Today’s guest post comes from the lovely Joanne at LipsticknLeopardPrint, and as a mum herself she is sharing some of her skincare tips for new mums!

When I saw that Rachel was looking for collaborators for her blog for after the baby was born it got me thinking. I wondered what I could write that would be relevant to a new Mum and then I remembered a piece I had written for a Parenting newsletter last year giving tips on how to take care of your skin after the baby comes without spending too much time!! Hope you find these tips useful.

So, you’ve carried your baby for ten (yes ten!) long months and now they’re finally here…Yippee!! Amazing but this can be the point where most of us leave self-care go out the window because we feel like we don’t have time. Now there are definitely times when this is the case, trust me I know, I had twins so self-care didn’t happen until about 18 months after they were born!! No, I joke, it wasn’t that long but on saying that if I had given it more thought ahead of time I would have realised that I could easily incorporate a simple skincare regime in to my day.

So here are a few tips that I’m going to share with you which hopefully will help you to design your own Speedy Skincare Regime;

Firstly, I’m going to concentrate on cleansing. Now before you think your only option right now is cleansing wipes just take a moment. We live in the age of the Microfibre Wash Cloth…a truly revolutionary piece of kit that will clean your face every bit as quickly as a wipe but is so much better for your skins well-being. I think because it looks just like a face cloth it’s less intimidating…you’re going to wash your face every morning anyway (just so your eyes open) so why not add a little bit of product to your face first rub it in and then wash it off. Simple!!

You also need to invest in a face wash and face scrub, they don’t have to cost the earth but they’re going to be your best friend when you’re trying to take care of your skin with a limited amount of time. This may seem obvious but the amount of people I’ve said this to that never thought of it before is astounding….put them both in the shower with you!! If I didn’t have my face scrub in the shower with me I’d never exfoliate because I’d forget. Exfoliating is a very important part of your skin care regime, it scuffs off the dead skin cells on the surface of your face and aids in the better absorption of your moisturiser. I personally use the Soap & Glory “Greatest Scrub of All” which is €12.49 in Boots but they are constantly offers running on this brand so just keep your eyes open for those.

I like this one because it’s suitable for all skin types and the particles are round instead of square so it exfoliates really well without feeling abrasive on the skin. For oilier combination skin types, it’s safe to exfoliate 2-3 times a week but for dry sensitive skins it’s probably best to do it once or twice a week. After exfoliating I prefer to use a creamier wash on my face. My personal favourite is Clinique “Rinse off Foaming Cleanser” now it’s a bit pricier at €23.00 for 150ml but I would go through a tube a year so, a little really does go a long way

Now I know time isn’t always on your side but if you do have an extra ten minutes after your shower a lovely way to give yourself a miniature “facial” is to take the cleanser of your choice, apply a thick layer of it on your face and run a face cloth under warm/hot water, whatever your heat preference may be and place the face cloth on your face for 6-7 minutes. When you’re finished, use the cloth to remove the remainder of your cleanser and voila you’ll feel like a new woman.

Alternatively, another great way of getting a miniature facial in is a sheet mask. I really wish these were around when my children were babies because they’re such an easy way to get your mask in without it feeling like it’s too much effort. You could easily pop one on as you’re starting a feed, they stay adhered to the skin so no faffing around with them once they’re on and when the time is up you just remove the mask and rub the remainder of the product into your skin. Sheet masks come in all different varieties and I’m sure there will be one to suit you no matter what your main skin care concerns are. Top tip, take a trip to TK Maxx if you’re looking to buy some, it’s like sheet mask heaven there!!

Lastly but definitely not least, eye cream.  Now I’m telling you this because I didn’t do it when my babies were small and I absolutely should have. You’re going to be tired, very tired and your eyes may be puffy and sore. Investing in an eye cream if nothing else is going to be soothing and it will make you feel better and more awake. I’ve recently discovered a gorgeous eye cream from Clarins which, in my opinion should be given to every parent as they walk out of the Maternity Ward. It’s the Multi Active Eye Cream, the applicator on this is like some kind of wizardry. It’s made of metal so obviously you’re going to expect it to be cold but this always feels like it’s just come out of the freezer. It’s amazing for tired eyes and puffiness and yes, it is pricey but I think this is an investment you can’t afford not to make.

So, there you have it, my pearls of wisdom. I really hope they’ve been of some use to you. I know how hard it is to take care of your skin while taking care of your babies but it’s important and it’s uplifting especially when you’re feeling really tired. It’s incredible the difference taking care of yourself does to your overall mood.

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