As a capable mum, you are a great multi-tasker. You have no problems juggling work, children, family and managing all sorts of expectations and responsibilities you can imagine. You can do in a day what it would take others one week to accomplish. This is all fine…except that it does come with a price, and it often shows on your physical appearance.
I am no exception. I tend to put the needs of others around me above my own, and as a result, I have often tended to place such “mundane issues” as sprucing up my face to the back burner. Worse of all, we mothers tend have this unconscious (sometimes conscious) belief that all these are just part of the ‘expected’ sacrifices of motherhood, and brush off concerns that we are not taking enough care of ourselves….up until we wake up one day, look into the mirror and discover that we have suddenly aged 10 years!!
The good news is that we mothers can set into our daily routine certain practices that ensure that we do not neglect our appearance, and it often does not take more than 15 minutes a day. Here, I am going to share what has worked well for me:
- Using facial serums daily (especially those fortified with vitamin C)
- Using high frequency facial therapy
Over the years I have come to rely on facial serums with proven formulation to keep my face young, smooth and healthy. However, not all facial serums are the same and it is important to check out the ingredients first before buying any. While I have tried out many facial serums in the past, today I do not use any unless it contains vitamin C. Nowadays, I apply my vitamin C serum on my face every morning after cleansing and toning my skin.
Of the many nutritional supplements touted for their effectiveness in ensuring a healthy skin, there is perhaps none that has as many effective qualities as vitamin C. Whether applied topically or taken as an oral supplement, vitamin C helps keep the skin tight more markedly than any other anti-wrinkle/ anti-aging supplement. Vitamin C also helps the skin to replace dead cells quicker as well as undoing the negative effects of exposure to chlorine and sunlight.
Before buying any facial serum, it is important to understand the properties of Vitamin C and how it is correctly used. It pays to remember that vitamin C oxidizes easily and the container used should therefore be dark enough to ensure the active ingredients are kept fresh for as long as possible.
High Frequency Facial Devices
Like many people, I was at first skeptical about the effectiveness of high frequency facial devices in keeping the face wrinkle-free. However, when I tried the derma wand, the results were startlingly impressive. Admittedly, it took a couple of months before the results were apparent but when they did I started getting compliments about how my facial skin looked tighter, smoother and just the right sort of healthy complexion. I use it 2-3 times per week, usually at night before I retire to bed.
The derma wand works by directing radiofrequency energy to areas of the skin with such defects as pores, lose skin and damaged cells. The results are as good as having a face lift operation. With regular use, the device will rid you of wrinkles and folds, puffiness around the cheeks as well as making your eyebrows appear more lifted. Before buying the device though, read more reviews about the derma wand and high frequency facial therapy in general to ensure you know exactly what to expect.
I discovered derma rolling recently after watching a demonstration on YouTube. Basically, how it works is it creates micro tears in your skin so that healthier skin cells can grow in place of damaged ones, and it also encourages greater elasticity in your skin. This technique is also known as microneedling.
After applying microneedling about twice a week on my face for a month, I have found that it has reduced the appearance of fine lines and light acne scars around my cheeks. So far, I’m also quite pleased with the results I’m getting on my post pregnancy stretch marks on my thighs.
I might post an update on if I see further results with microneedling at a later date. In the meantime, you can check out beauty blogger Michelle Trenholm’s review of derma rollers and other beauty treatments that can be done at home.
Final Words of Wisdom
As much as we mothers are masters of self-sacrifice, we also care about our appearance and how others view us (even if we are reluctant to admit it). Remember, it does not have to take up huge chunks of our time, so most of us have no excuse not to take better care of our appearance. I know different women have different concerns about their appearance and what I’ve shared here may not be applicable to you. However, the important thing is to be aware, and start taking daily action that is appropriate for you! It is definitely possible to be a capable mum with great skin!