Beauty over 40: Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40

Reader recommendations for skincare over 40

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40

Updated: July 2020

One of the best ways to find new products and learn new ways to care for our skin is to ask each other what is working. There are way too many products for each of us to try on our own, so consider it a “divide and conquer” strategy. While researching “Beauty over 40,” I asked my friends to recommend their favorite products. Trying some of them has been a great adventure and has given me some new favorites. If you have favorites, be sure to comment after the post with your Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40.

There were many favorite brands including NuSkin, Rodan and Fields, Meaningful Beauty, Cerave.

This post is part of a series on Beauty over 40. The other posts in the series are:

Beauty over 40: What to Look for in Anti-Aging Products

Beauty over 40: Skincare Products I Love

Beauty over 40: Best Skincare and Makeup Videos

Beauty over 40: The Complete Guide

Reader recommendations for skincare over 40

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40

I originally wrote this post in April 2017. I recently decided it was time for an update and resurveyed my readers and came up with so many new product recommendations. It is partly a selfish endeavor because I love hearing what is working for others and deciding what I would like to try.

This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. For more information, see the full disclosure in the foot bar. I am not an affiliate for Rodan and Fields, Nu Skin, Timeless, MG Naturals, Meaningful Beauty, Plexus, or Mary Kay. The links for those products are included for your convenience and I do not receive a commission for their sale.

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40: REMOVERS AND CLEANSERS

 Clinique Take Off the Day Cleansing Balm was recommended by a reader. I love this make-up remover as well. My skin is so dry and this product takes off my makeup so easily and without drying my skin at all.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser: One reader said about Kiehl's products, “I pretty much love everything they have and they are great for people with numerous allergies.” She listed many Kiehl's products that she loves including the ultra facial cleanser. They are all listed under their appropriate categories.

Neutrogena HydroBoost Gentle Cleansing Gel

Beauty Counter Glow Cleansing Balm

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40: TONERS

Kiehl's Facial Toner

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40: EXFOLIANTS

Pixi Glow Tonic: This is an exfoliant with glycolic acid, which exfoliates dead skin.

Beauty Counter Overnight Resurfacing Peel: This is an exfoliant with glycolic (AHA) and Salicylic (BHA) acid.

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40: EYE CREAMS

There were many eye cream recommendations. The eyes are one of the places where we show our age the most so having a good eye cream that is effective is important.

Cerave Eye Repair Cream is my go to eye cream of choice and I was surprised to find out how many others LOVED it also. It was mentioned over and over. The best part is that Cerave an absolute bargain! It is a favorite of those with any skin sensitivities or allergies.

Other eye creams that were recommended:

Beauty Counter Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream

Rodan and Field's Redefine Multi Function Eye Cream

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avacado

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40: DAYTIME MOISTURIZER with SUNSCREEN

Rodan and Fields's Redefine Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30

Elta MD Sunscreen was highly recommended. There are several types available for the face. The UV Shield has zinc oxide and is described by one Amazon reviewer as “very light, non-greasy, and recommended by my dermatologist.” The UV Physical is their tinted product and has titanium dioxide in addition to the zinc oxide. One reader recommended it to avoid malasma spots.

Rodan and Fields REVERSE SPF 50+: One reader said, “The R and F REVERSE SPF 50 is amazing, light, and not greasy at all.”

Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40: DAYTIME TINTED MOISTURIZER WITH SUNSCREEN

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50 This product was so resoundingly recommended by two readers that I just ordered it to try it out.

Paula's Choice Super Light Wrinkle Defense Sunscreen

Australian Gold Mineral Lotion Botanical Face Sunscreen

Dermalogica Age Smart Skinperfect Primer SPF 30

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40: NIGHTTIME MOISTURIZER

Neutrogena Deep Moisture Night Cream

Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream: I use this stuff by the gallon!

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40: GENERAL MOISTURIZER

Clinique Dramatically Different Face Lotion. One reader says, “Love this stuff. Makeup goes on over it so smoothly and my skin drinks it up!!!”

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream: I received a sample of this product with my purchase of the tinted sunscreen. I can't wait to try it out!

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

Trader Joe's Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance

Cerave Moisturizing Cream

Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40: SERUMS AND TREATMENTS

Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate Oil

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil

Timeless C+E Ferulic serum: The reader who recommends this product says it is “good for brightening and evening tone and it builds collagen.”

Timeless Coenzyme Q10 Serum: This serum “builds collagen, repairs fine lines, and increases moisture retention.”

Plexus Joyome Essentials 60 Day Combo: A reader says, “My favorite skincare product is Plexus Joyome!  It’s a set of day and evening serums that target many of the concerns we women over 40 share, and they also address a good skin microbiome.”

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic: A reader recommended this serum for the treatment of rosacea.

Rodan and Fields Redefine Intensive Renewing Serum: The reader who loves this sent me a picture of her jar.

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Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil is an inexpensive facial oil that has many of the same ingredients as an expensive serum.

Health Priority Vitamin E Oil

Teddie Organics Rosehip Oil



Neutrogena HydroBoost Body Gel Cream



It seems like the older I get the drier and more sensitive my skin becomes. Several readers mentioned their skin sensitivities as well. Cerave products were overwhelmingly recommended for those with sensitivities to many skincare ingredients including beeswax and aloe. One reader said, “I have had a terrible time with skin issues (chronic hives) the last few years. Both the dermatologist and the allergy doctor recommended Cerave. It's the only thing I use on my skin now.”

Another reader with sensitive skin sent a picture of her entire regimen.

Other brands mentioned for sensitive skin were Vanicream and Pacifica.

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Nu Skin Anti-Aging

Mary Kay Timewise Repair Skincare Line

Beauty Counter Countertime Regimen

Rodan and Fields REVERSE Brightening Regimen From a reader: “I truly believe in Rodan and Fields products, especially the skin lightening and brightening products. It helps with the occasional breaks outs too.”

MG Naturals was recommended as a 100% Titanium Dioxide Free, Organic and Vegan brand.

Meaningful Beauty

Rodan and Fields SOOTHE Regimen: From a reader: “I fell in love with the R and F Soothe Regimen because nothing else worked to calm my redness.”

Looking and feeling younger is a goal we all have. Exercise, a good diet, and the right products are essential ingredients in this quest. Comment below with your Reader Recommendations for Skincare over 40 so that other readers can benefit from your experiences and knowledge. To read about my favorite skincare products, go to Beauty over 40: Skincare Products I Love and also be sure to check out all the posts in the Beauty over 40 series.

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