Being a new mother and trying to take care of all those cosmetic, beauty, and health needs can be a difficult balancing act. Sure, it's obvious that the majority of their attention should be spent on their new responsibilities, but it's also important to take care of themselves; to not lose sight of who they are. Feeling comfortable in one's skin and body is vital for mental health. After all, how does anyone expect parents to raise, love, and keep a baby safe and sound if they can't do the same for themselves?
Businesses understand that new moms also want to find quick and efficient ways of keeping themselves healthy and happy. This is why they spend so much time and money on advertisements meant to lure new moms into purchasing their hygiene products. But due to the sheer amount of products available, it's easy to feel stressed. But have no worries, we at Moms.com have procured a list of essential hygiene products that are bound to make life as a new mom far easier.
However, this doesn't mean that moms shouldn't be doing their own research in order to find what works best for them, as well as what doesn't break the bank. So, without further ado, here are at least 20 hygiene products that are bound to make life easier!
20 Clary Collection Oil For Stretch Marks - $29
Stretch marks can be a major source of insecurity for new moms. But one thing that they often forget is the fact that everyone gets them. Even the most beautiful women in the world get the occasional stretch mark, especially after childbirth.
Allure recommends using Clary's Renew + Repair Oil which is designed to nourish the skin that is stretched or currently healing. It's base is pure avocado oil and therefore is rich in natural vitamin-e. The vitamin-c in it also encourages cell renewal. The oil is soothing and designed to destress the user on top of helping to minimize stretch-marks.
19 Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner - $22
New moms cry. They cry a lot. There are a number of scientific and biological reasons for why they do, but it's often something that isn't discussed. But, if you think about the traumatic time a woman's body has just gone through to grow and birth a baby, all while dealing with the mother's needs, it's understandable. Additionally, new moms have been gifted a bundle of joy to gush over.
This is why PopSugar recommends that new moms invest in a waterproof eyeliner so that they can feel pretty and not have to constantly clean-up and reapply eyeliner every time they become emotional.
Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner is a great choice as they have over 27 shades for anyone to choose from.
18 Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks - $29
For those new moms who just don't have the time to go through the incredibly long process that is applying make-up, there are other solutions. Sure, these solutions will never have the exact same result that extensive make-up appliance can, but they will suffice while on the go. And most new moms are on the go in some way all of the time.
PopSugar recommends that you try an eye-shadow stick, which will make you look like you've done a little design work before you leave your house to take your baby to the doctor, or out to lunch with friends (if you're lucky).
One eye-shadow stick is Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks which comes in several colors and is bound to please you.
17 Mama Mio's 3-Step Skincare System - $42
A mother's body goes through many changes after the birth of her child. When you think about the biological details behind the pregnancy and birthing process, it makes perfect sense why a body would need time to get back to a normal state. Therefore, it's also not surprising that moms can get very bad skin after they give birth; their hormones are going haywire. Such issues can be strange pigmentations, sensitivities, and even acne.
Vogue recommends that new moms use Mama Mio's 3-Step Skincare System to deal with this particular problem. The three product combination contains a face wash, a serum, and day and night cream that are designed to tackle these issues at all stages of the day and night while you're dealing with more important issues.
16 Babo Botanicals 3-in-1 Wipes - $7.49
So many moms use baby wipes to deal with hygiene issues for their babies, but then they tend to use different products for their own usage. This is why Allure recommends Baby Botanicals 3-in1 Hydrating Face, Hands & Body Wipes in Cucumber & Aloe Vera.
These wipes are designed to keep your baby safe and sound while mopping up messes that both you and they get on themselves. Additionally, they are incredibly refreshing, meaning that they can just be used to rejuvenate at the moment.
They are good for removing makeup, dirt, and practically anything else. They are made with calming organic ingredients such as olive oil, chamomile, and calendula. Both you and your baby will be happy to have these on hand.
15 The Sophie La Girafe Bubble Bath - $10.99
This entry may seem like a bit of luxury in comparison to other entries on this list, but sometimes luxuries are a necessity to new moms who are dealing with particularly stressful days raising a demanding newborn.
Vogue suggests that new moms purchase a product such as The Sophie La Girafe Bubble Bath since it's appropriate for both moms and their babies. This is a safe bubble bath for babies with particularly sensitive skin. This means that a mom can grab a few moments of relaxation while taking care of her baby in the tub.
