Do you heed your mom’s beauty advice?

Yesterday, as I was walking under the hot afternoon sun, I suddenly remembered that my mom used to make me wear a hat when I was walking to and back from my primary school. I did wear it initially but I got too self conscious later and became too embarrassed to be seen in it. Then when I went to my secondary school, she tried making me carry an umbrella, but without much avail. In fact, she used to say I’ll live to regret for not heeding her advice and she was right. I wish I had taken her advice and used my hat and umbrella diligently. Those were such wise words but I chose to turn a deaf ear to them and now, it’s all too late.

Mom on skincare
My mom is almost 80 years old now; she wasn’t into skin care so much when she was younger but there were certain things she used to preach to me. Going out under the blazing hot sun and not using any form of sun protection was something she was particularly against. Other than that, she also influenced me into using some of her products and one of these was Hazeline Snow Moisturizing cream. I can still remember the smell but I can’t remember now if it was great for my skin. Mom used Oil of Ulay (now known as Olay) too but somehow, I was never sold on that product.

Mom on well being
Besides skin care, my mom also made me take Pai Feng Wan, a Chinese pill that help to strengthen the blood and is considered good for women. The pill is much easier to ingest today but many years ago, it resembled those antidotes often seen in Chinese sword fighting dramas and was one big black ball of bitter pill that was horrible to the taste. Many a times, I wanted to throw the pill away but my mom was not to be fooled; to ensure that I really ate it, she would make me swallow the bitter pill in front of her. As I’m writing about this now, I can distinctly remember the agony I went through and the hatred I developed for that awful black ball that I had to eat every month. However, I am now thankful for the efforts she put in because it did help to improve my general well being over the years.

Mom on fashion
My choice of color for my clothes is also greatly affected by my mom. She used to tell me that black is a color for mourning and I wasn’t allowed to wear it. So over the years, I grew an aversion to the color and would shun wearing all-black outfits.

Mom and her influence
So my question to you is, do you or did you heed your mom’s beauty advice? What kind of advice does or did she give you? And are you more likely to use a beauty product because your mom has recommended it? Are you also affected by your mom’s fashion choices?

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  1. flym says:

    Like yourself, I was advised to stay out of the sun. Of course in my reckless teens, not only did i not heed her advice, I did the exact opposite. All that sun tanning! If I had listened, my skin would have less photo damage ?

  2. pf1123 says:

    She doesn’t do skin care. Period. So, I had to struggle by myself when I was younger and had acne.

    Yeah. I do have some influence from my mom. She thinks its troublesome to wear skirts for girls, so she didn’t allow me to wear. So, for a long time as a little girl, I don’t wear skirts or dresses. Which I rectified as I grew older.

    She also had a lot of opinions on my dressing. No matter what I wear doesn’t look nice. I know I’m a big size girl. So, there is a limit to how nice I can look in any clothes. As long as I am comfortable and like the clothes I wear, its fine. I don’t care about her comments. She always think I spend too much money on clothes. Going with her is such a turn off that I would go back empty handed. So, I avoid going shopping with her.

  3. ktee says:

    My mom always remind me to take good care of myself be it internally or otherwise. She stresses more on internal health though..which i have been greatly influenced till today. As for fashion, we cant seem to see eye to eye possibly due to generation gap..ha.. However, like you, i heed her advice of staying clear of all black attire especially at family gatherings.

  4. Reese says:

    Aaaah, I remember slathering my face with Hazeline snow. Well, I used to get period pain before secondary school, mum told me to go without ice water while taking bai feng pills, I actually did for two whole years. No more period pains since then till now even if sometimes I drink ice water. Now, I prefer warm water even sometimes when its hot.

  5. kiwi says:

    The hazeline snow was introduced to me and sworn by by my grandmother. I don’t use it now because of the fragrance which might trigger off my allergy. Otherwise, my grandma swears by it.

  6. Aggie says:

    My mom always warned me about falling asleep with my makeup on, which is some of the best advice she’s ever given me lol. She’s always trying to get me to use new products (she’s a bit of a product junkie). Has anyone heard of/used Arganica? She’s raving about it. did a pretty legit review about it here:

  7. fwy says:

    My mum tried on makeup & skincare when she was young but end up being allergic to it. Unlike me, who will keep on trying until I find something that would suits my skin, my mum just gave up. However, she would relate to me what kind of Chinese herbs to brew or take for different women’s problem.

  8. BT says:

    As a kid, I just followed whatever skin care product that my mom had recomended to me to such as lightening suff for my freckles, after all she wanted was to help me to look good. Now, I think I am the beauty adviser of my mom. (“b)

  9. Kira says:

    I remember Hazeline Snow! My mom used that too when I was a kid. My mom taught me well about sun protection, using sunblock, umbrellas and staying in the shade.

    I think ultimately Moms know best of course!

  10. pf1123 says:

    Its really freaky. The picture on the post looks like a few pieces of jackfruit on a bunch of hair. Eeek!

  11. pf1123 says:

    Sorry, didn’t mean to be rude. ?

  12. Rennie says:

    My mom had been blessed with beautiful skin every since she was little. She does little to maintain it besides the average drugstore moisturizer which she uses on and off and still maintain that smooth, radiant skin. Because of this, I have not received any beauty tips besides that of eating tons of fruits for good skin. Now, only I am blessed as she has…

  13. hana says:

    my mom constantly nags at me for sleeping late as it’s not good for both my skin and liver. and she also advices me not to drink too much water as it’ll overwork the kidneys.

