The Real Woman's Post-Baby Beauty Guide
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Oh, Baby1 of 12
By Zoe Schaeffer
Between diaper duty and breastfeeding, most new moms barely have time to look in a mirror (and when they do, they're checking to see they aren't covered in spit-up rather than scoping out their appearance). To help any new mother survive the post-baby stress—without completely letting herself go—we asked 11 real women to share their look-good, feel-good secret weapons.
Wide Awake2 of 12
"After my son was born, I was surviving off of very little sleep. I used this cooling eye gel religiously to get rid of the bags under my eyes, and even rolled it on my temples to cool off," says Yvette Masterson, president of Y Public Relations. "It made me look as if I got a full night's sleep—which I never did, of course!"
SHOP NOW: Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-On, $25, beauty.com
Hot in Here3 of 12
"After my kids were born, my boobs grew not one but two sizes," explains Lori Gray, who's an admissions director. "This lotion helped keep cleavage sweat at bay in the brutal Los Angeles heat."
SHOP NOW: Susan Brown Baby Lotion-to-Powder, $13, amazon.com
Just Stretch4 of 12
"I basically bathed in this oil post-baby," says Melissa Akkaway, owner of Beckley boutique. "It really helped with stretch marks."
SHOP NOW: Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil, $16, target.com
Dry Spell5 of 12
"When I had no time to get my hair cut or colored, I relied on this fabulous dry shampoo," says cosmetics copywriter Aimee O'Donnell Saunders. "Since I only needed a sprinkle, it lasted for months, and its fresh lemon scent was an instant pick-me-up. Plus, it not only absorbs oil but also adds volume."
SHOP NOW: Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo, $14, lushusa.com
Soak City6 of 12
"This bath soak was perfect for keeping my skin soft, healthy and beautiful post-baby," says Tata Harper, founder of Tata Harper Skincare. "It also allowed me to find some relaxing moments despite how tired I was as a new mom. Taking some time for yourself every day is so important for staying energized and balanced, which is key to looking and feeling great."
SHOP NOW: Aura Cacia Energizing Lemon Mineral Bath, $9, amazon.com
Root Problem7 of 12
"I could not find the time to color my hair after my son was born, and someone suggested I use brown eye shadow on my roots to cover grays," says post-production supervisor Tami Goldman. "Recently, I discovered this amazing product, which is so much better. I wish I knew about it way back when!"
SHOP NOW: Color Wow Root Cover Up, $35, ulta.com
Cover Up8 of 12
"Wearing this luxurious tinted moisturizer made me feel like less of a goblin during the days when I was stuck at home, feeding my twins," says stay-at-home mom Melissa Corleto.
SHOP NOW: By Terry Eclat De Rose Sheer Tinted Moisturizer, $75, beautybar.com
Puff Piece9 of 12
"Since it took my son six months to sleep through the night, I became obsessed with this eye treatment, which I found at my local drugstore," says novelist Emily Liebert. "It's the only product that's ever gotten rid of my puffy morning eyes—it's seriously magic in a bottle."
SHOP NOW: Lumene Time Freeze Eye Perfecting Treatment, $16, drugstore.com
Oil Drill10 of 12
"Organic grapeseed oil was an amazing at-home treatment when I was stuck at home with a newborn," says Rianna Loving, creator of Orgo Beauty. "It's rich in fatty acids and high in antioxidants and vitamin E, so I used it in the bath—or even carefully in the shower—and found it super-hydrating."
SHOP NOW: La Tourangelle Grapeseed Oil, $11, igourmet.com
Dry Humor11 of 12
"Jao's body oil was a savior," says Ariane Goldman, founder of Hatch Maternity and Two Birds Bridesmaid. "Even though you can slather it on anywhere, it was really amazing for chapped skin when I was breastfeeding."
SHOP NOW: Jao Goe Oil, $40, amazon.com
Patch Work12 of 12
"After my second child was born, my hair started thinning around the hairline, which can be a common postpartum symptom," says beauty publicist Linda McCarthy. "A friend suggested I try this colored keratin protein powder that seamlessly fills in signs of patchiness and thinning. It worked like a charm."
SHOP NOW: Toppik Hair Building Fibers Starter Kit, $35, sephora.com