Congratulations! You’ve just become a mother. Perhaps this transition will be ultra smooth for you and you can ignore much of this post. But for many of us, motherhood brings a lot of change. From limited time to sleepless nights, we mothers often have to adjust to a new reality. And with this new reality, it’s helpful to revise some of our beauty routines to be quicker, easier, and more efficient. Here are the top 25 beauty mistakes that new mothers make, in my humble opinion. Before you hate on me, these tips are not intended to overwhelm you but to help make your beauty regimen more manageable. I’m guilty of all of these at one point or another. Learn from my mistakes!
25 Biggest Beauty Mistakes New Moms Make 1 of 26
You choose a high-maintenance haircut. 2 of 26
As a hairstylist, there are just some cuts I won't do on new mothers. When my son was a toddler, I let a coworker cut my hair in this rad bob and lived to regret it. Most days, I did not have the time to style it and it looked really bad. Make sure to choose a cut that is easy to style.
You fight your hair’s natural texture. 3 of 26
We all want what we don't have, but now is the time to embrace your hair's natural texture. Texture is in style, and think of the time you'll save! Ask your stylist for a cut that works with your straight, wavy, or curly hair and for styling tips.
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You don’t use hair products. 4 of 26
Ok, so you've decided to rock your natural texture. This doesn't mean that you are sentenced to a life of frizzy hair worn in a ponytail. Talk to your stylist about the best products for your hair type and make this investment.
My go-to for curly mommas is Paul Mitchell Curls Twirl Around, $21.29 at select salons. For more frizz-fighters, click here.
You don’t protect your skin from the sun. 5 of 26
For me, becoming a mother meant countless hours outside on long stroller walks, at parents and tots swim at my local pool, and trips to the park, beach, zoo, etc. Since up to 90% of aging comes from the sun, it's time to protect your skin. Check out my list of top high-SPF facial moisturizers and don't forget to apply sunscreen to your body as well. Every time you reapply to your baby, reapply to yourself.
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You don’t protect your hair from the sun. 6 of 26
Just like your skin, you hair needs protection from the sun. This is especially true if you have it colored as the sun will assist in fading dyes. Most lines for color-treated hair contain UV filters. You can also try a protective spray like the Aveda option above. Sun hats are another great way to protect your locks.
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, available at Nordstrom. $27
You wear too much makeup. 7 of 26
With babies and toddlers around, it's hard to maintain your makeup. Plus, drooly, grabby hands work to destroy a well-made-up face. Opt for a more natural look and choose formulas that are long lasting, like lip stains and budge-proof liners.
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner stays put all day. Available at Sephora. $20
You haven’t switched to waterproof mascara. 8 of 26
If you are anything like me, you might find that post-baby hormones have turned on the waterworks. From tears of joy at every new milestone to tears of frustration with every hardship, I cried constantly. If this is the case for you, make sure you switch to waterproof mascara. Oh, and keep tissues in your diaper bag.
Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow Waterproof Mascara, found on Drugstore. $7.99
You don’t use an under-eye brightener. 9 of 26
Now that you are likely short on sleep, you may want to consider picking up an under-eye brighter like Smashbox Photo Op. It contains light-deflecting particles to lessen the appearance of dark circles.
Smashbox Photo Opp Under Eye Brightener, available at Smashbox. $20
Your hands are dry and cracked. 10 of 26
From bottle-washing to seemingly endless diaper changes, hands really take a beating when you have a little one around. My friend, who happens to be a dermatologist, stashes Aquaphor all around her house and even keeps a mini tube in her lab coat pocket. Remember, you are touching your baby with those hands!
Aquaphor Healing Ointment Travel Size 2-pack, found at CVS. $5.79.
You don’t pre-book appointments. 11 of 26
It's so easy to let time get away from you. It's really best to get your maintenance appointments on the books before you even leave the salon or spa. This will keep you from putting them off, avoiding the dreaded "I've gone way too long…" feeling. It is maintenance just like getting your oil changed or your teeth cleaned. You are not being selfish or indulgent.
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You don’t choose products that multi-task. 12 of 26
Time is of the essence now that you are a mom. Choosing products that do double duty is really going to help you shave off a little time here and there. My favorites include keratin-fortified Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Hydrocream Whip for frizz-free wet or dry styling, tinted lip balms, and, of course, BB and CC creams that provide moisture, sun protection, tint, and treatment in one.
