Welcome to motherhood - the most rewarding yet grueling time of your life.
And whilst they told you about the sleepless nights, it was never something you quite believed until it happened to you. The skincare routine and “me time” have long gone out the window and a quick slap of moisturiser may be all your skin gets these days - if it’s lucky.
Sleepless nights can play havoc with your circadian rhythm, controlled by your biological clock. For your skin, this disruption can result in dark circles, puffy eyes or bags, and poor complexion. During sleep, skin naturally goes into repair mode. Your body’s metabolic rate slows down resulting in less free radical production. Damage done during the day by ultraviolet radiation, environmental pollution and noxious stimuli eases off and your skin is able to rest and repair. How much sleep you get may no longer be under your control and a complex skincare routine is no longer a viable option in your lifestyle.
1. Cleanse your skin twice a day
Either choose a rinse off cleanser or a handy micellar water to keep the skin surface clean. This is a vital part of your anti-ageing routine and also to help protect your skin against blemishes. Don’t forget to cleanse at night, as this is your chance to wipe away the nasty environmental grime (and maybe the odd accident from your baby!) you have come into contact with during the day. If you are really pushed for time, store your micellar water by your bedside to cleanse quickly before going to sleep.
2. Use a specialty product such as a serum that is designed to specifically address a problem issue.
1. Find one thing that bothers you most (e.g. fine lines, pigmentation, blackheads, dry skin) and use a targeted serum after cleansing to tackle this.
3. Use a night cream
At night your skin is working it’s hardest to regenerate and repair in preparation for the next day. Night creams are designed to support your skin during this period of natural repair. Try Idealia Skin Sleep, which can help reduce the appearance of fatigue. Keep this by your bed alongside your micellar water to squeeze into your night-time routine after a busy day.
4. Don't skip on the daily SPF 30
Use a BB cream with SPF or a tinted sunscreen that will double up as sun protection to help protect formation of premature wrinkles as well as providing some light coverage to keep your skin looking fresh. This will minimize the need to use any additional make-up such as foundation or powder, therefore great when you’re always on the go and it’s time for the next nappy change!
5. Look after your eyes
Invest in a hydrating eye cream or serum that will take about 30 seconds to apply in the mornings. This will help the appearance of tired eyes and fine lines. If you are planning a walk outdoors or a day in the park or playground, don’t forget your sunglasses. The delicate eye area is prone to effects of ultraviolet radiation and shows early signs of ageing before other areas. Keep these covered up rather than squinting into the sunshine, which is no good for your skin and subsequent development of wrinkles around your eyes.
This simple routine should take no longer than 5 minutes but your skin will thank you for it for the rest of your life–time.