When you’re trying to manage a household and care for a baby, it can be easy to let your self care routine go! If you’re trying to get back on track with your personal wellness routine after having a baby, start with your skin! The condition of your skin says a lot about you - be sure to care for it! Even busy, tired mamas can have beautiful, glowing skin by following this simple routine.
Skincare: The Basics
Use a gentle cleanser in the morning before you apply makeup and at night before you go to bed. Using a cleanser can help remove any dirt buildup, makeup residue, sweat, or other substances that can clog your pores and cause breakouts. You don’t need to buy a cleanser with harsh alcohols or abrasive microbeads - stick to something simple, especially if you have sensitive skin!
Toner is a quick-absorbing liquid that helps further remove dirt particles, balances the pH of your skin, helps control acne, and removes any traces of oil from your skin. If you have sensitive skin, try to only use a toner every other day. Toners can be more harsh on the skin, but are also great for preventing acne.
A good moisturizer replenishes the water content on your skin by trapping the moisture on the topmost layer of the skin. You can use moisturizer in the morning and at night. There are different types of moisturizers based on your skin type - oily, dry, or combination. Cleansing and toning your skin can dry it out easily, so finding a good moisturizer can be extremely beneficial. If you plan to use makeup, apply your moisturizer first. Some moisturizers are even color-tinted, and can replace your foundation.
Damage from the sun can be the fastest way to age your skin. Keep your skin l looking healthy and hydrated with a good sunscreen. Many moisturizers contain sunscreen already, and if yours does, you can skip this step. Remember to use sunscreen even in the winter time.
5. Eye Cream
Eye cream reduces or erases signs of aging from fine lines, dark circles, or wrinkles. Most people start using an eye cream in their 30’s, but this is a matter of personal preference. If baby is keeping you up at all hours of the night, chances are, you suffer from dark circles and under eye swelling. Investing in a quality eye cream can help reduce the appearance of under-eye dark spots!
6. Spot Treatment
Acne spot treatments can be an add-on to your skin routine to treat the occasional pimple or breakout. Spot treatments can help pimples go away faster, or reduce redness or swelling.
Skin-Pampering Extras: Face Masks
Face masks are a good addition to your skin care routine! Face masks get nutritious ingredients closer to your skin, making them easier to absorb into the pores and allows the skin to soak up more of the product. You can buy a face mask, or make your own!
Here’s an easy DIY face mask recipe from marieclaire.com:
Nourishing Honey Mask
- Chamomile tea
- Raw honey
- Nutritional yeast
- Using two tea bags, brew one cup of chamomile tea and let cool.
- In a separate bowl, stir together one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of nutritional yeast.
- Add just enough of the tea to make a paste - not too runny.
- Apply to your face and let sit for 20 minutes.
- Rinse, dry, and apply moisturizer!
This face mask is not only easy to make, ingredients such as honey and nutritional yeast contain properties that fight bacteria and acne! Remember, for an added level of luxury, try using the KeaBabies Wash Cloths in your daily routine. They are so soft and absorbant, even for mamas!
A nourishing face mask can be a wonderful way to pamper yourself after a long day. Even exhausted mamas can find time to take care of their skin!
Parenting is awesome. Sleep is overrated. Everyday is an adventure.