It’s safe to say ‘looking after ourselves’ kinda gets put on the back burner where we become parents. (And if it doesn’t please tell me how the hell you keep up with it?!)
I’m lucky if I manage a 30 second shower each day, let alone my skincare routine, even though I do try to use organic and natural products when it comes to shaving creams and other skin care remedies. I hardly put make up on anymore and my hair is constantly in a mum bun.
Even a trip to the doctors is tricky. General check ups are out of the question without childcare. If it’s something more serious that can’t wait, like an ear infection, places like Auris Ear Care are a good place to look if I need a check up.
Surely there are ways we can keep on top of health and beauty, as well as change nappies, wipe noses and do the school run? Even if you’re a professional beautician you may need to take time to update your make up or toiletry bag, https://www.ellisons.co.uk
I’ve asked my fellow parent bloggers for their top tips for keeping on top of health and beauty routines and generally looking after yourself. Because if we don’t, then we’ll burn out, and just not go out because we look like crap. 😉
- I make sure I have some ‘me’ time to get my eyebrows waxed once every three or four weeks.
- Get a good hair style which doesn’t need much styling. If your hair looks great after just a quick wash it will make you feel more stylish. www.countingtoten.co.uk/
- Pick one make up that’s non-negotiable. Mine is blusher (and lipstick can I change it to 2? 😂)
If I leave the house with blusher on, I feel semi decent. www.farmerswifeandmummy.com
- Get pamper/spa/Boots vouchers for birthday and Christmas gifts – that way I’m forced to look after myself a bit! www.buddingsmiles.co.uk
- Learn a few hairstyles and basic make-up that takes less than five minutes and gets you out of the house feeling and looking good. Also learn some basic yoga. Just 10 minutes yoga a day leaves me feeling energised and ready for the day ahead. www.mrshsfavouritethings.com
- Make time for friends, even if it’s just a quick coffee without the kids once a month. Its a sanity saver. Also make sure you look after yourself and take yourself to Dr or dentist. Sometimes it’s tough putting yourself first but essential. Dancinginmywellies.com
- This is my favourite topic! Drinking water, taking some ‘Me Time’ (whatever that means to you) and being active are my three top tips! www.squatssassandsaggyskin.co.uk
- I now make the effort every day to take my time to get ready in the morning do my hair and make up it makes me feel ready for the day previously I wouldn’t do this and just put a hat on amazing what difference it makes on me feeling in a better mood just by doing my make up! It makes me feel ready to face the world! www.mummysdiary.co.uk
- Do yoga with the kids. It’s a great way to start the day and fit in some exercise. We make it fun and do affirmations at the same time, for example ‘I am friendly’ when doing downward dog and wiggling our bums in the air! www.freefromfarmhouse.co.uk (Lamb loves exercising with Daddy!)
- Book yourself a massage occasionally. Taking that bit of time for you, to relax and really get the tension out of your body can work wonders for your mood! Www.twoheartsoneroof.com
- Walk as much as you can. It always de-stresses me and is great exercise. It is also a great time to just think or take in your surroundings if you are on your own. If you are with your children, it is a great time to chat without any distractions such as the TV. Walking seems to keep us all happy. www.dillydrops.co.uk
- Stock up on the cucumber! So many uses to help revitalise and rehydrate your skin with not much of an added cost at all! Www.themumdiaries.co.uk
- I love to have my nails done as it always makes me feel a bit glam. Painting my toenails also makes me feel better when I’m feeling a bit crappy – the brighter the better! www.Twinderelmo.co.uk
- I love to run. It keeps me fit and healthy but also gives me some time to clear my head. I’d never ever ran before I had kids! Www.bobsysmum.co.uk
- Well groomed brows. They make you look made up even when you aren’t. www.munchiesandmunchkins.com (This is one of my tips too!)
- I go to Clubbercise once a week and get to exercise in the dark with glow sticks and disco lights. No one can see my sweat moustache! It keeps me fit and provides me with an hour of me time and socialising. www.sophieandlily.co.uk (I really want to join a class!)
- Having alone time, even if it’s just to nap whilst daddy takes the kid out. www.mummywishes.com
- Start small. If you haven’t had the time, money or inclination to do anything for yourself, it can seem overwhelming when you want (or need) to make a change. It could be something as simple as buying a new face moisturiser, or some new knickers. Dusting off that fitness DVD or watching a few YouTube tutorials to master the perfect eyeliner flick. Making yourself a priority comes with all sorts of guilt, but if you start small it’s easy to grow from there. www.baremother.com (Love this)
- I have a shower in the evening when the children are in bed, it’s much less manic than trying to do it in the morning and it means I actually spend a few minutes relaxing. www.mummytimestwo.com (Exactly what I do too!)
- I rarely wear too much make up but spending the time to put on some mascara and a little coloured BB cream on a morning makes me feel better about myself through the day. www.frugalfamily.co.uk (This is what I’ve been doing recently)
- The phrase “adult casino games” kind of enables you to think about details only men and women do in seclusion. And that you are best. No-one underneath 18 is without question permitted to learn, and, truthfully, you do not have to do anything you don’t wish to: www.adultcasinosgames.com (Just try this!)
- Try get your 10,000 steps a day. It’s a double whammy as it’s exercise but it also gets you outdoors where the fresh air will brighten your and the kids day. If the kids are fractious or grumpy then head for a ‘nature walk’ or to the park. Everyone will feel better afterwards. It’s hard to find time to exercise as a mam of littles so I walk whenever I can. I never take the car on the school run and it means I walk for 1 hour 30 a day without making special time to exercise. www.nomipalony.com
- Take a good multivitamin with pro biotic www.anklebitersadventures.co.uk
- I fit my shower/beauty routine into our morning by putting the baby into her bouncy seat in the bathroom and singing songs and splashing about whilst I wash my hair, she’s entertained and I can get it all done in a fun way! When I’m not in the mood for ‘Old McDonald’ I ask my partner to take her for an hour so I can have a quiet bath to myself with a face mask! www.fizzypeaches.com
- Get a good baby carrier and walk with your baby/child. Ted used to wake up at 4am and so we would walk for hours. Great for mental health, great for bonding and great for overall fitness. www.thedadnetwork.co.uk
And one for the dads… when you get your hair cut ask to get your beard trimmed and styled too. (And your nasal/ear hair if it’s visible! 🙈) www.thedadnetwork.co.uk
What are your top health and beauty tips for parents?