Mature Skincare Routine

I have to start this post by saying a huge thank you to my mom! For years I’ve gotten requests for her to share some beauty posts from her skincare routine to her makeup. I wanted to start with her skincare routine because my mom is 54 and had never even had a facial up until last month! She’s truly lived by rules of good skincare along with lots of water and staying out of the sun. I asked if she would take these photos with no makeup and she obliged. But she compromised by wearing her eye makeup and lipstick. She jokes, “God gave me eyelids to put shadow on!

I seriously think she looks incredible! And to think she has RA and went through Methrotrexate for a year, I’m blown away. She is constantly preaching about the importance of moisture. As you can see in these photos, [Carmen the photographer didn’t even retouch them- she only adjusted the white balance so these are bright for you!] my mom has no pigmentation issues or texture issues! She truly glows!

I asked her to share her top five tips for skincare and her routine below and here is what she has to say.

1. You must stay out of the sun! The sun will dehydrate your skin and damage it. While at the beach double up on sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat. Wear sunscreen under your makeup each and every day.

[I asked her if she had a daily sunscreen she recommended and she says she switches it up a lot and gets sunscreen from her dermatologist.]

2. Consistency is key for a regimen. As a teenager you would break out, I’d buy you something and then you’d freak out after a week it didn’t work. But did you do your routine every day for both morning and night? No. Products don’t work unless you do, and always give a line 6 weeks. Your skin takes a good six weeks to show results. Stop jumping around with your products, use them consistently and you’ll reap the rewards.

3. Water, water and more water. I drink at least 64 ounces of water a day and then I drink tea both morning and night before my coffee. I do have a Diet Coke during the week but there are far worse things I could do.

4. You constantly should be moisturizing. Everyone is so afraid of moisturizer and that’s how your neck turns “crepe-y.” [I asked her to define crepe-y and she said, you know what I mean! lol] Keep hand lotion in your car or purse at all times, too. Also keep sunscreen in your car to put on your hands before you drive.

5. In my life, stress has always been the number one factor to affect my health, my sleep and my skin. Take the time to find things that de-stress you. I diffuse essential oils in my room before bed and I love to read. I also have a lot of quiet time and that helps. Don’t burn the candle at both ends and as a mom don’t feel guilty taking care of yourself. I’ve always had a standing 3-week nail appointment. When I was a teacher and you and your sister were younger, I always felt guilty about taking time for myself. I’d be working and then running you both back and forth to dance, so I’d get my nails done on Friday nights. I felt bad even doing that but I gave of myself all week to my students, my children, my family and our home. I had to have my “me-time.” Some call that high maintenance, but I call it being wise enough to know your worth. Give to yourself to you can give to others.

My Mom’s Skincare Routine

1. TULA Purifying Wash

2. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic {like a toner, but not drying}

3. Colleen Rothschild Intense Hydrating Mask

4. Colleen Rothschild Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum

5. TULA Illuminating Serum

6. TULA Multi Spectrum Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment

7. Colleen Rothschild Dual Enzyme Polish

8. L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil

9. L’Occitane Divine Eye Balm

10. L’Occitane Divine Cream Moisturizer

Order of Skincare


TULA Face Wash, Bobbi Brown Face Tonic, CR Acid Radiance SerumL’Occitane Eye Balm, TULA Illuminating Serum, L’Occitane Moisturizer, Sunscreen

The CR Acid Radiance Serum isn’t like a traditional serum which is why my mom follows up with the TULA Illuminating Serum. The CR Serum promotes cellular turnover and is made of AHA and mandelic acid. This focuses on exfoliating while the TULA serum focuses on moisture and skin tone.


{If she showered in the morning, she’ll remove makeup with a makeup wipe then start this process.}

TULA Face Wash, Bobbi Brown Face Tonic, CR Acid Radiance Serum, L’Occitane Eye Balm, L’Occitane Oil, L’Occitane Moisturizer + treatment 3x a week.


3x a week she will do a treatment before her serums followed by moisturizers.

One night a week she uses the CR Dual Enzyme Polish. She does this after she washes her face with TULA then continues her products as usual. She says when she uses this she skips using the CR serum. This is to exfoliate dead skin which helps prevent wrinkles. My mom has never really gotten into using a Clarisonic as this is how she prefers to exfoliate.

One night a week after she uses her L’Occitane Oil she uses the CR Intense Hydrating Mask and sleeps in it. This is to help retain moisturer in her skin.

One night a week after her Eye Cream she sleeps in the TULA Multi Spectrum Overnight Treatment. This is her anti-aging treatment and she attributes having firmer skin to using this. If you are pregnant I don’t recommend using this product.

Discount Codes:

My code for TULA is still in effect and is code: KATEY for 20% off at checkout.

My code for Colleen Rothschild is in effect until next Friday and it is COF20 for 20% off all full-priced items.

