Not only does mineral makeup give amazing, flawless coverage, but it has a natural sun protection factor, making it perfect for busy moms who don't have time for multiple steps in the morning (or any time!).
Spray foundations are ideal for moms as well; they provide lightweight, buildable coverage, are easily transportable (and don't spill) and create a flawless face in seconds.
The latest craze in the beauty world is a combination of moisturizing primers with skin care properties and sometimes an SPF. These little miracle workers instantly give your face a lift and glow. One to try is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (www.clarins.com, $45). This amazing beauty product can also be used as a face mask. Try applying it five to 10 minutes before you get into the shower and then rinse off right before you get out of the shower for gorgeous, glowing and hydrated skin.
Primers are a mom's best friend as well. They can be used alone to smooth out skin tone and fill in fine lines and wrinkles or under makeup to create a perfect canvas. Look for primers that multitask, such as Benefit "That Gal," a skin brightening face primer (www.benefitcosmetics.com, $29). This beauty product is a good one to keep on hand throughout the day to re-brighten your complexion.
At-home skin perfecting light therapies, facial tighteners, sonic cleansers and hair removal lasers might seem like a big investment, but over time can save moms time and money on in-office or in-spa treatments (facials can run from $75-$200, depending on the treatment and laser hair removal is expensive and requires multiple visits). Moms can truly benefit from creating an at-home medispa. Some beauty gadgets to try are Baby Quasar Phototherapy Device for Home (www.babyquasar.com, $399) and NuFACE Microcurrent Facial Device (Classic, www.mynuface.com, $284). The NuFACE® device utilizes microcurrent technology, a gentle, safe, low level electrotherapy to lift and firm the face, for instant and cumulative benefits. For laser hair removal, try the TRIA Hair Removal Laser (www.bloomingdales.com, $395).
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