When you’re a new mum, it can be impossible to find the time to get a second alone to go to the loo, nevermind having the time to style your hair or put a bit of make-up on! But just because you’ve got a new addition to the family doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to take care of yourself. In fact now more than ever it’s extremely important to make sure your skin and hair are getting all the vital nutrients they need to keep healthy while dealing with the demands of motherhood.
That's why we've come to the rescue, rounding up some must-have superhero products that work to minimise time but maximise results, so that you don’t have to give it a second thought!
The cleanser and exfoliator
Why: When there’s no time to contemplate three-step cleansing, take off your make-up, cleanse your skin and exfoliate dead skin cells all at once with these little guys.
How it works: This cleanser and exfoliator all-in-one will whip your make-up off with minimal effort, exfoliating and removing dead skin cells in the process.
Bonus: Not only that, but they also contain multivitamins Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E to keep moisture locked in too!
The multivitamin moisturiser
Why: Make sure your skin gets everything it needs with a multi-tasking multivitamin-laden moisturiser that absorbs quickly and can be used on even the most sensitive of skin.
How it works: A perfect blend of multivitamins such as Pro-Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and skin-loving ingredients such as Glycerin, this easy-on-your-skin moisturiser comes complete with SPF to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays during days at the park.
Bonus: It also gives you hydration for a full 12 hours - perfect for when you've been rushing round and don't have time to think about reapplying.
The skin-saving elixir
Why: If you’ve neglected your skin or are looking for something a little more targeted, this cream is packed with essential oils to help revive tired, dull complexions and help skin look brighter.
How it works: Suitable for sensitive skin, this moisturiser is a fusion between an oil and a cream, providing the benefits of both. Contrary to popular believe, applying more oil to your skin doesn’t make it extra oily or dry it out – instead the beautiful blend of essential oils such as lavender and thyme work together to help fight ageing and rid the skin of free radicals, helping your skin build up its own defence against the everyday stresses it encounters. White jasmine, known for its soothing properties, also calms down any inflammation while helping to brighten dull complexions.
Bonus: Put this on before bedtime and the lavender will also help to calm and comfort you after your busy day juggling changing nappies and bottles!
The moisturising body lotion
Buy it: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil, £6.50
Why: When you're constantly running around after little ones, the last thing you think of is moisturising – but due to all that washing and changing your skin can actually get quite dry. Counteract this with a great moisturiser that penetrates the skin quickly, providing instant relief from the daily stresses your body encounters as a new mum.
How it works: Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil works wonders for mums. With only a little going a long way, this miracle oil is filled with vitamin E to soften and repair even the most damaged skin, including scars and stretch marks.
Bonus: Short on time? Don’t worry – this fast-drying formula doesn’t stain and isn’t greasy, meaning you can dress immediately after application.
The 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
Buy it: TRESemmé Cleanse & Renew 2in1 Shampoo & Conditioner, £2.50
Why: Shower time becomes a luxury when you’re a new mum, so make sure you make the most out of it with a quality 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner.
How it works: There’s a bit of stigma around 2-in-1 hair products, but with this offering by TRESemmé, you don’t have to skimp on quality to get gorgeous shiny locks. Complete with a multivitamin blend, it works to replenish and renew your hair with vigour as well as cleanse and moisturise – bargain!
Bonus: It’s 2-in-1 – does there need to be more?!
The dry shampoo saviour
Buy it: ASDA Blushing Blossom Dry Shampoo, £1
Why: For those days when you just don't get time to wash your hair (and there are many), spray away a bad hair day instead with a dry shampoo.
How it works: It’s a dry shampoo that provides much-needed freshness, reviving your locks and giving you your precious time back between shampooing.
Bonus: The beautiful floral scent will help to cover up any baby sick smells!
The wake-me-up foundation
Buy it: Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation, £5.98
Why: Probably the most important product for a new mum is finding a foundation that works for her, not against her. But finding a foundation that provides good coverage that also works to illuminate and reawaken tired and fatigued skin can be hard. That’s where Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation comes in!
How it works: Including vitamins, peptides and SPF15, this foundation works to bring the glow back to tired and uneven skin, leaving you with a radiant glow and flawless coverage all in one.
Bonus: The anti-fatigue effect is INSTANT.
The multi-tasking blush and sculptor
Buy it: L'Oreal Infallible Blush Trio Nude Beige, £6
Why: While you don’t want to look like a chalkboard, contouring officially went out the window with all your spare time. Instead, turn to a dash of blusher for those days when you need a pop of colour.
How it works: This 3-in-1 blusher by L'Oreal works well on most colour palettes, giving you a quick punch of colour (especially on days when you are feeling extra wiped out).
Bonus: What's so great about this palette is that all 3 shades can be used together or separately, so you never have to go looking for anything else. Simple!
The waterproof mascara
Buy it: Rimmel London Waterproof Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil, £7.98
Why: When you are constantly on the go with young children pulling you this way and that, you need durable, long-lasting mascara. Go for products with an added extra, whether than be enhancing lash thickness to adding volume.
How it works: This mascara from Rimmel is really a wonder product. Completely waterproof, it will stay put all day, while the argan oil works behind the scenes to keep lashes looking and feeling conditioned.
Bonus: Ultra-soft bristles that hug lashes = zero clump!
The eye brightening eyeliner
Buy it: Maybelline Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner, £6.98
Why: Blur the lines with kohl eyeliner, perfect for hiding tired peepers and bringing out your whites.
How it works: Softer than a pen, this kohl eyeliner is sure to be a new mum's best friend as it's both smudge-proof and waterproof – plus, it stays put for 12 hours!
Bonus: The pencil is self-sharpening, so no more looking around for that sharpener you can never find.