As a nursing mom with a newborn baby and two young kids I barely have time for anything this days. There is always a child attached to your arms. No chance to cleans, exfoliating, cleanse again and moisturise. If you are lucky enough to have a shower, you jump straight to moisturise. And on the rare days you get to apply makeup, assuming you still remembers how to contour or draw the perfect eyebrows, you have no chance of removing the makeup before “bedtime”. I say bedtime in quotes because there really isn’t bedtime. You just slumber off wherever you find yourself doing the 100th feed or changing the 99th diaper. There is no bedtime for a mom with a newborn. But don’t worry, these moments don’t last forever. Here are simple ways you can incorporate skincare into your crazy routine.
The trick to looking after your face is all about recycling your time. Making use of any given little opportunity. And being creative. Adjusting your routine to fit into your new life and lastly not worrying on the days you just couldn’t take off your makeup before you slept off. Stress will harm your skin more. You should take joy knowing that you are a life giver and a life protector. You kept those little ones alive, fed washed and loved them all at the expense of a blackhead.
1. Cleans with Baby wipes when changing your baby. Sing, talk to her and make it a bonding time.
2. Have your moisturiser handy. put your moisturiser near you in little containers and put them in your changing bag, nightstand, medicine cabinet, changing basket you keep in the living room. Having them handy means you can moisturise after cleansing with the wipes.
3. Simplify your routine but do it often. Cleanse and moisturise twice a day. Three times if you are not going out. Every time you change your baby, moisturise your face neck and arms.
4. Choose your products carefully. Use products with multiple benefits. One product that can cleanse, tone and exfoliate. I love my Apple cider vinegar cleanse but there are a lot in the market that are gentle on your skin with no harsh chemicals and do all three things to your skin. Then follow with a moisturiser that offers deep hydration.
5. Accept help when offered. If someone offers to hold the baby while you use the bathroom, make use of the offer and take advantage of your bathroom breaks. Accept the help of modern day living. Use your baby carrier to carry your baby close to you while you cleanse your skin.
6. Take it easy on the makeup. The less you put on, the easier it is to take off. Lighter layers of makeup help your pores to breath and not clog up. For added drama, use bold colours and mascara or lashes. Focus on non skin parts that don’t get breakouts. Eyes, brows lips, hair and earrings.