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5 Mom-Approved Beauty Secrets You'll Want to Follow ASAP

Singer, actress, fashion designer, entrepreneur, writer, and mom of two Thalia shares her parenting, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty tips as a POPSUGAR Latina contributor.

My mom was my guide, my best friend, my confidant, and my biggest fan. I miss her every day, and I think of her constantly. I am very grateful for everything that she always did for me and for all of the support she gave me. I am also thankful for all of the knowledge she instilled in me. She made it a point to take great care of herself and strived to look good at all times. Among all of the amazing things I learned from my beloved mother, these are five of her beauty tips that I took to heart.

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How to Beauty-Detox After a Holiday Weekend

The moment I get off a plane, train, or bus after a long weekend, the first thing I want to do is scrub my body from head to toe (and if I stayed in a shared house or shabby hotel, multiply that desire by 10). While getaways are a blast, plane air dehydrates from head to toe, the lack of sleep gives me raccoon eyes, and those extra vacation cocktails reduce my radiance factor. So the detox before the retox is a must. I developed this relaxing at-home ritual that turns my NYC apartment into a mini personalized spa. It’s my Zen den. The products below are the real things I use weekly to make sure I’m feeling fresh come Monday. Try them tonight, so you can look your best at that big Monday meeting.

10 Gym Beauty Hacks That Will Get You Ready in 10 Minutes

If we’re friends IRL, then you know I’m obsessed with working out. I can probably be found at the gym doing a HIIT training, Spin, yoga, or cardio dance class at least five times a week before 8 a.m. And if I’ve learned anything from Taylor Swift, it’s that you can leave the gym looking fresh. But if only having between 20 to 30 minutes to get ready before work stresses you out, then keep reading to learn all of the tricks I’ve discovered to help you clean up quickly!

15 Beauty Mistakes That Are Making You Look Older Than Your Age

There are a lot of changes to adjust to as you get older. Your metabolism slows down, those dreaded gray hairs pop up, and hangovers become an all-day event. When it comes to maturing, you already know what products to buy and what tips to try, but do you know what mistakes you’ve been making? With a few simple tweaks to your beauty routine, you’ll feel and look as fresh as you did when you were in college . . . just don’t attempt any tequila shots.

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Skin Care Experts Reveal Their At-Home DIY Beauty Recipes

Sun. Stress. Sleep deprivation. The list of things wreaking havoc on your skin on the daily goes on – especially since cold weather and holiday season is here. Whether you’re in need of some brightening (lemon peels, anyone?), bronzing (bring on the henna!), or bump-soothing (eggs are wonderful in more than your morning omelette), many beauty experts suggest looking into your own pantry. There, you’ll discover healthy, convenient, and often cost-efficient solutions to some of your most common beauty gripes. Behold, some of their tried-and-true, tasty recipes that you can whip up to get gorgeous skin!

10 Beauty Minis You Need to Pack in Your Thanksgiving Travel Bag

Packing is kind of a nightmare, especially if you’re a beauty-lover. You have an intense fear of checking your products (what if the airline loses them?!). But miniature swag is just never as good as full-size . . . or is it? We scoured the Internet for the best beautifying goodies in travel-size packaging, so you never have to feel less than gorgeous on the go. Even better, they’re all $10 or less.

7 Travel Beauty Secrets Only Flight Attendants Know

When it comes to flying, pilots and flight attendants are the professionals. So instead of getting one more sacred beauty item stolen at the airport (damn you, TSA!), we turned to the experts for packing tips. Our aviation panel includes two flight attendants and a female pilot, who dished on all their insider beauty tips. Together these three ladies spend over 200 hours in the air a month! That’s more airport time than we’ve had all year. Keep reading to get all their in-flight skin care secrets just in time for Spring Break.

