Quick-fix treats for Moms of all ages: gifts for Mother’s Day

Maybe you’re a mom who’s had a hell of a year or your mom has. Exciting as it will be, are you feeling a little intimidated as you — or mom — are emerging from your chrysalis? Some moms out there will be exploring whole new worlds. Single and ready to mingle? Maybe its the circle of friends who need to be reshaped . . . did you have a pal who didn’t answer texts for the past year? Have you and some of the gang grown apart? Looking to switch from the gals at the bridge game to mahjong?

You want to present your best self — and that’s to be admired! Mother’s Day is coming up, the perfect time to treat yourself or another mom to some little things to brighten the day. I was happy to be hosted to experience them!

Are you at the point where if you have to “do one more thing”, you’ll lose it? Ready for some passive self-care? Or perhaps Mom is in her golden years and needs something that requires the most minimal assistance, if any? Earth Therapeutics has the easiest perfect gift: Moisturizing Aloe Socks!

They come in a few colors — the pink ones are especially cute — and are as soft as duck down. Aloe is soothing and healing. For extra oomph, they recommend putting on your favorite moisturizer on before. Hey, you can keep it simple! Just use one of those jellies or ointments that you can usually find in the medicine cabinet or grab easily at the 24 hour drug store. These day, the classic staples come in nice scents, too. Remember, your tootsies aren’t on display on Zoom meeting calls, either! Purchase of this product supports the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Eufora is a fair-trade, clean beauty company that is well known for hair care, but also has stellar skincare products! Urgent Repair Hand Cream makes a coveted gift for all moms. People have been doing so much more to their hands this year: constant hand washing, washing of household goods, home “victory” gardening, kneading those loaves of sourdough bread. You or mom might be prematurely aging yourselves, because hands give away the game.

It has aloe, natural proteins and flower extracts, along with jojoba, sunflower seed oil and Vitamin E.

This hand cream in a tube is TSA friendly, if you’re up for flying. It has a thick, rich consistency. I detected a vanilla-magnolia fragrance, very Southern! It massages in easily and leaves a protective layer on your skin. The key is: you can’t just look at it on your dresser, you have to use it! Surely, Mom is worth that 20 seconds of “me time”, right?

Trilogy is a fair-trade, clean beauty brand. Hydrating Jelly Mask has rosehip, hyaluronic acid and manuka honey. Rosehip is known to be a rich source of Vitamin C, brightening and clarifying to the skin. Hyaluronic acid attracts water from the atmosphere. Manuka honey is unique to Australia and New Zealand, with marvelous anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

The combination of these ingredients, plus aloe,help with hydration and smoothing fine wrinkles. Beat the clock!

The jarred mask has a gel consistency and comes with its own spatula applicator. I noticed a floral honey scent. It’s soothing upon application. You only have to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, so even the most harried mom needs to find that for herself. It dries in a thin layer, so the mask isn’t a production to rinse off.

Eminence Organic Skin Care was founded in Hungary — an epicenter of luxe skincare — in 1958. The company uses organic, bio-dynamically grown plants and pure water from a thermal hot spring lake. They describe bio-dynamic farming this way: “Seeds are planted and crops are harvested following the lunar cycle so that when the tides are high, roots receive the most moisture and goodness.”

Mom always told you to get your greens, right? Citrus + Kale Potent C + E Masque is a veritable tonic for your complexion! This mask is suitable for all skin types, with citrus, rhubarb, greens including kale, spinach, spirulina and broccoli, as well as avocado oil, Vitamin E and a special Vitamin C salt. It has a liquid/thinner gel consistency and comes with its own applicator. I noticed a lemony scent.

You mix a dab of mask with a few drops of water, thinning it out some more. You then apply it to your face, along with your throat and decollete, if you like. Not many skincare products work with those delicate areas! Leave it on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse and use a wash cloth, if you choose.

They tested it and found a 47% reduction in free radical damage in 3 hours! Seriously! So, I tried it on a day when my complexion was kind of a disaster, to be honest. I had plans for the next day and felt a little blue, confident that not even my trove of concealers would cover everything. Everyone’s skin is different, but I experienced radical improvement! That’s not just impressive, it’s self esteem building. Don’t you want to give that to Mom? Purchases of this product supports planting trees, providing organic meals to sick children undergoing treatment and the global organic farming community.

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