Beauty journalist and editor of new beauty website, Beauty Hunter, Melinda Ayre* guest posts today on Styling You. I asked Melinda to give Styling You’s readers her top five beauty must-haves for busy mums.
Being a mum means your beauty routine is super squeezed. Here are some quick fixes for busy babes with babes.
1. Shower power
Nothing frustrates me more than my husband arriving home from touch football mid-morning and popping straight into the shower. “I haven’t even had a shower yet,” I yell through the door. Yep, demanding toddlers mean showering is a stressful, rushed and rare experience. When you don’t have time to wash your hair, use a dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and give hair a fresh scent and texture. We love: John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher, $15.99. It’s a super lightweight version of dry shampoo so even fine hair will have oomph and grip. Visit www.johnfrieda.com or call 1800 468 318.
Recently, I looked at a picture of myself when I was pregnant and I was shocked. Not just by my puffy whale-like appearance but also by my scary skin. The fact is hormones and lack of sleep during pregnancy and breastfeeding can leave skin dull, uneven and patchy. Dehydration is also a common problem during this exhausting time. You forget to drink water and breastfeeding dehydrates you even more. I recommend leaving a bottle of water by the bed along with a beautiful serum. Every time you’re up with bub, drink water and also slather hydrating serum into your face. You’ll wake looking more dewy and fresh and avoid that horrible grey complexion of the living dead. We love: Mrs White’s Physick Rose Youth Serum, $39.95. Smooth on this simple elixir for soft, nourished skin. The old-fashioned formula is packed with organic cold-pressed rosehip seed oil and organic rose absolute to kick start cell regeneration. Visit www.beautyhunter.com.au
3. Sheer magic
Multi-purpose products are a must when you’re getting ready in five minutes flat with toddlers nipping at your heels. One of my all-time faves is Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF20, $42. It freshens your complexion for the day and blends so beautifully you can whack it on with your fingers. It illuminates, hides flaws, evens up skin tone and gives UV protection all at once. Note: I packed this little beauty in my birth bag so I didn’t look hellish in the baby photos. Visit www.lauramercier.com
4. Hands up
I’m no domestic goddess, but I must say I’ve never plunged my hands into so much water since having two little ones. Washing up, soaking baby clothes and washing hands in a germ-phobic panic. A robust hand cream beside each sink in the house is a must – your hands age so fast during motherhood. We love: Avene Cold Cream Hand Cream, $20.95. This cold cream for hands is rich in Thermal Spring Water and leaves a protective veil that lasts for 10 washes. Visit www.avene.com.au
5. Cleaning lady
When I’m playing at-home mum I usually don’t have much make-up on anyway but you really need to cleanse at the end of every day to remove daily grime. If you’re dog-tired, a little packet of wipes beside the bed can be a godsend – just lean over and wipe your face clean between baby feeds. We love: Biore Gentle Make-Up Removing Wipes with Green Tea, $8.99. Made with 100% renewable resources they are gentle, nourishing and lift off grime, oil and even waterproof mascara. Visit www.biore.com.au
There you have it, five products that will make your life a little easier – and all under $50. Have you tried any of these? Any quick beauty tips for mums on the move?
Editor’s note: I’ve stalked Melinda Ayre from afar (she just doesn’t know it). She wrote a popular beauty column in body+soul (insert in News Limited Sunday newspapers) for more than eight years. After having her two children 17 months apart (I’ve been there too!), she found working part-time in the office a bit of a struggle so decided to take the plunge and work from home. Now she’s added a fabulous beauty website, Beauty Hunter, to her working life, which also includes consultation work to beauty companies, talks about beauty on MIX 106.5 and contributions to Australian Vogue beauty pages. Beauty Hunter is a beauty boutique website in magazine editorial style with beautiful images and great beauty journalism. Go over and check it out.