Thanks to social media celebrities are more accessible than ever. This is both a good and bad thing depending on who you ask. When it comes to revealing beauty secrets it is definitely a good thing. Both Vogue and Harper’s Baazar have videos dedicated to celebrities walking viewers through their skincare routines, and influencers regularly share their favorite products on Instagram and Twitter.
This can be helpful as sometimes we need a little help knowing what works and what doesn’t. Here are some of the best product recommendations and tips from celebrities over 40:
Retrouvé Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream
Celebrities like Tracee Ellis Ross are huge fans of this pricey night cream. The Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream from Retrouvé will set you back $390 for 1oz. of product. Retrouvé is the brainchild of Kiehl’s heiress Jami Morse Heidegger and was started in 2000 after Kiehl’s was sold to L’Oreal.
In an interview with InStyle, Heidegger explained that the high price tag on this product is due to both the high-quality ingredients and the air-tight packaging. “Each ingredient is chosen to work synergistically with your skin, and drive the active ingredients to the dermis, or the deeper layers of your skin,” Nichols explains. “All of the anti-aging ingredients are also used at their clinically-effective levels. If an ingredient is tested to work at a certain percentage, that’s the amount you have to have in the formula in order for it to produce results on the skin. Some companies don’t include quite that amount, but still make that claim, so knowing that Jami wanted to use the clinically-effective levels with the high concentrations of moisturizers and antioxidants.”
When it comes to the packaging, each product is stored in a thick glass bottle, which is painted black to prevent light from affecting the formula. While the product is being created in the labs, it is mixed in a vacuum so that air doesn’t come in contact with the moisturizer. It is then immediately poured into the airtight containers, which are equipped with airless pumps. Light and air never touch the finished product so you don’t have to worry about contaminants changing the formula.
Crème de la Mer
Pull any A-List celebrity’s name out of a hat and there is probably a quote somewhere of them saying they use and love La Mer. So many famous faces use it, that I am convinced you automatically get sent a bottle once you hit a certain amount of followers on social media.
Crème de la Mer utilizes “sonic chemistry” (aka ultrasound waves) that are directed into the cream to ferment the algae, accelerating the rate by which algae produces lactic acid (Japanese Journal of Applied Physiology, 2004). The lactic acid help to refine, clarify, and exfoliate the skin. It also contains a slew of hydrating ingredients. Sea kelp, the main ingredient, is a water-binding agent; lecithin is a natural moisturizing factor; and magnesium, potassium, sunflower oil, and wheat germ are natural absorbents. Magnesium and calcium salts have also been demonstrated to accelerate wound healing, which may help to explain why the creator of Crème de la Mer reported that it healed his wounds (Archives of Dermatological Research, 1999).
Is La Mer worth the high price tag? If you are a celebrity or are in a place where you can afford it, I can see why you might like it. It does work and is a beautiful product but I don’t think it’s something that you have to have. There are a lot of great alternatives on the market!
Hyaluronic Serum from Dr. Barbara Sturm
You can’t watch an interview or read an article about a celebrity skincare routine without Dr. Barbara Sturm’s name being dropped. The uber-luxe and uber-expensive line has been a staple for celebs over 40 for years now, and recently became available to a wider audience when it started to appear online and in stores at Sephora. Read my full review of the Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum here.
As our skin’s natural production of things like collagen and hyaluronic acid slows down as we age, topically applying hydrators will help bring moisture back into the skin and keep it looking radiant. Celebrities like Kerry Washington are big believers in hyaluronic acid! “I love moisturizers that do double duty. [easyazon_link identifier="B00NR1YQHM" locale="US" tag="cosmeticswiki-20"]Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel[/easyazon_link] contains hyaluronic acid. I haven’t put any [fillers] on the inside yet, but I’m digging hyaluronic acid on the outside. I think it’s God’s gift to women,” Kerry Washington tells Allure.
Other Tips and Tricks
Here are some other tips from celebrities over 40:
Exfoliate regularly: “I start every day by exfoliating my face. That’s something I’ve done for the past 40 years. I feel like it’s really contributed to my skin feeling fresh and smooth. Forty years ago, I read an article that said men always look five years younger than women who are their same age. They contributed that to them shaving every day, and the daily exfoliating with shaving making their skin look younger. I was like, I’m not going to let them get away with that!” — Christie Brinkley
Use SPF: “The really big thing for me is sun protection. Because I’m so outdoorsy—I love playing tennis, and I love working out outdoors. I love going for a run and swimming, and I just want to be able to do all of that and protect my skin because I get burnt. … I use vitamin C too because that does give you … protection long-term.” — Nicole Kidman