It’s not easy to look good every day, especially when you have so many things to do and are working from home. You know it’s gotten really bad when you need to schedule washing your hair and shaving your legs into a Google calendar.
But once you become a mom all that gets 10 times harder.
The Struggle Is REAL
I’ve struggled with this for the past, I don’t know, 3-4 years and I’ve observed and learned some stuff I think are worth talking about.
During my baby’s first year, there’d be many days I’d be running around in my PJ’s without being able to take a shower or brush my teeth until 2 pm. And then once the baby’s fed and asleep I’d be so exhausted I want to nap as well.
I felt sloppy and like I was losing a part of me. Taking care of myself and my appearance is something that makes me feel good and it has always been important to me.
1. Wake up a little earlier.
Even if it’s 15 minutes – you can do a lot during that time. I’m able to take a super quick shower, brush my teeth, put some natural makeup on and dress.
2. Small efforts.
Looking good every day is about one thing: putting in a small effort every single day. Don’t become negligent and forget to do your laundry or to iron your dress, because you don’t feel like it. It’s such a small act, but when you don’t do it for a while – you understand its impact when you don’t have clean clothes to wear.
Find out what moisturizer works for you and moisturize your face, your neck and your chest. Don’t forget to put some body lotion (or coconut oil) after a shower and use hand creme (super important!)
Exercise will make you feel good, it can help you lose weight and become leaner and it helps your blood circulation, so that vital organs like your skin get fresh nutrients quicker.
Exercise also helps your posture improve, you look more awake and you feel happier. Which automatically makes you look good.
I like to do 10 minutes of yoga in the morning and those 10 minutes change everything! Like everything.
Doing yoga is super accessible these days, it’s not like you need to drive to a class at 5 am. You can do it at home. You can easily find videos on Youtube or check out Grokker for more structured programs. It’s an online platform with over hundreds of Premium workout classes for all levels – beginner to advanced.
5. Do your hair.
Obviously you don’t need to wash your hair every day or do anything crazy – but you can get a blow out every now and then. I like to do it every 2 weeks, and I feel so much better when I know my hair looks good. Even if I’m wearing jeans and T-shirt (or let’s face it – leggings) and have very little or no make up on, I look put together.
6. Do your nails.
Again, you don’t need to do anything special – but do your nails once every week to two weeks. Make sure they’re clean and have a shape – at minimum!
I usually do them myself and use natural nude colors because they go with everything.
Getting enough water will make your skin look more plump and young and that little boring trick works immediately!
8. Eat healthy.
When you eat healthy, especially more fruits and vegetables, your skin looks so much better and you can control your weight easily.
9. Go to bed early and get enough sleep.
That works like a miracle. If you’re going to get up earlier and still want to look good – go to bed earlier. Prioritize sleep. It will get rid of bad food cravings, bad moods and of undereye bags for you.
You don’t need to put A LOT of makeup on to look good every day, but a mascara and some lipstick can go a long way.
11. Wear clothes you feel good in.
You don’t need to wear a tight dress and high heels to look good, if you’re not feeling confident wearing that outfit. You can wear jeans, a white top and flat shoes and look fabulous. Wear what fits you and what makes you feel confident that day
12. Smile more.
With all that don’t forget to smile more often, because when you do – you feel great and you look more friendly and attractive to others.