Maybe your mother gave you beauty advice, told you to eat your vegetables, to never fall asleep whilst wearing make-up, or she impressed upon you the importance of a good night’s sleep. It turns out, when it comes to beauty and wellness, most of the time, she really does know best.
This American Mother’s Day (May 14th), we’re celebrating all the health and beauty lessons we’ve learned from our mothers, starting with three women that know a thing or two about the subject.
Founder and owner of Knockout Beauty, Cayli Cavaco Reck
Founder of New York’s premiere conscious beauty emporium Knockout Beauty and mother of two, Cayli is the master-mind behind Knocking On Forty, a social media handle dedicated to sharing lifestyle, fashion and her personal beauty secrets (trust us, set a reminder to watch her live stories!) she’s as hilarious as she is informed.
Daughter to the late Kezia Keeble, a former Vogue editor and top publicist who helped to shape American fashion, Cayli’s certainly been surrounded by the best in the business and is one of our most trusted sources for beauty advice.
Q: Can you share some of the best beauty advice, or life lessons you received from your mother?
A: My mother had so much wisdom. One of the things that she said that I share is, “Jump and the net will appear.” She was very good about making sure that people felt supported and she encouraged people to do what they might be afraid to do with the knowledge that if you are really passionate about something you will make it work and the universe will conspire in your favour.
Q: How about her beauty routine? Do you remember her go-to products?
A: My mom didn’t have an extensive beauty routine. In fact she really didn’t have much of a routine at all, but she was always very conscious about what she put in and on her body. She was an early adopter of the no talc, as clean as possible, regimen.
Q: How do you take lessons learned from your mum and pass them on to your own children?
A: My mom passed away when I was only 13, so almost everything she shared with me is still very relevant to my children. She was very passionate about kindness and compassion. She was an egalitarian and we very much believe and practice that in our home. Inclusivity and kindness are our core beliefs.
Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, top New York-based dermatologist
Dr. Chwalek is a Board-Certified dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City and Lumity brand ambassador. She’s also a Vinyasa-trained yoga instructor and long-time student of meditation. She strives to blend these holistic practices with minimally invasive dermatology techniques to achieve natural and healthy skin.
Q: What’s the best beauty advice you’ve received from your mum?
A: The best beauty advice I learned from my mother was “less is more,” and “a simple routine is best.” My mom taught me to be myself and not hide behind makeup, but instead use it to highlight my natural beauty.
Q: Any tips from her beauty routine you’ve made a part of your own?
A: I remember watching her wash with gentle cleansers like Dove, moisturizing and applying a little mascara. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my mom put gobs of makeup on, and to this day, I don’t wear a lot of products either.
Q: What was one of the most important lesson she taught you?
A: Perhaps the most important thing I learned from her was the power of good sleep, healthy eating and time spent outside!
Creator of Lumity, Dr. Sara Palmer Hussey, PhD.
Her supermum status was one of the many reasons that Britain’s Cambridge University educated Dr. Sara Palmer Hussey, PhD, developed Lumity. As a single, working mother, Sara wanted a natural way to improve her energy levels whilst also slowing down the ageing process. What she created is a gentle, well-balanced and effective supplement that supports the body’s natural rhythm and helps to sustain optimum health, vitality and beauty through the years. That’s something we can pass along to all generations!
Q: What’s some of the best advice your mother has ever shared?
A: My mum’s best advice has come in the form of the example she sets for me, and I’d boil this down to the three following pointers. Firstly, “Your body needs to be adequately fed, don’t follow foolish fads or diets.” My mother, being Spanish, has a very Mediterranean attitude to food and drink. You never deprive your body of the nourishment it needs to comply with some idealised body shape. Beauty is inner health. Meal times were always a family gathering, there was never any sense of deprivation around food or drink, wine was always present on our dinner table as was a gigantic fruit bowl. I have never seen my mum not seize the opportunity to indulge in some delicacy or enjoy sharing a wide variety of food with others and I have come to appreciate this healthy and very well-balanced approach in a world where the media bombard us with “shoulds” and “should nots” around food, which are often contradictory.
Secondly, “Your mind needs to be adequately fed, never stop learning.” My mother has an insatiable appetite for learning new things about the world, mainly in the fields of history, politics and literature. She always has a new obsession to share, whether it revolves around a particular author, historical figure or era, or a news story. She is the liveliest person I know and, in the last seven decades of her life, has yet to be caught at a loss for words.
And finally, “Cultural differences are enriching.” My mum always showed me that learning different languages, immersing yourself in different cultures and appreciating different viewpoints, opens your mind and creatively renders you more receptive to new ideas.
Being a mother is the most difficult, yet fulfilling, role any woman will ever take on, so whether it’s Mother’s Day where you are in the world or not next Sunday, don’t forget to take a moment to stop and appreciate the lady who brought you into the world. And, if you are a mother yourself, try to make time to stop and treat yourself – it can be a thankless job, with no instruction manual, but we can pretty much guarantee that you’re doing fantastically.
“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colours of a rainbow.” — Maya Angelou
“Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.” — Kate Winslet
“Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark; to have been loved so deeply will give us some protection forever.” — J.K. Rowling
“[When] you’re dying laughing because your three-year-old made a joke, it doesn’t matter what else is going on. That’s real happiness.” — Gwyneth Paltrow