My Mommy Beauty Routine

My beauty routine . . . it’s funny even typing it out. Like, how did I get to a place where I write about my freaking beauty routine?? But, incredibly, here we are.

The fact is, my choices regarding makeup, skincare and haircare have become a lot more important in my thirties. Like most women, I woke up to the fact that I truly needed to take care of myself. Nobody else was doing it for me.

Keep in mind – this post and the sequel are not sponsored. The Yeouth Skincare items included in my overnight routine were gifted to me. Otherwise, all items were purchased at regular cost. If you make a purchase using the links below, I will receive a portion of that sale.

While this is my Mommy Beauty Routine, and no one else’s, I certainly do not claim to be an expert. For that, I rely on my dermatologist and the lovely aestheticians I visit, Jezebelle Skin Solutions and Beauty by Hannah Lebron. If you live in the San Diego area, I highly recommend both.

Without further ado, here’s how Mommy makes herself presentable enough to leave the house these days!

primally pure deodorant in my mommy beauty routine
Primally Pure Tea Tree Deodorant


First off, my Primally Pure Tea Tree deodorant. I made the switch to natural deodorant in 2018, mostly out of curiosity. Yes, I think what we put on our skin matters. No, the remainder of my skincare is not “chemical-free” or “all-natural” or whatever the tag line is. Honestly, I’m still learning about the issue, and while there are lovely brands that look intriguing, most of them fall far out of my price range as a working mom.

Primally Pure certainly costs more than regular deodorant, but it smells just lovely and lasts a long time. Oh, and it WORKS!

my mommy routine haircare
My hair routine (the lineup)


Hair is a touchy subject with me these days, but I’ve decided I need to be open about it. Following my two pregnancies and births, I’ve dealt with a great deal of hair loss. What used to be thick, fine, and frizzy is now just fine and frizzy. It has thinned out a great deal. I was also diagnosed with genetically thinning hair, and I work with my dermatologist to tackle it. Collagen and biotin supplements have helped, but the root problem remains. No pun intended, UGH.

So, you’re going to see a lot of thickening and texture products in my bathroom medicine cabinet. It just is what it is. That John Frieda Volume-Building Mousse is probably my favorite. You apply it all over to wet hair and then blow-dry for great volume. It has an accompanying shower rinse that really boosts the effect up a notch. The Garnier Fructis Texture Tease Dry Touch Finishing Spray is also a game changer (and a steal at $4!!). The BB Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray came in a monthly subscription box, but it has quickly proven to be up to the challenge.

mommy beauty routine skincare
Cleaning products, and a serious face mask addiction


Taking care of myself includes solid cleansing, with regular scrubs and masks to add in some solid self-care. My Avalon Organics Brilliant Balance Enzyme Scrub stays in the shower, and I use it about once a week. It’s a lovely lavender-scented exfoliator.

The Bioré Charcoal Micellar Water is an easy-to-use cleanser, even for mascara and heavily packed-on makeup. Then there are my face masks—I tend to go for the moisturizing and anti-aging options.

My skin is treated pretty well these days. This was NOT always the case. I cannot say enough good things about the new Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Leave-on Day Mask Lotion. That’s a big title, but the premise is simple. It works as a daytime mask, both protecting and nourishing your skin even as it’s beaten up by the sun and activities. I layer it under my regular SPF and haven’t gotten burned since I began using it.

All right—that leaves us with makeup and perfume. Click here to read Part Two!

Daphne Gaghagen

I am a wife and mother of a 4-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, living in Chula Vista, California! My day job is working from home as a Social Business Manager for IBM. I also maintain my Instagram account, @mommyiloveyousobig. I love weightlifting, yoga, and trying out new recipes. I look forward to traveling the world and experiencing new things with my little family. I spend my free time at the gym, obsessing over Netflix shows, discovering new places and having a beer with the hubby or pals. I love making new mommy friends!

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