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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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What Exactly Is ‘Pre-Poo’ and Does Your Natural Hair Need It?

Hair care used to be so simple. Shampoo, conditioner, a couple of styling products, and you’re good to go. Now that natural hair care is a precise and sophisticated science, extra steps like “pre-pooing” are common. If you’re unsure whether you need to pre-poo your hair, how to pre-poo your hair, or what “pre-poo” even means – you’ve come to the right place.

Pre-poo is short for pre-shampoo. To pre-poo your hair, you apply nourishing products before you apply shampoo.

Do I need to pre-poo my hair?

Pre-pooing can seriously improve the texture and health of your hair. If you do it on a regular basis, your hair will become noticeably softer and stronger. However, it’s not necessary to pre-poo every single time you wash your hair.

Think of pre-pooing as a way to take your hair from “normal” to “wow.”

How does pre-pooing benefit the hair?

There are two main reasons that people pre-poo.

  1. Extra moisture. Shampoos are often quite drying, and they can strip your hair of its natural oils. Pre-pooing prevents that by providing an extra layer of protection.
  2. Detangling. Another benefit of pre-pooing is that it provides an easy opportunity to comb out all those tangles and knots and remove shed hair. When you wash your hair afterward, it’ll take much, much less time.
How do I pre-poo? What should I use to pre-poo?

You can go two ways: DIY or store-bought. Either way, a good pre-poo has moisturizing, natural ingredients, such as:

  • Natural oils, such as olive, coconut, or jojoba.
  • Aloe vera gel or juice – the more raw, the better.
  • Honey.
  • Essential oils.
  • Protein – if your hair needs extra protein, a pre-poo is a great time to add it to your routine.

You can use your favorite deep conditioner or masque as a pre-poo, too.

If you’d like to buy a store-bought pre-poo, try the Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Pre-Shampoo Treatment. If you’d like to make your own, a simple combo of olive oil and all-natural aloe vera gel will do wonders.

Whatever you use, make sure to apply evenly from root to tip.

When should I pre-poo?

It’s best to let the pre-poo soak into your hair overnight. However, not all of us plan that far ahead! Even if you only apply pre-poo 15 minutes before washing your hair, you’ll still see some benefits.

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