3 top Beauty Tips for new mums
Posted on 7/09/17 1:04 PM
Being a new mum is the most miraculous experience. It’s also a time when we’re spending all of our
energy focusing on this tiny new little being, and there’s not much time left to focus on ourselves.
Usually the last thing on our minds in the first few months of our little ones’ existence is getting fully
dolled up while navigating the changing and feeding minefields!
Though sometimes, a little bit of lippy or mascara can go a long way to reminding you that you’re still a
whole person and not just a feeding machine. So my mantra has always been to think consciously about
the products you need to feel good, and get rid of the ones you don’t.
Here you’ll learn the fastest and safest tips to looking and feeling fantastic
Ditch the Synthetic Fragrance, it’s hiding everywhere
Its best to avoid perfume and anything scented as much as possible in the first few months especially.
As the baby will be in contact with your bare skin often, you want to reduce the risk of baby absorbing
chemicals from you skin and believe me, fragrance has a lot of chemicals that you don’t want near you
or your baby.
Choose natural and organic fragrance-free skincare, and preferably with the least amount of ingredients
possible so you can be sure there’s nothing nasty sneaking its way in.
If you must wear perfume, and I’d suggest that only be an occasional occurrence in the first few months,
then opt for a completely natural perfume or essential oil blend.
After the first few months, then when thinking of returning to a daily perfume, still choose natural. Most
synthetic perfumes contain hormone-disrupting chemicals which are dangerous for the wearer and
Keep your makeup simple
It took me a good few years to wear a full face of makeup on a regular basis after each of my girls was
born. When they’re little you just want to kiss and cuddle them all the time, so I didn’t like the thought of
my makeup (natural or not) transferring on to their squishy little faces. Apart from that, I found that kids
have a fascination with grabbing mamma’s face so my makeup would never stay put anyway!
No one’s going to mind if you go about your day completely free of makeup but sometimes it can make
you feel a little more a alive when you look more alive too.
The best trick to wearing makeup when the kids are tiny is, less is more. Start with the easiest products
that are going to give you the most bang for your buck. Concealer and mascara are the best places to
start. Just even a little brightening concealer dabbed in the inner corners of the eye, does a lot to make
you look fresher, then a coat of mascara. This will open up your eyes and give you a bit of definition
without having to go to much effort.
Choose a good quality mascara with clean ingredients. You want something that’s going to stay put
throughout the day, but be easy enough to remove when you just don't have the energy to scrub off
waterproof at the end of the day.
Protect your Baby, by protecting your Body
Again, less is more and it’s crucial that your products only contain nourishing ingredients, as they’ll
easily transfer from your skin to your bubba.
Coconut oil is the most amazing thing to have in your bathroom cupboard. It makes a great body
moisturiser, makeup remover, hair mask and even teeth whitener!
Even though it would be ideal to avoid deodorant, choose a natural deodorant without any scent. Check
the ingredients on the back - they should sound like a food recipe, not some illegible cocktail.
Avoid chemicals like parabens, sodium laurel sulphate and fragrance in your body wash too. These are
some of the chemicals that contribute to hormone disruption, so best avoided altogether but especially
In my experience, motherhood is all about keeping things easy, but still working hard to create a happy,
healthy environment for a growing family.
By focusing on simple makeup, reducing your use of fragrances and protecting your own body, you’re
taking the best possible steps to take care of both you and your new baby.
They’re great habits that’ll last a lifetime, and it’s just as well. Parenting is a rewarding, long-term job
and so is embracing conscious beauty!
Emma Peters, organic makeup artist, creative director and founder of Belle & Sage, is committed to
leading the conversation around beauty and wellness. With over twenty years of experience as a makeup
artist, she knows you don’t have to sacrifice quality for clean.