Kiehl's Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, available at Kiehl's. $37
You don’t accessorize. 13 of 26
Ponytails happen. Air-dried hair happens too. The fastest way to take minimal effort and make it look effortlessly chic is to add a great accessory. Scarves, headbands, embellished pins and hair ties, and barrettes all do the trick.
Anthropologie Ruched Floral Turban Headband, found at Anthropologie. $32
You stop shaving. 14 of 26
Ok, before you roll your eyes, hear me out. A client recently told me she heard an interview with a pop diva. When asked to give advice on how to keep a marriage strong, she said, "Don't stop shaving your legs." Kind of silly, huh? But feeling good about yourself, feeling sexy, and wanting to snuggle up to your husband after having kids is so unbelievably essential for the health of your marriage — and family by extension. So, maybe you don't care about hairy legs. Fine. Just don't stop doing whatever it is that makes you feel hot.
Gillette Venus Embrace Razor, available at Drugstore. $11.49
You don’t wash your face before bed. 15 of 26
It's so easy to fall asleep breastfeeding or even while watching TV after a long day chasing a toddler. But it's important to remove makeup, dirt, and bacteria. Keep cleansing towelettes on your nightstand and take a minute to just wipe your face.
Alba Botanica Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes, $5.99 at Drugstore.
You neglect your feet. 16 of 26
I learned this one the hard way. If you don't keep your feet maintained, you can develop painful calluses that make that stroll to the park torture. Keep a foot file or rasp in your shower and scrub rough areas as often as you can. Also, don't forget your feet when you moisturize post-shower!
OPI Foot File, found on Amazon. $19.29
You haven’t taught yourself one super easy updo. 17 of 26
Ponytails are great, but sometimes you may want to switch it up. Choose one easy updo that you like and master it. This will save you on multiple occasions from feeling frumpy. I have a couple styles down so well that I can do them without a mirror, in my car, in the parking lot of Trader Joes. It's happened.
The Simple Gibson Tuck is one of my go-to easy styles. Found on Sara Lynne Paige.
You don’t carry an emergency fix-it kit. 18 of 26
Along the same lines, it's essential to build yourself a small little kit that you can take along in your bag for last minute fixes. When my son was a baby sometimes I would leave the house only to catch a glimpse of myself in the rear view mirror and loudly sigh. I always carry a small bag with hair ties and bobby pins stashed in it, concealer, eyeliner pencil and tinted lip balm.
You don’t exercise. 19 of 26
I know. This feels impossible sometimes. But it's so important for your health and you need to stay in shape to keep up with little ones. Stroller walks and mini workouts during naps can help you release stress and increase circulation. Make this a priority and you will reap the rewards while teaching your children good habits.
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You haven’t discovered dry shampoo. 20 of 26
Dry shampoo is mother's best friend. No time to shower? Snuck in a workout and have to run to pick up a child? Ran around with your kid at the park and have that "not so fresh" feeling? No problem! Dry shampoo soaks up excess oils and leaves your hair feeling cleaner and smelling great. Don't forget to pick up a trial size for your purse or diaper bag, too.
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, found at Drugstore. $18
You don’t steal your baby’s products. 21 of 26
You use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 22 of 26
Having hand sanitizer in your diaper bag is a must, but it doesn't have to be a super-drying, alcohol-based version. This Gold Bond sanitizer kills 99% of germs and is loaded with moisturizers to keep your hands (and baby's) soft.
Pick up Gold Bond Ultimate Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer at Walmart. $3.47
You aren’t drinking enough water. 23 of 26
It's so easy to forget to drink water throughout the day but it's so important for healthy skin, hair and nails and to assist in weight loss. The Institute of Medicine recommends at least 2.2 liters a day for the average woman. Shoot for more if you are exercising or breastfeeding.
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You have unrealistic expectations. 24 of 26
While exercise is important to feeling and looking your best, I would love for you to focus on what it is doing for you internally: giving you energy, detoxifying your skin, and releasing stress. While you may be anxious to lose the baby weight, being healthy and balanced is your best bet. Nourish your body; it's just been through quite a bit. Don't stress about it. It takes time and it's most important that you love yourself just the way you are.
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No one warned you about postpartum hair loss. 25 of 26
So, shortly after giving birth your hair starts shedding excessively. Don't panic! It's normal and all part of the process. For more information about this unfortunate side effect, click here.
You don’t take time for yourself. 26 of 26
Momma, you need a breather. For whatever reason, I feel guilty whenever I take time for myself. Don't buy into that. Having a little time to yourself makes you a better mother. So, take a bath, take a walk, read a book on the deck, paint your toenails, whatever you want to do to feel refreshed.
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