Mother’s Month Series – Q+A On Skincare With Mom (Lauren’s Story)

By Lauren

Continuing on with our Mother’s month celebration, I sat down with my mom to discuss her skincare rituals. I grew up watching my mom take wonderful care of her skin plus, working in the luxury resort spa industry in public relations for 30+ years, she is an expert in her own right! I definitely learned the value of conscious, regular skincare early in life and as I’ve moved into my mid-30’s the habits I learned from her have certainly paid off.  Here's what I discussed with my mom. 

  1. What's your age, cultural/ethnic background and skin type?

I'm 64 years old, Caucasian (European - German, Czech, Irish, English) with very dry skin. 

  1. Tell me about your skincare history.  When and how did you become aware of the importance of skincare?

I’ve always had dry skin – and as a teenager, that was a blessing since it meant I was blemish free at a time when many young people suffer from skin problems. I discovered the importance of skincare at my first job – working in the cosmetics department at the Denver Dry Goods store. I was assigned to Revlon, and trained to sell a new hypo-allergenic skin care and makeup line they were introducing. I learned the basics of good skin care – as it was mostly understood at the time: wash, tone, and moisturize twice a day - morning and night. When the trainer offered to give me a raise if I’d remain at the store instead of going to college, I quit. Not the career path I envisioned! 

  1. Any secrets or tips unique to your skincare routine?

Struggling with ultra-dry skin, I discovered the soothing benefits of goat’s milk soap and lotion, which I turn to periodically to help with especially dry periods. 

  1. Tell me about your mom ... did she, aunts, or other women around you influence you at all in your skincare journey? 

I have my mother’s skin, but that also means that I have psoriasis. It was visible on my scalp at birth, but receded until my 20s when it made a ferocious comeback, probably due to work demands and stress at home. I’ve struggled with it all my life, and discovered that many things make a temporary difference, although nothing “cures” it. That said, I’ve had great success with an apple cider–vinegar tea, which I drink almost daily. It’s had a more lasting impact on my psoriasis than anything else I’ve tried. I categorically refuse any prescription drugs that are suggested for psoriasis; given the contraindications, the cure is worse than the disease.

My mother was also a survivor of malignant melanoma – one of the very first people to try interferon, and the only person in her clinical trial group to survive – which she attributed to her “black-Irish humor.” Given her history, I have a full body check by a dermatologist yearly. 

  1. What is your skincare routine?  

I still wash and moisturize my face twice daily, but no longer use a toner – most are too drying and irritate my skin. But today, I’ve also learned the importance of hydrating – moisturizing my skin from the inside out. So I drink a lot of water – along with my apple cider tea.  

  1. What is top of mind for you these days when it comes to skincare? 

Sunscreen protection is top of mind for me, especially given my mother’s history. And there’s nothing I love more than a professional facial.  Oxygenating facials are my favorite.  My skin will show the benefits for days after having one!