Between working, mommying, wifeing and being awesome, maintaining my beauty regimen falls pretty low on the to-do list. While I hardly forget to stock up on baby shampoo or diaper cream, I do have a tendency to forget if my own beauty stash is running low. In my pre-baby days running out of the house and popping into the store was no problem, but that’s a little more complicated these days so sometimes you just have to improvise.
If you ever find yourself in a bind and don’t have time to run out and pick up your preferred method of maintenance, try one of these 6 mom beauty hacks I’ve developed over time and for lack thereof!
1. Chilled teething rings for under eye bags
Let’s be honest, there are a lot of sleepless nights when you become a parent. Whether it’s nighttime feedings, teething, stuffy noses or your babies are just stubborn like mine and refuse to sleep through the night until they’re two- it’s inevitable you’ll look a little tired some days. Pop a couple of your kid’s teething rings into the fridge or freezer a few minutes before placing over your eyes for some instant de-puffing. We hardly ever have cucumbers in our house, but teething rings I can work with!
2. Coconut oil, baby oil or petroleum jelly for removing water-proof makeup
I’ve actually used coconut oil on my face prior to having babies, but after Mika was born I learned that it’s great for diaper rash too! Petroleum jelly and baby oil are usually staples in bath-time gift sets people give at baby showers, so if you don’t have any coconut oil, those products work just as well too!
3. Tucks Medicated Witch Hazel Pads for acne and skin irritations
If you’ve had a vaginal birth, chances are high you were sent home with Tucks pads for hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are an ugly and uncomfortable birthing truth, but Tucks will help that and it can help your skin too! Witch Hazel is crazy popular for soothing skin irritations including itching, burning and puffiness. Its also an astringent which makes it awesome for clearing up those hormone induced blemishes! The pads are small, round and very reminiscent of those acne fighting astringent pads manufactured by brands lining the skin-care aisle at your local drug store. Best thing about these? They’re free from the hospital!
4. Baby Shampoo for face wash
I use the kids’ baby shampoo/wash every night in the shower and it’s awesome because it cleans my face without drying it out or burning the crap out of my eyes (awesome if you forgot to use your coconut oil to get off your mascara before jumping in). It’s safe, gentle and the #1 brand used by hospitals and now me!
5.HPA Lanolin for chapped lips
While normally used for cracked and/or irritated nipples as a result of breastfeeding, it’s also great for chapped lips! Lanolin is a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals to protect their skin which means it’s safe, natural and totally ok to use on your lips. It’s pretty heavy duty though so use sparingly! A little will go a long way!
6. Corn starch for dry shampoo
Corn starch or baby powder- whichever one you have on hand- works great as a dry shampoo. Let’s be real, not everyone has the luxury of washing their hair everyday, especially if you have a fussy baby and only five minutes to get in and out. Simply apply to your roots and work in with your fingers until the powder disappears. It’s a little more work if you’re a brunette, but I did see someone on YouTube add cocoa powder to their baby powder before working it in and that seemed totally fine!
Do you have any beauty hacks you’ve had to utilize in a pinch?! If so, please share 🙂