Motherhood is an amazing and life-changing journey of pure love and unparalleled joy. With it comes countless responsibilities, which often make you feel overwhelmed. As a result, you tend to neglect yourself along the way. Taking out time for yourself is necessary for your well-being and self-esteem.
All mothers deserve a refreshing makeover to bring out their natural radiance and feel confident in their own skin. So whether you are a new mum or have been on this journey for a while, explore these invaluable makeover tips designed for you.
Practise skincare routine
Treat your skin with quality skin products and professional treatments to get glowing and healthy skin. Here is a suggested skincare routine.
Use a gentle and effective cleanser to remove impurities from your skin, leaving behind the protective natural oils.
Apply toner after cleansing to help balance skin pH. Look for an alcohol-free toner containing natural ingredients like aloe vera and rosewater.
Moisturise your skin to get rid of that dull mummy face. The one you choose should be compatible with your skin, contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and natural oils like shea butter to lock in moisture, and have antioxidants like vitamins C and E.
Eye care is a priority as sleepless nights of motherhood cause dark circles, puffiness and fine lines around the eyes. Nourish your skin with an eye cream containing hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to brighten up and firm the skin around the eyes.
Wearing sunscreen on your day outings is a must. The melasma of your pregnancy seems to stick forever and exposure to UV rays can trigger hyperpigmentation. It also reduces other sunlight-induced skin damage.
Treat your skin to rejuvenating facial masks and exfoliating scrubs once a week to remove dead skin and reveal brighter, smoother skin.
Consider scheduling an appointment with a professional skin care expert once in a while for expert guidance.
Apply hassle-free makeup
For busy mommies, it’s difficult to take time out for elaborate makeup. Here is a simple makeup routine for mommies on the go to achieve a natural and fresh look.
Start with a moisturiser to hydrate your skin.
Apply a BB cream or lightweight foundation to even out your skin tone and set an even base for your makeup.
Use a concealer for skin blemishes and dark circles under the eyes.
Define your eyes by applying an eyeshadow that complements your skin tone and the outfit you are wearing. Apply mascara to make your lashes appear fuller and longer. Finish off by outlining your upper lash line with black or brown eyeliner.
Add a touch of blush to the apples of your cheek and a highlighter to your upper cheekbones.
Finish off with tinted lip balm or lipstick to complete the look.
Update your hairstyle
Adapting your hair care routine to your demanding lifestyle is essential for maintaining beautiful hair.
Opt for low-maintenance haircuts which require minimal stylings, such as bob cuts, shoulder-length cuts and long layers. These styles can be easily managed daily.
Embrace your natural hair texture and work with them to find an enhancing hairstyle. Minimise heat styling and work with your curls, waves or straight hair to save time.
Practise easy and quick hairstyles that can be done in minutes. For busy mums, the go-to hairdo options are ponytails, messy buns and braids. They keep the hair out of your face and require minimal effort.
Accessorise your hair with stylish hair pins, hair clips and headbands. These accessories add a fashionable touch to your hairdo.
Maintain healthy hair using hydrating shampoo and conditioners that suit your hair type. Do regular trimming to prevent split ends and deep conditioning once in a while to nurture them.
Consult a hairstylist to get personalised advice on your hair care, haircut and styling.
Revamp your wardrobe
The goal of updating your wardrobe is to create a collection of clothing, footwear and accessories that make you feel stylish and confident while maintaining your ease and comfort. We suggest you:
Declutter your current wardrobe by removing items that no longer fit or suit your style.
Define your personal style by considering your body type, lifestyle and preferences. Ask yourself if you prefer a casual, comfortable look or a formal, more polished one.
Build a versatile collection of essential basics like well-fitting jeans, neutral tops, a short black dress and comfortable shoes. They will be the core of your closet.
Buy statement and trendy pieces to add freshness to your core wardrobe. Select items that blend with many clothes.
Invest in stylish, trendy, practical accessories like sunglasses, tote bags and timeless jewellery pieces to complete your look.
Organise your wardrobe to make it easier to see what you have and mix and match outfits effortlessly.
Focus on fitness
It seems like you always have your hands full and finding time to workout is a challenge. Prioritise your health with this achievable fitness routine. Remember to start gradually, listen to your body and make sure to feel comfortable while working out.
Incorporate physical activity into your daily life. Take the stairs, walk or bike for short distances and play with your kids outdoors.
Cardiovascular exercises improve heart health, stamina and burn calories. Do brisk walking, jogging or cycling for 30 minutes a day.
Flexibility and stretching exercises improve muscle tightness and range of motion. Think about incorporating yoga or pilates into your routine.
Core exercises are important for stability, posture and backaches. Try kegel exercises to strengthen the damaged perineum and pelvic floor after childbirth.
Include strength training exercises such as squats, push-ups and planks to build muscle mass and improve metabolism.
Take some me time
Indulge in self-care and take care of your overall well-being as a mummy. It is vital to lead a balanced life taking the time for activities that make you feel great.
Engage in activities that give you peace of mind, whether gardening, reading, breathwork meditation, or even taking a leisurely bath.
Nurture your intimate life to keep the spark alive. Plan special moments together such as date nights and dinners.
Learn to say NO to excessive commitments that may take your time and energy and leave you feeling drained.
Enhance your sleep routine as rest and relaxation are crucial to feel rejuvenated.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Reach out to your partner, family and friends to help with childcare responsibilities.
Consider aesthetic makeover procedures
If you have the budget, you can experience the transformative power of aesthetic procedures designed for mommies. Enhance your natural beauty and regain confidence with some of these specialised treatments. It’s important to book a consultation with a qualified health professional and discuss your specific needs and expectations.
Get nonsurgical facial treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing to reduce hyperpigmentation, fine lines and improve skin texture.
Injectable fillers and Botox can help reduce wrinkles and restore volume to areas of your face and lips, giving you a youthful appearance.
Body contouring is an option for mommies who want to address issues like stubborn fat and loose skin. It includes liposuction, tummy tucks as well as nonsurgical procedures like coolsculpting to achieve a more sculpted and toned appearance.
Breast procedures like breast lift, breast augmentation or reduction are done to counter changes that have occurred during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Being a mum is the toughest job in the world because you juggle a lot of things each day. You deserve to pamper yourself once in a while. Develop a skincare routine, use an easy-to-follow makeup regimen, get a great mum hairstyle, update your closet, find time to sweat out, consider aesthetic makeover procedures, and spend time just for yourself.
These tips make you feel rejuvenated and confident of your identity as a mother. Prioritising self-care has a transformative power for a more fulfilling and joyful life.
About the Author
Dr. Ammar Mahmoud is a highly respected cosmetic gynecological surgeon known for his expertise in minimally invasive procedures. He has a particular focus on sexual wellness and function. He has trained at St. George’s University, where he served as Vice President of the Medical Honor Society and on the board of the Anatomical Clinical Research Society. Dr. Mahmoud also completed his residency at the State University of New York Downstate, where he currently serves as a clinical associate professor. In recent years, he has given a keynote speech on advanced labiaplasty and vaginoplasty techniques and has been a faculty member at the International Cosmetic Gynecology Conference in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Mahmoud is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Surgeons and the American Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgery. He is dedicated to providing his patients compassionate and professional care based on individual needs.