Your first few months as a new mom can be a magical time full of sweet moments and non-stop excitement, as you get adjusted to having your little one home with you. For some, it can also be a time when you don’t quite feel like yourself, as there are so many transitions happening in your home and within your body. Many new moms struggle with their post-baby bodies and the fact that they rarely have the time to do their usual beauty routine. When it’s time to go back to work or resume your normal pre-baby routine and responsibilities alongside tasks like establishing a 2 month old sleep schedule, it can seem impossible to complete a full beauty routine that helps you look and feel your best. Complicated skincare and multi-step makeup routines might be out of the question for you when getting ready for work or in between obligations with your new baby, which can result in you lacking confidence throughout the day. While it’s true that no one needs an extravagant hair or makeup routine to look beautiful, taking the time to complete the ritual of getting ready can be a means of self-care, and, let’s be honest, when you look good, you feel good.
Here are some ways to simplify your beauty routine, so you can spend maximum time with your new baby while still looking and feeling beautiful – even after the longest, sleepless nights.
- Invest in Multipurpose Products
Using beauty products that serve more than one purpose can save a ton of time and money. A moisturizing primer does the job of two important things: hydrating your skin and giving the rest of your makeup staying power throughout a long, busy day. Tinted moisturizer can give you a boost of hydration and replace foundation, and some of them come with SPF, so you can skip that step as well. Cream blushes can give you a natural pop of color and serve as a lip stain, tying your finished look together beautifully. The fewer products you have to dig around for in your bag, the more time and energy you save!
- Style In Your Sleep
Cut down on styling time in the morning by using a tool or technique that will effortlessly style or set your hair overnight, while you sleep (or stay up with your baby). For easy overnight curls, try putting your hair in rollers or a heatless curling device such as the silk heatless curling ribbon from Kitsch before you go to bed. If your hair is straight or already in the style you desire, put it in a silk bonnet or low ponytail to protect it while you sleep, so you can just brush it and go.
- Use a Carrier While You Shower
One of the biggest obstacles for new moms is finding a way to shower while your little one is awake (since you should be trying to sleep when they sleep). Studies show that mos young babies can occupy themselves for 20 minutes at a time, meaning that you have about a 20 minute window in which you can shower. Change your diaper, do a quick feed and burp, and place your baby’s carrier in the eyesight of the shower – then don’t waste any time!