Mother and Baby

11 clever beauty hacks ONLY mums know about

Section: Skin & Hair

Sssh! There are some secret skincare wonders lurking in your changing bag and you have learned some time-saving tricks.

A-list makeup artists have nothing on you…

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1) Factor 50

You used to be a bit slapdash about your skin in the sun but since having a baby, your SPF coverage is perfected. Factor 50 all the way! Goodbye wrinkles.
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2) Hand cream for life

Because you wash your hands 400 times a day, hand cream is your best friend and lovely soft palms are your reward.
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3) Frizz free

No danger of heat styling damaging your hair as you don’t have a spare second to over-dry or straighten your barnet.
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4) 60 second makeover 

Your 2-minute make up routine is nailed down. Any longer and you risk a toddler meltdown.
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5) Points mean prizes

Thanks to the four million Boots Advantage card points you have accumulated, after countless baby-related purchases, you can afford the occasional premium beauty splurge. Hello Touche Eclat!
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6) Clear skin

A boozy late night is such a rare occurrence that hangover pallor doesn’t really happen these days.
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7) Baby shampoo

All the glamour. It turns out that nit shampoo surprisingly softening. See also baby shampoo.
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8) Blemish be-gone!

The huge selection of nappy rash creams in your bathroom cabinet means you can zap away any troublesome spot.
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9) Wide awake club

You’re a pro at using concealer to cover dark circles and have perfected a quick slick of mascara and a tiny bit of eyeliner to make you look less sleep deprived.
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10) Shampoo shortcut

Batiste is your best friend and you can dry shampoo your hair like a boss.
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11) Natural skincare

The constant banana mush rubbed into your skin by a well-meaning toddler must be doing some good... Right?

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  • Author: Joanna Dunbar Joanna Dunbar
  • Job Title: Contributing writer

As a freelance writer, Jo covers parenting, health and lifestyle with the odd opinion-based rant and celebrity interview thrown in.

Before freelancing (and juggling journalism with two young sons), Jo was on staff at Good Housekeeping, Bella, Woman and The Mail on Sunday. When not typing furiously or refereeing the kids, Jo can be found pulling on her trainers for a gentle run or baking up a storm in her quest to produce the perfect brownie batch.


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