Just because we are moms, it doesn’t mean that we don’t want to look or feel good. We still want our skin to glow (not sweat), have manicured nails, and heels that don’t double up as a scrubbing brush. The problem is that we just don’t have as much time (or let’s be honest, money) as we did pre-kids.
We can’t spend hours at the salon every two weeks or have our weekly blow dry at the hairdresser when there are two million other things that need to get done first such as helping with homework or taking kids to their extramural activities.
But, at some point, we have to prioritise ourselves. After all, a happy mama means a happy kiddo. It’s no secret that feeling good about ourselves has an incredibly positive effect on our mood and our emotions, two things our kids are incredibly sensitive to. Sure, you may not be able to get everything done that you used to, but here are some hacks and treatments to consider that will not only save you time, but some will save you money in the long run – and, best of all, they’ll make you feel incredible!
1. Hair removal:
It may be more expensive initially but laser hair removal will not only save you time in the long run, but also save you money on waxes and razors. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, this will be your saving grace since the hair literally doesn’t grow back once you have done enough sessions. Sessions are spaced about four weeks apart so it really isn’t too time-consuming at all, plus with the technology these days it’s a virtually painless experience.
If you have fair hair, you know the struggle all too well; either you fill your brows in every single morning or you make a trip to the salon every two weeks and get them tinted. Microblading will make your life so much easier, and the solution is pretty much permanent. It gives them a much fuller look, as well as defines the shape and intensifies the colour, giving you perfect brows with zero effort from yourself.
If microblading is a bit too permanent for you, why not tint your brows at home? You can purchase the tint and hydrogen peroxide at your local chemist and it will take about 15 minutes to do in the comfort of your own home. The little kit works out to be the same price as one trip to the salon for a brow tint, but you will get at least 20 applications this way.
Have you noticed what a difference it makes to your whole appearance when you’ve added a lick of mascara to your lashes? It’s amazing! If you’d like to save that bit of time in the morning and add even more volume and va-va-voom to your lashes, consider having lash extensions done. They generally last four to six weeks before needing a fill (a short 30-minute treatment) and you can have as much or as little dramatic flair and volume as you please.
If lash extensions are a bit too much for you and you’d like to keep things a bit more natural, a lash perm and tint is a really good option, too. This gives a more natural, but still glam look. The perm will give your lashes that perfect curl, while the tint adds that bit of definition and colour that makes all the difference.
“It’s no secret that feeling good about ourselves has an incredibly positive effect on our mood and our emotions, two things our kids are incredibly sensitive to.”
This is such a tricky one if you have difficult hair to manage. The first, and maybe most important, thing to do is to find a combination of products that works for you and your hair. A good shampoo and conditioner are key; they can take your hair from frizzy madness to relative calm. If frizz is your main concern, consider going for a keratin treatment every three to six months. This will tame the frizz, pump some much-needed goodness into your locks and also cut down on time spent heat styling. Your hair will literally be wash and wear – what a dream!
We all want silky-smooth skin, but piling on the moisturiser every morning and evening takes a whack of time and it can also be a little bit uncomfortable for some, especially during the warmer months. If you’re nodding your head while reading this, then the next time you’re at the shops, purchase a shower oil. It’s similar to a shower gel but a lot more nourishing and basically cuts out the need to a moisturiser afterwards. Win!
A good pedicure is life changing; well, it certainly feels that way! We run after our kids all day long and our feet take such a beating, it’s important to treat them every now and again. If you can’t manage to get to the salon every month for a pedi, an at-home one does wonders as well. Make your own scrub by simply whipping together some granulated sugar, avocado (or similar) oil and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. If your heels are really in a poor state, lather on some nourishing lotion and hop into bed with some socks on – you should see a great difference the next morning.
If you battle with chipped nail polish (on both your hands and feet), the next time you go for your professional mani or pedi, try out gel instead of nail polish. Gel generally extends the longevity of your colour by two weeks; that means about six to eight weeks’ worth of wear on your feet and four on your hands!
There you have it, a few ways for you to still look and feel fabulous, all while being a mama on the go! Remember that you were a person before you become a mom and that person still matters, so go on mama, treat yourself. You deserve it!
Sarah is a beauty-product hoarding mama who simply cannot get enough coffee into her system. You can expect to see a little of everything in her blog Mascara & Mimosas, from what makes parenthood a bit easier to her latest beauty obsession – or even what DIY she’s just tried.