As a busy mom, it can be difficult to fit everything into the day, from rushing the kids to soccer practice to putting dinner on the table and helping with homework. Throw in work obligations and time with your SO and it’s not surprising that you’re too exhausted for a complicated skin routine by the time bedtime rolls around.
However, if you want to achieve and maintain youthful and glowing skin, all is not lost. We’ve rounded up 5 hassle-free skincare tips that even the busiest mom can work into her day.
Invest in multi-tasking products
Multi-tasking products are a busy mom’s best friend. Make your beauty products work as hard as you do by treating yourself to cosmetics that can shave some time off your makeup routine.
Swap your regular foundation for a BB cream, as most BB creams are multi-functional miracle workers. Not only will they even out your skin tone and conceal blemishes, but many also contain added SPF and anti-wrinkle properties.
Of course, there’s always a caveat: Some skin conditions may require more than one “miracle bottle.” For example, many acne problems require a regimen rather than a single treatment. If that’s your battle, read up on industry and user reviews (such as these Proactive reviews) to find out what works and what may not.
2. Stay hydrated
Drinking water is one of the most simple and effective ways to keep your skin looking youthful and glowing. Keeping hydrated promotes skin circulation, ensures that skin cell repair doesn’t decrease and plumps up the skin. Forgetting to stay hydrated may make your skin appear duller and increase the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.
Get your beauty sleep
Just like you, your body keeps pretty busy during the day, regulating everything from your metabolism to your godlike multi-tasking abilities. When it’s finally time for you to huddle down for the night and get some rest, your body keeps right on going, using those precious hours to renew your skin cells.
So, next time you feel guilty about putting off the laundry and getting an early night, remember that lack of sleep can cause increased inflammatory responses in the skin, which show up as breakouts and increased dermal sensitivity. Any existing skin conditions you may have (such as psoriasis) may be exacerbated. Even worse, these inflammatory cells can also cause a breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the vital molecules that keep your skin glowing and full of elasticity.
Don’t forget sunscreen
Sunscreen, whether you apply it via your BB cream or with a dedicated product, is a vital addition to every woman’s skincare routine. Even when it’s not particularly sunny out, harmful UV rays can still penetrate the skin. Not only will applying sunscreen help to ward off skin cancer, it will also protect your skin from damaging free radicals, which cause sun spots, hyper-pigmentation and premature aging.
5. Swap Coffee for Green Tea
We’re not going to tell you to give up your caffeine hit altogether, but if you find that your skin is looking dull or breaking out, try switching out one cup of coffee for a mug of green tea. Green tea is absolutely brimming with antioxidants, including EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-galatte), which reduces the body’s production of IGF-1. Why’s that important? Because overproduction of IGF-1 is often responsible for the excess sebum and clogged pores, which cause acne and nasty inflammation.
With these 5 hassle-free skincare tips, even the busiest moms will be able to improve their overall skincare quality and achieve that youthful glow they completely deserve!