A new survey commissioned by Sheer Cover® mineral make-up polling women across the UK, shows that the majority of mums are feeling pretty depressed about their appearance.
So much so, that over 40% of mums agree to feeling more confident and attractive before they had children, and 1 in 10 admit to avoiding social situations due to a lack of confidence in their appearance! It made for really fascinating – and if I’m being completely truthful – surprising – reading. Where have all the yummy mummies gone?
It was no surprise however when I read that motherhood results in a 50% decrease in pamper time according to the mums surveyed. This I can completely sympathise with. Especially in those early days, you wonder if you will ever get a minute to yourself ever again and I think most of us lose our ‘me’ time and I guess that means pamper time is just hard to find.
More surprising is the fact that 56% agreed that friends and other mums made them feel self-conscious while only 10% of respondents felt pressure from celebrity mums. We hear of all of these red-carpet beauties such Gisele Bundchen and Dannii Minogue flaunting flawless figures and fresh-faces weeks after giving birth and blame them for putting pressure on new mummies but it seems that the people around us are more to blame.
And who doesn’t feel the pressure at the school gates? I know I do. But then I have always worn make-up every day for as long as I can remember. There is no question that it makes me feel more confident and having children doesn’t mean that we have to stop taking care of ourselves. Yes, the time can be hard to find but it doesn’t have to take hours. But finding those ten, maybe fifteen minutes every morning to make that bit of effort can do wonders for your self-esteem and you are ready to face the day looking at least half human! I gave up trying to achieve supermodel status a long time ago….
The lovely people over at Sheer Cover® who did this survey have a full range of sheer, natural, mineral makeup ideal for day or evening looks and promise that they are easy to apply and long-lasting, which should make nailing the perfect school run look a breeze! And they also have a fab competition at the moment to win a luxury spa day – now that would make for a very Happy Mother’s Day!