Everyone talks about that postpartum glow, but no one talks about how to find time to fit your skincare routine into your hectic life as a new mom. After all, the only time you have for yourself is when the baby is asleep – aren’t the instructions to sleep when this happens?
New moms do experience some skin woes that add some unnecessary stress to the chaos around them. Pronounced under-eye circles from the lack of sleep, melasma, discoloration, hormonal breakouts, the list is endless. There’s a lot of things re-configuring in your body, so it is no surprise that your skin is acting up.
Today, I bring you a no BS, no-hassle, zero-nonsense skincare routine that will take care of the basics, keep everything in check, and give you that postpartum glow everyone is talking about.
At this point, you don’t have the luxury of time to go through an entire 10-step skincare routine, so we’re keeping this one simple. Your morning routine is going to focus on cleansing, shielding your skin from environmental radicals, and sun damage.
Step 1: Cleanse
Use a water-based gentle cleanser to remove all dirt and bacteria that accumulate throughout the night. Not to mention, our skin regenerates overnight, which means dead skin cells stay on the surface, possibly clogging pores. Cleansing in the morning makes sure your skin gets a fresh start.
Step 2: Antioxidant Serum
Make sure to protect your skin against external environmental aggressors that can speed up skin aging. Invest in a potent antioxidant serum that includes ingredients such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and squalene to shield your skin against free radicals that promote cellular damage.
Step 3: Eye Cream
Those dark circles under your eyes are a tell-tale sign of fatigue and poor sleep. You did have a baby, after all. However, incorporating an eye cream into your morning routine will make sure the area is hydrated and nourished to diminish the signs. Find one with caffeine, reflective pigments, or cooling rollers to reduce inflammation and fight pigmentation.
Step 4: Moisturizer with SPF
Your final step is perhaps the most important one. Many women experience post-pregnancy melasma, which causes dark spots. Make sure the moisturizer you use has rich ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. Additionally, try to find one that has at least 35 SPF to make sure you’re protecting your skin from sun damage.
Your night routine, on the other hand, needs to be faster, easier, and foolproof. You want to find the right routine you can sneak in when your partner puts the baby to sleep. Make sure your skincare routine includes nourishing ingredients to restore your skin while you sleep.
Step 1: Micellar Water
Switch your cleanser for a two-in-one product. With micellar water, you can remove your makeup and cleanse your skin at the same time. Use a cotton pad or a cotton towelette to take off your makeup before you move on.
Step 2: Toner
Since you don’t have the time to try double-cleansing at this point, you must make sure there’s no residue left. Use a gentle toner that contains NO alcohol or any irritating substances. Use either a cotton pad or your hands to tap the toner onto your face gently.
Step 3: Nourishing Oils
Use a rich, nourishing serum to help your skin restore at night. These should be rich and concentrated, find one with vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, or retinol. Your other option is to use this moment to apply a stretch mark oil to make sure your body’s skin is also getting the nourishment it needs.
Step 4: Night Cream
Seal all products together with a reconditioning night cream. Unlike your morning moisturizer, night creams are often heavier and take longer to absorb. Find one with peptides, antioxidant ingredients, seaweed, or retinol to make sure your skin is getting the treatment it needs to shine the next morning.
Additionally, to your skincare routine, you should try to sneak in some “me time” and try a once-weekly treatment. Find a restorative and hydrating face mask, for example, a honey mask, an avocado face mask, or an at-home peeling solution.
Another excellent skincare tool to have with you always is a face mist. Whenever you feel as if your skin is looking tired or dull, spritz your favorite face mist to restore moisture and bring back your natural glow.
And remember, you’re already taking care of a baby, don’t be too harsh on yourself. If you skip your skincare routine one day, don’t worry about it. Unless you forget to apply sunscreen, then we’ll have a problem.