The 3 anti-aging skin care ingredients every mama should know about

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anti-aging skincare

Let's face it: Even though being a mama is the best job ever, it can be a little... unkind (okay fine, super taxing!) on your complexion. Sure, there are lots of laughs and an infinite amount of smiles that come with the gig, but as happens with the passing of time, there's also the inevitable aging of mama's skin. And while keeping a straight face could maybe help with those laugh lines, having kids means it's practically impossible not to smile. Instead, stock up on anti-aging skin care products that will make you even more radiant than you already (*blush blush*) are.


These few specific and powerful ingredients can help slow down Father Time. Plus, they've all been proven to eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boost hydration and even skin tone. What's more, you don't need to choose just one anti-ager, rather, you can incorporate all three into your routine. Bonus points that they're all available in one place—Walmart—where they've already done the hard work of weeding through hundreds of skin care products to offer the best (and most affordable) options to work that mama glow even more.

1. Vitamin C

Even though you probably get your daily dose of vitamin C from that glass of OJ, it's important to use the antioxidant on your face as well. Not only does it helps to brighten and even out your complexion, but it also helps to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Because of its free radical-fighting properties, try using vitamin C in your morning routine with a highly concentrated serum such as Obagi Professional-C Vitamin C Serum or Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion (30%). Apply either of these to clean, dry skin using gentle tapping motions with your fingers. Let it sink it for a few minutes, then top off with moisturizer and plenty of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Another great way to get extra antioxidant benefits throughout the day is to spritz on a face mist such as Olay Energizing Facial Mistwith Vitamin C and Bergamot. It can help to set makeup, refresh a dry complexion, or honestly just help you wake up while the kids are napping and you have those precious few minutes to yourself. Bonus points for the seriously invigorating scent, too.

2. Retinol

Arguably the holy grail of the skin care world, retinol is a true do-it-all wunderkind, helping to not only reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but also help put an end to acne, too. Adding the vitamin A-derivative speeds up cellular turnover, cleans out less-than-pristine pores, and stimulates collagen production which plumps the appearance of skin. But because retinol is a photosensitive ingredient, though, make sure you only use it at night while you wash up before you hit the sack (or realistically, whenever you get five free minutes in front of the sink).

Try a PM-specific moisturizer infused with retinol, such as Image Skin Care Ageless Total Retinol-A Creme, or layer in a serum such as Olay Retinol Serum, a few nights a week to start. This type of gradual introduction will help your skin adjust to the potential irritating effects it can have, particularly for sensitive types.

And despite its potent nature, retinol is also a miracle worker for the delicate eye area—clutch when you're a mama who is seriously short on sleep. Try a product at night like Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream or RoC Retinol Correxion Anti-Aging Eye Cream Treatment, both of which work to eliminate puffiness, crow's feet and other signs of aging.

3. Hyaluronic Acid

Healthy skin is, first and foremost, hydrated skin. And perhaps no ingredient is more effective at moisturizing than hyaluronic acid, which can and should be used both day and night. (Or again, because #momlife, whenever you can steal those extra few minutes at the sink!) Although HA, as it's often called, occurs naturally in the skin, our production of it decreases as we age, which is why supplementing with skin care products becomes all the more important.

Daily, look for creams, serums and lotions that are made with the hydrator that plays well with both your daytime dose of vitamin C and nighttime dose of retinol. Two we love? L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum, which layers beautifully under moisturizer, as well as Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturize lotion, which already has your wrinkle-busting retinol layered in, too. For a serious shot of hydration, try adding a mask like Neutrogena Moisturizing Hydro Boost Face Mask, into your routine after you cleanse but before you apply serums, moisturizer, and SPF.

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

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Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

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