Beauty over 40: Skincare Products I Love
Skincare is an important part of looking young and staying healthy, but there are more products available than one could try in a lifetime and they are not cheap. Sometimes I think Ulta and Sephora may be schemes of satan. I go in there thinking I am going to buy one thing and come out with five. So much beautiful product, unlimited time to look, and salespeople who help you find things, but are rarely obtrusive.
In the days before those stores, once I found a product I liked, I only went to the makeup counter for replacements and I hesitated to try anything new. (Notice that department store counters are now looking more and more like Ulta and Sephora and are advising their salespeople to give the customer longer to browse before leaping in with “Can I help you?”) Am I alone in my fear of the perfectly made-up salesperson squinting at my face in judgment? Or crazy….? You don't have to answer.
But, there is a caveat: with the increased accessibility to more and more product, overwhelm sets in. Honest, non-sales advice becomes imperative. One awesome place to get advice is from each other. I truly enjoy hearing what products others are using and loving, so I thought I would share what I use, love, and am trying. Here goes: Beauty over 40: Skincare Products I Love (or am trying…)
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- Paula's Choice PC CALM Redness Relief Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin: This is my current evening cleanser. I bought this cleanser because my neck gets red and itchy at times. Although the cleanser is creamy and gentle and removes my makeup easily, It has not taken away the redness and itch. So, no redness relief, but a great cleanser, nevertheless.
- Paula's Choice SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser: ordered just this morning. My skin is super dry and I want to try it.
- When I am in the shower, I use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. It is super inexpensive and a really good cleanser. If you want a budget product, I absolutely, without hesitation, recommend Cetaphil.
- A friend of mine, who is a Rodan and Fields consultant, loaned me a set of her products to try for a few weeks. I fell in love with the REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash and used it as a luxury scrub a few times a week. It made my skin so soft and felt really good.
- After I returned the R & F products (sad face), I looked for a cheaper substitute for their exfoliating wash. I bought Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash, but it is just not the same. It has the same massaging sensation when I use it, but it dries my skin out. It would be better for someone with normal or oily skin. I am going to give it to my daughter and order the Rodan and Fields scrub.
- I have tried a number of toners and keep coming back to Paula's Choice SKIN RECOVERY Enriched Calming Toner.
- The R & F and Philosophy Cleansers referred to in the “Cleansers” section are “manual” exfoliants.
- Chemical exfoliants are my choice in the evening because they are neater and there is so much research backing their effectiveness. (See Beauty over 40: What to Look for in Anti-Aging Products.) So back to Paula's Choice I go with SKIN PERFECTING 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant.
- About twice a week, I use CALM RELIEF 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant on my chin and the bridge of my nose because my pores are HUGE and BHA is shown to help. BHA can be quite drying though, so I am careful with it.
- Another R & F product that I fell in love with is the REVERSE Dual Active Brightening Complex. I have already ordered this. Very noticeable brightening and fading of a brown spot within a week. I am substituting some Paula's choice Vitamin C and retinol products while I wait for my R & F product to come in, but they are more difficult to smooth into my skin.
- I recently learned that the best ingredient for further fading my brown spot is hydroquinone. I have already spent way too much on makeup and skincare in the past month, so I looked at recommended products on Beautypedia (more about this later.) The cheapest product with 2% hydroquinone is Alpha Hydrox Spot Light Targeted Skin Lightener at $10.29. Ordered some this morning to try.
- Currently, I am using Lancome Genifique Yeux because I received a sample in a rewards gift at Sephora with my 500 points. (Don't judge 😉 ) It is an exceptional eye cream and has all the right ingredients.
- Before the Lancome sample, I was using Paula's Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Eye Cream. On paper, this seems like a dream product, but it is too thick and hard to rub in. I feel like I may be doing damage to my eye trying to rub all of the great ingredients in.
- There are tons of products that make a good moisturizer. Sometimes I buy Olay Regenerist. It works great. I have Paula's Choice MOISTURE BOOST Hydrating Treatment Cream on the counter right now.
- A friend recommended Zum Facial Oil. I routinely rub it on my neck, which is super dry. Then I put moisturizer on top of it. Sometimes I use it on my face as well. Just depends on how dry my skin feels. It smells awesome to me. Not sure what some of the reviewers on Amazon are talking about.
- Paula's Choice SKIN RECOVERY Hydrating Skin Mask is another product I use.
Everything I read about anti-aging, says sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! I was blessed to grow up with a Dad who was a doctor and believed in sunscreen before sunscreen was cool. He and I both have very fair skin and he has a family history of skin cancer. I'm not saying that Coppertone SPF 4 (or whatever was available in the 1970s) completely saved my skin, but I think it helped.
- The best sunscreen product is one you will use. Find one that is not irritating and feels good under makeup. My issue with sunscreen is that even with very dry skin, I find them greasy. Through research and experience, I now always buy a “mineral sunscreen.”
- A favorite of mine for many years has been Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50. It goes on easily and is not greasy.
- Paula's Choice CALM Redness Relief SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin is another great sunscreen. I ordered some this morning because I am almost out of the Clarins. I have used this sunscreen before and liked it, and I needed one more item in my cart to get free shipping.
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I love the products I listed above. Of course, the best products are the ones that work for you. If you want more product ideas, check out Beautypedia or the Beautypedia app (again, a Paula's Choice thing). You will find 1000s of reviews of both drug store and high end products and lists of “best” products. The website or App are also easy places to find ingredient lists and reviews from other consumers or you can read about the products you are already using. Don't be alarmed if your favorite products have below a 5 star rating. She downgrades any product with scent, is in a jar, or has an ingredient she thinks is possibly irritating. Some of the products I love have 2 or 3 star ratings on Beautypedia (usually because of scent).
Help me with this Beauty over 40 series by telling me what products you use and love. Please comment below. I have a post devoted to reader recommendations in the works.
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