My Mom Is 46 Years Older Than Me, But We Both Use These 10 Skincare Products


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My mom is no stranger to the Who What Wear scene. Of course, she's a member of my family, so it's a given that she has to put up with me talking about and testing beauty products 24/7, but since she has her own background and experience in beauty, trading secrets, application tips, and fave products with her is all the more fun. As I am a beauty editor, you'd think I'd be the one teaching her all of the things, but in reality, she's taught me some of my most treasured beauty secrets and has turned me on to some of my most beloved products. (Plop her in a drugstore aisle and she'll pull together an all-star ensemble of cheap makeup picks that will look expensive AF on your face.)

As someone who had years of experience in front of the camera while working at a television station before transitioning to the makeup scene by working as an artist for a major cosmetic line and beginning her own YouTube channel for women 40+, she's a font of amazing information and beauty intel (whether you're in an older age bracket or not!). So I frequently turn to her to lend a more age-inclusive angle to my stories. It's one thing for a product to be great on my 27-year-old complexion, but I hold all brands accountable for creating options that look amazing on all ages of skin. 


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So that's kind of what inspired this piece. Over the holidays, I spent about three full months in Arizona where my parents retired, and in that course of time, I recommended tons of different products to my mom. I'm consistently gifted more products than I can humanly try as part of my job, so to get a second opinion on new launches or just whenever my mom was in need of something new or extra special, I'd set a few things on her vanity for her to test-drive—some she loved and some she, well, didn't. Here, we're celebrating 10 skincare products that are so effective and fabulous that we both love, use, and recommend them despite the 46-year age difference in our skin. Below, I asked my mom to share some insight into why she loves each of the all-star formulas, and to round it all out, she's sharing a few makeup products she's fallen in love with since I turned her on to them as well. Keep scrolling! Ten skincare products that we love for all ages are just ahead. 

Our Top Skin Picks


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The Face Creams

The Serums & Treatments

The Eye Products

Mom's Top Makeup Picks


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Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.