Motherhood is full of challenges, and it is easy to get caught up in childcare to the extent that you begin to neglect your own needs.
Your skincare routine can be one of the first things to fall by the wayside, so to address this here are a few helpful pieces of advice which should set you back on the right track without leaving a black hole in your budget.
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Treat yourself to luxury products that really make a difference to you
It may seem counterintuitive to mention luxury products immediately after talking about budget-conscious skincare, but this is perhaps the single most important piece of advice for busy moms; don’t succumb to the temptation of saving money unnecessarily.
The fact of the matter is that if your skin is going to be facing more wear and tear and you have fewer opportunities to see to it, then it is better to invest in more expensive products for when the time comes to treat yourself. For example, choosing Aesop organic moisturizer rather than a store brand equivalent will be better in the long run, especially in terms of the results it delivers.
Launder your bed linen regularly
This is something that lots of people overlook, but your bed linen will quickly absorb all sorts of grime and bacteria from your skin, which will still linger there night after night, potentially causing all sorts of blemishes and other issues that busy moms could do without.
Increasing the frequency with which you wash your pillowcases in particular is a great way to tackle this, so if you are not doing it already, pop your pillowcases in the machine with other loads at least once a week, or more frequently if your skin is particularly prone to outbreaks.
As a mom, you no doubt understand the importance of making sure that your kids are properly protected from the sun’s rays, and you should also have a decent collection of sunscreen because of this. The logical next step is to start using this to shield your own skin from UV damage as well, and adding frequent sunscreen use to your routine is a must.
Obviously it may not always be convenient to plaster on full-blown factor 50 sunscreen from day to day, so instead choose a foundation or moisturizer that has some SPF rating listed on the bottle to make this a breeze.
Avoid bad habits
Steering clear of habits that are known to damage your skin, including smoking and vaping, is arguably the best single solution to the skincare conundrums of busy moms.
Aside from making you look younger for longer, the decision to stop smoking is also going to be a real money-saving step, since this can be a hugely costly habit if left unchecked.
Even if you are not a smoker, thinking more about your diet and lifestyle and making healthy changes can lead to skin benefits as well as overall health improvements for you and your whole family.