Welcome new moms! Is your skin feeling a little wrecked after pregnancy? Are you having trouble knowing where to start with your skin routine? Trouble finding a few extra minutes in the day? Well, I’m here to help as best I can. First off, I must give a shout out to the wonderful Sylina, a former bride of mine and now an amazing mom of two. She inspired me to think about and put to paper my top 7 Quick and Easy Post Pregnancy Skin Care tips.
1. Cleanse and Tone:
Whether you are a first-time or third-time mom, finding time to clean your skin is essential. Cleansing is an important part of the exercise regimen for your skin. It helps to keep facial muscles toned and your skin clean and bright so you look less stressed. Trust me, it doesn’t take too long. Just one minute to clean up, freshen and brighten up tired skin. If you have oily skin with blemishes, use a gentle facial wash (with no bits in it) to clean your face. Toning will help to tighten the pores and prevent breakouts.
For dry skin, use a gentle cream cleanser and tone your skin with rosewater. I use cotton pads to remove my cleanser, but rinsing off the cleanser with water then towel drying your face after is fine too. And don’t forget to tone. Spritz some rosewater onto your face after you are done. In addition to tightening pores, toners stimulate blood circulation and aid in attracting more moisture to your skin.
2. Moisturize Day and Night:
As a mom, your emotions are flitting all over the place and the hormones are settling back after pregnancy. Newborns bring so much joy but also a good bit of extra work. Keeping your skin well hydrated and moisturised will fight off free radicals caused by daily stresses and external factors also. Even more important, you don’t want them baba’s to add on a couple of years. Moisturising twice daily will help further tone your facial muscles and keep wrinkles at bay.
If you have oily skin I advise you apply a lightweight moisturizer every morning, to keep your skin hydrated and again most importantly, don’t forget to apply a night time lotion after cleansing. For dry skin, it’s important to apply creamier textured moisturizers.
Oily skin = Lotion = lightweight moisturiser.
Dry skin = Cream = richer and thicker moisturisers.
3. Eye Creams:
Sleepless nights generally equal dark circles and puffy eyes. To combat this I recommend applying an eye cream daily. Also, adding discs of cool cumber or chilled black tea bags also help stimulate the blood circulation to the eyes and encourage lymphatic drainage. This all helps with reducing the puffiness. Oh, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
4. Protect your skin while out walking the Baby:
Babies tend to get you out of the house more, and there is nothing like a stroll in the park to settle the baby and help keep you sane. And because the aul’ hormones are all over the gaff, it is imperative you shield your skin from the ‘sun’ and external elements. My bet is you have a factor left over from last summer. If not, applying sun protection with a minimum of SPF30 will protect your skin while you step out. Keeping your skin protected while outdoors will also reduce the risk of further hyperpigmentation problems. Better still, keeping your skin moisturised and protected whilst out and about reduces premature ageing. Come on lads, you gotta love your skin!
Nuxe SPF 50 Protects and Moisturises my go to sunscreen!
5. Use a Mask and Exfoliator:
Exfoliating, followed by a facial mask once a week will help remove any oily build up, and dead cells from your skin. Use a bit of water on your fingertips to move the exfoliator around your skin. This will help slough away dead skin cells and also lighten pigmentation and reduce acne. Follow your exfoliator with a deep cleansing mask.
Masks for Oily skin should be clay, charcoal or seaweed-based.
For Dry skin, apply a hydrating and moisturizing mask.
And to benefit fully from this mini beauty treatment, do it before bed, tone the skin straight after and apply your night cream.
6. A little bit of Hair Care:
I recommend you wash your hair twice a week with a good SLS free (sodium laurel sulphate) shampoo. Top tip to help exfoliate the scalp – Once per week for about a month, put in a capful of organic apple cider vinegar. After a month reduce this to one capful twice a month only. Organic ACV exfoliates and treats your scalp and will give your hair a super glossy shine. And don’t forget to invest in a good conditioner to boost the moisture levels back into your hair.
7. Take a bit of time out for yourself and meditate.
Taking into consideration meditation is not for everyone, this is still an outstanding piece of advice that was offered to me way back in the day when I had babies. When your partner comes home, hand over the baby and give yourself at least 20 minutes to decompress, breathe, do your mini skin routine and just simply to have a bit of time out for yourself. If you are a single parent, this means finding a bit of time for yourself when your child sleeps. Turn off the phone and tv and just sit in silence with yourself for as long as you can. To all you mums, when you’re giving yourself a bit of time, please hug yourself and affirm,
I am a great mum and I am doing amazing.
As always, if you need any other tips or tricks or have questions, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you.