MOM Squeez­ing In “Me Time”

Parents (USA) - - Contents - By SHAN­NON M. BAUER pho­to­graphs by BRIGITTE SIRE

No mat­ter what your day holds, you can find ways to nour­ish your looks and mood.

Stress—even the so-worth-it kind re­lated to rais­ing kids—can take a toll. “Re­search shows a di­rect link be­tween our emo­tions and our ap­pear­ance. Sleep de­pri­va­tion and neg­a­tive emo­tions can dam­age skin and hair,” says Evan Rieder, M.D., a Dove der­ma­tol­o­gist and psy­chi­a­trist. The an­ti­dote? Self-care, and we don’t mean a never-gonna-hap­pen spa day. We mean th­ese doable ideas to nour­ish your mood and your looks while at home.

You have 2 min­utes.

The kids are all some­how mirac­u­lously en­ter­tain­ing them­selves for, you’d guess, the next cou­ple of min­utes. Take ad­van­tage of it with one of th­ese quickie self-care ideas. Even a su­per­short pam­per­ing ses­sion gives your mind a chance to process thoughts and fo­cus in­ward, says Dr. Rieder.

ROLL AWAY PUFFI­NESS

Dis­trib­ute a few drops of fa­cial oil across your face, then glide a jade roller (like Boobeauty Royal Jade Roller, $9; wal­mart .com) on top. The cool­ing crys­tal feels amaaaz­ing and can boost lym­phatic drainage to help de-puff.

NOUR­ISH YOUR NAILS

Leave a bot­tle of Paci­fica Rose Re­vive Nour­ish­ing Cu­ti­cle Oil ($12; ulta.com) in a bowl of hot wa­ter for 30 sec­onds, then brush the warm, hy­drat­ing oil over your nails and cu­ti­cles.

REV HAIR FOLLICLES

To recre­ate the Zen vibe of a head rub at a sa­lon, run a scalp mas­sager (try Iri­des­cent Head Mas­sager, $8; kikker­land.com) up and down your scalp to help stim­u­late hair growth.

MIST, MIST, AAH

Spritz Garnier Sk­i­n­ac­tive Hy­drat­ing Fa­cial Mist ($9; drug­stores) onto your face to soothe skin, then take a few mind-cen­ter­ing deep breaths.

You have 15 min­utes.

The baby is asleep! You can shower! Rather than just rins­ing off, as usual, take this chance to lux­u­ri­ate. “Your shower can ab­so­lutely be the en­joy­able thing you do for your­self,” says Amy Wech­sler, M.D., der­ma­tol­o­gist, psy­chi­a­trist, and au­thor of The Mind-beauty Con­nec­tion.

MASK ON, WORLD OFF

While the wa­ter is heat­ing up, smooth on a face mask. To boost ra­di­ance: Ap­ply a thick layer of Foun­tain of Truth Honey Glow Mask ($60; foun­tain­oftruth­beauty.com). Mas­sage for two min­utes to ac­ti­vate its warm­ing sen­sa­tion. To detox: Swipe on Olay Masks Fresh Re­set Clay Stick ($10; drug­stores). Its kaolin clay and pink min­eral com­plex have detox­i­fy­ing pow­ers. Rinse off at the end of your shower.

SET THE MOOD

Your bath­room be­comes a spa when you un­wrap a Hy­dra Aro­mather­apy Shower Burst ($5; hy­draaro­mather­apy.com). Place on your shower shelf, and splash with wa­ter. Each pod is in­fused with a dif­fer­ent blend of es­sen­tial oils to lift your spir­its.

You have 30 min­utes.

A new episode of PAW Pa­trol has be­gun, which gives you the per­fect es­cape plan. “I of­ten tell my pa­tients to devote what ex­tra time they have to skin care. It can be so ther­a­peu­tic and of­fers long-term re­sults,” says Dr. Rieder. Try this four-step bright­en­ing fa­cial.

1 CLEANSE

Ap­ply Pond’s Cold Cream Cleans­ing Balm ($10; drug­stores) to dry skin. Then place a warm, damp wash­cloth on your face to trans­form the balm into an oil, and wipe clean.

2 EXFOLIATE

Slough off dry, dead skin cells with L’oréal Paris Cof­fee Pure-sugar Scrub ($13; drug­stores); its java scent will leave you feel­ing en­er­gized. Don’t want the jolt—or you have sen­si­tive skin? Swipe on a lac­tic acid–soaked pad, like Go-to Ex­fo­li­at­ing Swipeys ($35; sephora.com).

3 HY­DRATE

Spend time mas­sag­ing your face with a sooth­ing mois­tur­izer. First Aid Beauty Ul­tra Re­pair Bar­ri­air Cream ($30; sephora.com) calms stressed skin with col­loidal oat­meal, while Dove Der­maseries Re­plen­ish­ing Face Cream ($11; drug­stores) helps heal ex­tremely dry skin with su­per hy­dra­tors and vi­ta­mins E and B3.

4 MASK

Fin­ish by do­ing ab­so­lutely noth­ing (!) as you lie down wear­ing de-puf ing Bliss Eye Got This Holo­graphic Foil Eye Masks ($4; ulta.com).

You have the af­ter­noon.

The kid­dos are at a birth­day party or the grand­par­ents’ house … wher­ever. Doesn’t mat­ter, be­cause you have a free few hours! Gather your squad: “Even more than tex­ting or call­ing, spend­ing time in per­son with peo­ple you love has been shown to re­duce anx­i­ety,” says Dr. Wech­sler.

PUT YOUR FEET UP

An ex­fo­li­at­ing tri­fecta of acids plus a built-in pumice stone in Beek­man 1802 Walk­ing on Clouds Goat Milk Foot Pol­ish ($30; shop.beek­man1802.com) re­move flaky skin from your soles. Or wear Bos­cia Baby Soft Foot Peel ($20; sephora .com) treat­ment booties for an hour. In about a week, dead skin cells will peel and leave be­hind soft, cal­lus-free feet.

HAVE A MASK PARTY

Smooth on a layer of Ulta Beauty 24K Magic Metal­lic Peel Off Mask ($14; ulta.com). You’ll want to snap self­ies of your rose-gold face while you wait for it to dry. After 20 min­utes, peel off in one sheet.

TREAT YOUR SCALP

Wet hair and work Nexxus Clean & Pure Scalp Scrub ($15; tar­get.com) onto your scalp to re­move prod­uct buildup, then rinse. Ap­ply a nour­ish­ing oil, then wrap hair in a warm towel for five, ten...heck, 15 min­utes.

Press­ing lightly, roll up­ward and out­ward on each sec­tion of the face.

Al­mond and co­conut oils nour­ish justscrubbed skin.

So­cial me­dia can pull even the best of us into a com­par­i­son trap, says Dr. Wech­sler. Use your un­plugged shower time to hum a song or think about a fave va­ca­tion mem­ory.

Move over, Baby Shark. Lis­ten to some­thing you find hi­lar­i­ous while you bliss out. We're lov­ing the pod­casts Anna Faris Is Un­qual­i­fied and Mom Brain. Dry-sham­poo ad­dicts: This scrub re­moves all that left­over prod­uct.

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