Farewell, Stretch Marks: Beauty Tips for New Moms

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Beauty may be the last thing on your mind when you’re diapering, feeding, and cuddling your new one 24 hours a day. Do yourself a favor: give Dad or Grandma a chance to hold the baby, and take a few minutes — or seconds — for yourself. Call me crazy, but I think feeling good about your appearance helps you be a better mom. The following beauty tips make me feel if not beautiful, at least human.

Wear Your Hair Natural

What a time saver that natural, messy hair is popular right now. Take advantage, mama! Throw some product in your hair and let it air dry. As a curly haired gal, I’ve tried every curl-enhancing gel on the market since New Kids on the Block was popular. I can tell you with utter confidence that Aveda Be Curly Enhancer is the best product for my curly or wavy sisters. It gives curls definition without making them hard and crusty. Use Aveda Be Curly from root to tip to keep your locks bouncing and behaving.

Tackle Stretch Marks 

When it comes to stretch marks, I’m not going down without a fight, and you shouldn’t either. I recently bought Palmer’s Cocoa Butter due to its rave reviews on Amazon. I’m a huge fan. Apply it liberally and often, starting during pregnancy if it’s not too late. My stretch marks look much better, but beyond that, the cocoa smell is to die for.  Be warned: if you put it on before bed, you’ll nod off craving chocolate. Worth it.

Lotion Those Hands

Changing dozens of diapers and washing bundles of bottles wreaks havoc on your poor skin. Before your knuckles dry and crack, apply hand lotion multiple times a day. For me, it doesn’t get better than good old fashioned Nivea Hand Cream, but whatever floats your boat will do.

Wear a Little Makeup

Don’t judge, but I apply makeup on days I don’t even leave the house. I can’t help but conceal those dark circles, even if the only person I’m impressing is my newborn with blurry baby vision. For advice on a quick day look, I turn to Carmindy’s book The 5-Minute Face: The Quick & Easy Makeup Guide for Every Woman. Involve your baby in the morning makeup routine by stroking his cheeks and hands with makeup brushes — it’s sure to elicit smiles.

Be Kind to Yourself

Avoid the temptation to see your altered body as a burden. Yes, you probably weigh more than you did before you gave birth. Yes, you probably have less time for primping. But, confidence is beautiful. You’re keeping a newborn baby alive and happy; nothing can give you more confidence than that.

If you’re the type of lady who needs a good workout to feel beautiful, the Nike Training Club app is a must have for a new mom. Learn more about it at 5 Apps for Pregnant and New Moms.

Lipstick, workout, or none of the above, just remember pretty mama, through your newborn’s eyes, you’re the most gorgeous woman in the world.

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Photography by Andy Wise.