Balancing life as a busy working mum is a blend of satisfaction and stress. And when it starts to show in your skin, you may be wondering exactly what is happening.
I currently have lots of mum clients juggling life and young children and their biggest request? How not to look so haggard after having children! And as a busy working mum myself, I can totally relate.
In this post, I’m going to break down exactly what you can do to inject some life (and love) back into your skin.
First of all, you have to realise that there are SO many factors that are affecting your skin, your health, and you in general right now. So, be kind to yourself! Here are six things I want you to remember first…
It’s okay to feel like you’ve not got it together, or that you’re not looking like yourself. You’re certainly not the only mum that feels this way. I often feel I need to rebuild my face when I wake up.
Now more than ever, we all have so much pressure to be this immense human doing it all and still look like a movie star – and we feel like we are failing in life if we don’t! The good news is you can take some small steps to look and feel more revitalised again.
Right now, you might be feeling exhausted, but you’ll be glad to know you can boost your skin health with some simple steps.
My first tip is for you to bring back some glow. And the best way to get it on is with a facial. Don’t switch off just yet, hear me out. You might be tempted to buy at-home facial gadgets, but for a busy working mum, my advice is always don’t!
Yes, you might use them a couple of times but then they will quickly start to gather dust and eventually be sent out to the charity shop. They can be great if you have the time to use them regularly, if not then save your pennies.
Instead, invest in advanced bespoke facials, perfectly tailored to your skin’s current condition with actual results and a much-needed moment for you. The time you spend having expertly curated skincare and treatments over a six-week period (we’re talking 360 minutes here!) compared to minutes here and there with your at-home gadgets is incomparable. This is your best bet for kickstarting the process.
Next, you need to master your at-home skincare routine. This is like the bread and butter basics of beautiful skin. And the most important part? Cleansing.
Cleansing morning and night is essential. Never skip your cleansing routine – AM or PM! Ditch the wipes and the micellar waters and opt for something that really removes the day. Oils, creams and balms are a great way to rub it all off. You can even do a facial wash in the shower as a quick fix.
This step removes your makeup and any build-up of pollution throughout the day (and night) and keeps the skin fresh and clean.
You need a serum!! I can’t say it enough, if you want results this is where to invest. Serums are going to give you the results you’re looking for. And if you really want to work wonders, get some antioxidants into your routine. Antioxidants protect the skin by reducing free radical production – the process that breaks down collagen and damages otherwise healthy skin cells. They reduce pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.
As one of the most powerful antioxidants, Vitamin C is well known and well documented to be helpful to skin rejuvenation and skin health in general – it’s fantastic for brightening and smoothing. As are the AHA’s (essentially fruit acids), which are often used to reduce the size of pores, particularly in acne-prone skin. Lactic acid and glycolic are also perfect for aiding cell turnover and reducing acne scarring. But make your choice with caution. Be sure to pick out the products that are most suited to your skin type.
A quick win is to put on a face mask when you first wake up. multitask with your mask. Make breakfast and go about your morning for the five to ten minutes, then wash it off. It’s the perfect way to entertain the kids too.
If you’re really strapped for time – splash your face with really cold water and switch the shower temp to cold just for a few seconds. This will boost circulation, give you a healthy glow, your complexion a revived appearance, and supports the incredible lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is the tissues and organs that remove toxins and waste from the body and circulates white blood cells around the body to fight off infection. Essentially, you’re going to have a good chance at beating inflammation, puffiness, and any bloating this way.
Another of my favourites is facial massage. Giving yourself a really good massage will really help to wake the face up, get the blood flowing, and bring back some life. If you’re not sure how to do it, I show you exactly what to do in the video below.
This one can come as a shock, but trust me, it’s worth it. Cut down on the caffeine – even more than the wine. When you’re sleep-deprived, stressed, and always on the go, coffee can feel like your best friend. In reality, it’s your skin’s worst enemy.
Believe me, I’ve been there. I broke up with caffeine this year and have never looked back. It’s easy to believe that caffeinated beverages give you a boost, but they’re only adding to the list of things that are causing chaos with your complexion. If you can cut it down, you should find that you start to get your glow and reduce eye bags.
And lastly, there’s nothing a good concealer can’t hide – especially when you’re really working on the first six steps. Opt for a lightweight liquid concealer (ideally in a slightly lighter, brighter shade) so that lines don’t look worse. Two of my favourites include the Inika Certified Organic Perfection Concealer and the Ilia Beauty True Skin Serum Concealer.
To apply, dab it carefully around the eye socket. But don’t just do the undereye – take it down into a small triangle shape to cover a larger area. When blended, the concealer hides any darkness and gives a brighter finish.