Top 50 Beauty Products for MomsStephanie Tweito Jacob
Chances are your daily routine includes about 243 more things than it did before you became a mom. Which can make it tough to fit in a shower some days, let alone your full pre-parenting beauty spiel. To avoid letting a packed schedule get in the way of spending a few minutes on someone special every day —yourself — Babble scoured the beauty aisles to compile this guide of the top 50 beauty products for moms. We’re talking time-savers, money-savers, multi-taskers, full-on pamper-ers, and even a few flat-out life-changers. Use this list to look your best on the outside, feel your best on the inside, and get back to being super mom in no time.
1. Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo
This affordable spray contains clay to soak up oils at the roots so you can buy an extra day between shampoos. Bonus: spritzing it on clean hair will boost volume – perfect for adding oomph to limp, slept-on strands when you shampoo the night before.
Price: $2.89 | Where to buy: Target
2. Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Daily Conditioner
Polymers in this conditioner help fuse damaged ends together so hair looks healthier longer — meaning you may be able to go a few more weeks between cuts.
Price: $14.9 | Where to buy: Amazon
3. Bumble and Bumble Quenching Masque
If hair became dryer and lackluster after having kids, try this deep-conditioning mask to moisturize, strengthen, and add shine. While leaving it on the full 10 minutes is ideal, waiting the amount of time it takes to wash your body and shave your legs before you rinse it out will still do more than a regular conditioner.
Price: $38 | Where to buy: Bumble and Bumble
4. John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Sheer Mist
Split ends reveal the sins of heat styling, coloring, and waiting too long between trims. The Inca Inchi oil in this spray, loaded with omega-3s, seals broken strands and protects them from blow dryers and irons — so you can remain seemingly innocent of hair crimes until you have time to see your stylist. (This one’s formulated for fine hair, but there’s one for medium textures too: John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Deep Infusion)
Price: $5.69 | Where to buy: Amazon
5. T3 Featherweight Professional Hair Dryer
The ultimate time-saver, this lightweight, ionic-tourmaline dryer gets the job done in about half the time of regular blow dryers (key for those mornings when you’re in a rush to get junior to school — and yourself to work). Trust us, it’s life-changing enough to make it worth the hefty price tag.
Price: $200 | Where to buy: Ulta
6. L’Oreal Paris Sublime Mousse Permanent Conditioning Haircolor
If the family budget no longer allows for salon hair color, try this natural-looking, single-process dye. The foamy mousse formula massages in like shampoo (so it’s easy to apply to the back of your head, and you needn’t part or section hair first), covers grays in 30 minutes, and — best of all — doesn’t drip on your robe or bathmat.
Price: $7.69 | Where to buy: Amazon
7. Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin
Spice up your ponytail routine with these pins; just one does the work of 20 bobby pins so creating chignons and updos is as speedy as the ol’ standby.
Price: $5.39 for two pins | Where to buy: Target
8. TouchBack Temporary Hair Color Marker
To quickly cover roots or grays before your next dye job, use this wide, marker-like tip to draw the color right where you want it. It dries fast and lasts until you shampoo it out.
Price: $29.95 | Where to buy: Ulta
9. Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Root Touch-Up
For longer-lasting root coverage, this at-home kit contains permanent dye that develops in 10 minutes flat — saving time and money between professional or DIY color sessions. There’s a shade to match nearly every brand of hair color, and the applicator makes it a cinch to reach roots.
Price: $5.92 | Where to buy: Walmart
10. Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Blow Dry Perfector
This two-step smoothing treatment makes medium and thick waves or curls sleek, shiny, and less frizzy — and keeps them that way through seven shampoos. Translation: Your morning blow-dry will take way less time.
Price: $7.25 | Where to buy: Amazon
11. Pond’s Original All Day Clean Towelettes
Shorten your night routine with these pre-moistened cleansing wipes that remove make-up and grime in a few thorough passes. Just remember, the trick to getting stubborn mascara off is to gently press and hold the wipe over closed eyelids for 10 to 15 seconds to dissolve the eye makeup first, then sweep the wipe away
Price: $11.09/75 pack | Where to buy: Drugstore.com
12. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiance Cream SPF 15
Have sleepless nights (baby just won’t go to sleep!) or marathon days (baby wakes up so early!) left your complexion looking a little dull? This moisturizer contains light-reflecting minerals so skin looks brighter right away and soy to help even skin tone over time.
