Now the kids have gone back to school, mornings just seem to be a mad rush of half eaten bowls of cornflakes, 17 trips up and down the stairs as you suddenly remember you need to pack your phone/lipstick/squeaky toy (you need to keep the baby amused in the car somehow), and general chaos.
We barely have time to take care of ourselves while balancing our family and our job, the house work, and trying to maintain a social life, too, so an easy skin care routine can be hard to stick to, especially if it’s a toss up between spending a sacred 5 minutes before the school bus arrives on brewing a strong Earl Grey or exfoliating your T-zone. Yet, with a few helpful short cuts in tow, it is possible to include an all-important skincare regime into your early morning rush hour. Here are my top tips:
- Switch your mud-like coffee for a hot water and lemon. It’s a great natural detoxifier, and doesn’t taste too bad. Just think of it as a Virgin G&T…
- When I’m in a hurry, I feel much better about the way I look if I can at least wash my face and put moisturiser on. A shower is even better, but that isn’t always possible first thing in the morning! Showering at night after the kids are in bed is a great tip too.
- Apply Eye Gel – it cools and refreshes the delicate skin around the eyes. It’s lightweight, so quickly-absorbed, and contains green tea, menthol and eyebright extracts to reduce puffiness and rejuvenate your skin, so at least you LOOK like you’ve had 11 hours sleep.
- Buy a wooden body brush, and use it on your whole body (not too hard, you’re not grooming a horse) to get your skin glowing. Then use your favourite body lotion.
- Use a peppermint lip balm to keep the lips soft and subtle, while also giving you a wake up tingle on the mouth.
- To reduce hair frizziness (especially in the summer months), try a 2-minute moisture hair mask. The Organic Surge 2-Minute Moisture Hair Mask is super-charged with pure coconut oil and plant extracts, to penetrate the hair shaft, targeting damaged areas. After washing, just scoop a generous amount through your hair, combing it through. Allow just two minutes to work, then rinse away and dry as usual.
- For an instant glam look, apply a bold lip colour. Opt for a long-lasting formula if possible.
- One quick sweep of waterproof mascara makes eyes look awake (even if you don’t feel it) yet natural.
- Spritz on your favourite scent for a simple way to feel refreshed.
- Finally, I find that hitting a Pilates class two times a week is not only great for the complexion but for the neck, back, and knees as well.
I know that taking out time for a routine is a big achievement, and investing time in skin care is just a matter of discipline, after all you’re not Super Woman, but hopefully these few handy hints will help you survive the chaos.