The product itself foams well and contains safe ingredients including lavender water—which relieves and prevent skin irritations—and white tea, which provides antioxidant protection.
14 It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream - $38
Eye bags and dark circles can be the bane of some people's existence. Other than just plain-old bad genetics, they tend to occur when someone has had too much sleep or not enough of it. Stress, lack of hydration, and other issues helps to increase their presence or just how noticeable they are, and therefore they become particularly hard to get rid of or even lessen.
However, aside from drinking lots of water, using cucumbers and teabags, another effective way of dealing with them is the use of It Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream. As Allure says, the eye-cream is packed with a caffeine moisturizer designed to soothe the dark circles as well as tighten the skin.
13 Jergens Night Moisturizer - $7
It's important for new moms to use the night to their advantage. They may not be getting too much sleep, but when they do, they should still be using the time proactively. This means applying the right moisturizer to their skin before they hit the sack.
Jergens Overnight Repair Nightly Restoring Moisturizer is a cost-effective, easily available choice for mothers who need to heal their skin. This moisturizer will do all the necessary work for you if you apply it generously before you go to sleep. That means you don't need to be as concerned about moisturizing throughout the day when you're likely to have far less time for it anyway.
12 Centrix Q-Zone Dryer - $100
The price of this particularly high-tech hair dryer, made by The Centrix Q-Zone Dryer, varies depending on where and how it's purchased, but it will usually cost you somewhere around $100. This is because it's been designed with a quiet motor to be able to reduce the noise that most hair dryers pollute.
Although it can be hard for a new mom to even have the time to have a long enough shower to wash her hair, the odd time she does, she needs to have particular items that suit her new routines and responsibilities.
A quiet hairdryer can be very important for a new mom due to the fact that she has to be constantly on her feet listening for any particular issues her baby may have.
11 Burts Bees Lip Balm - $4.79
We all know just how sensitive a newborn's skin can be. After all, it just spent nine whole months developing inside liquid and has only just now been released into the outside world. Their skin, therefore, needs adequate time to acclimatize.
But not a lot of mom's know that even their lipstick and lip balm can irritate a child's skin, which could easily come into contact with them due to all the kisses they are bound to receive. This is why Allure recommends Burts Bees Lip Balm. It's completely safe for baby use and also does its job as a lip balm.
Burts is made with beeswax, cocoa butter, and vitamin-e which will keep your lips rejuvenated and soft.
10 Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint - $39
There comes a stage in the life of a new mom where she has to rush around to get her baby to all sorts of appointments, as well as ones for her own health. This means going outside. And in the summertime, as well as in hot regions of the world, they have a stronger chance of getting burnt.
Applying sunscreen can help with this, but most sunscreens aren't all that pleasant on the skin. They can leave skin dry, greasy, or smelly. This is why Allure recommends Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Skin Tint, which is a moisturizer and sunscreen combination that will more than adequately do the job of both products at once. It's ideal for moms who don't have the time to deal with much else.
9 J.R. Watkins Lavender Hand & Body Lotion - $10
Although it doesn't have sunscreen powers of the earlier entry on this list, another moisturizing product that new moms may want to consider purchasing is J.R. Watkins Lavender Hand & Body Lotion. It's on the cheaper side of things and is perfectly safe for both you and your baby since it is paraben and phthalate-free. The natural B5 vitamin, cocoa and shea butters are essential to keeping skin smooth and healthy.
This product, made by a company that's been around since 1868, is readily available at practically every major drug store, as well as online. It's perfect for relieving dry and chapped skin, which are daily occurrences for new moms who are constantly cleaning, decontaminating, and washing.
8 Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin - $6
Long hair can prove particularly difficult to manage when you're a new mom. After all, you probably want to keep it up and away from a newborn baby who is constantly grabbing things. Not to mention, with all the dirt, grime, as well as the assortment of liquids and gels that are imperative to the life of a newborn, you probably want to keep your hair up anyway.
This is why Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin exists. This product is one to two simple devices that can hold up your hair, and style it in multiple different ways without having to use copious amounts of bobby pins, hair bands, or hair elastics. It's designed for ultimate convenience, and it's cheap so if it's lost, it won't cost you an arm and a leg to replace it.
