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.
I’m not a mom but I love all these tips nonetheless! Have been wanting to keep a plant around and now I’m even more motivated to 😮
I have a couple friends who aren’t moms either. I should say, if you’re a busy person, these tips work well, haha!
I REALLY need to be drinking more water. I always tell myself I will & never do but I walk around dehydrated and I can feel my skin becoming affected. Great tips!
Yeah, without water, our bodies really suffer and it can be obvious to us! Glad they were useful!
I think getting plenty of sleep, drinking lots of water and taking good care of your skin are super important. I try to wash my face morning and night, but need to get better at it. Thanks for sharing.
Oh man, I forget to wash my face a lot and my skin hates me for it. Water is the other thing I struggle with. All very important!
Blonde Seeking Ambition
LOVING all your tips for self-care! I notice it in my skin immediately when I’m not drinking enough water… staying hydrated is so important.
I used to have the worst luck with my skin. When I started trying to really focus on water intake alone. it made a HUGE difference.
I am crazy about my use of sunblock! We have had two different people with skin cancer in our family so we try and prevent!
That’s definitely an encouragement to keep that skin protected from the sun! I’m with you on that one!
I had no idea a plant was good for your skin. I knew it helped the air quality in your home, but beyond that I just thought they were great for decor. I like knowing that they are also keeping my skin looking healthy.
Plants are one of those underestimated items in the home. They have so many great uses!
I’m a stay-at-home-mom and honestly speaking, even if I’m just working at home I still don’t have enough time for myself. Thanks for this!
I definitely can relate to your plight. That’s why I try to choose one and focus on it instead of all of it because it feels impossible if not.
Heather Riccobono (@BrieBrieBlooms)
Getting enough sleep as a parent sounds comical at this point in my life. I have two daughters, two and six, and work from home. I’ve never really put sleep as my priority but probably could use a bit more.
haha! I’m with you on that one. That one is harder than most but we have to make it a priority to care for ourselves or it could leave us unable to care for our children if we’re not careful!
It always comes down to the basics: drink water, stay out of the sun, get a plant for air quality, and get good sleep. Thanks for the reminders and the bonus tips!
I’m glad you enjoyed them! Yes, it’s pure basics but those seem to be the easiest to forget!
These are all tried and tested, especially drinking water and getting enough sleep. I’d also say to stay away from processed sugar as it usually causes breakouts. I can never go a day without a moisturizer!
Oh yes! Processed foods in general are no good for the skin!
Great tips! I definitely need to drink more water to stay hydrated! it is so important for our bodies!
Yes!! So important! However, so hard to remember and oddly enough, hard to fit in time for!
Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
All great tips! I can attest that the Clinique Acne Solutions products work wonders! My daughters and I use them. Sun exposure…I live in Florida and I’m in the sun every day during the summer. I’m 35, but with good genes and the use of great sun screen, I don’t have any wrinkles, and literally only one fine line on my forehead.
Can you share those genes?? haha! It sounds like you have a great skincare routine down as does your daughter!
I live for water, plants and sleep! Best thing ever for my skin. I’d love to try the clarisonic one day thought just because it sounds so interesting
You would LOVE the Clarisonic! Sounds like you love a lot of things that are great for your skin, yay!!
I agree that all of these tips are really useful for moms, or for any women! Staying hydrated is really important in the hot summer months.
Yes! It’s very important. Water is the key to all of it, in my opinion!