Even though it’s not so easy to remember, there was a point in my life when I didn’t roll up to morning carline clad in sweatpants, no make-up and my hair thrown up in a messy pony tail. After I became a mom, it became harder to plan out my outfits, take a morning shower or even change out of my sweatpants from the prior night. With three kids to help in the morning and get to school on time, my routine took a back seat. I let the fact that I was a busy mom and worked from home be the excuse that I didn’t need to take care of myself or care how I looked. One morning, after looking in the mirror and not liking what I was seeing, I committed to make some changes. Like many busy moms, I didn’t have 30 minutes (ok, who am I kidding - even 15 minutes) to spend on a skin regimen. I needed a skincare routine that was simple, quick, effective AND still got me out the door (with my kids) on time.
Whether you're a working mom or not, odds are that your skincare regimen is the last thing on your mind (like mine was). That doesn't mean you should ignore your skin, though! A basic skincare routine may make a huge difference in promoting healthy and youthful skin and making you feel better about your appearance. Ingredients found in many anti-aging products, including moisturizers and serums, can help to lessen the effects of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Look for treatments that include peptides, retinol, or vitamin C; these have all been found to be effective anti-agers.
If you’re a busy mom like me, here’s my basic morning routine that can be accomplished in under 5 minutes:
Use a gentle cleanser to wipe off any oil and grime from the night before. Your face should be make-up free since that should have been washed off the night before. (I know we’re all busy - but washing off make-up at night is a must)! Our Refresh Daily Cleanser is a gentle cleanser that works to reduce inflammation and remove dirt and oil from the skin. I use it morning and night.
- Add a serum
Serums are a great way to target specific skin concerns, such as wrinkles or age spots. They're also a good way to boost your moisturizer's anti-aging effects. Look for serums that contain antioxidants, which help protect your skin from damaging free radicals. Serums should always be applied after cleansing, but before moisturizing. For my morning routine I love our Bio-Pure Vitamin C Serum. Just give it a few extra seconds to fully absorb before moving on to the next step.
- Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
This is the foundation of any good skincare routine. A good moisturizer will help keep your skin hydrated and looking its best. Be sure to choose a moisturizer that's right for your skin type - if you're not sure, ask your dermatologist for advice. Always look at the ingredients in the moisturizer you choose - ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid or glycolic acid work great in maintaining moisture and hydration and keeping skin looking its best all day.
If you’re like me and never get enough sleep at night, adding an eye cream will go a long way in reducing puffiness and those dreaded dark circles under your eyes. While this step isn’t a must in your skincare routine, eye creams are specially formulated to target that delicate eye area and work to keep skin extra hydrated and prevent signs of aging. This is one I apply in the morning and evening for extra eye hydration.
- 5. Apply an SPF
SPF should be your last step in your skincare routine and is a must! Sunscreen protects your skin from damaging UV rays which can ultimately lead to cancer, discoloration and wrinkles. It’s crucial to apply sunscreen every day as your skin is still susceptible to UV rays even on cloudy days. Pick a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to keep your skin protected and reduce the signs of aging.
These 4-5 skincare steps will go a long way in maintaining a good and healthy skincare routine if you’re an on-the-go mom, like me. My kids and family will always be most important, but skin health should also be a priority. By sticking to the basics and being consistent with your skincare routine, you’ll feel good about your complexion and still get your kids to school on time.