The older and wiser generation– our moms, mothers in law, aunts and their friends– have been around the block a few more times than we have. And even though technology moves forward and new products are available every day, there are some tried and true gems the wiser generation insist are the best! We asked this wise group of women what their go-to beauty products were and they were more than happy to share!
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In a sea of beauty products, it’s difficult to even know where to begin. I’m all about the retinol creams and vitamin c serums, but there are some basics that continue to deliver.
My mom has always had beautiful skin. Pond’s was a staple. Same with my husband’s grandmother and she was a beauty, too. They also stayed out of the sun. I wish I had done the same. Pond’s was introduced in the late 1800s if you can believe that!
My mother-in-law and her twin sister have friends who are loyal Noxzema users. They have used it for years and have beautiful skin. They probably avoided the sun, too…
Love, love Jergens lotion, especially the original scent. Introduced in 1901, my mom uses it, I use it, my girls use it, my aunt uses it. It’s inexpensive, moisturizing and smells good!
Introduced in 1957, many of the women we consulted are Dove soap users. While shower wash is popular, if you’re looking for a good, old-fashioned bar of soap, consider Dove!
Cover Girl was founded in 1961. While this is a newer product, my mother-in-law and her sister love this tinted moisturizer and appreciate the SPF because they often walk outside.
Chanel No. 5 has a special place in my heart. I remember when my parents would go out on a Saturday night and my mom smelled so good. It was Chanel No. 5 and I now wear it. I love the body lotion because it isn’t too strong and a little goes a long way. My daughters both put it on their gift lists, which makes me so happy to know three generations love it and wear it. Created in 1921, it’s the best-selling perfume in the world.
Originally a product for women, Old Spice for men was introduced in 1938. My father-in-law uses Old Spice products and I remember my dad using them years ago. My nephew now uses it, too. They’ve mixed it up over the years and my nephew likes the Swagger scent.
Lagerfeld fragrance for men was introduced in the 1970s. It was a hip and cool step up from the drugstore fragrances and my dad wore it. I love the scent and again, it’s nostalgic because it reminds me of my dad. My brother still uses it.
Established in 1920, Barbasol is still going strong. My grandfather, my father-in-law, my husband… many men I know use it. And while I’ve tried the shaving gel and creams, my lazy self usually uses Barbasol for my legs because it’s always in the shower.
Despite advances in technology and new product innovation, there are so many products that have stood the test of time. Plus having some of these products around infuses a little bit of the past, maybe our childhood, into present day.
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