When you become a mom, daily self-care seems like a luxury rather than a necessity. It’s tough to manage a household or a job while taking care of your kids so skincare often gets put on the backburner… and stays there! Self-care for moms, including skincare, is important because it helps to improve your mood and mental health. If you’re wondering how on earth you can possibly fit anything more into your packed schedule, you don’t have to worry – skincare doesn’t require a lot of time when it’s done right. 

  1. Healthy Skin from the Inside Out

Start each morning with a liposomal collagen sachet – it’s pretty much grab and go, so time is not a factor. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and is a major component of skin. As we age, collagen fibers in our body reduce in thickness and strength which leads to wrinkles. Facial skin is very thin and delicate which is why the effects of aging are most obvious on the face. Studies show that oral collagen supplementation can improve skin elasticity which helps your skin remain firm and healthy. 

  1. Start out Simple 

You probably feel overwhelmed when you look at your collection of skincare products and you despair because you don’t know how you will fit all of them into your daily routine. The important thing is to get started with a simple routine that you can stick to on a daily basis. Start with just 3 to 4 products and once you are used to using them daily, you can add more to your routine. The basics are a good cleanser, sunscreen, and moisturizer. After that, you can add an exfoliant, a facial antioxidant serum, or other products to your skincare routine. 

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  1. Sunscreen is a Must 

Sunlight reduces the elasticity of your skin and leads to premature aging. While direct sunlight causes the most amount of skin damage, even indirect sun exposure affects your skin. Sun damage is cumulative, which means that it keeps adding up and this leads to lasting skin damage. Apply your sunscreen immediately after you wash your face in the morning – it takes just a couple of minutes but your skin will be protected for the next 6 hours or so. If possible, cleanse and reapply your sunscreen midway through your day to protect your skin.

  1. Exfoliate to Improve Product Absorption 

Exfoliate your skin regularly as this removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. This will improve the absorption of your skincare products and it will give you smoother skin. Some exfoliants are physical scrubs that contain small particles to slough off the upper layer of your skin, while other exfoliants such as alpha hydroxyl acids work by dissolving this layer of dead skin cells. If you have sensitive skin, it’s best that you exfoliate just once a week but if you have normal or oily skin, you can use an exfoliant two to three times a week. You can also use an exfoliant at night before you apply your moisturizer or a sleeping cream to get smooth skin

  1. Use an Antioxidant Serum 

To understand why antioxidant serums are an important part of any mom’s skincare routine, you must look at how they work. As you go about your day, everything from pollution to UV radiation creates free radicals within your skin. These free radicals damage the skin by taking electrons from healthy skin cells which harms the skin – this is called oxidative damage. An antioxidant serum neutralizes these free radicals by giving them an electron which stabilizes them and prevents them from taking electrons from your skin cells. It’s important to pick the right antioxidant serum that suits your skin type and needs, so make sure that you check the ingredients list on the bottle. 

A lot of us try out a skincare product and when it doesn’t work for us, we don’t want to let go of it because we spent money on it, so it just takes up space in our drawers or bathrooms. Even if you have high hopes for a product, don’t keep it unless it suits your skin. When you have a product that doesn’t work for you, accept it and offer it to family members or friends because it might be perfect for someone else. The best thing you can do for your skin is to figure out what works for you and stick with it.