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Mariella Avatar

Probably the excellent sunscreens (and moisturizers with a high level of sunscreen like Origins, which has an SPF of 40) that have become available in the past 10 to 20 years. That and The Ordinary’s 30% AHA Peeling Solution.

Christine, I asked a few days ago and perhaps you missed my question but what’s happened to the Friday Finds and Check-ins??? Busy week? Did you just forget or are you phasing out that feature? (I always loved seeing what other people bought or rediscovered and what they were up to…)

Ana Maria Avatar

For me it’s the unsung heroes… the products that don’t show overnight results, but lifetime benefits.
One is sunscreen in general. The women in my family have dark spots on face and hands, especially as they age. Compared to my mother and grandmother I have significantly less hand spots and zero face spots. I know for sure my face would have had a more uneven skin tone.
The second is Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol treatment, to which I credit the fact that my skin hasn’t changed in the past 10 years significantly, and looks better than in my 20s. Yes, my skin has aged, my expression lines deepened, but the elasticity and overall look of my skin is almost the same.

Sure, I could have mentioned peels or plumping serums, things with more immediate impact. But the biggest difference for me comes from long term use.

Cara Avatar

Peter Thomas Roth’s Glycolic Acid line, specifically the cleanser and toner. They cleared the terrible acne I developed in my early 30s and I’ve used both religiously ever since. Unfortunately, PTR discontinued the line last year and while I have quite a few backups (from panic buying), I’ll have to find replacements soon

Tyra Avatar

Paula’s Choice 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant serum is a wonderful glycolic acid, in my experience. It’s a twice-weekly staple in my nighttime skincare routine. It doesn’t work under makeup, I think because it’s so hydrating. I just wash it off in the morning.

Cara Avatar

Thank you, Tyra! Other Paula’s Choice toners have worked really well for me in the past so this particular one has been on my radar for when I run out of my PTR back ups. I really appreciate the suggestion and info!

Kristin Avatar

Sunday Riley Good Genes. I bought it when desperate to try and get acne and oil under control, and at the end of my first week of trying it, a coworker pulled me aside and asked me if I was pregnant because I was “glowing”. Felt like a freakin movie! I’ve since moved on to Luna Oil and despite being in my early 30s, I get mistaken for being in my mid 20s. Very lucky to had that early bad skin desperation LOL!

Deborah S. Avatar

Since I have returned to using skincare, I haven’t used anything long enough to have a thorough review. I am noticing some lightening of my hyperpigmentation using the Topicals Fade cream and I also have noticed some results in lessening of my deeper wrinkles by increasing my hyaluronic. I am using like four different kinds and about the same for hyperpigmentation. I believe in throwing the kitchen sink at my problems!

Raven Avatar

My dedication to sunscreen has worked out well.

Also, not sure if this counts but my red light has done more for my skin than most anything else, too. LightStim has been great for travel and, my much cheaper option, the ABI red light bulb works wonders for my rosacea and fixing all kinds of skin woes.

Genevieve Avatar

I would have to say Argon Oil – I use The Ordinary’s Moroccan Argon Oil (and sometimes alternate it with Chia Seed Oil) every single night after my shower and it has really helped to moisturise my mature skin.
The second is the much needed improvement in Sunscreens generally across the brands – ease of applying, better quality, SPF 50+ and gentle to the face and body.

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