The first to take a backseat in any busy mom’s daily agenda is their personal wellness, especially their beauty regimen. Thankfully, there are miracle workers to help solve your skin or hair care woes in a jiffy!
Best for: No wash nights Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets Available in pharmacies and department store beauty sections for Php99 per 10 sheets
While it’s still best to wash your face before sleeping, this is a viable alternative when you just don’t have the energy especially when you need to remove makeup. Compared to other facial wipes, Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets. has a cleansing oil formula that efficiently breaks down even the most stubborn waterproof makeup. It’s good for any skin type and because it does not have alcohol, it won’t leave your skin dry after use. Keep it close by your nightstand so you have no excuse to not take your makeup off at the end of the day.
Best for: Letting your hair dry naturally minus the frizz Aquazorb towels Hair Turban, Php200, available in Aquazorb branches
Baths cannot be any quicker when you’re a mom. Aquazorb can quickly dry your mane, so you don’t feel like a wet dog while doing errands around the house. These lightweight towels are made of high-density knit fabric that absorb liquids faster than cotton. It comes in different colors and sizes for body, face, hand, etc. The hair turban is a perennial favorite. The garterized fabric keeps your hair away from your face and because it absorbs water quicker than regular towels, you can expect to keep frizz at bay.
Best for:Busy or lazy days Tresemme Dry Shampoo Available in pharmacies, department store beauty sections, and Zalora for Php499
Let’s get real for a second. For hands-on moms, especially of newborns and active tots, you’ll be lucky if either you or your baby has actually had a decent bath. Tresemme Dry Shampoo is a lifesaver for days when even a quick shower just isn’t in the cards. Blast the grease out of your hair and make it smell fresh again with just a few spritzes. Make sure to massage the product into your scalp to diffuse any product residue and to encourage volume from the roots of your hair. You can also use this after a sweaty day running after the kids at the park to give limp hair a bit of a boost.
Best for: When you haven’t had a facial in months Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay Available in all Origins counters for Php1,500
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Want skin that’s smoother than a baby’s bottom? Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay can get you closer to that. This two-in-one product functions as a mask and an exfoliator, so you’re already hitting two birds with one stone. After washing your face, spread the mask on and leave it for just five to seven minutes. Before washing it off completely, massage the jojoba beads using damp fingertips on areas of the skin that get particularly rough like the nose and under the chin. It deep cleanses and refines skin’s texture to reveal glowy, healthy skin, even if you haven’t had a facial in months. Use it once or twice a week before bed for some well-deserved “me” time.
Best for: Dark circles and puffy eyes after a sleepless night MAC Fast Response Eye Cream Available in all MAC stores for Php1,300
One of MAC Cosmetics’ most underrated but most efficient products is the Fast Response Eye Cream. This backstage staple is often used for models especially during early call times. Like your morning cup of joe, this caffeinated cream instantly perks up the skin by erasing any wrinkles and de-puffing bags under the eyes. It also has optical diffusers to give the appearance of brightness. Like any good eye cream, it is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. Best of all, it has firming properties that can diminish the appearance of fine lines with continued use. How to use: Gently swipe and tap it against your lids and undereye skin after washing your face to look and feel more awake, even if you feel like a zombie.
Best for: Looking put-together in a snap Matte liquid lipsticks
There are days when you just have to look put-together, and nothing does the job quicker than a swipe of color on the lips. Liquid lipsticks are a must-have for the kikay mom for many reasons. First, it's quick and easy to apply. Typically very pigmented, it needs just a swipe to get full coverage. Second, it dries down fast. This means you’re not in danger of staining your baby’s clothes, skin, muslin, or any other surface for that matter. Third, it stays put and stays on for a long time. Some liquid lipsticks claim to last anywhere from eight to 12 hours, so you can go about your day not worrying if your lipstick is still on. There’s a ton to choose from at different price points, but make sure you opt for the matte formulation (ultra matte, retro matte, or whatever the brand calls it) for maximum staying power.
Best for: Chapped lips, minor cooking burns and itches Lucas Papaw Ointment Available in BeautyMNL for Php500
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Aussies swear by this cult favorite. In its highly distinguishable red packaging, the Lucas Papaw Ointment is a soothing multi-purpose balm made primarily from carica papaya and petroleum jelly. It can be used topically to cleanse and relieve minor burns and scalds, sunburn, insect bites, and nappy rash. Makeup artists use this to moisturize dry lips and even tame unruly brow hairs. Because it has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it won’t hurt to have this beauty salve at home or on-the-go for a variety of inevitable mommy or kiddie boo-boos.
Karla Magno Suguitan, who used to manage various brands from a Spanish high street fashion house to an American cosmetics line, is now a stay-at-home mom to Sophie Ella and wifezilla to John. In her free time, she enjoys watching vlogs, reading books, making grocery lists, and consulting Dr. Google for all things baby.