It’s no secret that moms don’t take nearly enough time for themselves daily. We’ve all seen the mom show up to school drop-off in her pajama pants and hair pulled up in a ponytail. Heck, we may have been that mom. It’s easy to forego beauty for the sake of efficiency (especially on school days) but if given the choice would you choose the pajama pants and messy ponytail or yoga pants and a face with fresh makeup?
Summer is here, so let’s consider this our practice season! Following some basic ways that we can all get some everyday beauty, perhaps this will train us all (myself included) to put ourselves a little bit higher on our list of priorities for fall.
Here are a few of my favourite ways to get some everyday beauty:
1.) While a daily shower is sometimes the big achievement of our day, when is the last time you had a relaxing bubble bath? Add in your favourite scented bubble bath and lather up – your skin will love the pampering!
2.) Moisturize your face every morning and every night. Ask your friends for suggestions or look online (blogs perhaps?!) for information on the favourites out there. While many of us may remember to moisturize after our morning cleansing routine, at night I know many of us are too tired to even wash our face. Try and give yourself that extra 5 minutes to wash your makeup off at night and apply a moisturizer.
3.) If you feel better wearing makeup, make-up the time to apply it daily (see what I did there?) Especially in the summer months, I can go several days without applying makeup, yet when I do I feel great about myself! I know a full face of makeup sometimes isn’t sensible in the humid summer months, but even applying a tinted moisturizer and some lip gloss can help liven up your look.
4.) Use sunscreen! Sun damage ages the skin, so if you want that sun-kissed look, use a tinted moisturizer all over your body. To keep your skin sun-safe, experts recommend that we use a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes before sun exposure and then at least every 2 hours thereafter. As an added bonus, many sunscreens smell amazing so you get protected skin and a little scent boost too!
5.) An easy way to get some everyday beauty, and boost your mood, is to simply paint your nails. I’ve made it a point to keep my nails painted over the past year or so and it’s been a challenge sometimes! However, when I do, I feel better. Just having something “done-up” each day helps me feel good. I usually save my manicure time for the evenings once the kids are in bed, but in the summer months it’s easy to have a backyard manicure. The sun is shining and that combined with the fresh air ensures your nails will dry quickly while the kids are playing.
So who’s with me? Let’s try these 5 tips (and more, if you have some!) this summer to give ourselves a little bit of everyday beauty. Perhaps by fall we can have this down pat and can banish those pajama pants to the bedroom, never to see the schoolyard drop-off again. We can all hope.