5 Easy At-Home Beauty Routines

Moms! I know I’m not the only one who struggles with taking care of themselves while trying to keep up with work, kids, husband, the house, and busy schedules. Before having kids I was able to give my body the attention it needed. Now I look down at my toes and I’m like, “Whose toes are those?”. The past couple of years I’ve picked up some beauty tips that can be accomplished with things that you probably already have around the house. Here’s my top 5 household items and beauty routines that keep me looking half way decent! 😉 

  1. Baby oil
    • After a day of washing my hands and doing dishes, my hands are extremely dry and brittle. It gets even worse in the winter. To help soften my hands and give them a break, I apply baby oil to my cuticles and hands right before bed. When I wake up my hands are super soft and my cuticles look like I just walked out of the nail shop.
  2. Milk of Magnesia (MOM)
    • I use MOM to keep my oily skin and adult acne at bay. A few times a week I’ll wake up and wash my face at the sink. Then I’ll apply a thin layer of MOM to my face and neck and let it dry. (pour a quarter size on your finger tips and rub all over face and neck). Leave the mask on for about 15 to 20 minutes. During that time I’ll fix breakfast for the kids and they’ll pretend they’re scared of my creepy white face. After the time is up  rinse it off in the shower with lukewarm or cold water. After showering I dry my face and apply moisturizer. This process leaves my face nearly oil free! Almost like a matte finish. For stubborn acne, I’ll apply MOM on the spot right before bed and leave it on while I sleep. In the morning, if the pimple isn’t gone, it should at least have gone down quite a bit. Before trying this I highly recommend you try a small area first, as it can cause a small percentage of people to break out.
  3. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
    • I use raw ACV as a toner. Using raw ACV balances the natural pH balance of the skin, and breaks up the bonds between dead skin cells (exfoliating) to keep skin pores open. It also can improve acne and acne scars. Pretty much, it helps my face stay one color! To apply, poor a small amount of raw ACV mixture into a cotton swab. Be sure to be gentle and not rub to hard on your face. Try to do this at least 3-4 times a week after cleansing your face. ACV has a strong smell so be sure to flush the cotton swab down the toilet. I follow this routine right before doing the MOM mask. The first few times it may sting and that’s completely normal. Like MOM, be sure to test out a small area first. Here are the ratios for different skin types:
      • For sensitive skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 4 parts water
      • For normal/dry skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water
      • For oily skin: Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water
  4. Coconut Oil
    • Since going natural, coconut oil has been my best friend. I use it primarily as a moisturizer for me and my daughters hair. After I wash and condition my hair I dry my hair with a cotton tshirt (natural moms, this is the only way you should dry your hair if you want to lesson frizz and maintain curls). I’ll apply a  quarter size amount of coconut oil. It’s perfect for twist outs! Leaves your hair shiny and not crunchy like some other products. It’s safe for kids too! Make sure you purchase an organic brand and play around with the amount your hair needs. Start with a small amount and gradually increase.
  5. Olive Oil
    • My knees and elbows get a beating from playing on the floor with the kids. I use olive oil to make a homemade scrub for my knees and elbows.  It’s super easy to make too! Mix 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice with 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1/2 cup of sea or table salt in a small bowl. Mix the ingredients well. The acid in the lemon juice eliminates dead skin cells, revealing lighter skin from beneath the dead layer. Rub this mixed paste onto your dark elbows and knees every day for 10 to 15 minutes to see significant difference in few weeks’ time. I highly recommend doing this after the kids have gone to bed. Trust me, it works like a charm!

Tips: In order for these routines to happen you have to prepare! I readily have these items available in my bathroom for quick access. I use similar containers like these for the MOM & ACV mixtures. You can find them at any drugstore or grocery store. Maybe what you need to do is take 30 minutes on a Sunday night and make the mixtures so the next time you remember to take care of yourself, you’ll have the tools necessary at arms reach.

A happier you equates to happier kids and a happier hubby. So don’t feel guilty about taking some time to take care of yourself. I’m sure you deserve it and I know you won’t regret it! Oh, about them toes, I try my hardest to get a pedicure at least once every month or so.

If you have any easy at home beauty routines that you love please share!

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