  14. joy says:

    haha this is nostalgic#k8SjZc9Dxk#k8SjZc9Dxk I was very fair when I was young bcos my mum believe in making me a gal white like snow white, so she never let me walk under the sun or even swim. She will make me apply that hazeline when she saw any part of my face was tanned, so I was the fairest in my class but I should listen to her cos noe I have uneven patches on my face due to my laziness.. I was grateful to her when I was having my chicken boxs….for 2 whole weeks my mum kept me in strict diet like not to have dark soya sauce, prawn, not to scratch and so on…not I do not have much scars and thanks to her. This made me remember the good old days when she packed my lunch…I remembered that sushi was one of the menu…though a bit shy to tell her I remembered these love she had shown to me…><:

  15. sesame says:

    Folly from our teen rebellion past. *sigh* I’m regretting big time too.

  16. sesame says:

    She didn’t allow you to wear skirts? That’s quite strange. Probably being protective?

    I had issues with my mom too when I was staying with her. She would criticize my choice of clothes, my hairstyle and what nots. But as a whole, she took good care of my health so I am very thankful to her. She was quite upset when I lost weight these two years.

  17. sesame says:

    So we all seem to have the same issue on fashion choices due to generation gap.

  18. sesame says:

    Ya, I think Pai Feng Wan was good in regulating the flow of my period. My mom made me eat it after I got married but I stopped…no one to watch over me. Heheh.

    I hardly drink cold water too…must be my mom’s influence too!

  19. sesame says:

    The scent is strong! I don’t like it too.

  20. sesame says:

    Your mom is a product junkie? That’s interesting and fun isn’t it? Never heard of Arganica though.

  21. sesame says:

    Ya, I think most moms are more particular about health. I look to my mom for health advices too. But I wish she was stronger herself. In fact, she attributed it to not having the chance to take good care of herself when she was younger. So she’s always telling me to take care.

  22. sesame says:

    Haha…that’s good. I buy skin care and makeup for my mom too.

  23. sesame says:

    My mom never talked about sunblock cos it was not something that was relevant then but yeah, not to go under the hot sun. I should have listened!

  24. sesame says:

    Haha…I didn’t know they resemble jackfruit. But were you able to tell they’re birds?

  25. sesame says:

    Wow, your mom is lucky. It’s probably the genes. But who knows…maybe you’ll have her good skin later. ?

  26. sesame says:

    Oh that’s a very good advice! Must heed!

  27. sesame says:

    Sushi for pack lunch? Wow, your mom definitely love you a lot! Lucky gal! And I remember about the taboos during the time I had chicken pox too. My mom too controlled what I ate so it definitely helped. She was also quite particular about what I drank after I delivered my boy. To me, that was her way of showing her love.

  28. sesame says:

    No worries…but looking at it now, ya, it’s a bit scary looking.

  29. N. says:

    Funny. I’m not too affected of my mom’s fashion and my mom dosen’t care for beauty tips so that either.
    She did make me walk with an umbrella when I was younger. But that’s all.

  30. An says:

    aww…I loved the article :)….I never listened what my mum said, and yes I feel not eating well during your teens does affect your hormones as that age is considered as your growin age. I do believe eating well is the first step of being healthy n beautiful, it brings your beauty inside out.

  31. An says:

    oh forgot to ask, plz would u be able to write an article about looking after delivering a child—like what to eat and what not to so as to get good health as well as good skin :), tnx ?

  32. pf1123 says:

    On 2nd thought, she didn’t disallow me to wear skirts. She just don’t dress me in skirts. Just her own preference I guess. She hardly wear skirts too.

  33. pf1123 says:

    Only after a 2nd or 3rd look. ?

  34. sesame says:

    That’s good too as you wouldn’t have your mom nagging at you. It was so difficult to shop for clothes sometimes.

  35. sesame says:

    You’re right! Eating well is important…in fact, I think that’s the most important.

  36. sesame says:

    Hmm…let me think about this but no promises. It’s been too long for me…

  37. An says:

    haha no worries, take your time ?

  38. yay says:

    believe it or not i never get any beauty advice from my mom growing up. It’s the other way around for me. I’m the one who telling how pls put on some sunscreen when u go out & buying her beauty products. lol.

  39. Delcie says:

    I have been following your blog for a while and felt a connection immediately when I read about your embarrassed moments in school. I was forced to wear big thick glasses during my primary school and I thought that was the most hideously looking thing to be put on a girl. But look at today’s girls in the streets! They are wearing all those black and big frames over their face like a fashion statement. Guess, my mother could predict the future fashion. Haha!

    Anyway, she had passed on and I could no longer share makeup, shoes, clothes and beauty products with her. She used to do facial on me, helping me with my pimples problem, frizzy hair and guide me through my “tom-boy” period. We used to go shopping together and we would talk about the latest beauty products on “Nu Ren Wo Jui Da” taiwan program. She was a sister to me and really look like my sister too! My friends always compliment her for her never aging looks until she fall sick.

    Anyways, she was the one that introduced me to sunblocks and organic food which eventually inspired me to start my own organic bakery, Without her, there won’t be me today. ?

  40. sesame says:

    Haha…that’s interesting! But it’s good too cos you probably read more about skin care and can give her the right advice.

  41. sesame says:

    Oh that’s such a sweet relationship…your mom was like a best friend to you too I’m sure. And it’s awesome you have your own organic bakery because of her inspiration. She must have been proud of you and happy you took her good advices.

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