Wow!, how my daily routines including my beauty regime has changed since having girls. Gone are the days that I can take long hot showers, or soak in the tub after a long day at the office. After welcoming my two girls and trading my day job for a stay-at-home mom job (which I would not change for the world), I have found myself pushing my business casual clothes to the back of my closet and reaching for lounge or pajama pants when starting my day. And, as for makeup in the AM, unless I have to go to an appointment or run errands for the day, I go bare. My beauty regime and daily routines have had to be reworked and fit into smaller time slots, as I am lucky if I have 10-15 minutes to myself in the AM before the girls get up for the day and need my undivided attention. And, if I have to go out and need to put makeup on, I only have 5-10 minutes to do it, instead of 20-30 minutes, as the girls will not sit in front of the television or play on their iPads quietly for longer than 5-10 minutes before moving about and coming to look for me down the hall.
With this being said, what can be done in this short amount of time, to keep one's skin looking and feeling healthy, and making yourself look presently when out in public and not like a frazzled mom? For me, I find that using a daily moisturizer first thing in the AM, and then again at bedtime works wonders in keeping my skin hydrated and smooth. As I start to age, I am seeing the fine wrinkles and age spots appearing out of no where. So, I want to make sure I am taking at least a few minutes a day to care for my skin and keep it looking fresh and young for as long as I can. :-) I also make a point to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated and flush toxins through my system. Hydration is key for healthy skin and keeping my skin, especially my lips and face from drying out and flaking from lack of moisturize.
As far as makeup goes, concealer is my lifesaver to help cover up under-eye bags and the occasion blemish. I also like to put a light coat of black mascara on, to perk up my tired eye. No eyeliner or shadow here, as it takes to long, and really doesn't go with my new mommy wardrobe. :-) If I need a little bit more color, I like to put a little bronzer on. But, usually, a touch of blush to the cheekbones adds life back into my pale skin. Lipstick is another beauty product that has taken a backseat to my daily routine. Unless I am going out for a date night with my husband or special occasion where I am dressing up, I usually just reach for lip balm or even my girls' aquaphor to add a little shine and moisturizer to my lips.
Even on those days that I am find myself running late or don't even have 5 minutes to get ready, I make a point to lather on sunscreen, to help product my skin for when I head outdoors. It also helps to smooth and hydrate my skin, too, which for a busy mom on the go is a perk. :-)
Do you have any quick and easy beauty tips or tricks you use to make yourself look put together, while also trying to balance work/life/family/kids/etc./etc./etc. -- the list goes on and on? I would sure love to hear them, and I know other busy moms would, too! So, please share away in the comment section below. Also be sure to check out the Walmart Suave Hub, which is filled with beauty tips, product promotions and more.
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