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The top pieces of life advice passed on by mothers, according to a survey

'Moisturise daily' and 'there is no such word as can’t' among most common tips passed on to children, poll claims 

Alice Hughes
Wednesday 20 March 2019 18:04 GMT
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British people are more likely to go to their mothers for advice rather than turn to online influencers, according to the survey
British people are more likely to go to their mothers for advice rather than turn to online influencers, according to the survey (Getty iStock)

British people are more likely to go to their mothers for advice on beauty, fashion and relationships than turn to online influencers, a survey claims.

The poll found 41 per cent of adults under the age of 45 believe children are more likely to get this advice from their mother, compared to 28 per cent who think they listen to bloggers instead.

Commissioned by centre:mk, the largest shopping centre in Milton Keynes, the study of 2,000 British people found many people take on life mottos passed down by their mothers.

The most common mottos passed down include ”believe in yourself”, “there is no such word as can’t” and “treat others as you would like to be treated”.

Beauty tips such as “moisturise daily” and “always take your make-up off before bed” are also typically passed on by mothers.

The study also found six in ten of those surveyed have passed their mother’s advice onto their own children.

However, over 40 per cent of female respondents said the advice they no longer take from their mothers is to “let the man pay on the first date”.

And two in five of female respondents agreed that fashion and beauty advice shared between mothers and daughters is a “two-way street”.

(SWNS (SWNS)

Top life lessons passed down by mothers:

1. Always try your best (36 per cent)

2. Treat others as you would like to be treated (31 per cent)

3. If you don’t ask, you don’t get (26 per cent)

4. Don’t worry about what others think (25 per cent)

5. There’s no such word as can’t (23 per cent)

6. Never give up (22 per cent)

7. Believe in yourself (22 per cent)

8. Do what makes you happy (21 per cent)

9. It’s what’s inside that counts (20 per cent)

Top fashion and beauty tips passed down by mothers:

1. Drink lots of water (36 per cent)

2. Beauty comes from within (36 per cent)

3. Wear what you feel comfortable in (31 per cent)

4. Always wear sunscreen (25 per cent)

5. Moisturise daily (23 per cent)

6. Invest in a good bra (22 per cent)

7. Always take your make-up off before bed (20 per cent)

8. Don’t compare your style to others (20 per cent)

9. Embrace your shape (19 per cent)

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