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The Best Skin Care Tips — Straight from Moms

September 26, 2023
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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to learn from the women who brought us into the world? Not only do moms have an endless supply of love and support to give, but they also possess an abundance of beauty tips and secrets. In fact, your own mother, grandmother or aunt is likely sitting on a wealth of skin care knowledge that’s been passed down through the generations they’re eager to share with you.At the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, we tapped into this knowledge by gathering some of the best skin care tips that moms have to offer. With so many products and aesthetic treatments to choose from these days, it can be overwhelming to know where to start, but moms have tried it all and know how to keep your skin looking its absolute best.  

1. Look for Key Ingredients

When it comes to choosing a moisturizing cream, cleanser and serum for your skin, finding a product with the right ingredients can make a world of difference. This will vary depending on your unique concerns and beauty goals, but any mom will tell you that knowing which skin care actives to look for is the first step to building a solid skin care regimen.Influencer and content creator Liah Yoo shared her mom’s favorite skin care products on Instagram. One of the key ingredients she uses is AHAs, or alpha-hydroxy acids. AHAs are a chemical exfoliant that get rid of dead skin cells and increase cellular turnover, revealing smoother, healthier and more evenly-pigmented skin that waits just below the surface. Her mom used to struggle with a rough, bumpy complexion, but says that since adding an AHA to her routine, “her skin texture has improved so much.” Another ingredient that her mom swears by is green tea extract. “It visibly plumped up her skin in a week which was almost shocking,” she writes. Green tea extract is often used in moisturizers like SkinMedica’s Replenish Hydrating Cream thanks to its ability to deliver rich antioxidants that repair damage, soothe the skin and protect against UV radiation.

2. Don’t Forget the Neck

In this TikTok video posted by @aylennpark, a mom shares her nighttime skin routine with her daughter. The duo try out various products, some of which the mother says she's been using for years. She also shares some other tips for getting smooth, flawless “glass skin.”“Don’t forget about the neck and the ears,” she says. She points out that these areas can age faster, which our aestheticians confirmed — especially if you neglect them. The neck and ears are subject to the same UV damage and environmental pollutants as the face, so don’t overlook them when applying your daily sunscreen and moisturizer.Your favorite aesthetic treatments can also be used on both the face and neck. Botox and dermal fillers can minimize the appearance of neck lines and wrinkles, while microneedling, Ultherapy and NovaThreads can help with other concerns like loose, sagging skin.  

3. Less Is More

Skin care secrets can be found almost anywhere if you know where to look. Take this Reddit post, for example, which contains a treasure trove of beauty tips from users’ moms. Everything from basic, common-sense advice such as “drink plenty of water” and “wear sunscreen” to very specific routine and product recommendations.“My mom is absolutely beautiful and in her 50s,” one user shares. “She uses this very inexpensive vitamin E cream, because most creams irritate her sensitive skin…She uses it on her face and neck every night, as do I. It is heaven!” Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that works wonders for the skin, especially when it comes to moisturizing and healing. It can be found in drugstore products and high-end creams alike, including this popular Vitamin C+E Complex from SkinMedica designed to improve your complexion’s tone and texture.Another user writes: “My 65 year old mother has better skin than I do. Her routine for the past 35+ years has been: washing her face twice per day with Dove unscented soap, then in the AM using a moisturizer with sunscreen (sunscreen = VERY IMPORTANT) and in the PM a night time moisturizer. That's it…Sometimes I see posts here with complicated routines and I wonder how they'd do if they just simplified their routine.”This sentiment is even echoed by Gigi Hadid’s mother, Yolanda, who only uses the necessary products on her face, and Salma Hayek’s grandmother, who takes a natural, less-is-more approach to skin care that Ms. Hayek once shared with The New York Times.

4. Sunscreen is Non-Negotiable

You’ve heard it before and it seems to be a common theme in every mom’s skin care advice, but it’s worth repeating: sunscreen is non-negotiable. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays is essential to prevent premature aging, dark spots and even cancer.Our moms recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on a daily basis, even in the winter, and even if you’re just running errands or staying indoors. Don’t forget to reapply, especially if you’re spending time outside and getting a lot of sun.SkinMedica offers a variety of lightweight sunscreens like the Essential Defense Mineral Shield and Everyday Clear Broad Spectrum SPF, which provide the highest level of UVA protection available and variable UVB coverage appropriate for both the face and neck.

5. Elevate Your Skin Care Routine

Keeping your skin hydrated and protected is crucial to maintaining a smooth, youthful appearance. But if you want to elevate your skin care routine or need a little extra help in achieving a healthy glow, you can turn to proven treatments like HydraFacial. HydraFacial is a favorite of celebrity moms like Jennifer Lopez. At 53, J.Lo is a fashion icon who is known not just for her music and movies, but for her age-defying beauty. “HydraFacial is one of my favorite treatments that helps me maintain my glow,” she says. In fact, she is such a fan of HydraFacial that she has partnered with them to offer the JLo Beauty Booster, inspired by her own skin care line’s (JLo Beauty) best-selling JLo Glow serum.HydraFacial is a gentle yet effective treatment that can cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and protect your skin with nourishing serums all at once. In less than 30 minutes, you can leave our Tampa Bay office with a dewy complexion that looks smoother and healthier than ever. Call us today at 813-336-5256 or book your HydraFacial online today.

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At the Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, our goal is to help you look and feel your best. That includes helping you find the right skin care products and treatments for achieving a smooth, youthful complexion. To learn more about our aesthetic services and how they can rejuvenate your appearance, contact or call us at 813-336-5256 to book your appointment.

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