Beauty Basics: A Simple Beauty Guide for New Moms

Let's face it, now that you're a mom you've probably got less time on your hands for self-pampering than you thought you'd have, and that's understandable considering the frequent diaper changes, midnight feedings and general household chores you need to deal with. So how are you expected to look good with everything that's going on in your life? By following our simple and hassle-free basic beauty guide, of course!

Tired Skin

- Drink plenty of water. That's right, something as simple as drinking the much-recommended 8 glasses of water a day not only helps liven your skin and return that glow to your face, it is also an important ingredient to keeping you healthy and feeling refreshed.

- Use a gentle face scrub 2-3 times a week. This will remove dry skin build-up and give your skin a natural and healthy glow, reducing the need for makeup.

- Keep your skin moisturized. Use an oil-free moisturizer with a 30 Sun Protection Factor (SPF) in the morning and a heavier hydrating moisturizer at night to keep your skin soft and young-looking.

- Rub coconut oil on stretch marks. Doing so might not completely eliminate stretch marks, but it will reduce them noticeably. Cocoa butter has also been said to reduce the severity of stretch marks.

 Puffy Eyes

- Place cold chamomile tea bags on your eyes. Simply steep two chamomile tea bags, cool them, and then place them on your eyes for 5 minutes; you'll look rested even if you've spent a full night awake!

- Buy a good eye cream. Not only will it combat puffiness, but it will help get rid of under-eye circles, too.
- Get enough sleep. Eye puffiness is a common symptom of sleep depravation, so if you can't get a full 8 hours of sleep at night, take frequent naps during the day when your baby is snoozing.
- Drink more liquids. More often than not, puffy eyes result from dehydration. Make sure you're getting enough liquids by keeping a small water bottle with you when you leave the house and frequently remind yourself to drink more water while at home.

Makeup Makeover

- Use light lipstick. Most new moms don't have much time to apply full makeup so they opt for a quick fix of lipstick. However, applying dark lipstick will emphasize a pale complexion, leaving it looking more tired. Opt for rosy pink or subtle peach shades.
- Keep cream blushes close at hand. Just applying a tiny bit to the apples of your cheeks will give you an instant rosy glow that makes you look refreshed.
- Invest in long-lasting makeup. Good quality water or smudge proof makeup might cost more, but it will save you the need to keep touching it up.
- Keep your makeup kit simple. Now that you're a new mom chances are you're not going to be able to spend 20 minutes applying makeup any more. Choose one set of colors that compliments your skin tone and highlights your features, and leave it at that.

Messy Hair

- Invest in a good haircut. Never underestimate the effectiveness of a good haircut that suits your face shape and hair type. Good haircuts will need minimal upkeep and can add volume to thin hair.
- Learn a few easy hairstyles. There are lots of quick and easy-to-follow hairstyles out there that you can use. Consult your hairdresser or read hairstyle magazines for a quick guide covering various hairstyles for different hair types and lengths.
- Powder your roots if you don't have time for a shower. Applying a light layer of loose facial or baby powder on your roots will absorb excess oil, making your hair look less oily, which is great for when you're in a pinch and don't have time for a quick shower.
- Avoid blow-drying your hair everyday. Daily blow-drying will dry out and damage your hair, making it less manageable. If your hair is already dry or damaged, use leave-in conditioners that reduce frizz and soften your tresses.