Beauty Care for Mothers

SHAHNAZ HUSAIN

BEAUTY

Being a mother can be so demanding! You are probably left without any time to care for your appearance and grooming. I think attitudes are also partly to blame. Once married and a mother, many women get busy, looking after home and family. They don’t give that much importance to their appearance. Weight may also increase, eating left-over food, to prevent wastage. Soon the youthful looks are lost. The answer is efficient time-management. You need to set apart some time for yourself everyday.

Natural foods improve the external appearance. Have a diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables, unprocessed cereals, sprouted grains, nuts, seeds and yogurt. You will look and feel much better. The vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in natural foods are extremely essential for your well being and vitality.

You can also build yoga into your lifestyle. The exercises or “asanas” are particularly beneficial for strengthening the body, making it flexible, supple and youthful. Sensible eating, regular exercise and relaxation will give you all the energy you need and make you feel good.

Before your bath, take a few minutes to cleanse and tone the skin. Apply cleanser on the face and wipe off with moist cotton wool. Soak cotton wool in rose water. Wipe and pat your face briskly with it. Use a facial scrub twice a week. Night-time cleansing is very important. For dry skin, massage with nourishing cream after cleansing. Wipe off with moist cotton wool before bedtime.

A facial mask is easy to use. You can apply it and do your household chores while it dries. In fact, you can mix a face mask at home with wheat bran (choker), ground almonds and one teaspoon each of honey, yogurt and rose water. Mix enough to last you for two or three days, keeping the excess in the refrigerator. This is one way of saving time.

Set aside one day a week to give yourself a manicure and pedicure and condition your hair with henna. Or, try to get away to a beauty salon, to have your waxing, manicure, pedicure and even a facial done. It will help you to have that well-groomed and well-cared for look. There are no awards to be won, but there are plenty of rewards, in terms of being a slim and attractive woman, who is also a mother.