Watch any mom closely and you’ll notice that possibly their most obvious (and useful!) talent is juggling tasks. But when you’re constantly taking care of everyone else, finding even a tiny shred of time to pamper yourself is hard. We’ve broken down some simple beauty basics that’ll save you time and energy and keep you looking good, even if you’ve only managed to get in two hours sleep the night before.
1: Grab the dry shampoo
You don’t have to wash your hair every day to enjoy a pretty do. In fact, daily washing leads to dry, brittle hair. Give your locks (and yourself) a break by investing in a can of dry shampoo. This nifty invention will save you at least 30 minutes on the days you’d usually be washing and styling. Take a look at Elle Online for the best dry shampoos out there.
2: Baby wipes aren’t just for baby
Keep a pack in the car for baby’s little messes, use them as facial cleansing wipes before bed or even give yourself a quick refreshing ‘bath’ along your face, neck and under your arms if you’ve had an energetic day with baby and you’re late for an appointment. There are many more uses for this great product; this article lists 33!
3: Invest in all-in-one products
The great make-up houses have recently introduced two or three in one colours. These products allow you to do a quick face (lip, cheeks and eyes) with only one product. Some other time-savers include two in one shampoo and conditioner and coconut oil, the miracle moisturiser that can be used to remove your make-up, as a lip mask, a hair treatment or even as toothpaste! You can find many more uses for coconut oil here.
4: Bright eyes
Sleep deprivation and the dark circles and under-eye bags that accompany it, are every mom’s constant friends. One way to fix this quickly is by investing in a good concealer and a great mascara. The concealer hides any darkness around the eye and the mascara will open up and brighten your pretty peepers. If you have slightly more time than usual, try a highlighter too.
5: All-night skin recovery
Estee Lauder’s Time Zone line contains a compound called hyaluronic acid. It plumps up, strengthens, smoothes out and brightens the skin. Place your recovery products right next to your bed so that you don’t forget to put them on before sleep time. While you sleep, your skin goes into power-recovery mode and you wake up looking rested and ready to take on the day. Check out some other products containing this ingredient here.
All you need are these few simple products to save you time and energy and keep you looking like your fresh, gorgeous self, even when you’re running on fumes!