People are still talking about how fantastic the Duchess of Cambridge looked just after giving birth to Princess Charlotte, and if you are a new mum yourself, it might be driving you insane. How can you possibly look so good without the hired help and countless pennies in the bank? There are actually some top products out there, however, that don’t need you to spend lots of time or money on and, with very little effort, may actually make you feel a little more human than you do right now.
For Skin | If your stretch marks and dry skin are making you feel worse than the baby blues, then grab some products that you can slap on in any spare moments you may have. If you haven’t got time to spend ages surfing the net, have a look at the Boots skincare range for new mums, which includes essential Bio-Oil, £8.99 for 60ml, the miracle cure for stretch marks and Clarins Soothing and Relaxing Body Treatment Oil, £40 for 100ml. This will not only make your skin satin-smooth, but it’s also supposed to help relieve fatigue and stress.
Tiredness can make your skin look pale as your body routes as much blood as possible to your major organs. So if you can find the energy and the minutes, you may want to give your face a bit of a boost. Try a face mask that you can wear at night – even when feeding or pacing the floor. The Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel, £5.99 at Superdrug, has a special energising formula packed with mulberry and kiwi extracts, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy and fruit acids to refresh, retexture and refine, leaving you and your skin looking brighter than before. For a really quick fix, try Instablur, £14 from the Body Shop, which claims to blur imperfections to make your skin look better in a flash.
For Hair | You have been longing to have a shower all day but have had to wait for reinforcements to get home before you could jump in. Then, when you do, you end up feeling worse than before as you see the clumps of hair in the plughole. Why does nature want to hit you where it hurts at a time when your emotions cannot take much more? It’s perfectly normal for your hair to fall out, but if you want to try to maintain the luscious locks you had during your pregnancy, consider taking Nanogen Hair Nutrition Supplement For New Mums, £29.95 for a month’s supply from Boots. This is a food supplement that has been scientifically formulated to promote hair growth whilst at the same time boosting your nutrition during and even after breastfeeding.
For Eyes | Puffy eyes with black circles under are not an attractive look, but they are hard to avoid when you have the only baby in the world who never seems to sleep. Keep a good eye cream, such as the completely natural Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream, on hand to apply when you can, and store it in the fridge for a real reviver when you smooth it on. If you’re going out, spend just a few seconds with the eyelash curlers and put on a couple of coats of your favourite Bobbi Brown mascara. This will make you look more awake, even if you don’t feel it at all. If the dark circles are really noticeable, you could use some liquid concealer, such as Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer, available from Boots for £7.99. This blends in really quickly and easily and is excellent at hiding those tell-tale signs of tiredness. Tired, moi? Of course not, I’m a princess parent after all!