The following spa tips have been curated in an effort to help you achieve a feeling of deep relaxation, but not monopolize your time. They can be completed in less than five minutes, and will leave you feeling clean, relaxed, and rejuvenated.
New moms pamper their babies; there’s no time to focus on self-care if you’re swaddling, feeding, and changing the baby, as well as attending to older children. Face it: you’re swamped with chores, and there’s little time to focus on beautifying yourself. If you count yourself lucky to sneak in a shower, then these quick spa tips are designed for you.
Bathe with Your Baby
A relaxing bath is one of life’s simplest pleasures, and can be enjoyed with your new baby. Pediatrician Dr. William Sears recommends that you allow the water to cool to body temperature, and that you’re careful not to fill the tub with too much water (especially if you plan to breastfeed). Use slip resistant gloves to ensure a secure hold on your infant.
Treat you and your baby’s skin by adding oatmeal to the bath. Simply purchase some old-fashioned large flake oats, and grind them up until they’re more of a powder than a flake. Add a cup or so to your bath. It’s ready when the water turns a milky white color.
Some moms add essential oils to their oatmeal baths, but this isn’t recommended when you’re bathing with baby. Although essential oils reduce stress, they’re not exactly safe for baby, so don’t add them to your bath. The Hippy Homemaker warms that “certain essential oils could be toxic if ingested,” and in a bath it’s almost certain the water will end up everywhere, including in her mouth, nostrils, and ears.
Quick Tips for Managing Unsightly Blemishes
Do you miss your skincare routine? Gone are the days when you could spend twenty minutes or more washing your face, exfoliating, moisturizing, and treating blemishes. Don’t worry, there is a faster way to ensure better skincare.
These rapid fire solutions can help you treat unsightly blemishes in seconds, so you can look and feel your best.
Pimples: After you brush your teeth, apply some toothpaste to any visible pimples. Toothpaste makes a great emergency pimple-treatment. Use white toothpaste, no more than four times a week.
Ingrown hairs: You can prevent ingrown hairs by exfoliating before you shave or wax. You can treat these painful blemishes by crushing up 3 uncoated aspirin tablets, and missing them with a teaspoon of honey and a ½ teaspoon of water. Apply the mixture anywhere you have an ingrown hair.
Skin tags: You shouldn’t ever attempt to remove a skin tag yourself. Unfortunately, moms are prone to these pesky blemishes because post-pregnancy skin is typically loose. The best way to treat them is with natural skin tag removal products. Keep a bottle in your purse, so you can have it on-the-go, and apply it as needed.
Do Your Skin Scrubs in the Shower
To save time, apply skin scrubs, such as a sugar scrub, in the shower. In fact, there’s a lot you can do in the shower to save time: wash your face, exfoliate, or shave. By adding steps to your showering routine, you’re eliminating the need for a second period of time to do them.
The secret to post-baby self-care is time management. Adding five minutes to your shower is better than sneaking in ten minutes for a face scrub, and finding a half hour fully exfoliate. Work fast, focus on the areas that need the most care, and make sure there’s someone around to watch baby for at least fifteen minutes.