As a mom, I can attest: Mothers handle a lot. Not to say that fathers do not. However, I can personally relate to the feeling of being pulled in several different directions, wanting to be there for everyone in your life, and having very little time for yourself.
When everyone in my house is sleeping, I love tip-toeing to my bathroom and methodically going through my skincare routine while listening to 90s R&B. I don’t always have the luxury to go through a multi-step process before one of my three children inevitably wakes up, so I try to keep my routine fairly minimal. My skincare time is a small part of my overall self-care, and I truly savor it.
Curious about the skincare products other moms love, I asked some talented and busy mothers about the skincare products they swear by. What I found most interesting was how skincare fits into each woman’s overall self-care routine. Each mom I spoke to was juggling so much but took pride in addressing their skin and having a quiet moment to themselves. Here’s what they said:
Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and CEO of Twist Out Cancer, Mother of Two
"As someone that for years only used eye makeup remover and a cleanser, now that I am 40-years-old, I have started to realize the importance of having a skincare regime. During COVID, I was pregnant with my second daughter. I was considered high risk due to my pregnancy and my past cancer history. As a result, my husband and I spent a great deal of time hunkered down. We quickly got creative with our "date nights," which often consisted of ordering in and became more like "spa nights." I often indulged in bubble baths surrounded by Linnea's Lights Candles and followed up with Que Bella Ultra-Hydrating Birch Leaf Face Masks. It's amazing how rejuvenated you can feel after an at-home spa experience."
"For my birthday, my husband bought me a skincare kit from Trish McEvoy, which has now made its way into my routine. As a mom of two young girls, ages six years old and seven months old), time is of the essence. Getting ready for work and feeding the kids every morning means my skincare routine needs to be fast and efficient. My favorite products in the morning and evening are Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water Makeup Remover, Mario Badescu Skincare Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Eye Serum, Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Advanced Repair Retinol Eye Cream, and the best, Trish McEvoy Even Skin Vitamin C Cream. I swear the Vitamin C Cream is heavenly."
Kimberly Lehman, Pharmacist, Mother of Two
"As a busy mom of two-year-old twin boys, two dogs, a working professional, and wife, we have a very active, high-energy home. I've struggled with eczema for my entire life, particularly facial eczema, which can be such a challenge to manage. Keeping hydrated during the day and having a good skincare routine, especially at night care, helps to keep the inflammation at bay. One of my favorite products is FitGlow Beauty Cloud Collagen Oil, a lightweight oil I use alone or under moisturizer.
"Trader Joe's Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum is one of my favorite bargain finds. I either add it straight to my moisturizer for an extra boost or apply it directly to freshly washed skin. I learned that there is no need to towel dry your face beforehand; apply directly after washing your face to get the most hydrating effects. This tip comes directly from my esthetician, Lynn Gallagher, at Parlour Beauty in Philadelphia."
"I use Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair Serum, a silky smooth hydrating cream serum that boosts and repairs skin at the source by targeting your skin's microbiome. It calms my skin's irritation, and I love waking up seeing visibly hydrating results. I have also been a long-time user of Dime Beauty Dewy Day Cream, Restorative Night Cream, and Rodan & Fields Soothe Regimen. I love them all equally. They are the constant foundation of my daytime skin routine. I'll add on new oils, serums, or eye creams depending on the current state of my skin, but my moisturizers stay the same. Lastly, I apply the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask religiously every single night to keep my lips supple and moist all day long."
Janine Dupree Robinson, Head of Client Engagement and Events, Mother of Two
"Right now, my go-to skincare products are by Colleen Rothschild, Laneige, and Supergoop. For me, moisture is a big thing. I hate when my face feels dry—but I'm also always pressed for time, so I try to keep it pretty simple. I recently was looking for new skincare products, and I kept seeing Colleen Rothschild on Instagram and decided to try it out. After giving the trial pack a go, I understand why it's so popular."
"I like Colleen Rothschild because the cleansing balm doesn't feel like it's stripping my skin of moisture but also leaves my face feeling clean. I like that I don't have to wet my entire face before applying it— it's one less step to get myself in bed quicker. I follow up with the Extreme Recovery Cream, which isn't sticky or heavy on my face. I usually follow up with a pump of the Face Oil No. 9, especially now that the weather is getting colder.
When I'm not pressed for time, I'll use the Colleen Rothschild Dual Enzyme Polish or the Clarifying Detox Mask. I am a big moisture fan and can't live without my Chapstick and Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask—which my kids find fun to wear at night as well.
Smriti Baxi, Founder of Jhula, Launching Early 2022, Mother of Two
“In my world of changing diapers, packing lunches, and barely getting a shower in everyday, skincare is probably one of the last things on my mind. Moms know that as much as we try to implement self-care routines, we often come last. Honestly, I’ve accepted that during this season of my life with two small kiddos (ages three-years-old and five-months-old.)"
"I still try to fit skincare into my life, but I keep it very minimal with Cetaphil face wash, a Clinique moisturizer, and Supergoop Glowscreen SPF. I have sensitive to dry skin, and these three items in combination leave my skin hydrated for the rest of the crazy day with some protection for an impromptu outdoor adventure to the playground. The Glowscreen provides a tiny bit of shimmer for a dewy look without actually putting on any makeup. The best part is that it’s sheer and works for all skin tones. It doesn’t leave a white sheen on brown skin as many sunscreens do.”
Jenny Hong, Realtor, Mother of Two
“I am a part-time working mom with two very active young ones. With everyone’s busy early morning routines and when minutes seem to fly by, I have to keep my skincare and makeup routine simple. In my late 30’s, I now understand the importance of hydration and skin protection. This is a complete 180 from my early 20’s, where I would just lay in the sun with no sun protection at all. My skin definitely paid for it.”
“I take a few minutes in the morning and evening while my kiddos are in bed to focus on reversing my dark spots caused by sun damage. My daily morning and evening skincare regime consist of cleansing, toner, hydration serum, moisturizer with vitamin C, retinoids, kojic acid, and SPF in the mornings.”
“I keep my makeup pretty natural, and Revision Skincare: Intellishade Original Anti-aging Tinted Moisture with SPF 45 is a lifesaver. I use it as the last step of my morning routine before leaving the house. It blends nicely and provides light coverage with the added benefits of anti-aging and SPF. I also like tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, for the ease of not having to put on foundation and still having a bit of coverage.”