Sunday Spa Routine
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My Mom Taught Me to Be Picky about Skin Care—This is What I Use

I got it from my mama.

By: Maddy Lyon
Photography: Alec Kugler

This Mother’s Day, I wanted to say thank-you to my mom, who taught me my skin-care routine—and I swear I have better skin than I would otherwise because of it. She does not fool around with her arsenal; her medicine cabinet is filled with every beauty product imaginable, and the pretty bottles she keeps near the tub are basically their own interior decoration. And I pretty much follow suit. When I was thirteen, she told me it’s never too early for creams, and from that moment, braces and all, I have always taken my skin-care routine very seriously. Even one too many martinis won’t stop me from removing my makeup every single night, ladies—no excuses! See below for the skin-care routine that’s basically a straight-up copy of my mom’s, and it makes my skin look awesome.

Peckniff’s Gardenia and White Peach Bath Soak: Nothing screams spa to me more than soaking in a bathtub on a Sunday afternoon (with a glass of Merlot in hand), doused with my mom’s favorite soak. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t set foot in my bathtub in my post-war Lower East Side digs, so I often find myself running back to my parents' house just outside the city on the weekends for a quick bathtub oasis. (And of course to hug my mom.)

Oznaturals Vitamin C + Sea Hydration Mask: I love to smooth this on while I’m in the tub. I’ve never been a fan of the water-y sheet masks that seem to hang off my face, and I can’t stand that grainy texture or scary color of mud masks. Face masks always felt like a chore to me until this mask, with the perfect texture with the most satisfying results. Seriously. I feel so damn pretty when I take it off.

Fruit-infused spa water: There’s not enough time in the day to play around with detoxing lemonades and charcoal juices. I just stick to water and dress it up with some fresh herbs and fruits, like grapefruit and mint. There’s a reason why spas offer these types of infused waters: It’s hydrating and flushes toxins. Plus, spa water makes you feel so luxe.

Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap: This a back-to-basics cleanser that my mom always uses—no muss, no fuss, no perfumey smell. Just an easy soap that removes all of last night's makeup and dirt. It’s so creamy and leaves your skin feeling super soft.

Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action: Your moisturizer is what will be sitting on your skin for the remainder of the day or night, so it needs to be good. This lotion has SPF to protect against the sun and has this lifting effect I can actually see. It may be not as obvious as Botox, but certainly less invasive and gives that refreshed appearance. And you know what? Even with the SPF, we both swear by it for a night cream, too.

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails: I’ve taken these tasty gummies every day for years. They have the biotin that I swear gives me long nails and thick hair, and it tastes like candy, so it’s guaranteed I will never forget to take these bad boys.