Water is an in-flight essential. And the small cups they bring around during the food service are not enough. Plane air is very dry. Every passenger on the plane breathes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. In order to bring in more oxygen, fresh air is pumped into the cabin. However, the air at such high altitudes has very little moisture, making the cabin air dry. That is what makes your skin feel dehydrated. “I try to drink at least a liter for every six hours of flying,” flight attendant Felicia Rohan* explained. “I usually drink two liters if I’m flying to Europe.” Another pilot, Anne Schroeder, uses the Camelback BPA-Free Water Bottle With Filter ($20) to make sure she always has H20 on hand.

Downsize your beauty items. There are plenty of reasons to minimize your favorite skin care items before a vacation (and we’re not just talking about the TSA’s 3-ounce rule). If you can’t go a day without your luxe cleanser, have special formulas for acne or sensitive skin, or just hate tiny hotel freebies, fill up miniature bottles. Some brands come in travel-size options, but flight attendants rely on the empty jars at places like The Container Store. You can also head to your local drugstore and pick up the travel-safe containers that won’t leak, like GoGear Travel Travel Tubes ($15 for three). They’re flight-attendant approved!

Carry on the Evian spray. “I’m a big fan of face misting during flight, especially on long international trips,” flight attendant Jessica Martin said. “I like rose water, which I put in my small sprayer because I don’t want a big anything in my bag.” Spritzing your face with water is yet another way to keep skin hydrated in the arid cabin environment. Pack Evian Spray ($7) in your bag, and seal in the moisture by applying a hydrating serum midflight.

You can never have enough moisturizer. To combat the dry air in the plane, you’ll need to pack a face lotion, a lip balm, and an eye cream. Here are some favorites from our panel: Weleda Iris Hydrating Night Cream ($22), The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream ($18), and Burt’s Bees Lip Balm ($4).

SPF is the most important thing to pack. While flying at high altitudes, you are closer to the sun’s harmful rays especially if you’re in the window seat. In fact, pilots count a higher risk of skin cancer as an occupational hazard (now airlines use sun shields in the cockpit to protect the pilots from sun exposure). You should consider sunscreen a requirement for flying. Jessica recommends Andalou Naturals Ultra Sheer Daily Defense Facial Lotion With SPF 18 ($15). Don’t forget to reapply if your flight is longer than two hours.

Losing your luggage isn’t the only thing you have to think about. “I worry about the higher levels of radiation that I’m exposed to at high altitudes,” Anne said. “The higher the altitude and the higher the latitude, the more radiation.” OK, don’t freak out. Pilots are exposed to more radiation than even nuclear-plant workers, but they spend hours on end in the cockpit. As an occasional traveler, you can temper the radiation in the plane by stocking up on antioxidant-rich snacks. Sip green tea during the flight, and opt for a kale salad and fruit over the in-flight pretzels. You can also find skin care products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. But the best option? Fly at night.

If you have to travel, do it in Europe. Some of our panel’s favorite destinations include Amsterdam, Istanbul, and Rome. Europe tops the list because of the great organic food, culturally rich sights, and walking-friendly cities. “My favorite city I’ve visited is Dubrovnik, Croatia, because it’s exactly what I imagined and hoped Europe would be like when I was a little kid and was one of the first places I visited as a solo traveler,” said Anne.

*This name has been changed at the flight attendant’s request.

Multimasking Is the Most Efficient Way to Give Yourself a Facial

We’re going to let you in on a beauty editor secret – one mask is never enough. You have to layer your products for the best results. So, of course, we’re 100 percent behind the new Instagram skin care craze: multimasking.

Multimaskers recommend using several different treatments at the same time to get a customized skin remedy (which is exactly what an esthetician does during your facial). Always getting breakouts around your nose? Apply charcoal or clay in that area. Got dry cheeks? Use a hydrating cream in that particular patch. Have major under-eye bags after a night out? Throw on an eye-specific sheet mask. Creating your own concoction makes it easy to treat combination skin or spot-specific flare ups. Plus, now you have a valid excuse to keep three or more masks in your skin care rotation.