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May, 8, 2015

Beauty Secrets Passed Down…

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With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend I’ve been reflecting a lot on the influence my sweet mom has been on me and how she has been one of my biggest inspirations in life. This Mother’s Day feels extra special and has really made me so much more appreciative of my own mom because just a few days ago I became a mother myself. I’m amazed at the love I have for my new little girl and I can’t believe I never understood just how deep a mother’s love for her child runs until now. It’s truly an indescribable love that is so overwhelming in the best way!

I’m so grateful for that love my mom always showed to me growing up. Beauty habits and advice and often passed down from mother to daughter and I remember at a young age my mom taught my sisters and I to embrace who we are and to follow our dreams with confidence – no matter how big or crazy they were!

Ever since I was a little girl both my mom and grandma taught me (and my sisters) the importance of a daily beauty/hygiene routine. My grandma Mary has the most beautiful skin (still!) and she’s 79 years old! I hope my skin looks half as good as hers when I’m that age. I can still remember playing with my sisters in her beauty drawer as little girls and both my mom and grandma would always stress the importance of washing our faces both day and night, and of refraining from touching our face. It seemed silly at the time, but growing up I never touched my face because I wanted pretty skin just like my mom and grandma. Now when anyone asks if I have any skincare secrets I always tell them to wash your face twice a day and NEVER touch your hands to your face!

Now that I’m a mother I look forward to teaching my daughter these same beauty secrets that have been passed down to me along with the importance of feeling beautiful inside and out! I would love to hear any beauty secrets your mother or grandmother passed down to you. Join the conversation by sharing your #BeautyStory to celebrate the real women who inspired it!

You can also watch the new Dove Beauty Stories: Four Generations Film that tells the story of one family’s beauty secrets and traditions they have passed down through the generations.

xo, Rach

Brought to you by Dove.

Photos by Lindsey Orton.

  1. Jeannie says:

    My mums secret to flawless skin, sleep and avoid the sun like the plague!

  2. Federica says:

    congrats on baby Isla Rose! Happy Mothers day!

  3. My Mother always told me not to touch my face too! Some other beauty secrets she shared were to find a good skincare routine and stick to it and the importance of moisturizing your neck. Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

    xoxo Nicole

  4. CS Gems says:

    Such gorgeous pictures! Congrats on your baby – Happy Mother’s Day!
    Carrie and Stacy
    CS Gems

  5. Congratulations on your baby girl. I hope you enjoy your first Mother’s Day!

  6. Sofia says:

    You mom is going to love it. Happy first Mother’s Day.

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  7. Beautiful post! I love Dove skincare!

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  8. Lyndsay says:

    I was always told never too touch my face as well. It’s definitely a good tip for keeping unnecessary dirt and oils off your face. Congratulations on becoming a mother! I hope you have a lovely first Mother’s Day!

    prosecco in the park

  9. Rach says:

    This video is so sweet!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy spending time with your mom and celebrating being a mom!

  10. Eden says:

    I agree about not touching your face with your hands, it’s so important. Have a wonderful first mother’s day :)

  11. Such beautiful pictures! My boyfriend and his entire family swear by Dove. I personally love using coconut oil as a bath wash, but Dove’s moisture bar is almost as great! Congrats on baby Isla! She’s beautiful!

  12. Rachel – Congratulations on your darling Isla. She’s a doll and makes the cutest “Cherrio O’s” with her little mouth! You’re going to absolutely love having a daughter. My daughter is 9, and we’re both total girly girls… over the years, it has been a blast dressing her up, playing dress up, shopping together, getting our nails done, etc… having a daughter is a precious jewel, and it truly is wonderful!…

    About your post, so nostalgic and great compliments to the women you’re close to. You should share a photo of your grandmother, after all the kind words you shared, would love to see her too! Hope you have a Happy 1st Mother’s Day! :o)

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  13. Shae says:

    Such a sweet post! I hope you have a wonderful first Mother’s Day!

    Shae @ Current Habits

  14. Ann-Louise says:

    Beautiful post! Love when you talk about more personal things!

  15. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Congratulations, being a Mother on this very special occasion coming up around the corner is a beautiful thing. It’s another great memory to cherish. :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  16. Mollie says:

    My mom always told me to never touch my face too! Happy first Mother’s day to you as well!

    xoxo Mollie

  17. Jamie says:

    Such a sweet post and great advice! Enjoy your first Mother’s Day this weekend :)


  18. I love this post! I’m one of four girls also and it’s always fun when you’re together and sharing stories about your mom and grandmas! Got to love a family of girls!


  19. Eleni says:

    Love this .. I have been carrying on the same tradition from my Grandmother and my Mother I only use Sensitive Skin Dove Soap to wash my face and Olay as a moisturizer and Ponds Cold Cream to remove any eye makeup .. I am always getting compliments on my skin from girls younger than me and yes I am almost 49 ..ugh lol .. and I always hold true to what generations before me used .. its simple and it works and my skin looks and feel great ..

