The Biggest Skin-Care Lessons We Learned From Our Moms
Let’s be real: Many of our skin-care routines wouldn’t be what they are without a little help from our moms. Think back to growing up as a pre-teen, watching your mom (or any woman in your life) diligently complete her skin-care regimen every morning, and yearning for the day that you’d be able (and have the know-how!) to do the same. Ahead, our editors recall a skin-care lesson they learned in those years, along with a holy-grail product that they swear by nowadays, thanks to their mamas.
Dawn, Senior Editorial Director
My mom taught me the importance of a system and that the key to good skin care is consistency. As a breakout-prone teen, following three steps every morning and night completely changed my skin and got those pesky zits under control. Today, my routine is more like 12 steps, and I rarely go to bed without completing every single one.
Lindsey, Content Director
My mom religiously slathered on cold cream to take her makeup off. I’ve graduated to a cleansing balm these days, but the instinct to double-cleanse remains. The IT Cosmetics balm is one of the few products that doesn’t make my sensitive eyes water and still takes off every trace of long-wear makeup.
Marisa, Associate Editor
A recurring memory I have from my childhood is watching my mom apply her night cream. The night cream had a very specific smell that was both relaxing and soothing, and my mom always reminded me how important it is to apply a daily and nightly cream (my nine-year-old self didn’t care so much at the time). Since then, I’ve adopted my own little daily and nightly routine that transports me right back to those nights spent with Mom.
Alanna, Associate Editor
I inherited super dry skin and eczema from my mother, and she always has taught me the importance of moisturizing it to no end. She’s a pharmacist by day, and I always grew up watching her use cortisone and other clinically-approved creams for severely dry skin, which is why the CeraVe Itch Relief Moisturizing Cream has become my total go-to.
Tembe, Associate Editor
My mom always emphasized that moisture is key and introduced me to thick creams and butters from very early on. I'm still a big fan of moisture-inducing ingredients and use Buttah Facial Shea Butter daily to help my skin maintain a luminous, healthy glow.
Jessica, Assistant Editor
If there’s one thing my mom made sure I knew from a very young age, it was to never over-pluck your eyebrows. Blame it on the 90s rail-thin eyebrow trend, but she wouldn’t let me touch my brows for years and when she finally did, she cautioned me that if you pluck too much, some hair may never grow back. Because of this, I kept my eyebrows fairly thick and natural-looking my whole childhood, which has blessed me with the full and very on-trend brows that I have today. The only thing I do now is pluck a stray hair every once in a while.
Jillian, Social Media Editor
I have such fair skin that growing up my mom was always reminding me to apply sunscreen, and not just at the beach or pool. I always thought she was going overboard – why would I need sunscreen unless I was on vacay? But she explained to me how even the smallest amount of sun exposure can adversely affect your skin, and I've been applying SPF daily ever since.