6 months old
Looking Put Together
One of the hardest aspects of new parenting is the lack of time for your everyday, run-of-the-mill grooming – especially if you’re heading back to work. Besides worrying about your own time management, you also have a baby to feed, dress, change and pack for. Finding a way to get both you and your baby ready, off to childcare and into the office on time is quite the task as it is – so there’s really no room for blow dryers, eyelash curlers and a full face of foundation.
Even if you’re not going back to work, it’s hard to spend six months feeling like a frumpier version of your former self. Here are our favorite tips and products for looking more put-together when you have no time for such a thing:
- LuLu Organics Hair Powder: Hair powder and dry shampoo were designed to soak up hair oil to give your scalp a break from frequent shampooing. However, it’s even better for new mothers who are nixing the shampoo cycle as a time saver rather than a beauty strategy.
- Tinted Moisturizer: Skip some morning steps and slather on SPF moisturizer with skin-correcting coverage. Bonus: You won’t have to worry about the thick, streaky, caked-on look of quickly applied foundation.
- Benefit Cosmetics Eye Bright: A dab on the inner corner of each eye instantly brightens your face and makes you look less tired.
- The Multiple by NARS Cosmetics: This coral/peach tone is one of the most universally flattering, instantly creating a bright, glowing complexion – even on the dullest, most exhausted skin.
- Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Balm: This hair serum not only smoothes frizzes and fly-aways, but it also speeds up your drying time sans blow dryer.
- Ouidad Botanical Boost: One of our favorite hair products ever, this lightweight leave-in conditioner is the ultimate wash-and-go tool. It makes hair soft, moisturized and tame, while infusing botanicals and antioxidants.
- Oil-absorbing face sheets: Because you don’t have time for makeup touch-ups, keep some of these in your bag to quickly soak up any oil and shine.
- Rosebud Salve in a tube: A multi-tasking product for multi-tasking moms, this one little tube moisturizes your lips, heals cuts, tames cuticles, fixes dry skin and even minimizes your baby’s diaper rash.
- Talk to your hair stylist about an easier, wash-and-go hairstyle. Even if it means chopping your extra long post-pregnancy hair, the time you’ll save will be so worth it.
- Try switching your shower routine to the nighttime. We know it’s nice to have a morning wake-up shower, but you might even have time to – gasp! – shave if you switch to a p.m. shower session.
- Drink a lot of water.
- The night before, pack your baby’s bag (if heading to child care) – which includes preparing bottles and extra pairs of clothes – as well as your own lunch and bag for work.
- Minimize the mad dash to find lost items: Every night, gather your keys, shoes, pacifiers and any other hot-button items and put them all in one place.
- Find more beauty must-haves here.