I’m a Mum. As much as I love my kids I know that it’s not often that they make me feel more relaxed and reduce the amount of wrinkles I have. But today I’m giving you all you need to know to give a little bit back to your Mum and maybe make up for a couple of wrinkles you added during your teen years.
This year for Mother’s Day show a little appreciation for everything she’s done (and does).
Give your Mum a Facial
At home, DIY facials are an easy and special way to pamper your Mum on Mother’s Day. You may not have all the equipment of her favourite salon but that doesn’t matter. The idea is to make her feel relaxed and special.
My 10 year old daughter and I made this video so you can see just how easy it is to do.
Set up her Day Spa
Take your cues from some of the beautiful sanctuaries you’ve seen or visited. A beautiful bunch of fresh flowers, or a living plant, a clean, calm room (no messy junk rooms please!) with some soothing music playing. Consider what type of music your mum loves. Traditionally, classical or ambient music gets played in these scenarios but if she’s a rock goddess there’s no harm in playing her favourite ACDC tune in the background. It’s about showing her that you know and love her for who she is!
Set up a place where you can sit by her head, perhaps a comfy sofa or sideways across her bed.
I strongly suggest you try this with a salon-quality organic beauty brand - Nivea is not going to cut it this time.
Gather a cleanser, exfoliator, face mask, activating lotion, serum and moisturiser (or gift them to her for an even more luxurious treat). You’ll need a bowl of warm water, some facial cloths, cotton rounds and small towels.
To make sure she’s as comfortable as possible you might also want some pillows, cushions and blankets.
How to Start
Invite your Mum to lie down and make herself comfortable using the pillows and blankets to make sure she’s warm and supported. It’s a good idea to put a pillow under her knees especially if she has back problems.
Once she’s settled wet your hands in the bowl of water and put a small amount of cleanser in the palm of your hand. Gently rub your palms together and apply the cleanser to your Mum’s face.
If you need more water to help the cleanser smooth on, just dip your hand in the water bowl again. Gently cover her whole face (avoiding the eye area) with cleanser using smooth, fluid strokes and massage for 2 - 3 minutes.
Now is a good time to apply a warm damp towel to help the cleanser do it’s job. Drape it in a circle around her face, leaving a breathing hole around her nose. Leave for up to 5 minutes (side note: its a good idea to tell Mum what’s going on as you go through the facial. You don’t need a running commentary but a bit of warning before you put a hot towel on her face might avoid Mother/Daughter tensions later!)
After 5 minutes start removing the cleanser in long upward strokes. Use a warm, damp face cloth. Avoid the eye area and try not to pull the skin - just nice gentle relaxing movements. Switch to damp cotton rounds to swipe lightly and gently across the eyes, moving from the nose outwards. Remove any last trace of cleanser.
Apply the exfoliator gently in circular motions, avoiding her eye area. I recommend a fruit acid exfoliator that doesn't have grainy bits as it’s a lot more pleasant to work with and comfortable for Mum.
Put a small amount of exfoliator onto a cotton round and gently wipe over her face. Again, avoid the eye area.
After 1 minute wash off all traces of exfoliant with a damp cloth or round.
3. Face Mask
Now Mum’s skin is clean and ready for the next stage - a Face Mask.
Depending on your Mum’s skin type she might need a clay based mask (to remove impurities and give a deep clean) or a cream based mask (to plump and smooth the skin by putting vital nutrients in)
You can apply the mask you’ve chosen with your fingers or with a flat brush. Apply a generous layer all over the face (you guessed it, avoiding the eyes). Leave on for 10 minutes. This can be a good time to paint Mum’s nails or let her rest with a good magazine. Despite what you’ve seen in movies, cucumbers are optional!
After 10 minutes gently remove the face mask by using a cotton cloth to wash is off with warm water. (Refill your water bowl at each stage with fresh warm water.)
4. Activating Lotion
This stage puts even more nutrients into Mum’s skin and prepares it to receive the benefits of the moisturiser. Choose the best Activating Lotion for Mum’s skin (Softening or Balancing) and dampen a cotton pad and gently wipe over Mum’s face.
5. Serum or Concentrate
At this stage Mum’s skin is ready to soak up all the goodness we can give her. A serum or concentrate is a great way to give a super boost of nutrients. Think of it like a vitamin table for the skin. A serum or concentrate usually focusses on improving a specific problems, so choose one based on her main area of concern - fine lines 7 wrinles, sagging or dull skin.
One small drop is usually enough. Gently spread it over her face and let is absorb.
Use Mum’s favourite moisturiser and apply a thin layer all over her face. If she doesn’t have a favourite (or she’s still using a supermarket brand) get her a high quality, organic moisturiser. My favourite at the moment is Naturalmente’s Lifting Cream. Great for anyone over 30.
7. And finally, Eye Cream
Now you can finally apply something to Mum’s eye area!
Gently use your ring finger to dab a tiny amount of eye cream all around Mum’s eye area. Something like the Breathe Timeless Eye Mask is great because you can use it as an eye mask as well as a daily eye cream.
You’re finished. But don’t forget to tell Mum how much you appreciate her!
If your Mum isn’t the sort who’d appreciate a facial what about these ideas:
- Paint her nails
- Help her finish a project
- Go for a walk and chat
- Window shopping (or real shopping) in her favourite boutique shopping area
What about if you’re the Mum?
If you’re a Mum and you’d like to experience a facial on Mother’s Day why not get your kids on board? Lexie & I had a great time and she a did a fantastic job. My skin felt amazing afterwards!
If your kids are too young (or you don’t think it would be very relaxing😏) try taking turns with your best friend or sister to give each other a facial. Who knows, it might become more than a once a year Mother’s Day treat!
And if all else fails you can absolutely use this guide to give yourself a facial…because all Mum’s know that sometimes we just want a little peace and quiet for Mother’s Day.
Happy Mother’s Day!