Moms should get more credit for bringing up kids in such a fast-paced and stressful environment we have now, and not losing themselves in the process. Even amidst the daily stresses of taking care of your kids and the hustle and bustle of city life, you should make time for yourself. Incorporate these tips to your beauty routine for an effortlessly fresh look.
As a city mom with kids to take care of and errands to do, it’s natural to think of a thousand other things you could spend your time on than pampering yourself. Attending to your beauty needs is not vanity, it’s a form of self-care. Here we have 16 beauty tips for stressed city moms that make up a quick routine to looking good.
1. Dress in Flattering Clothes
Natural beauty is not only reflected in your body, but it can also be expressed with what you wear. Even if you don’t have time to do a full face of makeup in the morning, take two minutes to pick out an outfit that you feel amazing in!
It can be as simple as putting on a good pair of jeans that accentuate your backside, and a cute shirt over your bra that makes your chest look flattering. This can instantly boost your confidence and add up to your innate beauty that radiates off of the way you look and move.
2. Apply a BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer
Grocery runs and PTA meetings aren’t worth wearing a foundation that only leaves you feeling icky hours later. For your daily mom duties, switch out the thick cream for bb cream or a tinted moisturizer. They both make your skin have a subtle glow without getting cakey or sticky after a few hours of wearing.
BB creams are not as thick as a foundation and they’re easier to use because the cream blends in with your skin tone. A tinted moisturizer is the same. First and foremost it moisturizes your skin but it also adds color to your otherwise washed out or pale face from tiredness.
3. Use Lip Tints or Tinted Lip Balms
When someone’s sick or tired, the color of their lips gives away their current state. When you’ve been occupied with cleaning the house, taking care of kids, doing laundry, or other mom tasks, you might not notice your lips turning to white or grey. Blending lip tints with your lips or applying tinted lip balms don’t take a minute, and they make a huge difference of giving life back to your whole appearance.
4. Put Caffeinated Green Tea Bags Under Your Eyes
Another facial feature that gives away your exhaustion is yours under eyes. They either have puffy eye bags, are dark in color, or have nerves visible through the skin. The solution can be found in your morning teapot.
Caffeinated green tea bag helps resolve this problem. After letting them seep in hot water, cool them down in the refrigerator, and lay them under your eyes. Caffeine is known to increase circulation, so when the tea bag is applied, the caffeine will draw blood over to that part of the face and make it look more alive.
Simultaneously, green tea leaves are infused with antioxidants. They’re good for fighting off wrinkle forming on your skin. A green tea bag also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that are good if you have reactive skin or are prone to acne.
5. Invest in a Good Eye Cream
It’s never too early to use an anti-aging night cream. Bags underneath your eyes from constant sleep deprivation will eventually turn into wrinkles. Invest in a good night cream that you can apply in the morning and evening to delay the appearance of those unflattering lines around your eyes.
6. Use Frozen Spoon for Puffy Under Eyes
Along with your beauty and skin care products, you can also utilize beauty hacks that take nothing from your budget. It’s no secret that a frozen spoon can be a temporary resolution to your puffy eyes too. Cool it in a freezer and put the convex surface on the under eye area to lessen its puffiness.
7. Get Your Lashes Permed
Little details about your face can make a huge difference in your appearance. One of them is when your eyelashes are curled up. This instantly opens up your eyes wider, making you look more awake and put-together. Getting your lashes permed will allow you to skip curling your lashes and applying mascara in your everyday makeup routine, and its beautifying effect could last for weeks and months.
A more budget-friendly method is to use the frozen spoon in the previous tip as an eyelash curler. Facing the same convexed side on your lashes, start at the base of the lashes and curl it up. Rest the spoon in that position for about a minute and once you take it out, there’s an instant curl that frames your eyes beautifully.
8. Alternate a Highlighter with Baby Oil
There’s more use for baby oil than to soothe your baby’s skin against rashes. It’s a handy highlighter makeup alternative that you can apply on your cheeks. The result is a perfect natural highlight.
