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Skin Care Tips for Moms and Women on the Go


As mothers and/or women on the go sometimes it is so easy to neglect our skincare. Our skin is the first representation of us that people see. Outside of drinking water and maintaining a healthy and balanced diet there are other easy steps we can take to make sure we look and feel our best. Today Mylah Stanton from her namesake blog, Mylah Stanton is guest posting and giving us the skinny on 4 easy skin care tips for us busy women on the go.

Skin Care Tips for Moms

I know I’m off to a really great start when I make it out of the house with socks that match, both eyebrows filled-in, and an outfit that doesn’t carry the remnants of the blueberry muffin my two-year-old son just ate. Like you, I’m busy. I’m a wife, mom, full-time employee, and part-time licensed esthetician.

One thing I absolutely cannot allow my busy life to get in the way of is the health of my skin. I may not wear makeup everyday, but my skin is clean, refreshed, and protected. Skincare doesn’t have to require a laborious regimen.

Here are four easy ways to maintain your fresh look and healthy skin even when time is limited.

1. Multi-task for healthy skin. For most people, washing their faces in the shower saves them time. But what are they reaching for to do it? Bar soap. It’s easily accessible. However, bar soap destroys your face’s acid mantle (your skin’s protective barrier) and will dry out your skin forcing it to work harder than ever to moisturize and balance itself. To save yourself time and make the right skincare decision, keep a bottle of your favorite cleanser (in a pump form – keeps bacteria at bay) in the shower. That way, it’s within reach and you don’t pick up that wretched deodorizing soap you love so much.

2. Keep your morning routine to a maximum of three steps. For most people, any routine that requires more than three steps becomes cumbersome. My suggestion is to follow the “cleanse, tone, moisturize/protect” routine. I’ve combined the “moisturize and protect” steps because you can mix your moisturizer with your SPF in your hand before application to save time or buy one that does double duty. Save masques, additional exfoliation, and serums for your nighttime routine.

3. Bat your eyes and pout your lips. I believe eyebrow pencil, mascara, and lip gloss are a woman’s best friends. If you need to forego a full-face of makeup, apply eyebrow pencil to fill in your “frames” if needed, mascara to show off those lashes, and pop some lip gloss on your pouters. You’ll be surprised at how refreshing you’ll look and feel.

4. Treat yourself to a facial. At lease once per month, treat yourself to a rejuvenating facial from a licensed esthetician. Not only will this relax you and give you a much needed break, but it will refresh, hydrate, and give your skin the deep cleanse it deserves.

What is your current skin care or make up routine?

Bio: Mylah Stanton is a thirty-something wife, mom, and child of God. She is the owner of Noyce B. Skin Therapy Boutique located in Los Angeles, CA. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her son, attending skin care advanced education opportunities, trying new restaurants, and blogging. Wherever she goes, her life verse goes with her: Micah 7:7.

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8 Comments

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    bernettastyle
    August 1, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Great tips and I take great pride in my skin care. I desire to age gracefully and what you do today effects tomorrow. I didn’t know that about bar soap. I do use black soap on my face, should I not? I also desire a facial once a month but haven’t started doing that one. I need to make THAT my priority!!
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      Mylah Stanton
      August 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Hi Bernetta! While we know African Black Soap (ABS) to be great for addressing dark spots and smoothing out skin texture, on average, the pH level of black soap is way too high for our skin. The average pH of our skin is between 4.5 and 5.5. Most ABS’s are in the range of 9-10 which is really, really alkaline. When our skin is too alkaline, it becomes very dry. And dry skin leads to the overproduction of oil and also plays an important role in pre-mature aging. I would suggest you find out the pH of the soap you’re using from the company from which you purchased it. Some may be less than 9, but I don’t know of any!

