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  • Writer's pictureAnjana Rajbhandary

I’m 40, and these 5 skincare products have maintained my skin for 10 years

Skincare products that didn't let my skin change much, but in a good way

Navigating the aging journey is a universal reality, and I believe in the genuine importance of nurturing our skin along the way. In the vast sea of skincare stories, testimonials often highlight speedy transformations, crediting newfound radiance to specific products. My personal experience taught me that real changes unfold gradually, requiring patience.

Let me share an honest testament to five products that have been loyal companions in my skincare routine for over a decade, consistently safeguarding the quality of my skin.

Unfailingly, these treasures find a place in my weekly rituals—some earning a daily embrace, others a weekly rendezvous. At 40, my skin bears the imprints of time with more dark spots and fine lines than at 30, a reminder of our shared human experience.

Regardless, I always ensure I have a replenishment ready for each of them because they didn't necessarily transform my skin overnight but prevented dramatic change in a decade.

In 2013, enticed by promises in a magazine ad, I tried Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum because it promised deep wrinkle reduction in 4 weeks without irritation. It was originally launched in 2011. A decade later, it remains a staple in my skincare routine, especially on nights when I skip tretinoin. A 2006 study highlighting its efficacy on fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and laxity supports this drugstore retinol gem as a reliable favorite.

My go-to desert island skincare essential is the versatile CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen. It's a powerhouse packed with ceramides for healing, niacinamide for brightening, hyaluronic acid for hydration, and SPF 30 shields against UVA/UVB, fighting photoaging. Launched in 2009, I've been a fan of this dermatologist-loved multitasking product since 2011. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends at least an SPF of 30 or higher to combat skin damage and cancer during outdoor ventures. This lotion isn't just a product; it's my skincare ally with proven benefits.

A beauty secret worth sharing: Sunday Riley's Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment, my go-to since 2013. Investing in this luxe product back in the day was a game-changer. After the first application, my skin glowed with newfound radiance. Launched in 2009, its star, lactic acid, isn't just a trend; a 1996 study confirms its prowess in enhancing firmness, smoothness, and minimizing fine lines. I've seen the results firsthand—proof that good genes can indeed be acquired. This isn't just a product; it's a radiant investment for timeless beauty.

My rescue for dry winter skin is Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Skin Barrier Moisturizing Cream, a staple in my nightly routine during colder months and a pick-me-up as needed. Since 2014, it's been my go-to, ensuring lasting moisture and undeniable softness. The magic lies in its ceramides and panthenol, as proven by a 2018 study—skin stays hydrated 24 hours longer with ceramides. Waking up, the difference is clear; my skin feels nourished, fortified, and more elastic. This cream isn't just a hydrator; it's my secret to waking up to visibly improved skin every morning.

Olay holds a special place in my heart as it was my first foray into skincare, inspired by the graceful women in my family. Since its 2003 debut, Olay Regenerist embraced in 2012, and it became my ode to youthful beginnings. Besides the comforting nostalgia, this Olay cream stands out with its blend of niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and amino peptides. It's not just a reminder of childhood; it's a daily ritual that brings joy. A 2020 study said peptides weave magic, diminishing fine lines by stimulating collagen and elastic production in two weeks—my Olay, where timeless beauty meets cherished memories.

*All product pictures courtesy of Amazon


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