As a busy mom, you probably don’t have a lot of time to get ready in the morning.
I know I don’t! If I’m being perfectly honest, sometimes it doesn’t happen at all.
I am a stay-at-home mom, so it is super easy to get lazy about putting on makeup and fixing my hair.
Have you noticed how much better you do feel, though, when you take the time to do those things?
I feel much more confident, energized, and productive when I take that time for myself each morning.
It becomes so much easier once you learn how to simplify your beauty routine.
I used to avoid getting ready each morning because it took me one-and-a-half hours to shower, dry my hair, put on makeup, fix my hair, and get dressed.
That’s a long time to spend on getting ready!
It’s hard to care about spending that amount of time on a beauty routine when I know I’m going to be at home taking care of kids, cleaning the house, and doing the laundry.
However, I feel much better about myself and I get more done during the day when I am wearing something I love, my hair is fixed, and my makeup is on.
How to simplify your morning beauty routine
Rather than dedicating one-and-a-half hours each morning to getting ready, I had to figure out how to simplify my beauty routine.
These tips have worked for me, and I hope they work for you too!
1 // Take care of your skin
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Good skin is going to look good no matter how much or how little makeup you wear.
If you take care of your skin, you will most likely not have to do as much to make it look good.
This does not have to be complicated. Make it a habit to clean, exfoliate, and moisturize your face on a daily basis.
You can add in as many serums, eye creams, or anti-aging products as you like, but do these three things at the very least.
I have sensitive skin, so I prefer products without a lot of chemicals. My favorite brand right now is First Aid Beauty.
These products are free of artificial colors and fragrances, parabens, alcohol, lanolin, propylene glycol, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, and sulfates.
They are safe for sensitive skin and are not too expensive, in my opinion.
2 // Adopt a five-minute makeup routine
I love makeup as much as the next girl, but in order to have the time to put it on every day I had to figure out the essentials and forget about the rest.
There are certain items I know I don’t feel comfortable without.
I use these things on my face every day and have a little more fun when it’s time for church or a night out with my hubby.
I created a five-minute makeup routine that makes me look and feel my best without needing to spend a lot of time.
3 // Get organized
Take some time to go through all of your beauty products and get rid of anything old or expired.
If you haven’t used it in six months, you don’t need it in your makeup bag.
If you have a lot of makeup, consider getting some acrylic organizers for the items you like to use on special occasions and keep your everyday items in a separate makeup bag for easy access.
It also helps to pick out your clothes the night before you’re going to wear them.
Choose which outfit you will wear ahead of time and eliminate the need to stand around in your closet trying to decide on something at the last minute.
4 // Shower at night
Showering at night is a game changer.
Taking a shower, allowing my hair the time it needs to air dry, then drying it with a hair dryer takes up a LOT of time.
Doing these things at night drastically reduces the amount of time I spend getting ready in the morning.
Plus, it makes my shower time more enjoyable because I don’t feel rushed. A warm shower also helps to relax me before it’s time to hop into bed.
5 // Skip the shampoo
Did you know that most people don’t need to wash their hair every day? Can I get an amen?! This is welcome news to this busy mama.
I am not even kidding when I say that dry shampoo changed my life.
I once went seven days without washing my hair using this dry shampoo. It’s a little pricey, but it works.
You can also use this one, but I wouldn’t recommend using it for more than a couple of days before washing your hair with regular shampoo again.
Once I trained my hair to go longer between washings, it became oily less often and eventually looked and felt healthier than when I was washing it every day.
Even if you would rather shower in the morning instead of at night, not needing to wash your hair every day saves a ton of time.
Now, it’s your turn
Are you a busy mama who has given up on getting ready every day?
I promise you will not regret taking this time for yourself each morning.
Use these tips to simplify your morning beauty routine and take notice of how good it makes you feel.
- Take care of your skin
- Adopt a five-minute makeup routine
- Get organized
- Shower at night
- Skip the shampoo