Price: $15.99 | Where to buy: CVS
13. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask
Slap these under eyes while getting the kids dressed or packing their lunches. In 15 minutes, the cool, fluid-soaked cloths get rid of puffiness and leave skin around eyes looking more hydrated.
Price: $54 for 4 sets | Where to buy: Bliss World
14. Olay Definity Illuminating Eye Treatment
If dark circles have entered your life, fight back with this eye cream. Light-diffusing mica instantly blurs shadows as glycerin and niacinimide moisturize skin.
Price: $16.00 | Where to buy: Amazon
15. Dermalogica Microfoliant
No matter what skin woe you’re blaming on parenting — fine lines, flaking, breakouts — exfoliating a few times a week may help keep it at bay. This super-fine powder, gentle enough for sensitive skin, sloughs dead skin cells with salicylic acid and rice enzymes so skin looks smooth and radiant.
Price: $52 | Where to buy: Dermalogica
16. Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment
Being a mom has its stressful moments, and stress can lead to breakouts. This zit-fighting cream contains 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide, which is just as effective as higher doses, but less likely to dry out or irritate your face.
Price: $5.99 | Where to buy: Neutrogena
17. Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
Stress can also make skin more sensitive. Feverfew extract in this fragrance-free moisturizer soothes and reduces the appearance of redness.
Price: $13.99 | Where to buy: Drugstore.com
18. Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System
This electronic brush has an oscillating head that deep-cleans skin by removing makeup and loosening dirt and oil from pores. If pricy facials are no longer a reality — or if you’re in the mood for a more luxurious, effective way to wash your face — this is gentle enough to use every day and leaves even sensitive skin soft and glowing.
Price: $159 | Where to buy: BirchBox
19. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
Want to indulge in a luxurious, at-home spa quickie? Place this cool cloth mask (it’s saturated with vitamins and minerals) over dull, dry skin and relax for 15 minutes. You’ll rise to a moisturized, radiant-looking complexion — and a quieter, calmer mind.
Price: $95 for 6 sheets | Where to buy: SK-II
20. ColoreScience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30 Brush
By mid-day, sunscreen applied in the morning has faded. This powder contains chemical-free UVA/UVB protection, and the convenient built-in brush makes reapplying over makeup a snap. Keep it in your car or handbag to dust over face, neck, chest, even hands before impromptu play dates at the park or afternoon errands.
Price: $52 (translucent and tinted versions available) | Where to buy: ColoreScience
21. Johnson’s Natural Baby Lotion
Sensitive-skinned moms, rejoice! Formulated without parabens, phthalates, dyes, silicone, lanolin, petrolatum, allergens, or essential oils, this lotion is gentle enough for baby’s skin — and yours.
Price: $7.79 | Where to buy: Drugstore.com
22. Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 20 Antioxidant Body Moisturizer
This lightweight daily moisturizer is laced with chemical-free sunscreen so skin is safeguarded whether you’re in and out with the kids or dashing between appointments. Bonus: it also has antioxidants and alpha-hydroxy-acids to smooth skin and no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMOs, silicones, pesticides, artificial dyes or fragrances.
Price: $29 | Where to buy: DermStore.com
23. Fresh Brown Sugar Hand Cream
Whatever the culprit — bottle washings, bath time, hand scrubbing — a mom’s hands can get pretty dry. This lemon-y scented cream is rich enough to nix dry patches (it’s packed with apricot, jojoba, and sweet almond oils) but absorbs fast so you won’t leave a greasy film on everything you touch, making it worth the splurge. Keep a tube by every sink if you can!
Price: $18.50 | Where to buy: Fresh
24. Supergoop SPF 30+ Sunscreen Swipes
We’re suckers for a life-simplifying wipe — and are willing to pay the extra cash for one that saves us time and stress. This mess-free wipe makes it so fast and easy to apply water-resistant, broad-spectrum sun protection to the skin of a defiant toddler who is constantly squirming. Say goodbye to goopy creams, sticky gels, and rub-in sprays, and say hello to swipes.