Those compact highlighters in palettes might only add to the grime that clogs your pores. Baby oil is completely safe for baby skin therefore, it’s safe and healthy for you too. Not to mention it also moisturizes.
9. Moisturize with Coconut Oil
If you think you can hide your impurities and imperfections under makeup, you couldn’t be more wrong. Your unhealthy skin won’t last long and will show through your makeup nonetheless. Instead of covering it up to look good, target the problem at the core by improving your skin.
Coconut oil is a good moisturizer that you can use all over your body to retain your skin’s natural oils. It will radiate that glow outwards to show in your appearance. Being safe for babies, this is a good oil to have everyone in the family use.
10. Keep Baby Wipes in Your Nightstand
You should never sleep without removing your makeup and cleaning your face. Like baby oil, baby wipes can serve you for this purpose. You’ll often find yourself too tired to complete your evening skin care routine, so having baby wipes in your nightstand is handy for makeup removal. It erases any product on your face, so it can rejuvenate overnight.
11. Switch Out Shampooing with a Regular Blow Out
Washing your hair can seem to add so many more minutes to your shower time. Instead of having a 30-minute shower every few days because you have to wash your hair, make getting a blow out a regular errand. Has it done in a salon at least once a week?
This immediately pulls out one thing off your to-do list on some days. You could put the time you have washing hair to other users like doing other work or spending more time with the kids. It’s also a treat for yourself that won’t make you a guilty because it makes you a more efficient mom.
12. Apply Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is your best friend for this kind of routine. Since you’re not washing your hair every day, grease and oils are sure to settle on your scalp. Massage dry shampoo on it on days you’re not washing to keep the itch and the grease at bay. This also works well at night, so you can just wake up with a volumized hair and the white residue from the spray can fade overnight.
13. Put Your Hair in a Bun
A bun is probably the number one remedy for a bad hair day. As a mom, it can be your go-to hairdo every time you can’t be bothered to deal with your hair. There are many ways to do it, whether a few days after washing your hair when it’s greasy and out of hand or right after a shower.
For the first, a messy bun will be easy to create. The volume of your hair allows you to do this intentional style and it will make you look effortless. On the other hand, you can put your hair in a bun right after a shower. You can make it sleek for a clean look, or let it dry in that updo only to have easy wavy hair hours later.
14. Use Oral Care Kits
Good hygiene doesn’t only include your external skin and body, it should also be practiced for your mouth and teeth. Maintain your pearly whites with the use of oral kits. There are single-use kits that can be bought over the counter for your regular deep clean.
As a mother, you will have to fake a smile a lot of times even when you don’t want to. If not for good hygiene, keeping an oral care routine will make you more confident about your smile. It will keep you looking and feeling young for longer.
15. Apply Clear Polish on Your Nails
Doing the laundry, the dishes, and cleaning the bathroom are just some of the chores that make your hands look rough and aged. Nerves start to show, the skin get wrinkly, and the texture becomes rough. This can make you feel unladylike, which applying clear nail polish can reverse.
Even one coat of clear polish on your nails is better than nothing. It glistens in the light, making your nails look shiny and healthy. If you have more time on your hands, add white on your tips for a dainty and feminine french tip manicure.
16. Shave with Cold Cream
Cold creams have been used by the last generations of mothers. What used to be a common cleanser and moisturizer back then is actually useful as a shaving cream. If you’re pressed for time, using cold cream for a quick shave of your legs will save time while producing the same results.
If you need to have an emergency shaving of leg hair, just apply any cold cream on it first. With one swipe of the razor, it quickly shaves off your hair. Afterward, there’s no need to go into the shower as the cream moisturizes your skin simultaneously.
When you’re a mom living in a city, there’s no scarcity of activities and errands to accomplish. Whether that’s at home or out and about, you shouldn’t neglect to make an effort to be presentable. True beauty incorporates your whole body, so when you look and feel good in yourself, you’re better able to attend to your kids’ needs as well as your entire family’s.