7 ScarLine RX - Various Prices
It's normal for women who have had c-sections to retain an unsightly scar or two. Although other women won't have scars, they almost certainly will have stretch marks. This is why there is ScarLine RX, a product, that's FDA-approved, which is designed to improve skin healing for both scars and stretch marks, as well as other skin issues such as acne.
This latex-free product is to be worn for at least 12 hours a day for consecutive weeks. By the end of that period, you should notice significant changes to your scar tissue as well as stretch marks. Some of the products that ScarLine RX sells are custom-molded, but all of these silicone products are self-adhering and therefore quite easy to use.
6 Mustela Post-Partum Body Restructuring Gel - $25
It's so easy for new moms to forget about taking care of things, like their own skin, when they are concerned with the health and happiness of their newborns. But it's important that they take the time to do a little something for them. That's why there's Mustela Postpartum Body Restructuring Gel.
The gel is ideal for restoring and firming up the skin. One of its best features is that it reduces puffiness thanks to its combination of Lupeol, Elastoregulator, and Centella asiatica. It also contours the skin thanks to the plant extracts the gel is also made with.
This product is good for any new mom, although those who have had a c-section should wait a few weeks before using it.
5 Kneipp Healthy Feet Foot Bath Crystals - $22
We often forget about our feet. It's easy to. We automatically think about other aspects of our bodies when it comes to rejuvenation, cleansing, and cleaning. But we need to take care of the things we stand on all day long, too. New moms especially will find that they will be using their feet more than most. After all, they are bound to be running around in order to take care of their little ones.
Kneipp Healthy Feet Foot Bath Crystals are great to soak your achy feet in. All you need to do is fill a basin with warm water and sprinkled a few of these bad boys in and let them do their job. It only takes 10 minutes for the skin-softening formula to do its job. If you don't think you can spare that amount of time, you can incorporate it into other activities such as breastfeeding.
4 L'Oréal Paris Root Rescue - $8
Typically, it's quite normal for women to start sprouting some grey hairs during their pregnancy, as well as for the first little while after they've given birth. This can be a bit of a shock for some since they didn't expect to get any greys until their later years. But the stress of that period is what makes this happen. And unfortunately, some of the time, it doesn't go away.
This is not to say that your grey hairs won't dwindle once your body gets used to things; after all, some women don't experience any of this at all. But for those who are worried about the appearance of their greys, there is L'Oréal Paris Root Rescue. This product comes in multiple tones, and the box that it comes in even has a punch-out hole to hold the bottle of color in place.
3 Briogeo Scalp Revival - $24
Unfortunately, long showers are a bit of a luxury for brand new moms who have to be at the beck and call of their newborns. Sure, you may get a minute or two to quick rinse off, but the process of washing and drying your hair may be something you only get to do occasionally, or, at least, something you can't do as much. Don't worry, nobody is going to blame you for it.
This is why dry shampoo was invented. And Allure recommends a specific brand; Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo. This one is made with natural ingredients that benefit your scalp, such as the magically powerful witch hazel as well as their signature biotin.
2 IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask - $32
If you're lucky enough to get a short shower in, then you will be looking for something that will help hold your hair in place, of giving it some texture and flow. Allure recommends that you use IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask to do just this. Instyle also recommends that it's used as it works in "just seconds."
IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask is not just another hairspray. For one, it's not made with all the disgusting and environmentally dangerous products that you'd find in a normal drug store. In fact, this lightweight mist of a spray is created with nourishing cupuacu butter that soothes the scalp. Apple cider vinegar is also used in order for your hair to feel and look shiny.
1 Neal's Yard Remedies Goodnight Pillow Mist - $24
At the end of a very long day dealing with a newborn, a mother can feel extra tired. In theory, it should be easy for her to go to sleep, but for various reasons, it can be very difficult. Among these reasons, a new mom can be constantly wired from all of the events of the day, even though her body is completely exhausted and ready for a good night's rest. Additionally, it's easy for a mom to be worried about things to come the next morning or in the upcoming days.
This is why Allure recommends Neal's Yard Remedies Goodnight Pillow Mist. The mist is designed to be sprayed onto your pillow at night in order to calm you further into falling into the land of dreams. It's made with chamomile Roman essential oils and blended with lavender to ensure a beautiful and downright relaxing smell.
Sources: Allure, Pop Sugar, Vogue, Parents, Baby Center, Huffington Post, skincare.allwomenstalk.com, Babble