When Ellisons contacted me regarding their #ExpertsInBeauty campaign I was really excited to talk about the topic. Steering away from the conversations we have down at the park or soft play cafe about potty training, child behaviour and horror stories of sleepless nights, I was happy to talk about us – the parents for a little while.
It’s inevitable really that amongst a small network of thirty something aged women we all have our own beauty perils of Motherhood, and between us a few tips and tricks of the trade to help us along the way.
I’ve learnt some incredible beauty tips from some of the girls I’ve met since having kids, and I’m all for hearing them, giving them a whirl and passing them on. If you have any to add, please let me know in the comments!
- Nipple cream as a lip balm. It’s not unusual to hear a new mum raving about the miraculous effects of Lanolin on your poor bruised and battered nips, but you have never lived if you haven’t popped a bit on your lips too (upstairs, I can’t vouch for any benefits on your other battered and bruised lips!). A glossy glowing and healing balm that will not only help heal any small blemishes, but make your lips feel a little more loved when the rest of you feels like you have just been hit by a bus.
- Coconut oil on your cuticles. Over the last few years coconut oil has had a bit of a moment for it’s wondrous health properties – used in cooking, drunk in coffee or even rubbed onto your body. Coconut oil is amazing for your nails so if you’ve got the jar out to start off your chicken curry, then be sure to pop a little bit on your cuticles and nails to give them a burst of nourishment.
- Baby lotion as make up remover. Baby lotion is one of those things you get bought when you’re expecting, yet you never really know what to use it for. The cotton wool and water stage so quickly morphs in to the good old wet wipe so like us, you may be archiving a shelf full of baby lotion and consider regifting it or binning the lot. Hold fire, because the gentle yet cleansing effect of baby lotion is a perfect make up remover – and it’s the perfect way to use up all that cotton wool too.
- Castor oil for Mum knees. Argh the cursed Mum knees. Following several years of kneeling to do nappies, baths and picking up rice off the floor they can end up with a bizarre perma-scab of dryness that leaves some Mothers reaching for the leggings even in the height of summer. I say free the Mum knees! Another Mum recently told me she is attacking her knees this summer with a daily dose of Castor oil – rub into the skin to allow the vitamin E rich oil penetrate and moisturise the skin. I’m yet to try this one!
- Castor Oil for hair growth. What, dis someone just say this helps your hair grow? Get me to the nearest chemist! I can’t really imagine rubbing oil all over my head, but apparently a couple of egg whites does the trick at getting it all out again as it breaks down the oil. With my postpartum hair loss issues this has to be worth a try.
- Lemon juice for bleaching dark patches on knees. I remember my mates laying in the sun with lemon juice on their hair as a teenager, but now we’re mums it’s all about lemon juice on the knees. With bleaching and exfoliating effects it’ll banish those bizarre dark circles on your scabby Mum knees in no time.
- Oats in the bath as a skin treatment. A commonly known treatment to sooth the itching of chicken pox, popping some oats into an old pair of tights and throw into your bath (no need to wear the tights ;-)). This tried and tested technique isn’t just good for the kids pox – it also has beneficial properties to reduce skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema even sunburn or irritation. A handy one when you’ve overdone the sun on your play date (sun cream is for you too Mummy).
The products we’re loving
As well as these natural beauty remedies, there are a few beauty brands and techniques everyone is talking about right now – so here’s whats hot right now with the Mum crew.
- Aveeno moisturising cream. I heard of this oaty based product line at a blog conference, well more particularly the baby range. Turns out the Mum range is a cannot live without item too. My Mum was raving about it and bought me a tbe, and I’ve been using it day in day out on my dry skin and it transformed my allotment hands in just one use. Miracle stuff!
- Footner socks. This somewhat bizarre foot treatment is one that’s got everyone talking. You pop the cream on, then the socks and leave for an hour or so. remove, and watch your entire feet peel off all the dead skin over the next ten days , leaving you with baby soft skin. Perfect to do just before the summer, but kinda thinking there’s probably no good fortnight in the height of summer to look like you have a foot disease – unless you’re prepared to go socks and shoes in the heat?
- Flexitol heel balm. If you can’t figure out the above, then perhaps a more practical approach to the dreaded dry heels of the summer. Mine suffered really badly after pregnancy and this heel balm got my feet back up to a presentable state in no time.
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So that’s our current favourites right now – don’t forget to share with me yours!