Mommy Glow Up Challenge: 15 Beauty Tips for Women to Look and Feel Attractive
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As a mom, taking care of your children is your priority. You feel you've done something right when they're dressed for the day, fed and in daycare or school on time with clean faces and their lunches packed (go you!).
In the evening, your nightly routine looks something like this: feed the children, clean up the mess, get them ready for bed, crash on the couch and wake up to do it all again the next day.
Have you walked past a mirror lately and thought "What happened to me?".
With your days turned weeks turned months turned years centered around the kids, this leaves little to no time for your own personal self-care (Oh, if only your former childless self knew "self-care" as a mother would turn into what others call personal hygiene).
There is no judgment here.
I. can. relate.
Sure, I know adding serums and exfoliators and reflective morning journaling routines will all help with my highest-self discovery journey, but...
Ain't nobody got time for that, amirite?
Let's talk about some quick wins that will help you feel like more of yourself once again, mom to mom.
Glow up your face
1. Your brows make a HUGE difference to the overall aesthetic of your face.
If you've not had them done, stop reading this post and schedule an appointment now. Even better, set up a recurring appointment.
I've had a great experience with the ULTA Brow Bar girls and always leave feeling surprisingly better about my face.
While you're there, pick up an easy to use brow pencil and fill your brows in as part of your morning routine.
You'll soon realize how impactful this seemingly insignificant and overlooked step is to your appearance. Don't skip this one!
2. Find your holy grail BB cream.
Multi-tasking products for the win. Add some glowy life to your face with a BB cream that doubles as a moisturizer. You can quickly and easily apply it within a few minutes using your hands.
3. Bright-eyed (bushy-tailed below)
Putting concealer around your eyes is kind of a big deal. You'll instantly look more awake and alive. I love the ease and effectiveness of this one. It's essentially eight hours of sleep in a tube.
4. Color your lips
Are you waiting for the perfect occasion to wear lipstick?
Every single day is a special occasion.
Don't let your outfit dictate your color choice, either. Rocking some black leggings? Go for a bold red or fuchsia and feel like a boss doing all of the things.
If you're not into the lipstick look, line your lips and follow it up with this lip tint.
5. Make removing your makeup a non-negotiable.
I know you're exhausted and it's the last thing you want to do, but remember your future self will thank you.
No need to incorporate an additional step standing over the sink, either. You can simply use a baby wipe while catching up on your shows (after all, you are a multi-tasking mama).
Use a textured washcloth when washing your face for exfoliation without the extra product.
Glow up your hair
6. Simplify your hair drying routine
When I found out about the magical unicorn of a hairdryer that lets you single-handedly brush and blow-dry your hair, I was overjoyed.
Finally, a tool that doesn't make me feel like I'm attempting the hair drying equivalent of patting my head while rubbing my belly (anyone else?) AND makes me feel better about my upper body strength.
Best of all, it actually worked. It turned my frizzy mane into a sleek "wow she knows what she's doing" do.
7. Look for easy sleep in styles
If you have medium to long hair and want to skip doing your hair in the morning, shower at night and allow your hair to partially dry. Then braid it.
You'll wake up with the sexy beachy waves do with very little effort. Spritz your locks with some texturizing spray and voila—you're ready to start the day with tousled tresses.
8. Elevate the bun
Trade your top knot for an elegant bun. This handy hair doohickey makes it easy.
9. Book a hair appointment
When was the last time you updated your cut and color? Ask your husband to be on daddy duty so you can get away to the salon. Use the opportunity to freshen up your look and try something new. Sometimes holding onto hair for hair length sake isn't the right call if the color has seen better days and the ends are fried. Healthy hair will revive your entire look.
If you're happy with your cut and color, consider booking a blowout appointment.
Having your hair washed, dried and styled can make you feel like whole new woman.
This is especially worth the (financial, time, but mostly sanity) investment when you have an event. Think about what a relief it would be to not have to worry about your hair while juggling the the kids and getting yourself ready for the next family photo shoot. Well worth it.
Glow up your outfit
10. Take an honest inventory of how your clothes make you feel.
Does what you wear around the house and when going out make you feel chic and put together?
It's easy to get in a rut with wearing the same worn out clothes because you're in a habit of reaching for what's familiar.
If what you put on each day doesn't make you feel confident and polished, it may be time to revamp your closet.
Get rid of anything that doesn't feel right whether it's because of the fit or quality and say goodbye to items you haven't worn in the last year.
Incorporate classic pieces that make feeling like the best version of you effortless.
