Mother may actually know best when it comes to time-tested beauty hacks passed between the generations. Here, we turn to an esthetician and run some of mom’s most famous advice by her for expert analysis.
According to Wynonna Judd, “If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother.” And while motherly advice often falls on deaf ears, it turns out mom was actually right about a few beauty pearls of wisdom. Not only have they stood the test of time, but they are easy to follow.
So what are the top three beauty hacks from mom — that actually pass muster with our expert? Read on.
From Mother, with Love: 3 Spot-On Beauty Hacks
Never underestimate the power of eyebrows; however, perfect eyebrows are hard to achieve. We comb, we pluck, we pluck some more — and that is where we get into trouble. “Because tweezing hairs pulls the hair from the root, it can indefinitely disrupt hair growth,” says Chrissy Capurro, esthetician with Renown Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care. “Do not over-tweeze, as the hair will not always grow back, and there is a risk of permanently losing the natural shape of the eyebrow.” To understand the process better, a quick review of the hair’s growth cycle is in order. There’s the anagen phase (active growing), the catagen phase (growth stops), and the telogen phase (the hair is resting). When you tweeze one of your hairs, it disrupts the growth cycle. Repeated tweezing in a certain area can stunt the hair’s growth cycle semi-permanently, or even cause a condition called traction alopecia — a type of hair loss — making it even harder to regrow over plucked brows. If you are over-zealous with the tweezers, be prepared for a long wait for your eyebrows to fill in: The average time for tweezed hair to grow back is 56 days.
What you to do your face, do to your neck.
Cleansing? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Moisturizer? Check. “Do not neglect the neck and chest while tending daily to the face,” advises Chrissy. “Include these areas in your daily skin care regimen, as they too are susceptible to the damages caused by the sun (loss of elasticity, wrinkles, abnormal tone and texture). It is a fact that the products you use on your face (provided they are well formulated) will work beautifully on the neck and chest, too. Your daily routine should at a minimum include cleansing, moisturizing and protection (sunscreen). When applying product on the neck, apply in an upward, stroking motion.”
Moisturize — especially while your skin is still damp.
Bad things happen when you don’t moisturize, like wrinkles and dull, flaky skin. “Moisturizing the skin is essential in restoring the skin’s natural barrier function, an impermeable protective barrier which prevents water loss and provides crucial protection against harmful microorganisms and irritants,” Chrissy says. “Moisturizing the skin while the skin is damp allows for better absorption of product due to the skin’s permeability when wet. Applying a moisturizer to a damp face helps lock in the water from the upper layers of the skin, preventing evaporation and lending to greater hydration within the skin.”
If you need more than mom’s beauty advice about keeping your skin youthful, Renown Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care has a staff of professional estheticians and doctors with an arsenal of non-invasive anti-aging treatments. Call 775-982-8255 to make an appointment.