Mar 11, 2015

Practical Beauty Tips for Busy Mothers

beauty tips for mothers
One of my concerns about Hunter starting school was being out the door, early and on time, every weekday.  Historically, punctuality hasn't been my strong point so I had a legitimate reason to be concerned, and since the kids were born, I have really been enjoying only working part-time and having a few days every week where we weren't rushed to be somewhere.  But as of this year, that has all changed, and I have been determined to rise to the challenge.

It has meant that I have had to fine-tune not only my organisational skills, but also my morning beauty routine so I thought I'd share 5 great time-saving tricks that help me leave the house in the morning feeling comfortable rather than rushed and dishevelled.

1. Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep definitely makes a big difference to not only the way you feel, but it also improves the way you look and helps reduce puffiness and dark circles under your eyes.

2. Eat well

To improve the appearance of your skin it is important to nourish from the inside out.  Eating a diet rich in nutrients, vegetables and natural, unprocessed foods can help improve your complexion.  I used to have very sensitive skin and was prone to horrible dermatitis, but since changing my diet and becoming Paleo, this has improved remarkably.

3.  Drink plenty of water

Water can also help improve the appearance of your skin as well as having other health benefits.  Make sure you are drinking enough water on a a daily basis.  Eating well and drinking enough water can help improve your complexion which can reduce the need for concealers and foundations, saving you time during your make-up routine.

3. Shower early

I set my alarm for half an hour before the kids wake up so that I can get up and have shower. On the days I wash my hair this gives my hair time to dry naturally.  I can then give it a quick finish-off blow dry or style.  This saves the overall drying time and is also much healthier for your hair.  If you can shower and wash your hair the night before, that may even work better, I just like a shower to start my day.

4.  Overnight styling

When you have second-day hair, a great time-saving tip is to set it to style while you sleep.  I love the no-heat curl method for quick, effortless curls.  When all else fails with your hair style, or your hair is greasy and you don't have time to wash it, grab a cute hat, pretend it was an intentional part of your outfit and nobody will know any different.

5.  Prioritise your make up

Now, if you are the type of person that doesn't wear makeup, I think that's fantastic and just ignore this tip.  But if you're like me and you enjoy wearing make up, or feel a little more comfortable with it on, then a great way to save time is to prioritise your favourite items.  Feeling like you have to put a full face of make up on everyday can be overwhelming and can sometimes just take too long.  There is probably one or two items that you like to wear that will make you feel more 'put-together'.   For me, it is mascara, followed by a little bronzer for my cheeks and eyeliner if I have the time.  I really enjoy make up and would probably love to wear a little more but I just don't always have the time on a daily basis.  As long as I have my mascara  and bronzer on though, I feel as if I look presentable ;)

These tips definitely sound like common-sense, but I'm sure you know how easy it is for us busy mothers to neglect ourselves and so many women often skip the first three.  And those first three are incredibly important not only to enhance your natural beauty, but your overall wellbeing too!