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Fashion and Beauty as a Mum

Do you or did you used to have a shower for more than three minutes, wash your hair in beautiful smelling shampoo, blow-dry, sometimes straighten and style, get dressed in clean, ironed clothes put on very glamorous make up and wear high heels?

With a new baby, that morning routine is virtually impossible, unless you’re an A-list movie star with at least one nanny per child.

You may think I’m joking when I say, your new beauty routine may be:

  • Have a shower
  • Brush your teeth
  • Apply sunscreen

If you get to put on a lipgloss, you’re having a good day.

So here are some tips on how to get through the first few years of tears, joy, sleeplessness, bathrooms full of plastic toys, little girls makeup raids and all manner of spills on your clothes, and still feel like you are taking care of yourself.

  1. Have a shower: This is the bare minimum you need to do to take care of yourself. If you’re feeling exhausted, and like you just need some time to yourself, put baby down for a nap and have a shower. Even if they don’t sleep, even if they protest, they will be ok while you take ten minutes to revive under the hot water. If you have a nice smelling shower gel use it… If the only thing that’s in there is the baby’s one, use that… they usually smell gorgeous, especially if you’re using the gaia products.
  2. Take care of your teeth: because a bad day will be infinitely worse with a cavity.
  3. Make sure you put sunscreen on. Try and find one with a moisturiser in it so you can get a sneaky extra step in your routine. Take care of your skin so that when you do have time (in about five years), it’s a great canvas to work on.
  4. Get a staple wardrobe with some versatile base items that you can mix and match, and that don’t need a huge amount of care. The Ballet Bamboo Dress is lovely. It has a flowing floaty feel to it, and is a wash and wear item. The Diva Toga Nursing Dress is a gorgeous one for those weddings and dinners that inevitably pop up just when you’re feeling unlovely.
  5. If you can find the time, moisturise. It’s such a quick thing to do, and your skin will thank you. Some of the pregnancy moisturisers like the GAIA Pure Pregnancy Belly Butter can be used after you have had your baby to help with stretch marks.

One very important thing to remember is that people love new mothers and babies. They see your exhaustion as a rite of passage into parenthood. The dark circles, messy bun and baggy clothes let them know that you are working hard to look after baby.

Your beauty and fashion routine is for yourself. To make you feel more human when you’ve been up feeding or comforting your child every hour during the night. It’s for your health so that your skin and teeth are cared for when you have time to come back to them. And it’s for your mental wellbeing. It’s really hard being a new mother with a whole new format for your life. By keeping a modified beauty routine that makes you feel good about yourself, you can feel like you’re in control of at least one thing in your life.