Now you’re a new mum, time is a precious commodity. When you do manage to find a spare half hour to yourself, chances are you’d rather spend it reading a book or doing some yoga than on high-maintenance beauty routines. Am I right? In the interest of freeing up some minutes while still maintaining yummy mummy status, here are eight new mum beauty swaps to try today.
1 – Swap the salon peels for an at-home mask
I hear you. Peels are the business when it comes to taking control of your badly behaved complexion. But fortnightly appointments… who has time for that?! While they won’t be exactly the same, there are some great homecare masks and mini-peels that will keep you on track until you can get back to the salon. Like DermaQuest’s Mini Pumpkin Mask, rich in those amazing pumpkin enzymes that eat away dead skin cells like a skin-saving Pac-man. (Note: if breast-feeding, talk to a skincare practitioner before using any active skincare).
2 – Swap your nightly six-step skincare regime for two essential products
Give yourself a break and stick to the basics. Replace the cleanser and eye-makeup remover for a versatile micellar water. Beauty industry favourite Bioderma Sensibio H20 will remove all traces of makeup and grime, while soothing the most sensitive of skins. No water required.
Ditch all the complicated serums for the time being, and invest in a quality night cream that’ll do everything but file your tax return. The new Clinique Smart Night Repair Custom Repair Moisturiser is a safe bet – it’ll immediately plump up the skin by 75% and works like the clappers while you sleep to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, increase firmness, and even out skintone. All while helping to attract and hold in moisture. There are variations available for each skin type.
3 – Swap your hair straightener for a wet brush
Give the comb-blow-dry-straightening routine the heave ho, and grab a professional detangling hair brush. Look, it’s not going to give you poker-straight locks (unless you’re born with them you lucky minx), but The Wet Brush will quickly detangle even the thickest, naughtiest hair with no damage when used on wet hair straight out of the shower.
4 – Swap your weekly blow dry for the new-season ponytail
Speaking of those tresses, your weekly blow dry may have become a distant memory, but you needn’t look like something the cat dragged in. In news that will thrill new mums and lazy girls alike, THE hairstyle to be seen in this year is the humble ponytail. Wear yours low or high, and slick back with a skinny headband if you’re having a bad hair day.
5 – Swap your lipstick for a long lasting lip stain
What if we told you we’d found a hydrating, high pigment lip stain that lasts 10 plus hours without having to be reapplied? Meet Universal Beauty’s Tint Stick. You’re welcome.
6 – Swap your regular mascara for a tubular
If you’re feeling a little, shall we say hormonal, and are prone to bursting into tears at bub’s first smile-clap-tooth, you’ll be needing a waterproof mascara at the very least. But if you can’t go without lashes without feeling like a newborn mouse, consider trying a tubular mascara, like blinc’s Amplified Mascara. These little beauties use ‘tubing’ technology that creates a cylindrical structure around the lash, rather than simply painting colour on the lash. Which basically means there is no, nada, zip, zilch chance of smudges. And you simply wash your mascara down the drain at the end of the day, no remover required.
7 – Swap your sunscreen + moisturiser + foundation combo for a CC cream
CC = colour correcting, and these little gems hydrate and protect while camouflaging any redness and flaws with light-diffusing particles. Clever. Try Curtis Collection’s Naked Glow CC Cream – it contains a broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen and goes on white before blending to your exact skin tone.
8 – Swap your second day hairwash for dry shampoo
If you have fine, oily locks like me, you probably feel the need to wash them every second day. Try stretching it out to every third, by spritzing your hair with dry shampoo (I like Batiste) on the in-between days. It’ll save you an extravagant five minutes in the shower! Plus, if you opt for a scented product, it’ll kinda do double duty as perfume. Because who remembers perfume?
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