cream for rough hands. This is also a good time for some overnight deep conditioning for your hair. The result – you wake up feeling fresher and looking better!
6. Plan Parlor Visits in Advance
Regular maintenance and grooming is imperative to getting that ‘polished’ look without much effort on a daily basis. Fix your parlor appointment on the same day every month, so you don’t miss out on it. While there, get everything done at once – hair, facial, nails, waxing etc. so you don’t need multiple trips. Get someone to babysit the kids for a few hours while you get pampered!
Moms are experts at multitasking for their families, so now make use of this superpower for yourself! Apply your face pack as you go about your morning chores so that you can wash it off in the shower. While in the shower, you can use the time your conditioner is acting on your hair to tackle body hair. Get products that multi task as well – a tinted moisturizer, or a tinted lip balm so you can skip the foundation and lipstick.
8. Make your Fragrance Last
Being a Mom involves a good deal of smelliness, so be prepared to offset it! Opt for allergy-free fragrances for your kids’ sake, and make it last by layering it with a body wash/body lotion/deodorant in the same range. You can also increase the life of your fragrance by spraying it on the back of your knees or other pulse points.
9. Keep Essentials in your Purse
As a Mom, your purse is packed with your child’s essentials; add your must haves to it too! Carry along a lip balm, nail file, comb, face wipes, mirror and small vial of perfume. A small tub of cream or lotion can act as a moisturizer as well as to control frizz. If it’s hot and humid, a facial mist also comes in handy to feel fresh.
10. Get Rid of Bad Habits
Last but not least, get rid of bad habits that can undo all the good work you’re doing – biting nails, combing wet hair, sleeping with makeup, eating junk food or not sleeping enough. By stopping these, you’ll also set a good example for your kids, and I’m sure we all agree how important that is!
When your baby is an infant, the cycle of feeding and diapering can be overwhelming, so don’t put any pressure on yourself at this time. But as your child grows older, you can initiate small steps to care for yourself; you’ll soon realize that they don’t really take much time. So this Valentine’s Day, love yourself enough to get rid of bad habits and start some good ones – you’ll be thrilled with the result!