You're a new mom, which means you're probably a mixed bag of emotions. Who knew you could feel excited, exhausted, overjoyed and crazy all at once?
With all of the chaos that comes with bringing a new baby home, your beauty routine has probably fallen to the backburner. Use these four beauty tips and tricks to jumpstart your routine and give yourself a little confidence boost.
1. Keep it Simple
You may not have the time for a complicated beauty routine, especially if you have other children in the house.
Keep things as simple as possible, so you can still look and feel your best even when you have a packed schedule and are running on three hours of sleep.
Invest in moisturizing makeup remover wipes. If you don't have time to wash your face at night or in the morning, you can still remove the dirt and grime from the day.
Buy dry shampoo for those days when you don't have the time or energy to shower.
Skip the foundation – your skin will thank you for it.
Scale down to three essential products: eyebrow pencil, mascara and lip gloss.
A simple beauty routine is easy to manage and will keep you from throwing in the towel all together.
2. Spread it Out
Maybe you don't have time to wash, exfoliate, tone and moisturize in the morning. If you don't want to give up on your complicated routine but are short on time, try spreading it out throughout the day.
Wash in the morning
Exfoliate and moisturize at lunch or when the baby is napping
Wash and tone at night before bed
Spreading out your routine means that you only need a few minutes here and there to apply products or cleanse.
3. Pencil it In
Make your beauty routine a priority. Schedule it into your day. If you're forgetful (what new mom isn't?), add it your weekly calendar. Let your smartphone remind you when it's time to apply your face mask or do that deep conditioning you've been putting off.
Taking care of your children is your top priority, but personal care is also essential for both your health and your sanity.
4. Focus on the Essentials
When you're simplifying your beauty routine, focus on the essentials. For some moms, that may mean creating a solid anti-aging routine with hyaluronic acid cream, retinol cream and undereye cream. For other moms, that may mean creating a routine that banishes acne and blackheads.
Whatever your problem area, focus on using products that will address that issue. In many cases, you can find anti-aging or anti-blemish cleansers, moisturizers and toners. These multi-purpose products help you scale down your routine, so you're not using an arsenal of products.
Beauty may be the last thing on your mind as a new mom, but taking the time to take care of you will help you feel your best. These tips can help simplify things, so you can restart your routine without feeling overwhelmed and even more exhausted.