DIY Beauty
DIY Beauty

Every mum deserves to feel like a Goddess, because every mum is!

Taking the time to make yourself feel good is vital. While it may not have the immediate impact you feel with eating healthy or exercising, it's a great way to trigger the relaxation response and manage your stress.

Unfortunately, a monthly mani-pedi isn’t always viable. But that’s OK, we’ve come up with some simple mum-friendly beauty tips to help you feel a million dollars – even when you’ve only had two hours sleep and just tried to put the kettle in the fridge (we’ve all done it).

Quick fixes

Hair:

Oily Roots. This can be fixed in a jiffy if you don’t have time to jump in the shower, using everyday household items. Try baby powder or baking soda on your roots – both are great at absorbing oil. Make sure you rub it in properly, or it’ll look like the kids are turning you grey!

Regrowth. If you’ve got an eyeshadow in a similar shade to your hair then this works a treat. Just brush it on. If you’re blonde, a shimmery one will work wonders as it’ll reflect light, and if you’re dark and worried about some grey showing through, a deep brown eyeshadow or bronzer should make it virtually unnoticeable!

Birdsnest. Whatever the reason, we won’t judge. To get a comb through the mess without spending hours in the shower and using all your conditioner, simply mix some conditioner in a spray bottle with water – 2 Tbls to 1 Cup. It’s a good one to keep in the medicine cupboard.

Styling. Why not dig into the kids’ craft box and use some of those old toilet rolls you’ve been collecting. Straight out of the shower grab sections of hair, roll up around toilet rolls and bobby pin in place. Let it dry naturally while you get on with other business, or dry with a hair dryer. No curling tongs needed! (Just don’t forget you have them in before you leave the house!)

 

Face:

Sweaty Hairline. No one likes the plastered-down fringe look. Try using it rubbing deodorant your hairline and neck (yes, really) to stop your hair getting sweaty and frizzy during hot days.

Baggy/Puffy Eyes. An oldie but a goodie: tea bags. Caffeinated or herbal, both will work. The caffeine helps restrict blood vessels while herbal teas contain anti-irritants that soothe redness and inflammation. Don’t have time to brew? Rub an ice-cube over your face.

 

More Time?

It’s important to make the time to pamper yourself every now and then. You don’t have to splash out on an expensive facial to renew your skin. Try this oatmeal face mask/exfoliant to leave your face feeling smoother than your baby’s bottom:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup warm water

Method
Cleanse your face and use a light moisturiser.

Put the oatmeal into a bowl and add a cup of warm water. Mix into a paste.

Apply the mixture to your face in small circular motions and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off.

 

You can make your own body scrub with raw sugar, a few drops of your favourite essential oil, and some solid oil (put your oil in the fridge). Try 3 parts sugar to 1 part oil. A great one to scrub all over your feet if you're not too ticklish!

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