As beauty editors, we've been around the skincare block a few times. We've woken up with breakouts, diagnosed skin issues like rosacea and keratosis pilaris, and tried just about every product under the sun. As such, we've had the privilege to sit down with experts in the industry on a daily basis for helpful advice. While many of us have our dermatologists and favorite estheticians to thank for our skincare knowledge, other advice came directly from the source: our moms.
Below, Byrdie editors describe the best skincare advice they ever received (and who imparted the wisdom). Keep reading and your face will thank you.
"I have all-star esthetician Renée Rouleau to thank for teaching me that understanding your precise skin type is the key to being able to treat your skin properly. Before having a professional diagnose me, I thought all kinds of erroneous things about my skin, which led me to use products that were too harsh or pore-clogging or not hydrating enough. It sounds like a no-brainer, but if you're having trouble with your skin, consider that your skin type might be something different than you think. See a professional you trust and have them weigh in on it—that way you won't waste your money on products for someone else's skin."
"'Your face starts at your nipples,' an esthetician once told me as she massaged moisturizer into my chest. And it's true. The skin on your chest and neck are just as thin and prone to sagging and wrinkles as the skin around your eyes. The problem is, barely anyone treats it as such. Make sure to apply all your favorite lotions, serums, and peels all the way down your body to keep things hydrated, exfoliated, and bright. I'm partial to Bioxidea Miracle 24 Breast Treatment ($59) and Bliss That's Incredi-Peel Glycolic Resurfacing Pads ($49) for my neck and chest."
"I have to hand it to skincare guru Kerry Benjamin for convincing me to start dermaplaning. It has made a world of difference for my complexion—it's smoother, more even, and my products work noticeably better. It's really underrated—I think there's still such a weird stigma around face shaving. But it's a cheap and highly effective way to get that lit-from-within glow."
"The best skincare advice I was ever given was to get a full-body check annually. In high school, I used to bake outdoors as a lifeguard, sometimes just putting on tanning oil and no SPF. I also (and I hate myself for saying this) used to go to the tanning salon in college. I paid for all of it, as I've had to get a few moles removed since and now have scars in their place, so it's taught me that layering on the SPF and seeking shade is way more important than having bronzed skin. I've also learned to love sunless tanner in the process (St. Tropez's tanning mousse, $32, is my all-time fave)."
"When I experienced my first blemish in high school, my mom told me not to touch it. Of course, I didn't listen, and my tiny barely there pimple turned into an angry red blemish for about a week. Having learned my lesson, I no longer pick, let alone touch my blemishes—I just cover them with concealer and let them run their course. Now, thanks to my mom, I don't have to worry about scars from pimples long-ago."