When it comes to finding time for self-care as moms, it seems as there is not one free second in the day. This is why we highly recommend investing the time into a skincare routine, which is safe and luxurious for your skin. It’s no secret we’re huge fans of Matrescence Skin, for so many reasons, as it is safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding and made with high-quality ingredients to help your skin stay smooth, clear, and bright. Check out some self-care routines and tips from real moms who love Matrescence below. You can learn more about Matrescence in our self-care gift guide, black-owned business gift picks, and baby shower gift guide.
Megan, mom of 3: Self-Care! I always thought I was horrible at it. Then I started watching my daily routine. I get up at 5:45am to shower alone and open a nice bottle of wine at 8pm. 🍷 Not everyday, but this time in my life these are the things I do to take care of myself. One day I’ll add a manicure, facial, can you imagine a massage, etc. to the list. For now just getting to wash my face or showering without a kid standing beside me is HUGE. I’ve been using Matrescence since last fall. When I’m pregnant/nursing it’s so important for me to use a product that is safe for my skin and my baby. Unfortunately I feel like some products labeled as natural don’t work as well but Matrescence is safe and makes my skin really glow.
Sophie, mom of 2: As a mother, self care should be as vital as the coffee you crave first thing. Loving + nurturing yourself is a chain reaction. I’ve learned to put very little time but much effort forth into carving out tiny routines to get it in! Happy full mother equals loving patient parent, wife, daughter, sister… after a very unsuccessful first postpartum experience, I lost myself giving every ounce I had to my baby. I was left years later depleted, exhausted and with a weak immune system. I didn’t have anything to give to anyone else I cared for and definitely not myself. This time round I was well aware of how dark it got and I prepared myself on how to deal with the lack of sleep, the insanity of two kids and trying to work. I make it a priority no matter how hard to find those tiny moments throughout the day to self care; five minutes of uninterrupted me time. This is in the form of my skin care routines, quick meditations in the car, sipping tea looking at the hawks nest in the tree, taking the dog around the block, making rice bowls with homemade dressings, soaking in the bath with candles and listening to podcasts. Once a month I pamper with a massage or facial or manicure. It’s just about pausing and taking a break from life to be present with yourself and listen to what your body needs.
Jean, pregnant with first child: Almost half way there! Let’s talk about self care during pregnancy, or even motherhood. My second trimester has been smooth sailing so far, so my self care routine hasn’t changed much from before pregnancy (epsom salt baths, journaling, meditation, yoga). BUT. There is one thing I need to be way more mindful of throughout this journey to reduce my stress and not go insane. And that is blocking out all the outside noise and looking inward. For some reason, this is the time when people love to give unsolicited advice, and on top of that, there’s so much conflicting information out there about what’s good for the baby and not. Pregnancy is such a different experience for EVERY woman, so this is the time it’s become more important than ever for me to really listen to my body’s needs, and consult the midwives I’m working with who really know my health history and what I’m going through. And that means eating high quality runny yolks, and smoked salmon (because dang, this baby loves them), drinking my matcha every morning, and massaging myself with CBD oil every now and then to reduce my back pain.
Shelly, mama to one with one on the way: Self-care is always a work in progress for me. As a physician, and a mother, I tend to put others needs first. I really struggled with this right after having Mason but have been more and more intentional about it. Sometimes, I forget that it doesn’t take much effort to sneak a little self-care in – and how helpful this tiny slice of time can be for my mood. Some of my favorite ways to practice self-care are: Take a walk outside, read a book, meditate for 10 minutes, take a bath, pamper my skin, turn on some music, declutter (yes – this is self-care for me!), write in a gratitude journal, light a scented candle, watch a sunrise/sunset, get a quick workout in, open all the windows and let the breeze blow through the house.
Rachael, mom to 3: My office is my haven. It is the place I go for a little me time. It is fully stocked with scented candles, essential oils, and chocolate. The walls are covered in inspirational quotes, and family pictures. And this couch is the perfect finishing touch, so sometimes while I am working I may sneak in a nap… I deserve it. My office is my sanctuary.
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