A Dermal Therapist recommends her favourite skincare treats for pampering dehydrated, sleep-deprived skin.
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And it’s true that looking after a baby takes a village. However just because you have birthed a tiny, new human it doesn’t mean you need to ditch your entire skincare and beauty routines completely.
Like sure, maybe for the first week. However, having a few multi-purpose products on hand can be super helpful not only for bub - but to help mum look/feel alive too.
Lack of sleep is also not the best for one’s complexion, let’s be honest. So as a Dermal Therapist I am always recommending clients have a few additional skincare treats on hand - predominantly to add hydration and calm back into the skin after a bad night.
And when you couple that with a strong coffee in the morning and multi-tasking makeup? You can survive the blur that is the first few weeks with a newborn. Below are some fun products to try.
Firstly, there is no doubt that the first few weeks with a newborn you will be sleep deprived and you know what? Sleep deprivation can lead to transepidermal water loss and therefore - dehydrated skin. Having a hydrating mask on hand is not only going to help restore lost moisture, but it will also help instil a little bit of a pre-baby glow. Plus, this mask only needs ten mins so you can pop it on while you feed.
A multi-purpose balm will also be super handy post-partum. Not only for your lips, boobs and random chapped/dry bits of skin but it can be handy to have for your baby as well. Lanolips 101 ointment is one of those products that you can use anywhere - and for everything to help seal in lost moisture and provide hydration to chapped/dry areas of skin. It’s proven safe for newborns.
Now if you have been missing your vitamin A during pregnancy - post partum it is safe to start using again. As a Dermal Therapist, I often recommend starting on vitamin A straight after birth, yes even if you are breastfeeding. OTC retinol and retinal products are perfectly fine to use and should be incorporated into a routine slowly (remember you have just had at least nine months off!) It’s always best to start back at a strength and derivative right for your skin. And if you’re unsure? Chat to your Dermal Therapist.
There is no makeup product more powerful than concealer during those first few weeks. A quick, easy to use non-creasy concealer is not only going to make you look semi-alive but I promise it will make you feel better as well. The ABH concealer is one of those products that ticks all the boxes - it’s high coverage, can really be used both under the eyes and on blemishes/marks on your face and if you prep your eye area well - it doesn’t crease.
I am also a huge fan of using hair masks in place of conditioner. And since life with a newborn doesn’t tend to correlate well with washing hair opportunities, when you do get an opportunity to wash your hair you may as well use a luxe hair mask and treat yourself. And the Mr Smith Luxury Hair Mask mask is one of those masks. It’s deeply hydrating, tames frizz like nothing else, looks great in your bathroom - and is all vegan, cruelty free etc… if that matters to you.
You won’t have time to tan during the first few weeks with a newborn so this is where tanning drops come in handy. The St Tropez Luxe Tan Tonic Drops ones can be mixed into your moisturiser for both your face and your body and like everything St Tropez they are very natural looking and a great way to give your skin a glow and make you look a little more alive than you feel.
Let’s be real, there is zero time with a newborn. However, if your skin feels like it’s taking a beating and you’re starting to breakout hormonally due to lack of sleep, incorporating calming ingredients such as niacinamide and skin strengthening peptides can help. This serum is also great at controlling the oil production in your skin and gentle enough to be using both morning and night for most skin types.