The age old, tried and tested beauty secrets we learnt from our mothers

The mothers of our generation were great at many things. The stereotypical things like cooking, cleaning, teaching and sewing are all there, they were often great role models too and they were particularly good at knowing little beauty shortcuts.

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If you had a problem, you could almost guarantee that Mum had a solution. Albeit a little unconventional and not at all like the ones we have today! We called out during the week and asked for your favourite beauty secrets as shared by your mothers.

Take a look here and tell us, can you add to the list?

  1. It isn’t vanity to make the best of yourself – looking good is important!
  2. Use egg whites to make a smooth, light face mask.
  3. Get nail polish off using lemon juice.
  4. Never use soap on the face. Use hot water instead – it’s better for the skin!
  5. Make sure you are always clean! Shower, wear deodorant, clean your teeth and always wear clean undies.
  6. Place a cold, wet, teabag on a breakout to reduce the redness.
  7. If you don’t feel good, just cleanse your face, moisturise, put on a fresh coat of lipstick and brush your hair.
  8. Brush your teeth with some baking soda and lemon juice to whiten them!
  9. Less is best when it comes to big colour!
  10. Use rosewater instead of oil based moisturisers to prevent oily skin.
  11. Sugar and water make a great hairspray replacement.
  12. A smile is the best way to look pretty!
  13. Set nail polish by dunking fingers in icy cold water
  14. Never forget about your neck – cleanse and moisturise like you would your face!
  15. Dedicate one night a week to looking after yourself – take one or two hours out and make yourself feel wonderful.
  16. Never over-tweeze eyebrows! Thin eyebrows age the face.
  17. Moisturiser is an investment – but go as natural as possible.
  18. Sit up straight and you’ll look better than you ever could.


So there you have it – the beauty secrets that we’ve been taught by our mothers! Add more to the list by sharing them in the comments below…