Ahead of Mother’s Day next week, the Savoir Flair editors took a trip down memory lane to recall the best beauty secrets that they’ve learnt from their moms. From face-fixing masks to the ultimate anti-aging tips, read on to find out what moms really do know best.
Haleh Nia, Founding Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
The best thing my mother ever taught me was that prevention is better than cure, and I can tell you this was incredibly valuable advice. I still haven’t had any plastic surgery done, nor have I used fillers and Botox – just like Mom. I’m a strong advocate for natural beauty, both personally and as an editorial policy on our publications. Effortlessness is best. Thanks, Mom!
Noor Tehini, Head of Content
As a child, I used to love watching my mother getting ready. I would sit on the side of her bathtub as she washed her face, moisturized, and then applied her makeup. For each step, I would bombard her with a new list of questions each day, trying to understand how, why, and what she was doing! I remember her always drying her face with tissue paper – never a towel.
She explained (probably more times than necessary) that the latter would be too harsh for the skin on your face, encouraging the appearance of wrinkles. She would also point out that a sheet of tissue straight out of the box was cleaner than using a towel, especially one that you might have already used to dry your hands.
Frankie Rozwadowska, Beauty Editor
If I look like my mom when I’m her age, I’m winning – and it’s hugely down to her never sunbathing her face. That was drummed into me during every single family holiday. Even today, I can hear her voice when I’m lying out on the beach, telling me, “Frankie, put a hat on!” Her skin looks sensational (and she’s never touched Botox nor fillers), so I follow in her footsteps and always put an SPF50 on my face, cover it with a hat, and then cheat with a self-tan if I need a bronzing boost.
Samia Qaiyum, Sub-Editor
My mother’s talked about the effectiveness of honey-and-turmeric face masks for tackling excess pigmentation – a very common problem amongst South Asians – and making the skin glow for as long as I can remember, but I was always sort of lazy about applying them. That, however, changed when I developed a dairy intolerance out of nowhere and my skin went haywire! The combination of discovering the main culprits (Greek yogurt is a big one) and being regular with those masks has worked wonders at soothing my stressed skin.
Sophie Gerendasi, Accessories Editor
I’m proud to say that my mother is a really great dermatologist so, when she talks about anything skincare-related, I listen extra carefully and take mental notes. Throughout the years, she’s given me quite a few skin tips that I try to follow regularly, but there is one I always make sure to stick by and never ever forget. “Don’t rub your eyes!” is probably my mom’s most overused phrase, so it has really stuck in my mind – whether I’m tired, crying, or just dealing with itchy eyes.
Her advice goes one step further; she once told me how the connective tissues around the eyes are very loose and vulnerable, which is why you need be extra careful when touching the eye area, especially when applying cream or removing your eye makeup.
Camille Macawilli, Fashion Editor
My mom (a.k.a. Mother Bear) is very low maintenance when it comes to makeup and skincare, but I remember her constantly being on my case during my teenage years to make sure I didn’t pop my breakouts – no matter what – warning me that I’d be left with scars. I wish I’d listened to her because I’m now dealing with the consequences! And one more thing: she said to moisturize daily, without fail, so I don’t age as fast.
Natascha Law, Editorial Intern
I feel like my mother knew about the benefits of hair oils long before anyone else did, so I’ve always oiled my hair every weekend. My mom’s secret recipe is to mix one tablespoon each of coconut oil, castor oil, and olive oil in a bowl, heat it for a few seconds, and massage it into the scalp. I then soak a towel in hot water and squeeze it out completely before wrapping my hair in it until it cools – repeating this two or three times forces the hair follicles to open, and allows the oil to seep in and nourish the hair. I let the oil work its magic for a minimum of three hours before rinsing out with a mild shampoo. Thanks to my mom, I now have long and healthy locks!