Do you remember the time pre-kids? When we had all the time to do everything WE wanted to do? Mine was a self-indulgent time – regular spas, monthly massages, luxe restaurants. Yes.. that was a memorable part of my history but why would I look back when the future with my new family is brighter.
We all lead busy lives as mums and, unless you have a full time nanny, there are times when you’ve had no choice but cancel that anticipated day at the spa or that hour with the facialists for reasons that you could not ignore. But no matter how hectic life gets we must remember to look after ourselves. I was brought up by a beauty conscious mother who instilled upon me that a. The skin is our biggest organ therefore we must look after it; b. You have only one face – invest in it.
So.. since having Ava and since time is now of the essence, I have created my own beauty regime that it is quick, convenient and super effective!
First rule of thumb, moisturise your face after each wash with a fabulous and I mean fabulous moisturiser. There are times when I have to rush out so fast that I don’t have time to put on eye cream, toner, serum, BUT because I have a fabulous moisturiser, my skin is content. I use La Mer’s Gel/Creme de la Creme – I swear by it. In case La Mer is out of the question, consider L’Oreal – they are fantastic in all the research they do and most their products contain an anti-age defence of some sort.
Every 7-10 days, or before an event, I do the following. It takes about 20 minutes so you can do it when bub is asleep or first thing in the morning.
1. Get Scrubbing – Using a light scrub for your face, massage in a circular motion onto damp skin. Focus on problem areas, but scrub gently. My must-have scrub is Dermalogica’s Daily Mircofoliant. It is gentle enough to use everyday but my favourite factor about it is I can leave it on for 5 minutes and simply let it eat away all the dead skin cells. I also use it as a pre-treatment to the next step
2. Mask – There are lots of masks out there, all promoting different results. For me a mask must get deep down and clean. At the moment I use Parr’s mud mask from New Zealand’s natural thermals which does just that.
3. Rinse face thoroughly with warm water, if short on time, do this in the shower. You do not have to use facial cleanser for this step. Pat dry with a fresh towel.
While in the shower, exfoliate the body in a circular motion. I have tried many exfoliating products from expensive scrubs to natural loofahs, but nothing is as good as an exfoliating glove. You can get right into creases without too much pressure or dissolved scrubbing beads.
Ps. Regular exfoliating encourages cell renewal and fight cellulite so this is an inexpensive and quick way to look after your biggest organ.
4. Tone – wet a cotton ball and tone all over your face, rub upward and outward towards your ears, concentrating on problem areas and creases (around nose and mouth).
5. Moisturise – don’t just slather it on, take extra care to dab or massage (read your moisturiser’s instructions) into skin. Second rule of thumb, less is more.
6. Spritz – It’s like putting top coat on freshly painted nails – it finishes the ritual. A friend gave me Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist one year and I have loved it since!
The result – skin is brighter and smoother, and feels supple and clean.. without going to the facialist!
So there you go.. easy, effective, and all while bub is sleeping!