Getting your head – and timetable – round the idea of a beauty routine when you’ve got the nursery run, breastfeeding or pregnancy tests to think about, can seem impossible. But whether your beauty nemesis is your body hair, cellulite, or teeth, there are some easy new products that take a fraction of your time and will help you feel like one yummy mummy or mum-to-be again. Lead the way with these beauty saviours…
Yes, that’s right! You’ll be pleased to know that your trusted mum wardrobe staple is now available in a wobbly bits-busting version. Damart’s new slimline leggings, from £18, claim to trim up to 3.1cm from your thighs. They’re made from a fabric containing shea butter and caffeine to help ‘mobilise fat’.
Beauty expert Joanna Webb explains the science behind them. “Shea butter nourishes the skin with vitamins such as A, E and F. These protect, repair and rejuvenate dry and damaged skin, perfect for post pregnancy thigh, tummy and leg areas, the most difficult parts to combat cellulite.”
And the caffeine? “It works as a stimulant,” says Joanne. “When applied externally it helps eliminate toxins and excess fluids. It’s also proven to be beneficial as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant in these areas.”
The caffeine and shea butter are stored in the fabric as micro capsules so the vitamins are released gradually, guaranteeing the legging’s effectiveness for 20 washes.
Continuous wear contact lenses
If you’d love to ditch those glasses, but really don’t have time for fiddly lenses, you’re in luck. Now there are new ‘all day/all night’ lenses you wear for a month at a time. Yes, you heard right! They’re ideal for busy mums as they don’t have to be taken out to be cleaned and stored but can be left in for up to 30 days.
Sandip Sahota, clinical director and resident optometrist, at the Eye To Eye clinic, explains how they work. “They’re made from a material that provides six times more oxygen to the eye compared to other lenses, letting the eyes breathe, so giving a longer wearing time without compromising the health of the eye.”
Magic bottom and leg toning trainers
Toning shoes have been around for a while in a variety of designs, none of which have really impressed us on the style front. But these new magic shoes from Reebok, from £58, look just like trainers, so when you’re clocking up a circuit to the nursery and back, no one need know that you’re also doing a fab job toning your legs and bottom while you walk.
Reebok claims the trainers create up to 28 per cent more muscle use in the gluteus maximus (that means wearing a pair of these lovelies will give you a pert bottie to die for!).
Laser hair removal in your home
Bikini line looking more Amazonian than Brazilian? ‘Down there’ grooming gets left behind when you’re a busy mum. But now you can get rid of all that fuzz permanently (and while you’re watching Corrie) with home laser hair removal. “Laser removal destroys all unwanted hair growth by passing a light beam of laser through the skin, which stops any future growth,” says Joanna Webb. “The area being treated will be fully cleared of hair after 4-6 treatments.”
So, how do you do it? The Rio Salon Laser Scanning X60 Hair Remover costs £201.95, but when you consider the cost of waxing/hair removing creams for the rest of your life it’s a good investment (or the perfect early Christmas pressie from the man in your life!).