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You may already stock apple cider vinegar in your pantry and use it in your favorite recipes, but there are many other reasons to keep it on hand. From health benefits to natural cleaning, apple cider vinegar has benefits that go far beyond the kitchen.

If you have not yet discovered the power of apple cider vinegar, just consider some of these powerful benefits.

  1. Apple cider vinegar can soothe your upset stomach. The ingredients in apple cider vinegar coat your digestive system, relieving stomach upset, reducing diarrhea and preventing stomach upset. Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar dissolved in water or apple juice can be just as effective as store-bought remedies.

  3. Apple cider vinegar can make your hair look great. Mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with 4 cups of water and use it as an after-shampoo hair rinse. Follow with a thorough rinse with cold water.

  5. Apple cider vinegar can fix your runny nose. If you suffer from sinus problems or have a cold, try mixing a teaspoon-full of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water. It will soothe your nose, help your sinuses drain and make you feel better.

  7. Apple cider vinegar makes a great facial mask. Mix equal parts bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar, add a tablespoon of honey and apply it to your skin for an inexpensive but highly effective facial mask. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with warm water.

  9. Apple cider vinegar can relieve nighttime leg cramps. Dilute a small amount of apple cider vinegar in water and drink the solution twice a day to relieve troublesome nighttime leg cramps. The ingredients in apple cider vinegar dissolve acid crystals in the bloodstream while giving your muscles the potassium, calcium and other essential nutrients they need.

  11. Apple cider vinegar can make your bath more relaxing. Fill your bathtub with warm water, and then add two caps of apple cider vinegar to draw toxins from the skin and leave you feeling refreshed.

  13. Apple cider vinegar can cure your hiccups. Hiccups are often the result of an imbalance of acid in the stomach. Drinking a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar dissolved in water can restore that balance and send the hiccups packing.

  15. Apple cider vinegar can whiten your teeth. You do not have to spend a fortune on whitening treatments; just gargle with apple cider vinegar every time you brush your teeth. The natural acids can remove stains and leave your teeth feeling great.

  17. Apple cider vinegar can reduce swelling in your hands and feet. Rub apple cider vinegar on your swollen hands and feet to reduce swelling and make them feel better.

  19. Apple cider vinegar can soothe a sunburn. If you have been out in the sun too long, try soaking a washcloth with apple cider vinegar and applying it to your reddened skin.

  21. Apple cider vinegar makes an effective and low-cost mouthwash. Send bad breath packing by mixing half a tablespoon in a cup of warm water and gargling with it.

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Life as a new mom can put your beauty routine on the back burner because your little one is at the forefront of everything you do. You don’t want to miss a beat of this exciting and sweet time in your baby’s life. The photo opportunities are endless, and you might enjoy those precious memories if you were looking at least somewhat polished. However, time for makeup and hair is much more limited now than ever before. With just a few quick minutes to spare before rushing off to check on your bundle of joy or make the next bottle, you can give yourself extra attention and lift your spirits a bit in the midst of first-time mom exhaustion.

Tinted Moisturizer with Built-In SPF

A tinted moisturizer with SPF does three essential things for you all in one streamlined and straightforward product: it acts as a facial moisturizer and gives your skin some coverage and a nice finish, and the built-in SPF protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays throughout the day. Best of all, a tinted moisturizer in a low fuss product, making it quick to apply and there is no need to spend a lot of time blending the product out with a beauty sponge or makeup brush. You can blend in the product with the warmth of your fingers, which also happen to be some of the top makeup artists’ favorite blending tools. A tinted moisturizer may also contain antioxidants as well as skin-soothing ingredients like cucumber extract. There are an array of formulas on the market to fit your skin type, so choose a tinted moisturizer according to your skin type. You can also set your tinted moisturizer with a light dusting of powder to help lock it in place. Makeup for new moms is all about products that perform multiple functions, and a tinted moisturizer does precisely that.

Your Favorite Lipstick or Lip Gloss

There’s nothing quite like finishing off a look with a pop of color on your lips. Whether you prefer bright corals, light pinks, nudes, or red, a sheer wash of color on your lips is an instant pick-me-up. Many new moms may suffer from dry skin and dry lips, so look for lipsticks or lip glosses that contain ingredients such as ceramides and vitamin E to give added moisture and nourishment to your lips.

Night-Time Moisture Mask and Antioxidant Serum

It’s normal for a new mom to be short on sleep and limited on time, so making your time spent asleep count for all that it’s worth is important. Before hitting the pillow, treat your skin to some skin-loving ingredients such as vitamin C, E, and other nourishing ingredients such as niacinamide and licorice extract. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and E help to combat free radicals, which lead to skin aging and the breakdown of skin collagen. Niacinamide is known as a cell-communicating ingredient, and it helps the skin to act like younger skin, encouraging a youthful glow. Licorice extract is beneficial for combating dark spots caused by sun damage. Applying your serum before topping it off with a night-time moisturizer gives your skin a nice, long drink while you go to rest and help to ensure its health and suppleness. This step will help you take care of yourself while you are busy taking care of your little one. The day-to-day fatigue that comes with being a new mom may wear on you, but minimal time is required to look after yourself and your skin and help you to look and feel your best.

Cream Blush

Cream blushers add color to the cheeks while also providing a sheen to the skin. Unlike powder blushes that may appear dry or powdery on the surface, a cream blush looks radiant and more like a natural wash of color on the apples of your cheeks. Coral is known for being a universally flattering shade and gives a beautiful and healthy glow to the cheeks. If you have oily skin, you can still benefit from a cream blush but may wish to set your skin with translucent powder after applying your cream blush. It’s best to put on the cream with your fingertips, as their warmth will help to meld the color with your tinted moisturizer and give a seamless application.

Eyeshadow Stick

Eyeshadow sticks are easy to apply and the formulation, unlike powder eyeshadow, is sometimes gel-like or cream consistency. This consistency makes the eyeshadow quick and easy to blend. It can even be blended out with the warmth from your fingertips. A quick wash of color with an eyeshadow stick applied to your eyelids will give you a little extra sparkle to your overall look. Choose a color that flatters your skin tone and eye color. It takes just seconds to apply, and it is next to impossible to mess up this makeup application.

As a new mom, taking a little extra time in each day to care for yourself and add a little something special to your overall look will work to increase your well-being and overall mood. While the early days of being a new mom may leave you feeling like you have absolutely no time for yourself, these quick and simple beauty products take just minutes to apply and can make a big difference. After all, every new mom deserves to glow.

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