By choosing staple and versatile items for your wardrobe, you take the guesswork out of looking on point.
Also, be sure to decide the night before on what you'll be wearing tomorrow.
You have a lot of decisions to make on a daily basis. Make looking stylish a no-brainer by putting a few minutes of thought into planning and laying out your outfit.
Your small effort will show and you'll be glad you did it.
Glow up your mood
11. Stop eating the kids' left-overs.
You do such a great job of thoughtfully packing their healthy lunches. Don't you deserve to nourish your body with fruits and vegetables?
When you grocery shop, think about having an abundance of easy and healthy snacks on hand for everyone—including yourself.
Load up on plenty of produce and good fat foods: berries, seeds, nuts, hummus, avocados (avocado toast...yum!) and eggs (hard or soft boiled as snacks).
Grab some spinach and pre-made frozen fruit bags while you're at it and incorporate simple smoothies for a quick, easy and nutritious snack.
I bet you're sick of hearing about drinking more water. Have you developed the habit? If not, give it a try—it's essential to your well-being and cognitive function and will help combat mommy brain.
Side note, is this how mommy brain came to be!? We stopped drinking enough water when our children entered the picture and have been living in this state ever since, thinking this is just the way it is?!
"Mommy brain" -- used to describe that spacey, sleep-deprived state when new moms tend to forget things and act scatterbrained
—Webmd (how dare you!?)
12. Get your body moving
You may be overdue for some really good stretching. We jump out of bed so quickly to get our days started we've somehow inadvertently eliminated this simple action.
Take a few minutes to stretch in the morning whether that's in bed or with a quick guided exercise on Youtube and you'll feel more energized.
Remember to also get your heart pumping for at least 20 minutes a day.
I hear you. Just the thought of getting ready for and heading to the gym can be daunting. Not to mention it isn't always practical.
Don't let this stop you.
Release yourself from the pressure of having to commit to a long workout or plan that isn't aligned with your life.
There are a lot of quick workouts you can do from home. Do what is fun for you—whether that's letting loose with a virtual Zumba class or getting the kids in on choreographing a Baby Shark mommy daughter/son routine (because you definitely have not heard that song enough yet).
Prefer to get outside? Become active alongside your kids and check out some local parks on your bikes. Or get the roller skates out, turn on some Spice Girls and jam (a favorite activity of ours).
14. Go to bed earlier
Ahhh sleep. Whether you're getting up in the middle of the night with your baby, using the evenings to catch up on housework or just savoring the precious quiet and elusive ✨you time✨ after putting the kids to bed, getting to bed at a time you know is best for you can be a challenge.
Try moving the time you go to bed up by just 15 minutes each day and then adjust to 30 minutes.
Or, designate one day of the week as your early to bed day. You'll feel more refreshed in the morning and won't miss that time you may have otherwise used to scroll through Pinterest.
Evaluate also whether you are setting yourself up for maximizing your time asleep and getting the highest quality sleep possible.
We tell our kids to wind down before bed—why don't we do the same ourselves?
Turn off your phone and TV at least 30 minutes beforehand and use a notepad to do a brain dump. This way, you get things out of your head rather than ruminating on them as you're trying to fall asleep.
15. Mindset is where it's at
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right. It can become second nature to stop thinking about yourself and live in a "someday when" state of mind. Why wait and put off looking and feeling your best? Prioritize your well being by retraining your brain to think "What do I need right now?"
Bringing it all together
You do so much for everyone in your life day in and day out. It's time you show up for yourself. Make the decision to be intentional in the ways in which you take care of yourself.
Break the cycle of neglected mom on auto-pilot and write yourself a different story.
Find just 20 minutes a day to apply a few of the mommy self-care tips mentioned above:
- Mind your brows for a beautifully framed face
- Apply a moisturizing BB cream and concealer daily for instant vitality
- Wear the lipstick to feel like a new woman
- Remove your makeup and wash your face to maintain a healthy complexion
- Bring back the blow-out and embrace 5-minute hairstyles
- Purge the clothes that don't make you feel amazing and replace them with staple pieces that make looking polished a breeze
- Eat the (real) rainbow and drink more water to give your body the fuel it needs to do everything you do
- Stretch, dance, roller skate. Do something every day to get your blood pumping
- Decompress and get better quality sleep
Small actions add up. Do these consistently and watch your energy shift from surviving to thriving.
You'll feel better. You'll feel like yourself again and be able to show up for your family. Win-win.
Have I missed any mommy beauty must-do's you turn to that are both easy and effective?
Which habits will you start this week? I'd love to know in the comments below!
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