Mums are great. Not least because they look after you when you’re ill, dish out wise dating advice and generally make you feel like you’re the best human in the world. But also because when it comes to beauty, they’ve been there, done that and learnt from it, meaning they’ve got a whole bank of tips we can steal.
From how to sort spots to looking to skincare brands like AVEENO for sensitive skin, here are 7 skincare tips we nicked off our mums, as told by Cosmo readers…
1. Ditch the cakey make-up
My mum is one of those women who’s naturally beautiful and hardly wears any make-up. When I was 15, she turned me off cheap high street foundations (which I always wore in the wrong shade) and onto mineral powder foundations which didn’t clog my skin, and I’ve never looked back. Every foundation I’ve tried since has paled in comparison and it’s taught me to feel confident with looking natural. She taught me that embracing your natural beauty can actually help your skin in the long-run!
2. Eat good fats to get the glow
My mum always lived by the mantra of ‘nourishing your skin’. I know that the products you put onto your skin are important, but she also taught me that what you’re putting into your body is just as crucial. Our cupboards at home were always packed full of ‘good fats’ foods like almonds, avocados and coconut oil, which she ate to plump up her skin, and now so are mine. My friends have always told me I’m lucky to be blessed with good skin genes, but I credit the avocado!
3. Don’t strip oily skin of moisture
I have super oily skin so used to steer clear of heavy moisturisers because I was worried it would make my face feel greasy, but my mum always drilled into me the importance of using a hydrating moisturiser on my face. Since then, I’ve been a face cream devotee, and now that my spotty teenage days are over, my skin’s actually pretty glowy. My mum also told me that I’ll end up with fewer wrinkles when I’m older – I’m hoping that’s true!
4. Look for natural ingredients
I definitely inherited my mum’s sensitive skin (yay), so ever since I was little she’s encouraged me to use skincare products containing natural ingredients. I tend to go for paraben and soap-free formulas that won’t irritate my skin and have always been a fan of AVEENO products thanks to my mum. Their products contain colloidal oatmeal and my mum used to tell me oats were really good for allergy prone skin as they have ‘magical healing properties’ – my favourite is the AVEENO Daily Moisturising Body Washwhich leaves my skin so, SO soft!
5. Stock up on tea tree oil
My mum taught me that tea tree oil is a natural way to beat breakouts. Ever since I was in my early teens, I’ve been smothering the stuff (blended, not neat) over any pesky spots, much to my ex-boyfriend’s dismay. Unless he can come up with a better, natural solution, he can suck it up.
6. SPF is your friend
My mum has the most beautifully line-free skin, and she says it’s because she’s worn an SPF every single day since she turned 30. With my own milestone birthday approaching, I’m more conscious than ever of protecting my face from the sun (I love a tan but I’m all about faking it)! I’ll now never step outside without at least SPF 30 on my face.
7. Take time out to pamper
My mum’s only beauty indulgence when I was a kid was a luxury body cream. I’ll never forget every Sunday morning when she would take the chance to spoil herself, soaking in a hot bath before smoothing on the sweetest smelling lotion. Now I’m older, I do exactly the same and keep my favourite body cream for those times when I’m in need of some serious pampering – my new #1 is the AVEENO Apricot and Honey scented Body Yogurt which smells AMAZING.