Last Minute Mother’s Day Skincare Treats

Gift guide for Mother's Day
Ruby Feneley

Beauty & Health Writer

May 07, 2021

Just because you’ve left your Mother’s Day planning a little late doesn’t mean you can’t treat mum to something special. Last minute gifting can still yield long-term results so we’ve put together a list of the best skincare treats your mum can indulge in this Mother’s Day.

The Discoloration Buster

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Drunk Elephant, “Get Even” Set, $150, Mecca

Did you know that uneven skin tone plays more of a role in how more mature women think about themselves than wrinkles? Australian women are more likely to experience sun-damaged induced pigmentation than women from cooler climates. What’s more? Women who have had children are even more likely to experience pigmentation due to hormones released in the body during pregnancy. Doing the maths this means the average Australian Mum could probably benefit from some pigmentation punching ingredients. Enter Drunk Elephant’s “Get Even Kit” containing skincare ingredients proven to combat dark spots and unevenness like retinol, Vitamin C and Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids. Even better? Drunk Elephant’s products are “clean clinical” meaning they deliver clinical results with natural ingredients and no parabens or fragrance.

All three serums in the kit come in generous minis so she can use them long enough to see results. And the kit also comes with two of Drunk Elephants moisturisers so she wont have to suffer the drying effects of more active ingredients.

The Perfect Pair

Beaute Pacifique, Submersive Skin Paradoxe, $113 and Corpus Paradoxe Body Oil, $113 from Beaute Pacifique

If it’s good enough for Crown Princess Mary of Denmark it just might be good enough for your Mum! Beaute Pacifique’s “Paradoxe” Serum and Body Oil are the perfect products to take your mum into winter. The key active ingredient in the range is Chilean Grapeseed Oil rich in resveratrol and procyanidin – both antioxidants that can assist in repairing UV Damage. Two forms of Vitamin E are added via Tocopherol and Tocopheryl acetate, while Squalene makes for an intensely hydrating but light weight carrier. The serum doubles as a base for makeup creating unbeatable luminosity and a great priming option for dry and textured skin types. The body oil sinks into the skin delivering silky, luxurious hydration sans grease. A perfect pair.

The Skincare Icon

SK-II Pitera Essence Set, $99, Sephora

Who wouldn’t want to give their Mum the gift of Galadriel worthy skin? SK-II was one of the first brands to bring essence products to the mainstream beauty market and their essence is still one of the best loved. Spruiked by the ethereally complected Cate Blanchett SK-II’s brightening benefits hail from the skin softening and rejuvenating properties of Pitera. This set contains a full size of the iconic essence, plus the brand’s AHA-based Clear Lotion and their super hydrating sheet mask. Luxury an elven queen would be proud to own.

Galadriel, caught just before dousing herself in SK-II. Gif from Giphy.


By Ruby Feneley

Beauty & Health Writer

Ruby Feneley is The Carousel Beauty contributor. Her obsession with makeup and skincare started when she modelled in her teens. While she studied English Literature at Sydney University she pivoted from front to behind the camera – receiving her Diploma of Artistry and working as a makeup artist, assisting industry leaders across multiple top brands. In 2017, she moved to New York where she worked as a copywriter for celebrity children’s wear label Appaman Inc. Ruby is now combining her love of makeup and skincare with her passion for writing. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of makeup and skincare – she can spot a Nars lip from 30 feet and recommend skin creams and treatments from chemists to La Mer at a glance. She is always looking for the next big thing in beauty whether it’s an “unsung hero” product, a highlighter hack or a technological innovation to accelerate your anti-ageing regimen.


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