Being a mom is more than a full-time job. Though we know how hard it can be to make time for yourself, it’s important for all moms to receive a little pampering time.  Below are Skin by Lovely’s top skin care tips for busy moms.

Mommy Makeovers: Look Great Without Going Under the Knife

Many moms don’t have time for facelifts, liposuction and other cosmetic surgery procedures. Did you know, however, that it’s still possible to get your youthful, lovely look back without dealing with the hassle of going under the knife?

Liquid Facelifts

Liquid facelifts are a great option for busy moms who need a little facial rejuvenation. Liquid facelifts inject dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse into the skin to achieve fuller, lifted features free of fine lines and wrinkles. Combined with Botox, or its counterparts Dysport and Xeomin, you can look years younger without the need for invasive surgery.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels come in a variety of types and target an array of skin concerns. They are simple procedures that purify and brighten your skin by speeding up the natural process of shedding dull, damaged skin. This allows fresh, undamaged skin to shine through, which can lighten mild scarring or hyperpigmentation.

Non-Surgical Double Chin Reduction

Liposuction used to be the only way patients could reduce the appearance of a stubborn double chin. However, this changed in mid-2015 when the FDA approved a new injectable fat reduction treatment called Kybella.  After several treatments with Kybella, patients can eliminate double chin fat without the extensive recovery needed after a liposuction.  This makes it the perfect solution for busy moms looking to rid themselves of unwanted submental fullness.

Five of Your Mom’s ‘Beauty Secrets’ You Should Avoid

Old wives’ tales abound for everything from how to improve digestion to how to make yourself go into labor.  As a busy mom, you’ve heard them all from your mother, grandmother and friends.  Sometimes they work; sometimes they don’t. And while we can’t comment on digestion or how to trigger labor, we can comment on the skin care tips you’re getting from the women who came before you that you should absolutely avoid.

Lemon Sugar Scrub
This is one of the oldest beauty “secrets” around, so it’s no wonder we’re talking about it again. Mix lemon juice with a bit of salt or sugar to scrub your way to brighter skin. While that sounds great, health and all-natural, it actually causes quite a bit of damage while offering zero benefits. Salt and sugar granules have rough edges that can leave microscopic tears in your skin, which are then aggravated by the lemon juice. On top of that, raw lemon juice is much too acidic to safely put on your skin. They can cause burns or unsightly irritation. So, save the lemons and sugar for lemonade.

Dairy Facials
You might remember your mom using milk or yogurt to make her skin look fresh and bright. While dairy products do contain a small amount of the same acids aesthetic specialists use in chemical peels, nothing in your fridge has enough of these acids to give you real, lasting results. We recommend eating the yogurt for its probiotic benefits instead.

Egg White Peels
Plenty of mothers and grandmothers swear by egg whites to shrink pores and infuse anti-aging vitamin A into their skin. Unfortunately, this is just another expensive, gooey misconception. Eggs may be a great source of vitamin A for your body, but coating your face in them won’t give you the same anti-aging benefits as a retinol treatment. As far as pore care goes, there is no home remedy that can shrink your pores, and that tightness that you feel is really just the egg drying out your skin!

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Your mom may have gotten away with using hemorrhoid cream for her dark, puffy under eye area, but you should skip this one too. Hemorrhoid creams no longer contain any ingredients that are beneficial to your skin and may dry it out instead or cause other unwanted side-effects.  After all, it’s not created to go anywhere near the eye area, so keep that in mind when assessing the safety of using this product off-label.

Spice Masks
Ever see Mom mixing up a cinnamon, turmeric or ginger mask to brighten up her face? If so, it’s best not to follow in her footsteps. These spices are highly irritating and the “warming” sensation you feel is not the mask working; it’s actually the mask aggravating your delicate facial skin.

Top Three Causes of Facial Aging and How to Combat Them

The biggest culprit of premature aging is the sun. Sun damage causes uneven skin pigmentation, age spots, wrinkles and dullness. Wear a physical block sunscreen, such as EltaMD, with SPF 30 or higher daily to prevent sun damage – and don’t forget to reapply frequently.

Another sign of an aging face is reduced collagen production, which leads to wrinkles and fine lines. A few small lifestyle changes can make a big difference to your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends reducing alcohol consumption, increasing exercise and investing in a quality facial moisturizer, such as our own Refinement Deep Hydration or SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer.

The third major cause of facial aging is smoking. Smoking rapidly speeds up the aging process and leads to sallow, tired-looking skin, as well as unsightly wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.  In addition to putting an end to your smoking habit, facial fillers like Restylane Silk can help with the lines around your mouth while Belotero can smooth out the eye area for a more rejuvenated look.

Want more skin care tips for busy moms?

Whether you’re looking for a great new skin care product or an aesthetic treatment that works, our experts at Skin by Lovely in Portland, OR and Santa Monica, CA are here to help and provide over a decade of combined experience in the aesthetics field.  Contact us to learn more about the quickest, simplest ways to feel better about how you look today!