Happy Mummy, happy Daddy, happy Baby – that’s why keeping up the glow after pregnancy must go on.
It’s a wonder that sleep-deprived new mums find the time to have one quiet shower a day. Unhurried, uninterrupted meals and beauty pampering sessions? Forget it, many would say.
But switching on to an effective yet time-saving beauty regime to bring out the glow to match Mummy’s new-found joy is easier than you think. One just needs to find smart products that prioritize speed, efficacy, and a touch of indulgence, while taking care of new mum complexion problems such as pigmentation, acne, tiredness lines and dark circles. Here’s how.
Back to Basics
Whether in puberty or post-pregnancy, you can’t run away from the good old basics of CTM: cleanse, tone, moisturise. And for that, we like the gentleness from botanicals in Clarins products. As a busy new mum won’t have much time to waste in the bathroom, Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser for Combination and Oily Skin will keep her complexion fresh all day and night when used twice a day, every day. Combined with the Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris, the gentle but effective duo will slough off sebum and sweat quickly and prep skin for moisturiser and other goodies. Depending on the weather, mummies can get their complexions hydrated with either the Clarins Hydra-Essential Cooling Gel for Normal to Combination Skin, or the Hydra-Essentiel Light Cream for All Skin Types. Being light and perfect for SG’s muggy weather, they both also absorb quickly into the skin, leaving no traces, and therefore no chance for Baby to ingest hints of it while being cuddled.
By eye care we mean managing dark circles under the eyes, eye bags and just the general look that screams fatigue. Mums can boost their normal eye care regime with an eye mask from Sulwhasoo that also allows them to regain the look of well-restedness – the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Serum Mask has the innovative Double Wrapping Hydrogel Sheet™ technology that contains anti-aging crystalloids extracted from Korean Ginseng to add vitality and resilience to delicate fatigued skin around your eyes, and take care of dark circles, puffiness and persistent wrinkles. It’s a great add-on during your forty winks, while nursing Baby, or in between Baby’s feeds, the perfect reason to rest your eyes.
Post-partum, women have to mind their P’s. That’s pigmentation, due to hormonal changes during pregnancy that may have lasting effects well after. And if nothing is done about it, pigmentation stays and grows as Mums get older. Unfortunately, the very same hormones that give expecting women the glow of pregnancy can also cause the darkening of certain areas of the complexion.
Every morning, after toning and before moisturiser, apply Lancôme’s Rénergie Multi-Lift Ultra Full Spectrum Anti-Ageing Fluid – this full-spectrum lightweight firming fluid target signs of skin ageing, in particular hyperpigmentation and dark spots, and protects it from daily UV exposure with an SPF of 25.
While some blessedly get glowing when their baby bump starts to show, a sudden acne outbreak isn’t uncommon for other women. It usually happens during the first and second trimesters because an increase in hormones called androgens can cause the glands in a pregnant woman to produce more sebum — that oily, waxy substance that can clog pores and lead to inflammation and breakouts. Adult acne can remain post-partum, so if you’re a new mum battling acne scars or fresh breakouts, you need this safe-for-Baby anti-acne product from Clinique — blemish buster Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. This gentle medicated daily treatment gel with salicylic acid starts clearing blemishes instantly—and helps prevent new ones from popping up. Salicylic acid is a naturally occurring compound, which can be isolated from the bark of the willow tree and it also absorbs quickly into your skin so it’s Baby-safe. In addition, getting 30 minutes of morning sun every day (while pushing baby in a stroller) will help clear your acne too.
Some nights are just 3-hour-sleeps and most days are a constant blur of feeds and changes. This takes a toll on any woman’s skin and will wear off even the deepest glow. If this is you, you’ll want something easy to apply that works quickly too. For fast results, slap on the super-luxe Le Lift Serum from Chanel on particularly hard days. Its powerful firming and anti-ageing ingredients are just the sort of effective feel-good pampering that tired young mums need to look their age, and like they’ve slept for 8 hours.
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