It’s true what they say about everything changing once your baby arrives, and your beauty routine is no exception. The hours you once spent perfecting your hair and makeup will now have to be squeezed in between feedings, diaper changes and playtime with your new addition. You also might have a few new beauty concerns to tackle. No worries though—you just have to revamp your beauty arsenal. And for every post-pregnancy beauty concern, there is a solution.
Let’s face it; long showers are a thing of the past now that your little one has arrived. In fact, there may be days where you barely have time to shower at all, let alone wash your hair, resulting in oily, greasy-looking strands.
The Fast Fix: Dry Shampoo
When time is of the essence and a full-on cleanse is not an option, dry shampoo can be your best friend. But you’ll want to make sure the ingredients are baby-friendly and avoid aerosol-based sprays.
One To Add To Your Arsenal: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Non-Aerosol/Eco-Friendly
This all-natural dry shampoo formula has stood the test of time (it’s been around for more than 40 years) for good reason—it works. And in addition to absorbing excess oil and eliminating greasy residue, this multitasker also volumizes to give your style a lift, too. $19.50, skinstore.com
You’ll be sleeping a lot less and that alone can take a serious toll on your skin. But with all the visitors stopping by to meet your little one, plus the abundance of social media pics that will undoubtedly be posted online, you’ll want to at least keep up the appearance of flawless, radiant skin.
The Fast Fix: CC Cream
The CC cream might translate to “color correcting,” but for moms who need a quick remedy for a tired-looking complexion, it just as well stand for complete coverage cream, because that’s exactly what it offers.
One To Add To Your Arsenal: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+
While the highly pigmented formula delivers smooth, flawless coverage it’s also infusing your skin with anti-aging superstars like peptides, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, C, B and E. An added timesaving bonus? It cuts two steps out of your usual beauty routine by working as a moisturizer and SPF, too. $38, ulta.com
You’ll become very familiar with lack of sleep with your new baby around and you’ll probably have puffy eyes to show for it. While lying down in a spa-like setting with cucumber slices over your eyes seems very appealing, chances are it won’t be an option for a while.
The Fast Fix: Under-Eye Beauty Patches
Look for no-muss, no-fuss under-eye patches that target puffiness in the under-eye area without the hassle of messy formulas and clean up time.
One To Add To Your Arsenal: Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
Just 10 minutes is all it takes to achieve a more refreshed look with these cooling gel patches that infuse skin with soothing ingredients and ginko biloba to reduce puffiness. They are easy to apply and remove with no clean-up required. $30, skinstore.com
Your pregnancy may have a been a beautiful experience, but some of the changes it left behind seem like anything but—especially stretch marks. Sometimes even all the cocoa butter on the planet can’t keep them away, but there are ways to diminish them after pregnancy.
The Fast Fix: Stretch Mark Cream
They may not be the magic wand you are hoping for but many creams can help diminish the appearance of stretch marks. Look for collagen-boosting ingredients that help plump and restore skin.
One To Add To Your Arsenal: Aden + Anais Stretch Mark Reducing Cream
Free of parabens and other harmful ingredients, this stretch mark-minimizing formula relies on natural-grade darutoside to purportedly help reduce the appearance of stretch marks in just two weeks. $30, adenandanais.com
Between diaper changes and cleaning bottles, pacifiers and anything else your little one touches, you’ll be washing your hands a lot more often, which can cause severely dry skin.
The Fast Fix: Anti-Aging Hand Cream
Give your hands a little extra TLC—after all they are doing a lot of baby handling now too—with a multitasking formula that will keep your hands soft and smooth for baby and fight off the signs of aging in the process.
One To Add To Your Arsenal: Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream
This certified-organic formula includes the antioxidant power of vitamin C to help protect and restore skin, as well as aloe, jojoba and shea butters to keep hands soft and youthful. $12, juicebeauty.com
Don’t Forget: You’ll be using a lot of hand sanitizer (and so will all of your visitors) so make sure it’s a kid-friendly one that’s free of harsh chemicals like The Honest Co. Hand Sanitizer Gel, which is also infused with aloe and vitamin E to keep hands from drying out. $7, honest.com
Now that you can finally see your feet again, you might also be longing for the days when you could stroll into the nail salon and leave with a fresh, lively pop of color on your toes. And even though finding time for a pedicure appointment may have to go to the wayside for a little while, you don’t have to walk around with unpolished nails.
The Fast Fix: Fast Drying Polish
Until you have time to get back to the nail salon, stock up on nail polishes that are specially formulated to dry quickly. You’ll be able to squeeze in your own polishing session before naptime is over.
One To Add To Your Arsenal: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color
From the brand known for nail care comes this fast-drying, formaldehyde- and toluene-free formula that leaves your nails with flawless coverage after just one stroke. The unique brush design contours to any nail and a proprietary complex leaves you with brilliant shine and long-lasting color in next to no time at all. $5, sallyhansen.com
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