Have you ever looked closely at someone's face and thought to yourself - "You … are … BEAUTIFUL! Your skin is so luminous - so clear and soft - I love that wrinkle around your eye - it’s perfect - I see your pores and they’re clear - you are well hydrated - every expression you make your skin moves so happily - you look radiant and well-rested!"
I want what she’s having, please.
This is what I think when I look at my moms skin. She has radiant skin. My mom never wears makeup. She wore makeup on my wedding day and looked phenomenal because her skin is phenomenal. That aside, any “color” my mom places on her skin is either created by the sun or good sweat. My mom’s skin is clear as a new day.
So I asked my mom, how do you take care of your skin?
This is what she said -
"I wash my face in the morning, only, using a damp washcloth to remove the soap. I feel over-washing strips my face of essential oils. And since I don't wear makeup, my skin feels best washing only once a day.
After cleansing, I apply a light layer of the Hydrating Serum and allow it to settle into my skin before applying a Water Gel Moisturizer. That's it!"
The 3 products she uses are all from Neutrogena.
Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
Hydraboost Hydrating Serum
HydroBoost Water Gel Moisturizer
I must add that my mom is not fond of direct sun, which she avoids. She takes 10,000 mg of Vitamin C daily, (ya heard me - 10,000!) and a daily dose of Fish Oil. She hydrates with water consistently throughout the day, and rests when her body is telling her to rest.
"It will be what it will be, and that is the best of you. You can’t change the structure of your face so the best thing you can do is hydrate and protect your skin from harmful elements. I am a true believer that Vitamin C has a great ability to heal, inside and out. If I take care of the inside the outer will reflect that, and that's all there is to do!".
She’s a minimalist through and through. Very aware of what her budget can handle, and not getting caught up with eccentric product claims.
What I’m realizing now is that my mom has shaped how I approach makeup applications. I always (always) want my client's skin to look radiant, smooth, and effortless. Basically, I want my client's skin to look like my mom's.
Thank you, mom. You created the most important piece of my craft.
My mom is 66 years young.