Easy Skincare Routine For Busy Moms
When you’re trying to manage a career, a household, take care of a baby—as well as the rest of the family—it can be easy to let your self-care routine go. Remind yourself that taking moments for self-care can provide the well-deserved mood boost and mental pause you need for yourself, your work, and your family.
Even busy, tired mamas can have beautiful, glowing skin following a simple routine like this one shared by Dr. Florence Mussat in Chicago, IL. For specific product recommendations, feel free to contact her for more information.
Use a Gentle Daily Cleanser
Use micellar water, which is less likely to dry out and irritate your skin, or an oil-based, alcohol-free cleanser. Simply saturate a cotton pad, then wipe the pad across your skin, and of course, follow up with a moisturizer.
Always Wear Sunscreen
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays damage our skin all year round, not just in the summer, and are responsible for 90 percent of the skin’s aging. Sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is essential when it comes to your daily skincare routine. Be sure to apply an actual sunscreen product, not a moisturizer with SPF or a foundation that includes SPF.
Moisturize Twice a Day
Hydration is what keeps your skin plump and youthful throughout the day. Apply moisturizer twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
With all the moisturizers on the market, finding the best one can be a challenge. Keep it simple by looking for gel creams that incorporate ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help restore the skin barrier, retain moisture, and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Exfoliate Occasionally, Not Every Day
Exfoliating your skin removes the dead cell buildup that can cause irritation, dullness, and acne. While it’s not something you should do every single day, make it a part of your skincare routine a few times a week.
Rather than a physical exfoliator, use a chemical exfoliant as it polishes away dead and dull skin, allowing the active ingredients in your other skincare products to penetrate better. Ultimately, this leads to healthier, smoother-looking bright, and dewy skin.
Add an Anti-Aging Product
While the routine outlined above is essential for establishing and maintaining healthy skin, you need to optimize it even further by including an anti-aging retinol serum to help prevent the wear and tear of everyday life.
Retinol—a less potent, over-the-counter version of a retinoid—is one of those rare ingredients that can penetrate deep into your dermis and stimulate collagen production right at the source. Over time, a retinol-based product will help even out texture, fine lines, wrinkles and even reduce pore size.
Keep in mind that retinol makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays and that sunlight decreases its efficacy, so it’s best only to apply it at night.