AM/PM: Skincare For The New Mama & All Day Minimalist

Welcome to AM/PM, the place Autostraddle group members break down and share their skincare routines, make-up appears and extra!

I’m Casey, Autostraddle’s resident lesbrarian. I’m additionally a brand new mother! My child Jimena is a yr previous and I like her much more than I like books — which if you understand me is saying so much.

I’ve by no means been an enormous make-up or skincare individual. I’d situate myself as a lazy / chapstick femme. I’ve very delicate and acne-prone pores and skin, although, so regardless of my lack of ardour for skincare, it’s been form of essential to take an curiosity. 
I began needing a extra minimalist skincare routine after I was pregnant and exhausted each morning and evening, little did I understand how way more exhausted I’d be as a brand new mother! So I’ve been doing this abbreviated model of my beforehand extra detailed make-up and skincare routine for a few yr and a half now.
Basically, I experimented a bit to see what I might minimize from that detailed skincare routine, and selected which make-up nonetheless made me really feel good/human sufficient to warrant taking the time to use it! I’ve minimize out utilizing toner, eyeliner, face masks, completely different day and evening lotions, face moisturizer with SPF, and possibly another skincare stuff I’ve already forgotten I ever used. This is actually minimal with the mere naked requirements. I hope the minimalism is inspiring if you must cut back your skincare/make-up routine too! 

The Products

The Routine
I wash my face with my cleanser in my “morning” bathe, which generally doesn’t occur till the afternoon and/or is usually a shared tub with Jimena. I form of stumbled onto the routine of solely utilizing it as soon as a day as a result of after I was pregnant as a result of I simply didn’t have it in me to clean my face on the sink on the finish of the day. It undoubtedly helps with my zits as I discover a distinction after I slack off from utilizing it – however as soon as a day appears sufficient. I normally let my face air dry as a result of I learn someplace that reused towels harbor micro organism which might trigger breakouts!
My very delicate, acne-prone pores and skin loves the Cerave Moisturizing Cream! I therapeutic massage in a beneficiant quantity after my morning facial cleanser and at evening after utilizing micellar water. The Garnier Micellar Water is usually my night substitute for face wash. I’ve been frequently exhausted since my being pregnant began and shock shock being a brand new mother is just not much less exhausting! Anyway, I first heard concerning the moisturizing cream from Autostraddle’s former Managing Editor, Rachel. I like to recommend the one with the pump, it’s simpler to get out, and likewise you gained’t doubtlessly contaminate the remainder of the cream by sticking your fingers within the jar. 
Now we’re onto sunscreen and tbh I hate the way it feels on my pores and skin, however I’m pale AF and burn on a summer time day in about quarter-hour, so it’s a should. In the previous I’ve had lots of points with my eyes stinging after placing on chemical sunscreen; mineral sunscreen is a lot better in that regard! It does initially look white on my pores and skin, however after some rubbing and a little bit time, it appears fairly first rate on me — however keep in mind I’m pale AF! I’ve being pregnant stretch marks on my decrease stomach and a c-section scar, so I strive actually onerous to recollect to therapeutic massage in bio-oil there no less than as soon as a day and I do actually consider it’s serving to to fade them! 
Now it’s onto make-up, I begin with the Better Than Sex Mascara. I don’t have a lot to say about this product besides for excellent mascara, silly title. My mother normally buys me a brand new one for my stocking at Christmas so fortunately I don’t have to bear the monetary burden of its ridiculous worth. Thanks Mom! I’m realizing it could be a sample right here that my costly make-up is purchased for me by my mother as a result of she has additionally not too long ago gifted me the Il Makiage Concealer.
Despite my finest efforts, I normally have one thing to cowl up: zits, hyperpigmentation, an ingrown chin hair (argh!). This concealer is stellar; it feels gentle however gives good protection. The Hurraw Lip Balm is final! I like lip balm and am hopelessly hooked on it. Hurraw has scrumptious distinctive flavors like earl gray and watermelon. If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll use one among their tinted ones like darkish cherry or raspberry. Altogether this “look” — in the event you may even name it that — makes me really feel contemporary and cute whereas principally wanting like I simply have effortlessly flawed pores and skin and lengthy darkish eyelashes and rolled off the bed like this. 

This routine is fast sufficient (minus the bathe with facial cleaning) that it may be accomplished in about the identical period of time it takes Jimena to unravel your complete roll of bathroom paper within the rest room — or one thing else damaging that retains her occupied. This minimalist routine is absolutely working for me proper now! Washing and moisturizing my face and placing on even only a little bit of make-up makes me really feel a little bit extra human and a little bit extra like my pre-mama self, which is a sense I treasure. Here’s to doing as a lot skincare and make-up routine as serves you and never a single minute extra! 

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