Price: $34 for 40 swipes | Where to buy: Nordstrom
25. Coola Sport SPF 35 Spray Sunscreen
Love the convenience of a spray but loathe the haze of chemicals some seem to create? This one combines UVA/UVB blockers with organic vitamins, antioxidants, and natural sunscreens to hydrate and shield skin — and uses good ol’ air in lieu of chemical propellants or ozone layer-depleting CFCs.
Price: $22.56 | Where to buy: Amazon
26. C.O. Bigelow Body Cleanser Rosemary Mint
Two a.m. feedings can lead to groggy mornings. Skip the cup of coffee and lather up with this body wash instead. Rosemary and peppermint leaf extracts transform a shower into an exhilarating aromatherapy treatment — arousing tired eyes and clearing cobwebs from the mind. Plus, aloe and humectants in the wash leave skin soft and hydrated, not dry or tight.
Price: $26 | Where to buy: Amazon
27. Kneipp Healthy Feet Foot Bath Crystals
Just because you don’t have time to leave the house for a pedicure doesn’t mean your feet have to suffer. After a day of keeping up with little ones, soak achy feet in a basin of warm water sprinkled with some of these crystals, which do the job much better than other products out there. In just 10 minutes, the blend of skin-softening calendula and circulation-boosting rosemary manages to both soothe and refresh soles — and soul.
Price: $22 | Where to buy: Kneipp
28. L’Occitane Lavender Harvest Foaming Bath
It’s no secret parenting’s been declared the most difficult job in the world. Give yourself a break and turn a bath into a stress-melting retreat with this oil. Its large, frothy bubbles don’t deflate mid-soak (like many others tend to do) and the authentic scent — reminiscent of a true lavender farm — relaxes mind and body.
Price: $36 | Where to buy: Sephora
29. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Makeup artists say curling lashes is one of the easiest ways to make eyes look bigger. This curler is easy to maneuver, doesn’t tug at hairs, and suits all eye shapes. Hello bright eyes!
Price: $19 | Where to buy: Shu Uemura
30. Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara
The glossy, clump-free formula delivers longer- and thicker-looking lashes; the over-sized brush ensures no lash gets left behind.
Price: $8.99 | Where to buy: Covergirl
31. L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Eye Illuminator Eyeliner
The colored end of this 2-in-1 pencil deposits a densely pigmented line to define; the white end brightens when traced along inner corners. Just like that, tired eyes look awake.
Price: $8.95 | Where to buy: L’Oreal
32. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow
Whether applied sheer or layered to dial up the intensity, these last so you don’t have to worry about reapplying (or blowing through your stash too fast). Plus, they double as a liner, so you’re really getting two products in one.
Price: $19 | Where to buy: Benefit
33. Clarins Pro Palette Eyebrow Kit
Filling in and tidying up your brows can be a fast, easy way to define your face so you’ll need less makeup elsewhere. This kit contains everything you need to perfect them: black, brown, and blonde powders; applicators to mix and fill; a mini spoolie brush; wax to hold hairs in place; a highlighting powder for brow bones; and mini tweezers to pluck strays. That’s essentially nine brow products tucked inside one convenient compact!
Price: $35 | Where to buy: Neiman Marcus
34. Josie Maran REM Pen 2-in-1 Argan Eye Shadow & Gel Liner
This streamlined tube holds a powder eye shadow (with built-in applicator), a long-wearing gel eyeliner, and a mini liner brush. Did we mention the shades are coordinated so there’s no guesswork?
Price: $32 | Where to buy: Josie Maran Cosmetics
35. Suki Lip Repair Butter
Who can resist kissing their baby a dozen times a day? This clear balm contains a mere seven ingredients — all organic and non-GMO — so it won’t transfer anything harsh or worrisome to baby’s skin. Oh, it also leaves lips incredibly soft and hydrated!
Price: $9.95| Where to buy: Suki Skin Care
36. Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balms
Loaded with flower waxes and shea butter, these deliver the nourishment of a balm with a sheer punch of color — perfect for applying on the go (since no mirror is required).
