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What Mom Never Taught Us: Skin Care Advice from the Truth in Aging Community

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May 4, 2016 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 0 Comments

Many of us in the Truth in Aging community are proactive in preventing future skin damage while trying to repair damage that has already been done. Yet, it's easy to think about how we could have cared for our skin differently decades ago.

In celebration of Mother's Day, we asked everyone in the TIA community what skin care advice they wish their mothers would have given them and what advice they would pass along to younger generations.
Do you have any invaluable skin care advice? Share it with us in the comments!

What skin care advice do you wish your mother (or mother figure) would have told you when you were younger?

“Always remove and cleanse your skin before going to bed, no matter what time and how tired you might be! ALWAYS wear sunscreen, whether it is sunny and hot, cold, overcast, rainy, or any combination of weather circumstances. Sun damage occurs no matter the temperature and weather. Application to your face and ANY exposed areas is important; adding sun-friendly clothing and a hat to your sunscreen--even better!”

- Jessica, late 50s

“Always use sunscreen and moisturizer”

- Gloria, 56

“Protect yourself from the sun.”

- Leslie, 62

“Stay out of the sun (we lived in South Florida, so I went to the beach weekly) and if you do go out into the sun use sunscreen, ALWAYS!”

- Karen, 50s

“Use a better sunblock than Ambre Soleil factor 2 when holidaying in Greece.”

- Sarah, 58

“My mother actually did give me good advice concerning skincare. When I was growing up, there was not nearly as much information available concerning ingredients, products and on-going research, as there is today. My mom told me to ALWAYS remove my make- up and wash my face before bed. At 92, her skin is still quite lovely, so her advice was accurate. Thanks, Mom! I wish she would've mentioned (or known) that products should be applied to the neck and upper chest; as well as the face. It didn't dawn on me to do this for a number of years, but better late than never!”

- Michele, 66

“Use sunscreen daily all year long!”

- Suzanne, 49

Stay out of the sun! And it's never too early to moisturize.”

- Karin, 60s

"It's never too early to begin a good skin care regimen. Start when you are young to enjoy your best skin all throughout your life."

- Mark

What is ONE piece of skin care wisdom you would pass on to younger generations?

“ALWAYS be aware of the sun--it helps to keep us healthy, but can also cause everything from skin problems to the worst--deadly cancer(s). Wear sunscreen EVERY day (face, arms, legs, potentially exposed areas-- in every weather condition AND dress to protect from the sun's harmful rays, summer and winter, rain or shine.”

- Jessica, late 50s

“Wear sunscreen!”

- Gloria, 56

“Never go to bed with your make-up on, regardless of how tired you may be!”

- Karen, 50s

“What you put in your body is as important as what you put on it. Buy organic. Avoid chemicals and pesticides in your food and in your beauty products. Never trust advertisements. Do your own research.”

- Sarah, 58

“Use a facial sunscreen, preferably 50 SPF at least, EVERY MORNING, on your face and neck. (And upper chest if it is not covered!) My dermatologist has a machine that can "see" sun damage. I'm happy to say that my skin has little sun damage because sunscreen is part of my daily morning skin regimen. Believe me, it makes a HUGE difference and as your skin ages, you will have less sagging,wrinkling, age spots, etc and that's a good thing! I would also make sure to protect your skin from the elements; which means changing products as the season changes; especially if you live in an area that has seasonal weather changes.”

- Michele, 66

“Wash your face at night and moisturize starting in your 20's. Find a regimen and stay with it.”

- Suzanne, 49

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