      Great question, Bernetta!
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        bernettastyle
        August 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        Thanks girl. I don’t know how to find out. I have been using Shea Moistures brand for almost two years. Just recently I tried another brand at Walmart because it was half the price. No real complaints, but what is a GOOD facial cleanser in your oppinion? And what do you think about the Clarasonic?
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          Mylah Stanton
          August 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

          I’d love to be able to say “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” and encourage you to continue to use what works for your skin, but I can’t in good conscience recommend you continue to use a soap on your face, let alone a soap with a high pH. So I’ll leave that decision up to you (smile).
          I used to use a lot of drugstore brands and I had my favorites. But what I learned, and what I’ve told clients, is that the active ingredients in drugstore cleansers are not concentrated enough to truly make a difference in your skin’s texture, pigment, etc. Because these products are mass-produced and available everywhere, the manufacturers cannot concentrate the ingredients due to the fact they cannot regulate how the product is being used…in short, they need to water them down enough to be safe no matter how they are used and who is using them.
          There are a lot of great skincare brands out there, but I recommend you get one that is sold by estheticians and professionals only because the ingredients tend to be more active. If you do, however, purchase a cleanser from a drugstore, try to find one that is “soap free.” That should cut down on the chances of it being too harsh.
          About the Clarisonic, I think it’s okay to use. You just want to be sure that the brush you use is appropriate. Try to use the softest one possible so as not to cause more irritation to the skin. Also, I wouldn’t use it everday. Every other day, or three times per week is plenty!
          I hope I was able to help!
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    Tia
    August 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I love learning about skincare. My skin has been a bit of a hot mess sense I had my baby. It’s mainly my chin and outer jaw. I was told that was a hormonal zone. Is that true? I’ve been using Cetaphil to wash my face. I would LOVE to get a facial once a month. I haven’t had one in a while. Can you recommend any at home facials that actually work? I’ve been trying to increase my water intake and that has done wonders for my overall skin tone. If I could just get my post pregnancy break outs under control I’d be happy.
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      Mylah Stanton
      August 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Tia! Yes, that is true. Acne that developes around the chin and jaw line is typically due to our hormones. I went through the same thing only my skin was horrible during pregnancy and cleared up after I had my baby. Strange huh?

      Are you using a moisturizer after you wash your face with the Cetaphil? Remember, you don’t want your skin to fight too hard to reach it’s moisture balance. So even when we are having breakouts, we still need to apply a moisturizer.

      Giving yourself an at-home facial is a great idea. Here are the steps:
      1. Cleanse. Wash your face, neck, and neck line with your favorite cleanser.
      2. Exfoliate. Exfoliate your skin using an exfoliating facial scrub. You’ll want to apply it using your fingertips with small circular motions. Try not to apply a lot of pressure; let the beads in the product do the work. Oh, and please, whatever you do, don’t use any of that apricot scrub stuff. It can causes microscopic tears in your skin since the exfoliation product is not smooth…it has rough edges.
      3. Steam. Steam your face. Place a soft wash cloth in a bowl of warm water. Wring out the cloth and hold it to your face. You can repeat this three times or so.
      4. Apply a mask! I love masks. They are fabulous for the skin. If you have oily skin, a clay-based mask is best. If your skin is normal/dry, use a gel or moisturizing mask. Be sure to follow the directions for the specific mask you choose.
      5. Moisturize and Protect. Be sure to moisturize and if you’re going outside, apply an SPF 30.

      Tip: Don’t forget about your neck and neck line (decollete) during your facial. These are the areas that people will see so you want all three areas to be a consistent tone and texture! 🙂
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        Tia
        August 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm

        Thank you!!! I’m actually not using a moisturizer. My skin tends to get oily throughout the day and I’m always afraid of making it worse. I’ll add that to my regimen too. Hopefully that helps. It’s funny that you mentioned the apricot scrub because when you said exfoliate that’s the first brand I thought of, LOL! I’ll be sure to pick something with a better quality. I might need to hit up the department store for a good one.
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    ferdouse
    May 12, 2016 at 7:24 pm

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