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When you’re running on fumes (and an entire pot of coffee), it’s easy to put your self-care routine on the back burner. But the next thing you know, you’re three kids deep and you can’t remember the last time you even washed your hair. We’ve all been there.

So, what do you do?

Well, you’re a mom, so you just keep swimming. You “swim” through sleep deprivation, battles over leaving the house and watching Finding Nemo for the 3,547th time. And then it happens. You look in the mirror and notice crow’s feet. Those weren’t there when you checked last week. Or was it last month? Last year? What is time, again?

Ok. Now, it’s time to get serious about keeping your youthful glow. Or at least maintaining whatever is left of it for as long as possible.

Fortunately, there are ways you can fit in some self-care while taking care of your family.

Check out these ways to keep yourself looking youthful when you have a full family.

How to Keep Yourself Looking Youthful with a Full Family

Plan healthy meals

This one may take a little time and some effort, but it’s worthwhile for your entire family. Not to mention that it’s probably the best way to keep you looking young.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and you will be chock full of antioxidants to fight those age-enhancing free radicals.

Drink more water

This one may seem obvious, but I know you’re not doing it, so it needs to be said. Most of us skimp on the water throughout the day. How could you drink water when you’re sipping on a constant flow of caffeine?

If you’re struggling to get enough water throughout the day, here are a few things you can try:

  1. Drink from a gallon jug. You’ve probably seen those jugs on Pinterest that have clever milestone sayings, right? If you think that’ll work for you, do that.
  2. Jazz up your water. Fill a pitcher with water and add cucumber slices. Bam. Cucumber spa water. Who’s wearing the fancy pants now? You are, and you deserve them.

Avoid alcohol

Mommy may need some wine time, but when wine time involves three glasses and happens every night, there may be a problem. That problem may or may not be alcoholism.

You don’t necessarily have to be an alcoholic for alcohol to age you. Since it’s a diuretic, alcohol robs your body of much-needed hydration. And as it’s dehydrating you, it’s ushering out nutrients that are essential to your beauty and youthfulness.

With that said, there’s nothing wrong with an occasional drink. Just keep it causal if you want to keep looking young. If you or someone you know has trouble stopping, get help. There’s no shame in seeking intervention. We can’t be expected to do everything ourselves.

Until they actually discover, or invent, the fountain of youth, the best thing we can do is maintain a youthful appearance for as long as possible. And the best way to do that is to take good care of your body. We only get this one, and we don’t want it looking haggard.

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