7 Skincare Products We Love That Are Perfect for Moms


Before I hit my mid-30s, I barely paid any attention to my skin. I didn’t use eye creams, I wasn’t loyal to any specific face wash. I just went for cheap and cheerful for the most part.

Now, the older I get (and I wouldn’t say I’m old), the more in love I am with fancy, good-quality skincare. I may skimp in some areas in my life, but I’ve decided that my skin is worth good products. And while I certainly don’t buy all these products regularly, when I can, I invest in one or two of them so I have a regular rotation of good quality products to treat my face to.

One of the benefits of knowing some fashion and beauty editors is having them tell me what I should be slathering my skin with—and getting advice on brands and products to try. Here are a few I’m currently in love with.

Dermalogica Calm Water Gel

$70 | available here

This product has been the ultimate game-changer for me. I love Dermalogica, and the calm water gel is perfection for my sensitive skin. It’s essentially a weightless water-gel moisturizer, and it hydrates my face while soothing the redness I tend to get. I don’t think anything else has made my skin feel softer or smoother.

Drunk Elephant ‘The Littles’ Kit

$118 | available here

I instantly fell in love with Drunk Elephant products when I first started trying them. I think it’s safe to say that almost all of their stuff is amazing. The thing is, it’s also pretty expensive. So—if you want to test out their skincare without investing too much into something you aren’t sure you’ll love, you might want to try out their “The Littles” Kit. It includes small versions of their cleanser, serums, facial oil, moisturizer, and eye serum.

The Ordinary’s Niacinamide

$5.90 | available here

Yes, that says $6 for a bottle of this stuff. At times, I can have red, blotchy and sometimes bumpy skin—and Niacinamide is essentially Vitamin B3 that’s used to reduce blemishes. So, I decided to give it a try. There are some slightly lengthy descriptions about when and how to use this on their site, so be sure to always follow all the rules and instructions. (It can affect the integrity of Vitamin C, for example, if you’re using that in a serum). But I love this and use it almost daily.

The Ordinary’s 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

$7.90 | available here

Squalane is a product I had never heard of before but recently learned that it’s something that’s found naturally in the skin. Apparently, the amount your body produces decreases over time (as you age), which can leave skin dry and vulnerable. I was told it’s good stuff, so I gave this a try and, again, I love it. It’s essentially a hydrating oil. I tend to have very dry skin in the winter, so this stuff is amazing for that.  It can even be applied to hair to add shine and reduce breakage.

Indigena Skincare Rose Petal Eye Cream

$65 | available here

Eye creams are one of those things that I’m not totally sure about. I find it’s hard to see a huge improvement—especially when you’re a mom who isn’t sleeping all that well. (Does anything get rid of dark circles, really?) However, I love the way this eye cream feels. It’s cooling and soothing, as well as creamy. It feels really soft going on and it’s not heavy at all. Plus, this is made in Newfoundland. A gem of a find for all of us Canadians!

Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Defense Serum 

$110 | available here

This serum is pricey, but it might be my most current favourite. It’s an oil-free face serum that reduces adult acne (a cruel and unusual punishment to go along with old age) and improves visible signs of aging at the same time. Which? Yes, sign me up. I want to go to there.

Beauty Counter Charcoal Cleansing Bar

$32 | available here

This one is for all of us who want a really great squeaky-clean cleanser. (Me!) I’m always, always on the hunt for a good cleanser. I like that this one is detoxifying and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out.

These are just a few of my favourites, and I’ve mentioned them because I truly have seen a difference in my skin since trying them. But I do realize they’re an investment and not always an option for everyone. If you can treat yourself, I think it’s worth it.




  1. Susan Ewing on May 8, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Sadly, the likely source of squalane is shark liver. Shark populations are dwindling due to massive global overfishing, in part to meet the demand of the cosmetics industry. Sharkwater is a great documentary to watch to find out more. And, here’s an excellent link to find out more: https://usa.oceana.org/shark-squalene
    We should all do our part to find out what’s really in our cosmetics.
    I do appreciate reading SavvyMom, and I hope you’ll take this issue seriously when promoting cosmetics. Sharks are an apex predator and hugely important to our ocean health as they play a key role in the ocean ecosystem.

  2. Miki Nyckel on February 23, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    This squalane (not squalene) serum is plant based, as are most products now. It is not from a shark’s liver.

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