  20. Tiffany says:

    Such great advice! My mom also tought me at a young age the importance of skincare and I’m so appreciative! xx

  21. Kate says:

    I love Dove soap, and have used it for years now! Its so gentle on the skin.


  22. What a lovely post! It’s so true that so much of the beauty routines we follow are from our mothers and grandmothers. Congratulations on your first mother’s day!

  23. sasa says:

    Great! Thanks for sharing:P

    Shall We Sasa

  24. Megan says:

    Such a lovely post! Congratulations of the beautiful baby girl! Enjoy this Mothers Day !


  25. Morgan says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful little girl! Advice and wise words from my mother is something I will always cherish! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your family!


  26. jenessa says:

    How sweet! love all the photos Rachel!

  27. Lindsey says:

    Congrats on your baby girl!!!!! She’s so precious and I’m happy for you and your family :) I hope you have a GREAT Mother’s Day!

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  28. Karen says:

    Such a sweet post! Thank you for sharing.
    And congratulations on your baby girl. God bless you and your little one, Rachel.

  29. Monika says:

    This was such a sweet read! I hope you’re truly enjoying motherhood and have the best mother’s day!


  30. Paige says:

    Loving this post! You’re so beautiful!


  31. Such a beautiful post Rachel! Love the tip of not touching your face throughout the day.. I am going to start doing that! My mother always taught me, less is more with makeup :) Happy first Mother’s Day!!

    xoxo from Miami, FL – Jessy

  32. Dominique says:

    Awe glad your baby girl finally came! My moms beauty secrets were the same and she looks great as well! Also trying to get as much rest as possible at night!

  33. Darien Yarborough says:

    What face wash do you use daily?

  34. Jillian says:

    There are so many things my mother and grandmothers have taught me. Never touching my face was one that I share with you too, it does seem silly but it’s a good tip. My Grandmother always told me to sleep on my back so as to avoid wrinkles :)

    Congratulations on your new little bundle. She is so sweet, and beautiful and I can tell she is very loved! From what I can tell, I think she looks like Drew :)

    xo, j

  35. Debbie says:

    My Mother raised me on dove and I still used it today. Iam 56 yrs old and I raise my daughter on Dove as well. My Mom has pass some 10yrs ago and cleanness she said was next to Godlessness,I’ll I have cancer for a year now and Dove is still on my house..

  36. Carly says:

    Such a beautiful post!
    Congrats on the baby girl!
    Dresses & Denim

  37. Riv says:

    as a mom I get exactly what you’re talking about!
    Great tips and congrats on becoming a mama!! xx

  38. These are some great advice, moms always know it best! ;)

  39. Laura Yazdi says:

    Moms always have the best beauty secrets don’t they?

    Laura Lily

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  40. kaila says:

    Congrats on your beautiful bundle of joy!

  41. beth says:

    love all these pictures.


  42. Rachel Ang says:

    Such a sweet post! My mum always tell me to never pop my pimples!!! :P

    Rachel xx

  43. I wish I had known earlier on to not touch my face, that is so so important!

    xo Kristen

  44. Rose Frey says:

    Loved reading this post! It’s so true- when we become mothers, we can fully appreciate everything our Mom has done for us. I’m just like you, Rach, I never touch my face! It makes all the difference. My Mom taught me a very simple routine to always cleanse and mositurize. I actually got the chance to teach my Mom when I began working in the cosmetic industry at a very young age. I always admired my Mom’s gorgeous skin. Even after she had cancer, her skin was still so beautiful. I miss her so much but will always treasure her advice and love. Beautiful post, Rach!!!

  45. Leanne says:

    Beautiful time, Rach. Happy Mother’s Day!

  46. Natasha says:

    What a special mother’s day this must be for you! Such gorgeous pictures and congratulations on your beautiful baby!

  47. adrienne says:

    I love Dove! That is all I use! I’ve tried using other things, but It’s just never the same.

  48. Pam says:

    These pictures are beautiful! Hope you’re having a great time with your gorgeous daughter!


  49. Sara Kate says:

    Such good, classic recommendations! Congratulations times a million on your new baby girl!

    Sara Kate Styling

  50. yael steren says:

    My mom definitely taught me the importance of taking care of my skin at a young age as well!! So every night I always remove my makeup no matter how tired I am and I definitely think it has made a difference as people always think that I’m younger than I really am!! Preventive care is so important with your skin!! xoxo yael

  51. Hayley says:

    Dove’s soap is amazing! So soft on the skin. xx, Hayley

  52. I love those vintage photos of your family – so beautiful!! Plus congratulations on your gorgeous baby girl, she’s stunning!

  53. Carrie says:

    Congrats to your Baby Girl

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  54. Emi says:

    Congratulations on your lovely baby girl! Thank you for sharing your story!!

  55. Lindsey says:

    So happy you shared this!!! Don’t feel hesitate to share real life situations, makes your readers love you more! Congrats on your baby girl and trust you’re not the first preggo lady to pee pants!!!

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