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No matter how old we get, our moms always seem to know best. They’re the ones we call when we need an extra hand or some expert advice for just about anything. After all, they’ve got a few years on us with this whole parenting and adulting thing. And when it comes to finding the best beauty products, they’re one step ahead of us there, too.
So when we asked our bloggers to share some tried-and-true beauty favorites that have stood the test of time, they went straight to the experts: Their moms! Here were their top picks.
Lancôme Cils Booster XL & Ôscillation Mascara
“The older I get, the thinner my eyelashes get (if only that were true of my body). The Cils Booster conditions my lashes while providing a nice mascara base. It boosts my sparse little lashes and provides a nice base so the mascara clings longer. [And] the Ôscillation Mascara is so easy to apply — the wand vibrates so the lashes are evenly covered while never clumping together. And, because it vibrates, there’s little potential for smudging.” — Mom to Leah Groth
Ozonated Flaxseed Oil
“I mix a few drops of ozonated flaxseed oil into my face lotion every morning and evening — it makes my skin feel tighter and constantly hydrated.” — Mom to Bailey Gaddis of Your Serene Life, who says she “has the skin of a 45-year-old at 65.”
Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream
“I can’t remember when I started using EENC, but at least by 1982 … It is the least expensive night cream and best hydration for my dry skin. It is great for minor sunburns, chapped lips, dry patches anywhere on my body, [and] dry cuticles. It is more than a night cream — it’s a heal-all cream!” — Mom to Candice Kilpatrick of Mom Most Traveled
Available now on Mary Kay, $14
Oil of Olay
“My mom, at 90 years old, has amazing skin. Whenever anyone asks her what she uses, she says, ‘Ivory soap and water.’ Being privy to her inner chambers, however, [I will] reveal she uses Oil of Olay.” — Varda Meyers Epstein, contributing editor at Kars4Kids
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen
“It is a very lightweight, tinted moisturizer, which can be used alone or under foundation. I literally do not go out of the house without it … It provides excellent protection while being totally non-greasy, non-stinging, and doesn’t clog my pores.” — Mom to Leah Groth
Available now on Amazon, $55
“My mother (who was an actress in the ’60s) taught me the wow factor of false lashes.” — Abbie Schiller of The Mother Co
Ardell Fake Eyelashes are available now on Amazon, $10.55
Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
“This is, without a doubt, the best eye makeup remover I’ve ever found, and it lasts forever! It’s non-greasy, lightweight, and extremely gentle. Plus, it takes off even the most stubborn mascara. Plus, it’s inexpensive!” — Mom to Leah Groth
Available now on Amazon, $24