mom with her new baby

With high altitude and a dry climate, Northern Colorado skincare can be challenging. But add a new baby to the mix and it takes things to the next level. New moms can be busy and exhausted, but they still need to take care of themselves and their skin. Here are five quick and easy skin care tips for new moms to keep your skin fresh and healthy amidst the chaos.

Stick to the basics.

There are a lot of skin care products available that all do different jobs. When life is busy and you’re pulled in multiple directions with a new baby, strip your skincare routine down to just the basics. No matter how tired or busy you are, make time to wash your face and apply moisturizer every day. These two steps have the biggest impact on the health and quality of your skin.

Use leave-on products.

No time for a complicated skincare regimen? You can get many of the same benefits from leave-on products. Think of it as a fix it and forget approach to skincare. Apply a night cream before you go to bed, and then wake up in the morning (or for those midnight feedings) with healthy, moisturized skin. The products work while you sleep, which can give your skin the appearance of looking glowing and rested, even if you haven’t gotten much sleep. Multi-tasking products like an eye cream with retinol or a BB cream with sunscreen and anti-aging ingredients can take care of multiple things at once without any extra effort.

Eat a healthy diet.

You can lather on the products, but a large part of your skin’s health comes from underneath the surface. Taking care of your body on the inside has a huge impact on what your skin looks like outside. That means eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water. New moms often experience an increased appetite, so surround yourself with healthy, protein-filled foods that you can easily grab instead of fast food or junky snacks. The best foods for your skin contain lots of antioxidants, such as leafy greens, fruit, and fish.

Don’t forget sunscreen.

The sun’s harmful rays don’t take a break after you’ve had a baby. Sunscreen should be a part of your everyday routine because it helps prevent signs of premature aging and creates fresher, healthier skin. Apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every day, even when it’s cloudy. This is especially important for Northern Colorado skincare routines because of our high altitude and thinner air. Regularly applying sunscreen can also help prevent any post-pregnancy melasma, or discoloration, from getting darker. To keep things as simple as possible, look for a moisturizer with SPF so you can knock out two important products in one application.

Find quick alternatives to your favorite products.

Just because you might not have as much time for yourself as you did before the baby arrived doesn’t mean you should completely skip out on skincare. Look for alternatives to your favorite products that you can put on quickly. If you don’t have time to remove your makeup with three different products, use micellar water makeup removing wipes. If you’re short on time for a full face of makeup, look for a BB cream that can provide coverage without clogging the pores.

The life of a new mom is busy and exciting. Don’t forget to take a few minutes for yourself with a quick and efficient skincare routine to keep your skin bright and healthy. Even if you aren’t getting much sleep or relaxation, your skin can tell a different story.