Motherpedia : 6 essential beauty tips for busy mums

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More

VCI Cosmetic Physician Dr. Sara Mullen spoke to Motherpedia recently and offered some great advice for busy mums wanting to improve their skin.

Dr. Sara reassured mums that an effective beauty regime does not need to be time consuming or tiresome.  Adhering to basic daily skin care rules can help maintain healthy skin without taking too much time away from household tasks, parenting and work schedules.

Dr. Sara’s top 6 skin care tips are:

1.  Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

Sunscreen, above anything else, is the most important part of any woman’s (or man’s) beauty regime. Excessive UV radiation exposure from the sun or from artificial sources such as solariums can cause several skin problems, including premature skin ageing.

2.  Let your skin breath

Contrary to popular belief, cleansing and moisturising twice daily can actually strip your skin of essential oils and stop it from breathing.

3.  Skin care to look out for – it’s as easy as A.B.C

Effective anti-ageing skin care products include ingredients such as Vitamin A (retinol), Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin C, and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic acids and peptides. These ingredients can help slow the ageing process.

4.  Avoid chapped, dry skin

Immediately after stepping out of a shower, pool or the ocean, apply moisturiser and/or sunscreen to your skin. Water washes away the skin’s natural oils, drying it very quickly. Applying moisturiser will prevent skin from chapping which can lead to fine lines.

5.  Hydrate multiplied by 8

To help keep skin looking young and supple, drinking water is essential.  8 glasses is recommended!

6.  Change with the seasons

Our skin craves different things depending on the time of year, so change your beauty routine based on the seasons.

In the winter, use a heavier cream with a greater moisturising factor it will help protect your skin from the cold and harsh winds.


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