Motherhood is a thrilling, enriching, non-stop adventure, but being a non-stop adventure often means most moms don’t have a lot of time to take care of themselves. It’s important for busy moms to have a little me-time in order to stay sane and be able to recharge their batteries. Whether it’s only 5 minutes or 10 minutes a day, you can feel beautiful and regain a sense of your pre-momma self with these beauty shortcuts.
Cut Your Makeup Routine Down to the Essentials
Save time by stripping your makeup routine down to the essentials. You can skip the moisturizer, primer, concealer, and foundation by switching to an all-in-one product like a BB Cream. Apply your favorite mascara and a nice tinted lip balm and you’ll be ready in less than 5 minutes.
Prep the Night Before
For days when you want to look more glam, try prepping the night before after you’ve put the kiddos to sleep. Set your makeup out on your counter, making sure your brushes are clean and pencils are sharpened. Take care of any facial tweezing or waxing before you go to bed to save time in the morning.
Add Accessories Instead of Makeup
Sometimes busy moms don’t even have 5 minutes to put on some makeup. Putting on a cute necklace, flashy earrings, or a pretty headband can help the moms who don’t have time for makeup still feel pretty. Moms who wear contact lenses can avoid the hassle of eye makeup and trying to put in their contacts with a screaming baby in the house by throwing on a stylish pair of eyeglasses for instant glam.
Keep Your Hair Looking Fresh between Showers
Busy moms don’t always have time to wash their hair let alone shower. Dry shampoos can help. Dry shampoos work by soaking up excess oil from the hair, keeping your hair looking fresh and smelling good. If you don’t want to wash your hair but still want to shower, just throw on a shower cap and use your dry shampoo after you get out of the shower. When using dry shampoo, try to get the powder or spray close to your roots and wait two minutes before brushing out. If your hair is particularly oily when you wake up, try using dry shampoo before bed and then once again in the morning when you get ready.
Save Time by Air Drying Your Hair
Save time blow drying and styling your hair by letting it air dry. Air drying lets your hair’s natural beauty shine through. The key to beautiful air dried hair is to use a hair serum, like a volumizer or moisturizer, after you shower, followed by gently squeezing your hair (avoid rubbing as rubbing causes hair to get frizzy) with on old t-shirt to start the drying process, and then let nature do the rest!
Embrace the Ponytail
Ponytails are fast, easy, and can be chic with just a little finesse. Wear your ponytail high and sleeked back with some flexible gel or create a softer look by pulling out a few strands to frame your face. You could also try a low and loose ponytail, covering your ponytail holder with a lovely clip, for a breezy, pulled together look in no time.
Beauty Starts Within
Incorporating certain healthy foods into your diet and drinking plenty of water can help keep your skin firm and supple, which means less time covering it with foundation or other types of makeup. Avocados are loaded with biotin, which helps prevent dry skin and brittle nails, salmon is a good source of carotenoids, which improve skin elasticity, and walnuts are full of Omega-3 fatty acids, great for shiny hair and smooth skin.
Busy moms don’t have to put themselves on the back burner. With these simple shortcuts, you can find time to treat yourself with the same love you shower on your children. You deserve it!