Everyone has insecurities. There always seems to be someone better. Someone with better hair, with a better smile, with a better voice or body. Comparing yourself won’t help. The only thing you will achieve by comparing yourself to others is a bruised ego. It can be particularly hard, however, when you are a new mother. The worst comparison you can make is not with someone else – it’s with how you used to be. Here’s the secret though: the secret behind flawless beauty isn’t found in a makeup bottle, it’s found in health.
To Start: A Healthy Diet
A healthy, balanced diet isn’t just great for your child’s development – it’s good for your health, too. Eating healthy means that you will benefit from the inside to the outside. When you want to get back to your old, seemingly flawless self before you had your kid, you should start with what you eat and drink. Here’s what different kinds of foods affect you:
Water is the most obvious, but also often overlooked drink. Drinking enough water in the day can promote good health. Your brain and body are made up mostly of water. Staying hydrated means having more energy and can relieve fatigue. Drinking a big glass of water in the morning can be just as effective as coffee. Drinking water promotes weight loss by aiding digestion and helping you feel full, it flushes out the toxins and imbalances in your system, boosts your immune system, and more. Water is essential to life, so cut out the sugary drinks and opt for water instead. Your health, looks, and wallet will thank you!
Cut Out Processed Foods
You don’t need to go so far as to go vegetarian or vegan to enjoy the health benefits of natural food. Processed foods include things like potato chips, or even aerosol cheese. Stick to the real deal when it comes to food so that you can enjoy the nutrient boost. You and your children’s health (and development) will thank you for it.
Aim for a Balanced Diet
The best place to get your vitamins and nutrients that help you focus, feel good, and live better is from food. Aim for each meal to be balanced. It will take some time and effort to get into the habit of eating what you should, but it’s best for everyone in your family.
A bonus tip: teach your children how to cook and eat healthy from a young age. Teaching them this life skill will help them once they have moved out and are living on their own for the first time.
Get your Gut Healthy
Your daily habits may not seem to do a lot when you only do them once. Instead, try to get into good habits and encourage your children to do so, too. The basics include washing and brushing your teeth twice a day. You can, however, go further and include exercise, hobbies, and other beneficial habits that will carry on in both your life and theirs. For beauty, complete these daily rituals:
Clear, healthy skin is beautiful, because it shows signs of health and vitality that acne-ridden skin and haggard skin don’t have. Your skin is, however, very versatile, and can bounce back within reason. There are many tips and tricks that you can use for clear, healthy skin, but what it boils down to is your lifestyle, needs, and preferences. Typically, however, you should at least wash your face before going to sleep.
Moisturizing is also a great way to keep your skin hydrated, supple, and prevent aging lines. There are many kinds of moisturizer out there, depending on your skin type and needs. During the day, for instance, use a moisturizer that contains 30SPF (or just sunscreen). The sun causes damage to your skin over time, and the simple act of using SPF can help your skin’s natural healing process work its magic.
Here’s a secret you might not know about: washing your hair every day is incredibly bad for you. Washing your hair every day strips it of its natural oils, making it more brittle and prone to breaking. It dries out your scalp, too, which can cause flaking and dandruff to appear. Wash your hair every other day, or wait longer between washing your hair, and you’ll find that your hair will naturally be less oily over time.
Tip: You can still shower every day, if that is what you want. Just skip out on the shampoo!
A little bit of exercise can go a long way. For you as a mom, it can mean you can feel good and like the way you look. All you need is fifteen minutes every day to do toning exercises. The buildup of your workout will give you results that you can be proud of. Couple these strength exercises with cardio – walk with your kids to the store, around your neighborhood, or elsewhere. Keep your kids and yourself active for healthy bodies.
Finally: Go to Professionals
Not all concerns can be fixed by yourself. You can have acne and poor skin because of a hormone imbalance, meaning that no matter how often you wash your face, you will still get breakouts. When this happens, it is time to go to your doctor. Similarly, your teeth and dental hygiene can also require a professional, especially after pregnancy. When you want your teeth straightened, or, even, whitened, you will need cosmetic dentists to help you get the beautiful smile of your dreams. Not every problem can be solved by yourself, but that’s why professionals are there to help you.
Your beauty is your health. When you are healthy, and have good, healthy habits, you become your best you. You don’t need to look like the women on magazines to be beautiful – you just need to be your healthiest, happiest self. Feel good and look great by focusing on your habits and diet instead of makeup and other cheap tricks.