Is it just me, or does motherhood wreak havoc on your face? A skincare regimen becomes almost nonexistent, and new stressors and hormone fluctuations are introduced. I know I’m not by myself with this. This post is sort of an apology letter to my face and a confessional. Here are 4 skincare mistakes this mama is making…
I Don’t Wash My Face!!!
Like most moms, I’m so guilty of waking up and going, “I don’t feel so bad.” Washing your face is actually one of the Babble Beauty Contributors’ best skincare tips. My little man doesn’t understand the concept, “Give mommy one minute.” I’m very consistent in brushing my teeth, which is great for everyone, but I sometime miss my face — especially in the morning. By mid-day, the oil slick on my face makes for a gentle reminder. See what happens when you don’t wash your face
Forgetting The Toner
I have combination skin. Even with the gentlest of facial cleansers, I find that I experience dry spots. The best way to remedy this is with toner. An alcohol-free toner, like witch hazel, restores the pH balance of your skin. Toner conditions, and if you use a moisturizing toner with aloe vera, it will also restore any moisture lost after cleansing.
Picking My Face
I know, I know. Don’t pick your face. Don’t squeeze your pimples. I know I shouldn’t, but sometimes I just want them to go away. When I do find a little bit of time in the mirror, it’s almost second nature for me to start picking. Luckily, my skin doesn’t bruise or scar easily. Don’t judge me; I’m working on it.
Hands In Face
Along with picking, my hands always stay in my face. My hands usually go from my hair to my face, and then from my face to my hair. I’m sure I’m causing unnecessary breakouts. I know my face doesn’t appreciate the hair oil I’m putting on it — all I can do is shake my head right now.
Toddlers’ Hands In Face
In college, I worked at a Montessori school as teacher’s assistant. One of the parents thought it would be a great idea to swab the little ones’ hands and take it to the lab. You will not believe the things that your little one is carrying around on their hands. Being the germaphobe that I am, I’m forever scarred by the findings on those petri dishes.
For tips to combat your own bad habits, check out 5 Healthy Skincare Tips For The Fall.
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