My Mom Looks 15 Years Younger Than She Is—And These Are Her 5 Holy-Grail Products
“You two could be sisters!” That’s a sentence I’ve heard, oh I don’t know, a bazillion times about my mother and me. I don’t mind now that I’m older, in fact, I see it as a compliment. But when you’re a high school senior touring a college and the guide asks your mother what other colleges she’s applying to, things get weird. Suffice to say, I did not become a Blue Devil.
There’s comfort in knowing it’s not because I ever looked old for my age or sprouted crow’s feet at fifteen—it’s because she looks impossibly young for her age. In my humble opinion, she deserves it after keeping us in check all these years. Raise four kids and you should get to reap a few wrinkle-free benefits. That sounds like a fair trade, right?
Luckily for me, she’s a bit of a beauty junkie like myself—only more subdued. She likes classic products, minimal makeup, and clean skincare. She wears SPF every day and is rigorous about her daily skincare routine. Sure, it’s no treasure map to the Fountain of Youth, but it’s clearly something. The woman looks 15 years younger than her actual age!
Bet your bottom dollar I’ve been compiling her best beauty tricks in my mind palace for years now, and today I’m feeling generous. If you’re looking to add new anti-aging or youth-boosting products to your beauty routine, keep on reading. (Thanks, Mom. Here's hoping I got those genes!)
Here are five holy-grail beauty products for healthy, ageless skin.
Beautycounter Counter+ No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil
My mother has slowly worked Beautycounter products into her routine after learning that Beautycounter bans more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals from their products. (Over 1,400 of those ingredients are not banned in the United States. I know, spooky.)
This facial oil hydrates, smooths, and firms your skin on a daily basis, using natural ingredients like rose hip seed oil, argan oil, and Jasmine floral wax. She uses it both in the morning and at night for a healthy, supple glow. There are also two other formulas in addition to No. 2 Plumping that you can mix into your own routine: No. 1 Brightening and No. 3 Balancing.
BUY IT: $69; beautycounter.com
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum
When it comes to anti-aging, you’re going to want a serum that packs a potent punch—and these capsules are triple-powered. Each capsule is filled with a super concentrated dose of anti-aging ingredients to support your natural collagen, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and give skin a boost of radiance and hydration.
My mom recommends using a tiny bit of leftover serum from each capsule (a little goes a long way!) on your neck and hands to combat aging there, too.
BUY IT: $80 for 60 capsules; ulta.com
Goop by Juice Beauty Exfoliating Instant Facial
I know, I know…she’s been Gooped. She’s a Goopie! Only for this insanely effective anti-aging mask, though.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop founder and overall anti-aging guru, admits to using this instant facial every day, even though it says to only use it three times a week. Apply, wait a minute until it starts to tingle, and then rinse it off. “It actually tingles!” my mom confirms.
It’s made with natural alpha and beta hydroxy acids that sweep away dead skin cells, while vitamin B5 works to leave skin supple, soft, and rejuvenated. Paltrow calls it her “secret to young, fresh-looking skin."
BUY IT: $42; goop.com
Beautycounter Rejuvenating Eye Cream
Another Beautycounter favorite, this eye cream gets down to business. It’s made with protective jambu extract and skin-smoothing wild algae and caffeine, which all help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and reduce puffiness. She uses it both in the morning and at night to ensure optimal anti-aging prowess and avoid dry, dark circle-plagued eyes. Her words, not mine!
BUY IT: $63; beautycounter.com
Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation
If my mother talks about how much she loves this foundation one more time…
She’s been using it as long as I can remember, and she’s been suggesting (read: nagging) that I try it for years. Here’s the thing: It’s way expensive. Her rebuttal: She only uses a tiny bit, and the pot lasts her almost eight or nine months. “Most days I just put a little under my eyes and around my nose and blend it all out for super natural coverage,” she says.
It’s an oil-free gel foundation that’s ultra-lightweight, buildable, and contains light-reflecting pigments that basically make you look like you’re perfectly dewy and glowing from within. If you’re trying to make your skin look younger than it is, this foundation is the splurge to make. As women age, our skin gets naturally dry and can look dull. This formula is the ultimate antidote.
BUY IT: $78; nordstrom.com