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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…)


Product Links:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning if you click on them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.

I am NOT an affiliate of Paula's Choice. (The links to her products are for your convenience.) Paula was a guest on Oprah sometime in the 90s. She had a book called, “Don't Go to the Cosmetic Counter Without Me,” which explained skincare and makeup ingredients and reviewed products. I bought her book and have been hooked on her reviews ever since. She then came out with her own products and I have used many of them for years. I like that I can order them on the internet and her website contains detailed explanations of what is in everything and what the product does.

I am also NOT an affiliate for Rodan and Fields. The links go to the consultant's website and I do not receive a commission.

Thank you so much for the times you do click on links on my blog and make a purchase because I use the money to pay the expenses of this blog. For more information, see the full disclosure in the footbar.




Evening Cleansers



Morning Cleaners


  • 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.










  • 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.


Eye Creams


  • 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.







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.


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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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