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Over time, the stress of it all can start to take its toll on your body. Not only can you feel sluggish and even a bit achy, but your skin can start to look tired and dull, as well. Your skin will start to age much faster than you do.
As a mom, it can be hard to feel your best. You spend so much of your time taking care of the needs of your family that you get little time for yourself. Most moms don’t have enough time to get all the sleep they want, let alone do things like cook healthy meals, exercise regularly, or have time to relax.
You need to take the time for self-care, no matter how many soccer practices or dance recitals you have to attend in a week. Here are a few things you can do to take better care of yourself and get beautiful, healthy skin in the process:
The skin is an organ. Drinking enough water means that the organ is able to replenish as necessary and stay healthy. As with other organs in the body, a lack of water and a lack of sleep have a significant impact on the body. Since moms tend to be lacking in the sleeping area, it always helps to drink more water.
Drinking more water helps you feel more awake, not eat as much and have more energy. This can even add that glow you’ve been missing and help smooth out some of those wrinkles.
Minimize Sun Exposure
A little sun can give you a healthy glow and make you feel energetic. However, too much can age your skin, encourage the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and create age spots and discoloration. Too much sun exposure can also contribute to the development of skin cancer which no one wants.
Limit the time you spend in the sun and make sure you put on a strong sun block each day. Wear the sunblock under your makeup, or choose a foundation that includes it.
Exfoliate Your Skin Regularly
Healthy skin includes regular cellular turnover that creates fresh, new cells and sloughs off the old ones. As you age, that process slows down and dead cells can rest on the surface of your skin. This causes it to look duller and older than it is.
Exfoliating can remove those dead skin cells and give your skin a healthier and younger appearance. You can exfoliate daily with a cleansing scrub, and you can get more intense exfoliation with treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Exfoliation will reveal that fresher, younger layer of skin and give you a healthy, beautiful glow.
As a mom, you don’t have to worry as much about pimples, except for the occasional one you might get around your menstrual cycle. But you probably do have a few blemishes that come along with aging, such as skin tags, moles, angiomas, and age spots.
Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions for removing these skin blemishes. Look to your dermatologist to have unsightly moles removed by either freezing or cutting them off. Along with a variety of other skin treatments that fade and eventually remove age spots along with discoloration on your skin.
Removing blemishes will make your skin look like a smooth canvas once again. You’ll look younger and feel more confident as a result.
Get a Plant
Having a plant in the home can help your skin. It not only clears pollutants from the air but it also provides oxygen that helps your skin flourish.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Properly moisturizing your skin is the best thing you can do to make it look young and beautiful. You need to focus on moisturizing your skin both inside and out. That means drinking plenty of water, reducing your caffeine intake, and using the right lotions and creams each day.
Your daily regime needs to include moisturizing your skin right after you clean it, as well as using a deeper moisturizer each night. You can also use essence waters to help your skin better accept the creams and lotions you use.
Limit your caffeine intake and other drying agents that can counteract the good work you are doing. Smoking can dry your skin and age it more than just about anything else you can do. Kick the habit now.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Getting enough sleep can be easier said than done for moms, especially if you have younger children. A baby or toddler can keep you up all night, and elementary school aged children can keep you up with nightmares or illness. Even if you have teenagers who like to sleep all day, you likely don’t get enough sleep thanks to worrying about them or filling your days with their activities.
However, getting enough sleep can not only make you feel better but also look better. It ’s not called beauty sleep for anything. Sleeping gives your body time to do important work at the cellular level, and that includes skin renewal. If you skimp on sleep, your skin will age early and will look just as tired as you are.
Follow these steps, and you will be sure to have the beautiful, healthy skin that you want. You’ll look younger and more vibrant, and you’ll feel great about yourself.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.