It’s a well-known fact that new parents don’t get a whole lot of sleep, what with night feeds, nappy changes and babies that wake up just for the fun of it! It’s all worth the struggle in the morning when you look over and see that cherubic little face staring back at you, but let’s face it, you wouldn’t say no to a few little tricks that will help you feel just that bit more alive!
We’ve picked our top 10 beauty tips and ‘Wake-Me-Up’ products that we hope will inspire you to take care of yourself on those difficult mornings.
Number one on our list is this Fill&Go Water Filter Bottle from Brita. Staying hydrated is of course everyone’s no.1 beauty tip and so, so important for feeling awake. You’ll need extra hydration when you’re breastfeeding so keep this bottle by your side at all times! A water bottle is extra handy when nursing as it can just rest beside you on the bed/sofa, no table required!
Fill&Go Water Filter Bottle
Making the switch from coffee to Matcha will give you steadily increasing and long lasting energy, eliminating that sudden rush of adrenaline you get from coffee which can be quite unpleasant when you’re running on just a few hours of sleep! This Matcha Green Tea from Vitalife is good value for money.
Matcha Green Tea
Still craving coffee? Try satisfying the craving with this Grapefruit Scent Coffee Scrub from GROUNDED. It is packed with the vitamins and minerals you need for gorgeously smooth skin. A good body scrub will stimulate your blood flow and help you to feel ready to face the day. This one comes in Coconut and Chocolate Orange scent too but we like the Grapefruit for its energising properties (more on that later).
Grapefruit Scent Coffee Scrub
This handy little Energy Aromatherapy Rollerball of essential oils is just the ticket for when you need a little lift, if you haven’t already discovered the powers of aromatherapy then you’re in for a treat! This blend by Tisserand contains cheering zesty orange leaf, bright pungent grapefruit and mouth-watering refreshing lime – all citrus scents which boost your body’s production of serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel happy. They also reduce levels of the stress hormone norepinephrine so you will feel energised yet calm.
Energy Aromatherapy Rollerball
Ginzing Energy Boosting Moisturiser from Origins is loved and approved by plenty of beauty bloggers. It’s lightweight and oil free yet very hydrating, fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean. Use this for an instant healthy glow.
Energy Boosting Moisturiser
Tiredness shows itself in your eyes and the area surrounding, use Pep Start Eye Cream by Clinique morning and night around the entire eye area, including lids to hydrate and de-puff. This will help you look and feel fresh and awake.
Pep Start Eye Cream
If you get to make up you’re doing pretty fabulously! Start with your perfect nude lipstick… You’re looking for a ‘my lips but better’ shade. We like ‘Cruising’ by NARS for its sheer, cool colour and moisturising formula. The perfect lippy will make you feel ‘together’ and ready to face the day ahead.
Be kind to yourself and keep things simple with your make up. A light dusting of Ambient Lighting Powder by HOURGLASS will help to blur imperfections and give you a fresh glow. There are six universally flattering shades and each powder delivers a soft focus effect that emulates different flattering light source.
Ambient Lighting Powder
Even with all the eye cream in the world, you may have dark circles under your eyes that you wish to conceal. This affordable Eraser Eye Concealer from Maybelline comes highly recommended by beauty bloggers and comes with a handy built-in applicator.
Eraser Eye Concealer
The final item on our make-up shelf is Eye Bright from Benefit Cosmetics, a product that has earnt cult status. It’s a light pink pencil that brightens tired eyes for a wide-awake look. It helps conceal and brighten the shadows in the corners of your eyes while lifting the outer corners, a good little product to have in your arsenal!