Being a mother is notoriously one of the hardest jobs in the world. On top of being mothers, we are homemakers, and if you’re like over fifty percent of American mothers, you’re also working outside the home. For this reason, our needs are often on the back burner, especially regarding self-care and grooming. But the reality is that caring for ourselves and carving out time to look and feel our best helps us be the best mother possible. If you’re looking for ways to look and feel your best, keep reading for essential grooming tips all moms should implement.
Start With Skincare
There are many reasons why all women, not just mothers, should have a good skincare routine. On top of aging, the stress of work and motherhood will quickly show in your complexion if you’re not taking care of your delicate facial skin. While you may not want to rush out for Botox, even if you’re a mom in your twenties, it’s never too early to include anti-aging products in your routine. You should also pay attention to your delicate under-eye area, where puffiness and dark circles can make you look tired and unhappy. Toners are an important part of your routine to keep your skin tight and your pores minimized. Always remove your makeup at the end of the day, no matter how exhausted you are, and use a deeply hydrating moisturizing cream to keep your complexion happy.
While many women use perfume to make themselves smell great or seem more attractive to others, did you know perfumes can do so much more? The right perfume can help with mental health issues like anxiety; it can cure migraines and even boost your mood. Whether you opt for a scent from Chanel, an Ariana Grande perfume, or Versace, having the right perfume on each day is essential to your grooming routine. Perfumes also boost our confidence, which, as a mother, is something we can all use sometimes; mom guilt is real!
If you’re being honest, you likely don’t have the time to get your nails done regularly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t DIY your manicures at home. Hands are a feature that easily shows wear and tear and takes center stage when meeting new people, giving a presentation at work, or volunteering in our kids’ classrooms. Pay attention to your hands with semi-weekly manicures; you don’t have to go with a nail color, but mind the length, cuticles, rough spots, and calluses. You should also invest in a high-quality hand cream to use each day, at minimum at night before bed, to keep your hands as soft as your baby’s and stave off signs of aging on your hands.
Keeping Regular Appointments
It’s always nice as a mother when someone can take a weight off our shoulders. When it comes to your grooming routines, this important aspect does just that – keep your regular appointments. From bi-annual dental exams and cleanings, haircuts every six to eight weeks, and other spa treatments you may indulge in, these appointments keep you looking your best. You know the adage – when you look good, you feel good – so looking your best helps you be the best mom you can be, which is what every mother wants.
When it comes to being a mother, the art of multitasking ends up being second nature, and you should implement this skill in your grooming habits. Use your deep conditioning hair masks in the shower, and since they have to sit on for a minimum of five minutes, use that time to shave your body and exfoliate. Take ten minutes for that face mask to enjoy a hot bath with magnesium salts for your aching body. Multitasking is critical to getting in all the self-love you deserve and need.
Making time for yourself can feel impossible when motherhood has you burning the candle and both ends, but by including the above grooming essentials in your routine, you’ll start feeling like the pre-momma version of yourself. While you wouldn’t trade your life as a mother for a million dollars, feeling like a million bucks is possible!