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Skin care tips for mom

Maria Mora is a freelance writer and single mom fueled by coffee, questionable time management skills, toaster oven waffles and the color orange. She lives in Florida with her two young sons. If you see her on Twitter, tell her to stop p...

Baby your face

Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned pro, chances are you don’t take enough time to care for your skin.

Discover helpful skin care tips to erase signs of aging and stress. Make your skin care routine a brief moment of bliss as you start and end your busy day.

There's a reason the word "busy" ends up in front of the word "mom" all the time. When kids are little, life takes on a hectic pace. That pace often continues into the teenage years. While most moms come up with ways to manage time, it's the little things like skin care that can fall through the cracks. Who has time to research the best moisturizers and then remember to use them regularly? No more excuses. Begin the season with a pact to care for your skin, no matter how busy you are. Your future self thanks you.

Make skin care mandatory

You make sure your kids brush and floss every day, right? You don't have to answer that. The point is, you need to take your routine as seriously as you take your kids'. Skin care isn't just about beauty. One of the more important aspects of a daily skin care routine is sunscreen. While avoiding visual sun damage is a nice perk, the primary reason you protect your skin from the sun is to lower your risk of skin cancer. Keep a light sunscreen in your diaper bag or purse, and make a point of using it every day. Whether you have to keep your skin essentials next to your toothpaste or set a reminder alert on your phone, start today.

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Stick to the basics

Unless you're the kind of person who enjoys a detailed, complicated skin care routine, just stick to the basics. Most women only need a good, gentle face wash and a moisturizer with sunscreen. In a pinch, you can even borrow some of your baby's lotion.

Depending on your personal needs and interests, you can build up from there. If signs of aging are your primary concern, use a moisturizer with retinol at night. If you have issues like eczema or acne, talk to your dermatologist about the best products for your skin and what you can do to alleviate symptoms.

Pay attention to the way your skin reacts to hormones. During pregnancy, your skin can act up in variety of ways, from breakouts to dark spots. Ask your doctor what kinds of face lotions and medications should be avoided during pregnancy. You may notice your skin changing during your menstrual cycle as well. Treat your skin delicately when you're in a breakout cycle.

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Consider going natural

If you think reading labels on food products is hard, try figuring out what your skin cleanser is made of. The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database allows you to search almost 70,000 beauty products. As a mom, it's more important than ever to invest in your health and future.

Evaluate your favorite products based on concerns over cancer-causing chemicals, allergens and other toxins. While you might not be interested in going completely organic and non-toxic, the database makes it easier to find products with limited risk.

If you're feeling adventurous, try cleaning your face with a moisturizing oil like jojoba oil or olive oil. Rub it in for several minutes and use a soft washcloth and hot water to gently wipe it away. Make it a routine to try a few days a week with older kids and teens.

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