When it comes to carrying out my twice-daily skincare regimen, I’m absolutely militant. The first thing I do when I wake up is cleanse, tone and moisturise, and I don’t think I have ever fallen asleep with my makeup on. And it’s safe to say that although as a beauty editor I take skincare obsession to the next level, I think I get my passion for great skin from my mum. From the importance of cleansing and exfoliating to making sure you always moisturise your neck, the core foundations of my skincare knowledge were ingrained in me from a young age by my mum.
Before we get into this, I’d like to clear up that my mum looks really great for her age. She has recently turned 60, and on holiday we recently had to explain to a very confused passport control officer that the reason there is a 35-year age gap between us is because she is in fact my mother and not my older sister. While he was of course being very charming (although we’re not entirely sure whether or not he thought she was closer to 25 or I was closer to 60—likely a bit of both), it’s obvious that my mum’s lifelong skincare regime has really worked a charm.
And it’s funny really, because as the years have gone by, the tables have started to turn. Now, as I learn more and more about products, I’m the person teaching my mum new things. But while I’m preaching intricacies, such as how often to use retinol and whether hyaluronic acid is worth giving a go (it is), there’s no doubt that my mum has been my biggest skincare influence.
If I hadn’t have spent my childhood watching my mum religiously cleanse and moisturise every evening, I probably wouldn’t care very much for skincare at all. From a young age, I assumed that if my mum did it, it must have been important. When the initial fascination developed, everything was rather cliché I’m afraid. I started snooping in her skincare stash and applied it all in one go in front of the mirror. When I hit my early teens, we started shopping for more skincare products for me, and that’s where it all started.
Call me nostalgic, but even to this day there is something quite wonderful about going through my mum’s skincare collection. Whenever I visit, I have a snoop through her shelves and sneak a go of the odd thing that I haven’t tried. And she does the same back to me, too. Out of fascination, she won’t leave my house without having a rifle through my own skincare stash. And, after years of snooping, we have both discovered that actually we have quite a lot in common when it comes to skincare.
So forget the marketing slogans that tell us we need a different cream for every birthday we encounter. Take my word for it: Some classic beauty products are totally ageless. From moisturisers to masks, keep scrolling for the 13 classic beauty products that have just as a much of a place in my skincare regimen as they do my mum’s.