We’ve all heard the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and we believe that this quote perfectly describes some of our favorite beauty products. Even after decades and decades of being around, many beauty products have been tried and tested and still remain just as effective and popular as they were when they first gained popularity.
Also, as much as we all hate to admit it, your mom’s always right. From those moments when she told you to take your coat on a cold fall night to the time when she brought you home your first Maybelline Great Lash mascara, moms just know best.
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We’ve found that some of the most popular beauty products that have been around for years and years, and that have been used by our mothers (and their mothers, and their mothers, etc) truly are the bee’s knees. Check out these classic cult products and see how many you still use!
For the price of your lunch, you can grab the ultimate multi-tasker. This salve has been around for over 100 years and is the perfect item to keep in your purse to basically solve all your problems. You can use this baby as anything from an eye makeup remover, cuticle softener, sunburn easer, dry skin healer, and frizzy fighter or even around the eyes and on the throat for severely parched, dry, or wrinkled skin. Talk about bang for your buck.
(Where to Buy: Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve; $6 at sephora.com)
Clinique has been used by everyone and their mom—literally. Since it's inception in 1968, Clinique has been curing skin on everyone from your grandmother to your little sister, but their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion seems to be a staple in everyone's beauty cabinet. The formula combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger all while keeping it super hydrated and helping to strengthen the skin's own moisture barrier by 54%, which helps to get moisture to stay in.
(Where to Buy: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+; $26 at clinique.com)
This classic—created in 1934—is now a household name. Airspun has been a favorite among women everywhere for decades and just now regained it's popularity among millennials thanks to YouTube beauty gurus like NikkiTutorials because of it's incredible ability to "bake" your concealer and contour.
(Where to Buy: Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder; $7.49 at walgreens.com)
When you were young and wanted to start wearing makeup, chances are your mom opened her makeup drawer and pulled this out, and maybe she gave you one every year for your birthday – it's basically the training bra of mascaras. Maybe you still love it and maybe you've moved on to newer things, but chances are this mascara still holds a place deep down in your heart.
(Where to Buy: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara; $4.49 at target.com)
This multi-purpose healing ointment was created in 1925 and we're sure that you've used it at least once in your lifetime (as did your parents, and their parents, oh, and their parents). You can use it for everything from healing super dry, flaky skin from the harsh winter or even to calm red, inflamed skin from a summer sunburn. Tons of people nowadays even use this ointment for healing scars or tattoos.
(Where to Buy: Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy; $4.79 at drugstore.com)
Guys, Pond's cream was invented in 1846, can we just talk about that? It was originally invented to be used as a healing ointment to help rid your skin of small cuts and such and was actually considered a medicine. It's truly been one of those products that works magic on any type of skin since it's rich formula is easily absorbed leaving your skin deeply hydrated while significantly reducing dryness.
(Where to Buy: Pond's Dry Skin Cream; $6.63 at drugstore.com)
Another skincare product that has been around for pretty much forever? Noxzema. The cleansing cream does wonders to reach deep into pores to remove dirt, oil, and makeup, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Many people claim you don't even need a moisturizer after using this product because of it's serious moisturizing properties.
(Where to Buy: Noxzema Original Cleansing Cream; $3.99 at target.com)
From when you were a baby probably until you moved out of the house, you used the bottle of Avon Skin So Soft that your mom had in the shower.
This classic bath oil was in just about everyone's bathroom at one point and the classic scent can take you back to your youth immediately.
(Where to Buy: Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil; $15 at avon.com)
This hairspray has literally been everywhere from your grandma's beauty arsenal to the kits of celebrity hairstylists all over the country for decades. It's micro diffuser spray offers a clean, soft shiny finish that will disappear with the stroke of a brush and so strong it will last all day.
(Where to Buy: L'ORÉAL Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray; $14.99 at ulta.com)