Price: $7 | Where to buy: Burt’s Bees
37. Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain
A hectic schedule often leaves little time to touch up makeup. This dual-ended lip color houses a lightweight, water-based stain that stays put for hours on one end; a clear, moisturizing balm on the other keeps the color from drying out and adds a pretty sheen.
Price: $8.99 | Where to buy: Drugstore.com
38. MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme
Favor a classic lipstick finish but want one with staying power? This creamy bullet manages to endure the better part of a day — and doesn’t require the second, topcoat step of most long-wear formulas.
Price: $17 | Where to buy: MAC
39. Mally Beauty Lip Fence
We’re pretty sure checking the mirror for wandering lip color isn’t at the front of your mind. To ensure color stays where it belongs — and not in the fine lines surrounding lips — apply this clear, waxy lip liner to bare lips before slicking on gloss or lipstick. Now the only thing you’ll have to keep an eye out for are rogue spit-up stains on your blouse …
Price: $12.50 | Where to buy: QVC
40. L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base
For a morning makeup application that lasts all day, rub this primer over skin first. In addition to boosting makeup’s longevity, its cushiony texture fills in pores and fine lines for a more even-looking complexion.
Price: $12.99 | Where to buy: L’Oreal
41. Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free
Streamline your moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation into one step. This gel-cream formula is pigmented enough to cover redness and imperfections but still looks natural, not greasy or cakey. An impressive nine shades make it easy to find a match.
Price: $40 | Where to buy: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
42.Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes with SPF 20
This blendable concealer moisturizes like an eye cream, disguises dark circles without caking, and contains sun protection to fend off fine lines and brown spots. In short, it’s one hardworking time-saver.
Price: $9.99 | Where to buy: Neutrogena
43. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
This full-coverage, oil-free concealer makes blemishes and discoloration disappear. Mix the two shades together (one matches skin’s undertone, the other skin color), dab, and go.
Price: $28 | Where to buy: Laura Mercier
44. Bobbi Brown Face Palette Case
For the mom who always likes to keep her face on, this customizable compact holds six cream formulas — think foundation, blush, and lip colors — and has a large mirror, making it easy to do your makeup anywhere. It even comes with a little plastic spatula to transport favorite shades to the compact.
Price: $15 (makeup sold separately)| Where to buy: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
45. Nars The Multiple in Orgasm
You know those mornings you can barely see straight? When your skin’s looking sallow from lack of sleep? Dab this sheer, creamy stick on your cheeks, lips, or eyes to wake up your look; the shimmery, peachy-pink shade famously complements nearly every skin tone (so no one has to know you didn’t catch enough Zs).
Price: $39 | Where to buy: Nars
46. Clinique Quick Blush
This brush swivels up with blush already on it (the cheek color is brilliantly contained in the cap) so you just dust apples and go. De-bulk your makeup bag and never dig for a blush brush again!
Price: $22.50 | Where to buy: Clinique
47. Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Sun Stones
Longing for a rested, glowing look, but a trip to St. Barts — or heck, even a day off — is out for now? Swirled together and swept over cheeks, nose, and forehead, these beads turn a sallow complexion radiant.
Price: $14.95 | Where to buy: Physicians Formula
48. Sally Hansen No More Ridges Nail Shaper & Buffer
This simple block contains a four-step regimen for nails: one side shapes and files; one smoothes ridges; a third buffs; and the fourth leaves nails with a glossy shine akin to a coat of clear polish (minus the drying time). In short: it’s the fastest (and cheapest) way to pretty nails.
Price: $2 | Where to buy: Walgreens
49. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Sweet almond oil and cocoa seed butter in this lemon-scented cream leave nails and cuticles moisturized — not slick or greasy, like a lot of cuticle oils out there — so you can treat dry hands and get back to whatever you were doing (no waiting for the cream to soak in). And the little round tin won’t leak or spill in your diaper bag.
Price: $6 | Where to buy: Burt’s Bees
50. CND Solar Speed Spray
A light mist of this quick-dry spray over nails draws solvents out of the polish to shave minutes off drying time — all while moisturizing cuticles.
Price: $16 | Where to buy: Amazon