I hope this helps for those of you that have requested this post! Give her some love as I think she was a huge sport for not only sharing her routine but taking the time to do this shoot! I appreciate it so much and hope that she will want to do more posts on COF in the future!

Images by Carmen Evans

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  1. She looks amazing! Wow!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  2. Erika wrote:

    What a great idea for a post! Your mom is stunning and you and Maxi are so lucky to have such a lovely and wise woman in your lives. I may have to write that quote “Some may call that high maintenance, but I call it being wise enough to know your worth” down and use it from time to time 😉

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  3. Your mum’s skin is incredible! Thank you for the tips, great for girls of all ages!

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    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  4. Sarah wrote:

    Wow, your mom has amazing skin, I feel so inspired! I am 23 and just this week I added retinol to my skincare routine as a way to plan for the future. After this post, I will definitely be even more serious with my sunscreen. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  5. Daniela wrote:

    Uhhhh talk about skin goals!! I see where you get your good looks from! I’m actually going to share this with my own mother! Also trying Bobbi brown face tonic, so excited! I’ve been searching for a new toner. ❤️❤️

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  6. Ellie wrote:

    Katey – I loved this post! Maybe you could convince your mom to do a “What I Eat in a Day” post like you did a while ago because I know she’s gluten free. This sista could use all the advice she could get. 😉

    Also, I’m 25 and get Botox and Facials on the reg and my skin doesn’t look half as good as hers. She truly is a superstar!!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  7. Tori Block wrote:

    Your momma is seriously the cutest! Talk about skin goals!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  8. Robyn wrote:

    Your mom is so beautiful! And her skin is just amazing! Love her tips, I will definitely be putting them into use!
    Happy Friday!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  9. Liz wrote:

    Your mama looks amazing!!! Skin goals for sure! xoxo

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  10. JAJ wrote:

    She has incredible skin! My best friend has been on metho (and a variety of different RA drugs) for over a year and poor things has a rough time with skincare. I am going to look into that eye balm!!!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  11. Lindsey wrote:

    This was so sweet! Your mom seems like a peach! Did you take these in your new (empty) house?!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Aw no! It’s a spot my photographer uses! xo

      Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  12. Jazz wrote:

    What a sweet post! Love the words of wisdom about self-care. Moms always know just what to say if only we listen. 🙂

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  13. Rachel wrote:

    Wow, your mom doesn’t even need foundation! Her skin looks years younger. Clearly what she is doing is working well. Thanks for sharing!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  14. Anna wrote:

    Mama McFarlan looks AMAZING! I have had RA since I was 2 and I’ve been on methotrexate a lot including now! It’s really rough on your skin! Thanks for this post love!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  15. Leslie Carlson wrote:

    Your mom looks so cute in those glasses! She’s beautiful. I love reading your blog. It’s one of my favorites!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
  16. Kelsey Camara wrote:

    I love this, and her glasses! Do you happen to know what brand/style they are?

    I will definitely be adding sunscreen into my skincare routine, she is beautiful and so are you!

    Published 20 Oct 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Kelsey! They are the LAMB by Gwen Stefani brand! xo

      Published 22 Oct 17Reply
  17. Mendy wrote:


    Your mom is beautiful. Thank her again for sharing her beauty routine. I’m 52, and like to know what other ladies my age are doing to age gracefully.

    I’m excited for y’all to move into your new home. I know your mom will miss you, and Maxie very much.


    Published 21 Oct 17Reply
  18. Chandra wrote:

    Is there a certain produc she uses on her neck?!

    Published 22 Oct 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Chandra! She uses the TULA overnight treatment on her neck and then always just takes her oil and moisturizer down to neck as well!

      Published 22 Oct 17Reply
  19. Marisol wrote:

    Your mom looks beautiful. What sunscreen does her dermatologist like? Also what is her take on lines sold at most dermatologist like Skin Medica and Skin Ceuticals?

    Published 22 Oct 17Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Marisol! She uses Elta MD sunscreen! She hasn’t tried either line, but my friend works in dermatology. She loves Skinceuticals [I love some of their serums!] and she doesn’t like Skin Medica! But I haven’t tried Skin Medica! I hope this helps! xo

      Published 24 Oct 17Reply
  20. Your mom’s skin looks SO GOOD!!

    Published 23 Oct 17Reply
  21. Charletta Garrison wrote:

    Your mom has the BEST skin ever!! And her inner beauty just comes through her beautiful face!!!

    Published 23 Oct 17Reply
  22. Amanda wrote:

    Your mom is just beautiful!! I appreciate her sweet words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing her with us

    Published 24 Oct 17Reply
  23. Lacey wrote:

    Love Colleen Rothschild and that divine cream! I’m 30 and it’s my go-to!


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    Published 24 Oct 17Reply
  24. Linda Lewis wrote:

    Where can I buy her moisturizing bath wash. I have dry skin and I’ve never had anything that moisturized my skin so completely….. thank you
    Sincerely. Linda Lewis

    Published 01 Dec 19Reply