Three Ways to Get Smooth Skin

If there is anything I want more than a younger looking complexion, it’s smooth skin. Actually, nice smooth skin DOES make you look younger, so there you go. Clearly I want it all. Haha! Luckily, getting smooth skin isn’t out of your grasp. A ruddy complexion is one of the easiest skin woes to tackle and it all starts with exfoliation. Now you can go the DIY route, which I love doing myself when I have the time. In fact, this coffee honey mask is a great option for gentle exfoliation. But just in case you aren’t up for some DIY action right now, I rounded up a few of my favorite products to help you exfoliate and smooth out your skin.

tula face mask

Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask… I am pretty darn addicted to masks, and when they can do double duty and exfoliate my skin too like this one, I’m all in! I’ve mentioned Tula products before with good reason. They’re amazing! This multi-purpose mask helps clear away the dead skin and debris that can clog up your skin. If you don’t clear all that away, get ready to live with dull skin. Blah!

kiehl's pure vitality skin renewing cream

Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream… Once you’ve exfoliated you want to use a treatment cream that will continue the skin renewal process. This cream not only helps make that new skin that you’ve revealed thanks to your exfoliation dedication stronger, but it also increases cell turnover rate leaving you with a brighter, smoother complexion! It’s a game changer for dry, ruddy skin.

clarins multi active nuit

Clarins Multi-Active Nuit…You know what doesn’t lead to smooth skin? Not getting enough rest will definitely not help you achieve the complexion of your dreams. That being said, we’re moms. There are going to be times we don’t get enough sleep. We can make it a priority, but things happen like crying babies and sick kids. So having a secret weapon night cream that will fight the effects of exhaustion-ravaged skin is clutch! The poppy extract in this one literally helps smooth your skin while you slumber. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

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Winter is here and it’s time to switch up the beauty routine. I’m swearing by the new beauty cleansing oil I found from Kiehls. It’s called the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil.

Beauty Cleansing Oil



Putting oil on your face seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? But Kiehl’s new botanical product will have you rethinking what oil can do for your face. Your skin won’t feel greasy at all. I promise.

In the past year, I added a brightening facial oil to my skincare routine, making me think this cleanser might just for me.

Three Things I Love About Kiehl’s Cleansing Oil

1. The smell
2. It gets eye makeup off easily
3. It leaves your face feeling refreshed, not dry

You won’t get a big sudsy wash, as the cleanser emulsifies, it’ll get whiter and milky looking. I start with three pumps on dry skin. I blend the oil in my hands and then apply to my face. After a bit of cleansing, I wet my hands and add some water–things get a little sudsier then.

For my everyday eye makeup, this gets EVERYTHING off! When I did a dramatic evening eye (charcoal shadow and black liner), I did have to go back with an eye makeup remover to get the eye makeup off.

With the drier, colder air, switching to a gentler cleanser just makes sense for my beauty routine. Do you switch things up for winter? I am also on the hunt for a GREAT winter moisturizer to use after skiing. Any ideas? Any great moisturizing masks? Friends, I want to test them. Please let us know!

It definitely smells like a garden–there’s nothing harsh or chemically about the scent. I was happy to see evening primrose oil (which is rich in omega-6 fatty acids)–I’ve been hearing so much about primrose is face products. Plus it has my favorite essential oil, lavender, which just makes everything smell like the fields of France.  It’s also soap-free, sulfate-free, and mineral oil free. But it’s not free. Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is $32.  Shop for it here:

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Our Top Beauty Tutorials

If I love anything it’s a good beauty product. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to test out some amazing products, along with some stinkers too (haha), so I thought it would be fun to share a few of our top beauty tutorials. While I, of course, love sharing all my favorite finds with you, I always find it interesting which ones you all like the best…So, let’s get to it. Hopefully you’ll find a tip or two that you can add to your beauty routine!

beauty tutorials

I was thrilled when I saw my Best Face Mask ever post picking up steam…If you want to find out how to instantly have glowing skin, head over and watch this video! This Kiehl’s face mask is literally one of my favorite products of all time. We all like instant gratification and this mask gives it to you in spades! It literally takes years off your face. I look so much younger after using it. No joke!

sea salt spray now

Let’s switch to hair for a moment…Sea salt spray is a must have for me in the summer and, frankly, every other season too. I just love easy breezy undone texture and sea salt spray helps me achieve that with minimal effort. In fact, I shared my favorite super quick tip for how to use sea salt spray to achieve laid back curls / waves! It should be one of the easiest beauty tutorials you ever attempt!

urban decay

And one of my most recent beauty tutorials for how to use my favorite makeup setting spray really seemed to resonate too. I wasn’t kidding when I said this product is a game changer. Once you try it, you’ll never go back! Trust me. The way it cut into the shininess my face seems to forever sport, especially in the summertime, is kind of amazing!

