It’s the one thing I didn’t expect.
Everyone always warns you when you’re pregnant that once the baby comes, “Everything is going to change!” and it’s true. The relationship with our spouses and friends change, our bodies are different, our outlook on life is transformed…
One thing that was unexpected, at least for me, was how my beauty routine would change as well. Looking back, my rituals pre-kids seem luxurious and pampering. Now, they’re pretty much nonexistent.
Here are five ways my beauty routine has changed since having kids:
Before: It was easy to take time in the shower (oh long, hot, uninterrupted showers… how I miss thee!), blow dry, and then straighten my corkscrew curly hair. I occasionally then re-curled my hair with an iron for loose, beachy curls. And this was all before work!
After: I have no less than four cans of Psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo on hand at any given time, and I’m lucky if I can wash my hair twice a week. God bless the person that invented French braids, ponytails, and hats for those truly desperate days.
Before: Remember when you used to go to the shopping centre to try on dresses or buy a new pair of pumps, then just waltz right by the moisturisers and head straight for that cool new shade of eyeshadow?
After: Between getting the kids pretzels and wrangling them up from the play area, I make a beeline to the “middle-aged” make up counter, buy two new moisturisers, one eye cream, and get samples of three more. I have more serums and creams than Kim Kardashian’s oil person!
3. Body hair.
Before: Remember that feeling of freshly shaved legs, soft from your favourite shaving cream and five-blade razor? I loved the way it felt when I’d slide a tight pencil skirt over those legs, so silky and feminine.
After: The blade goes dull about halfway in, since shaving is so irregular it’s like Encino Man in the tub. Recently, when my husband was out of town, one of the kids barged into the bathroom and I only had time to shave one leg. That night, I didn’t miss him as much, since it felt like I was sleeping with a man when my legs touched.