If you’re anything like the typical mum, your beauty routine is probably the first thing to go out the window when family life gets busy. Who has time to run down the beauty salon for that facial when you’ve got little kids at home or a partner with a demanding job? Thanks to Sarah Dower from SGD Body & Beauty, here are her 17 bright ideas for Simple Beauty Tip for Busy Mums:
Clean out your bathroom cabinet regularly – Most products have expiry dates and will only last so long once the container is opened. We’ve got a few tips for detoxing here: http://www.sgdbeauty.com/sgd-beauty-blog/new-year-detox.html. Looking at all those products you never get a chance to use is just going to make you feel bad, and that leads to stress, which causes more wrinkles, so get rid of them.
Keep your routine nice and quick and easy, with multitasking products – If your routine is long and complicated its going to be the first thing that you get rid of when things get busy. Use a maximum of 3-4 steps routinely. Wash/cleanse, eye cream, and moisturise are your basics.
Pick up a few good go-to products that suit your skin type – Sometime cheaper options don’t really do the job and you actually end up using more product, so you end up spending the same amount anyway. Stick to a cleanser or even a cleanser and toner in one if you want to save time, eye cream, day cream and night cream. You can then add a masque, toner and exfoliator as needed but this is all you really need.
When applying your moisturiser, extend it down your neck a bit – The neck is one area that starts to show age quite quickly. When we’re busy, its hard to justify the time it might take to apply a separate neck cream but sometimes just your normal moisturiser can be effective enough.
Give yourself a 7 minute facial at home – A facial really can be that quick and doesn’t have to take hours at a salon. After the kids have gone to bed, cleanse, pat on a small amount of a masque like the Arbonne RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal masque, which contains pineapple and papaya enzymes to deep cleanse and exfoliate all in one step. Leave on for 5-7 minutes, and wash off, follow with toner, eye cream, and night cream, and jump straight into bed, and wake up with silky soft, illuminated skin.
Learn a bit about your skin type – Next time you are lucky enough to get one of those gift vouchers or get some time with a beauty therapist, pick their brains about what skin type you are and what recommendations they can offer for looking after your skin at home. Most of the time they’ll be more than happy to share.
Employ a mobile beauty therapist – There are a plethora of mobile options available out there now. You don’t need to spend hours driving, finding parking, getting the kids a babysitter etc, so you can have a facial. How about having that facial at 8pm at night in your own lounge room while the kids are tucked up in bed? There are professional beauty therapists who will come to you so you don’t have to worry about travelling, babysitting etc.
Stay as relaxed as possible – Believe it or not, above and beyond most expensive creams and moisturisers, leading a stress free life will actually help avoid a lot of wrinkles and other skin problems.
Stay hydrated – Water is one of the best tools for hydrating your skin. It’s easy enough to carry a water bottle around with you and hydrating from the inside is usually more effective than even the most expensive moisturisers.
Get some good exercise and sweat – Sweating is your body’s way of detoxifying itself. Sweating is one really effective way of getting all the toxins and blockages out of your pores.
Eat a good healthy, balanced diet as much as possible – Incorporate enough good fatty acids as this will also help keep your skin plump. Nutrients from food also help provide nutrition to your skin.
Keep your makeup simple – A good cc cream can be a lifesaver, instead of using primer, foundation, concealer, and powder, a good cc cream can do all of these. Check out Arbonne’s new CC cream, Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream, available in fair, light, medium and dark.
Use the makeup basics – Following a cc cream, you can keep your makeup as simple as eyeliner, mascara, and a bit of blush and lip gloss if you need. These basic products can get you through almost any occasion, with a few tweaks.
Get enough sleep – Wherever possible, get enough sleep. Sleep is one big thing that allows us to regenerate and heal our bodies which in turn helps with our beauty routine.
Keep you hands in good condition – Hands are one area that is constantly exposed to the elements. Apply a good hand cream occasionally, when you get a chance and your skin will thank you for it in the future.
Think about using a good quality natural bristle hairbrush to brush your hair – This will help distribute the natural oils in your hair and help keep it healthy, shiny and beautiful.
Listen to your body – Often when things start happening, like breakouts or your hair not looking great, it means that something is going on and something needs tweaking, so have a look at it, as often there is a pretty quick fix.
- Sarah Dower is a qualified Biomedical Scientist, who has worked in pharmaceutical formulation. Sarah also has a passion for helping women to look and feel amazing and is a self-confessed beauty and makeup geek and product junkie. Her experience in biomedical science and pharmaceuticals allows her to understand the science behind the products and understand them at a deeper level. As her passion for beauty and makeup grew, with friends and colleagues asking for advice, Sarah decided it was time to take the leap and completed her qualifications in Beauty Therapy, then she founded SGD Body & Beauty.
- SGD Body & Beauty offers a completely mobile service. The business has grown with branches in Sydney and Melbourne, offering mobile beauty and makeup services, as well as bridal hair and makeup. Sarah can be reached for comment via phone 0407 313 453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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