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The Mother’s Day Gifts I’m Giving My Beauty-Addicted Mom

The author and her mother. Photo: Rio Viera-Newton

This Sunday marks the single most important annual holiday you definitely almost forgot about: Mother’s Day. Though Mother’s Day sends me into a stressful shopping frenzy every single year, there are few things I love more than seeing my mother enjoy the gifts I got her months after the day has passed. (I recently caught her diligently quartz-rolling her face in the mirror and actually welled up.)

If, like mine, your mom is meticulous with her beauty routine but perhaps not the most up to speed on the latest and greatest beauty must-haves, I’m here to help. Here are the products I want to add to my mom’s hydrating, anti-aging beauty arsenal. As usual, my Mother’s Day gifts tend to lean on the pricey side, but to be honest there’s no one that I’d rather spend my hard-earned money on. And yes, all the products below are cruelty-free — I’m sticking to my pact!

Davines The Renaissance Circle

I recently wrote about how much I love this product for taming my own bleached, frizzy locks. If your mom, like mine, fusses over her hair, this is a great product for her. Not only does it work wonders on smoothing out flyaways, but the packaging is beautiful and super-convenient. This is exactly the kind of thing my mom would love to throw in her toiletry bag when she’s going abroad to visit her mom.

Goop G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush

I used to be pretty skeptical of dry brushes (if used before or after showering, they supposedly help “detoxify the body” by “promoting circulation and lymphatic flow and drainage” — whatever that means). But then I was gifted one last Christmas, and kind of fell in love with it! I didn’t notice any difference in my … lymphatic flow … but it did a great job exfoliating dead skin, without any irritation. Plus, you can tell her that Gwyneth is a fan.

KNC Beauty All-Natural Retinol Infused Eye Mask

Not only are these eye masks completely and totally adorable, they’re also infused with the anti-aging wonder product retinol (plus hyaluronic acid and aloe vera) for hydrating and soothing tired or dry eyes. Tell your mom to leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Sun Drops sure are pricey, but I’ve tried a sample of this product and they’re undeniably amazing. The product has SPF 50 to protect your skin from UV rays, and incorporates vitamin E and cassine extract, both of which support cell regeneration. This product protects the skin while making your complexion look glowy, radiant, and bright. This is a great serum-slash-sunscreen she will love using every single day of the year.

DiptyqueBaies / Berries Scented Oval

These hanging ovals are everything! I have them myself, and love hanging them with my clothes so that they smell fresh and rosy, even when they’ve been hanging in the back of my closet for months. If your mom already likes diptyque candles or just generally loves smelling nice, these are a phenomenal, totally perfect gift.

Slip Silk Sleepmask

Silk sleeping masks are the ultimate anti-aging hero. Unlike cotton, silk masks won’t leave marks, or pull or tug on her skin (motions that, by the way, can lead to wrinkles). They also feel amazing and smooth when on, making sleep feel even more luxurious.

Circumference Pure Balancing Botanical Face Oil

I love this brand Circumference — all their products are formulated with sustainably sourced, nontoxic ingredients. This face oil has been one of my favorites for some time — it’s infused with a cocktail of potent antioxidants that deeply hydrate, nourish, and refresh the skin. Whenever I’m struggling with ultradry or irritated skin, this oil is a lifesaver. It’s also beautifully packaged and smells divine. Your mom will love.

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The Mother’s Day Gifts I’m Giving My Beauty-Addicted Mom