Shop the post: Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray / Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque / Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

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The Best Face Mask Ever

Skincare is a very important part of my life and I recently added a powerhouse little product to my beauty routine that instantly improved my complexion…And I do mean instantly…My skin looked better after just ONE use people! I know that sounds like it’s too good to be true, but I urge you to give my new favorite product, the best face mask ever, a test drive before you say no way!

I consider the miracle product in question to be the BEST face mask ever because it’s the best face mask I’ve ever used and this girl is kind of a product junkie. You might say I’ve tried my fair share out. So, trust me when I say I have never had a product make my skin look so good…so FAST! Intriguing right? Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer…I’m talking about the Kiehls Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque.

Best Face Mask Ever

I broke down why I love this face mask so much in one of my latest beauty videos, but let me give you a little taste of what you can expect…Not only is this mask super energizing, but it instantly gives my skin a beautiful rosy glow. I use it the night before a day I really want my skin to look great and, voila, I wake up looking so healthy and refreshed. It’s as if I did just enough cardio to be flushed without being sweaty. Does that paint a good picture for you? Haha!

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Best Express Facial in NYC Kiehl’s Spa

kiehls spa

Show me a modern NYC mom and I’ll show you a woman in need of two things–more time and a bit of pampering. The Kiehl’s 1851 Spa in Manhattan can giver her both (hint, hint, Mother’s Day is a few weeks away!). We’re all busy and focused on making memories at home, being meaningful contributors to our workplaces or communities and then maybe squeezing in time to nourish ourselves. Making time for great skin isn’t at the top of the list.

But…why not?

This is the year of taking time back. This is the year of showing gratitude. You may have noticed we’re trying to do MORE with LESS here at Momtrends. Fewer features, but focusing on sharing trends that will truly help moms. When a Kiehl’s pitch arrived in my inbox, I was ready to hit delete, but because I’m a brand fan, something made me stop and open it. I was intrigued, not by a new product, but by the fact that Kiehl’s had opened their first (and only) spa on the Upper East Side.

Kiehl's Spa decor

Like all things Kiehl’s there’s a quirky coolness about the place. The downstairs is a full-size shop, the spa is on the second floor. You’ll see plenty of exposed brick with old-fashioned ads/murals painted on the walls for a modern effect. The spa isn’t new-agey, fussy or funky with patchouli and incense. It’s a crisp space–it’s got a great vibe.

hydrating masque

I picked the Oxygen Infused Express Facial. The 30-minute treatment ($75) focused on cleaning, exfoliating and then hydrating. I was in and out in 30 minutes–really I rarely have time for a 90-minute treatment. I want high impact FAST. The therapist was amazing. She gave me an excellent head and neck massage as the masque she applied was working.

Express Facial Products Used

When I think of Kiehl’s I think of fabulous ingredients. I’ve always loved the Kiehl’s stores because the pressure to buy is low. The trick is they give you samples to try–which inevitably you’ll love–then you come back for a happy purchase. I figured the spa was going to be a similar experience. Yep. I was right. No sales pitch. After my treatment, I was given a load of samples to try and sent on my merry way.

Rose Artica

Momtrends pick: Rosa Arctica Eye, An anti-aging, rejuvenating eye balm for younger-looking eyes.

Yes, there are plenty of full-length treatments, and if you’ve got the time I bet they are fantastic (I do mean to try the Deep Pore Cleansing Facial on another visit). There’s also massages, waxing, and brow and lash services.

And here’s the result. No makeup, just glowing skin.

Kiehl's Spa Review NYC

They call it “Spa 1851” –named after the founding year. The treatments all use high concentrations of natural ingredients. My skin looked amazing at the finish. Back to the gratitude we mentioned at the beginning. A Kiehl’s treatment is a way of saying thank you to your skin. For the smiles, for the laughs, and for the kisses that land on your face from your little people. Take time to make your skin a priority at Kiehl’s.

Book yours at or call 1-888-SPA-1851

Kiehl’s Spa 1951
157 E.64th Street

This is not a sponsored post. The treatment was complementary.

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