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Best Face Products for 40+ Women Recommended by 40+ Women

water drinking is essential for skin hydration

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’m on my virtual soapbox at the moment, shouting for the 40+ woman to be heard and seen in the online world. Why? Because every age group needs a voice and we are no exception!

As I’ve got older, I have become increasingly interested in beauty products. I put this new-found fascination down to four things:

  1. Sharing my home with two teenage daughters who critique my every bad eyebrow day.
  2. Having a little more disposable income.
  3. Finally learning the value of self care.
  4. Needing it more!

So, I thought it would be beneficial for us all to hear from some real life 40-something women who have tried and tested various products over the years – what products do they swear by?

I have been inundated with recommendations which has left me wanting to buy every single one immediately! I am therefore going to split these blog posts into three; today I am going to focus on the best face products out there…

Best Face Products for 40+ Women

The older we get, the more hydration is required on the face. Fact. Some might say that drinking 2 litres of water is the way to go and whilst I would agree, I’ve yet to stick to any new year’s resolutions where drinking water is concerned.

I am always on the look out for face products that smell good, don’t leave a greasy appearance and make me look ten years younger – not too much to ask, surely? I have tried everything from Liz Earle to Superdrug’s own brand but have yet to find ‘The One’. Could these be a contender?

L’Occitane Divine Eyes (£52.00 for 15ml)

Recommended by Caro from The Twinkle Diaries

“My eyes certainly look a lot less wrinkly and considering I’m on my second bottle, at that price it must be good!”

L'Occitane Divine Eye Cream

Dior Hydralife Face Cream (£45.50 for 500ml)

Recommended by Deborah from Country Heart and Home

Dior Hydralife Face Cream

“It is amazing and smells divine too!”

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (£34 for 50ml)

Recommended by Emma from Bubba Blue and Me

“It’s great for brightening my skin either in the morning or the evening. It doesn’t make my skin greasy and lasts for ages!”

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil (£30 for 30ml)

As recommended by Julia from Rainbeaubelle

balance me radiance facial oil

“It’s like giving my skin a big drink of water and makes it look fresh and healthy and much more rested the next day.”

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream (£30)

Recommended by Lynne from A Day in the Life of a Mum of 6

IT Cosmetics CC Cream

 “A light moisturising cc cream which gives a lovely dewy finish. Doesn’t linger in fine lines and just gives my skin a much needed boost.”

M&S Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream (£22.00 for 50ml)

Recommended by Bonita from Mamas VIB

M&S Ultimate Sleep Cream

“The 8 hour sleep cream is a miracle worker!”

Clinique 3 Step Introduction Kit (£20.00)

Recommended by Maria from Happy Mummy 

Clinique 3 step

“My wrinkles and fine lines are considerably reduced on the days I use it compared to those when I’m in a hurry and skip it!”

Olay Total Effects Moisturiser (£10 for 50ml)

Recommended by Angela from The Life of Spicers

Olay total effects moisturiser

“It’s always on offer and makes my skin feel amazing.”

Dirty Works Overnight Facial Lift (£8.00 for 50ml)

Recommended by Debbie from My Boys Club

“A really good overnight cream that is budget friendly and cruelty free too.”

Aldi Lacura Cuvee Royale 24 hr Moisturising Mousse (£7.99 available in store only)

Recommended by Lynn from Mrs Mummy Penny

“I’ve spent most of my adult life spending a small fortune on expensive skincare products but I thought it was time to try something different. It’s good and my skin looks great.”

And lastly, something a little bit different:

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (£2.00)

Recommended by Nicky from Not Just the Three of Us

Garnier Moisture Bomb Tesco

“The visible difference to the skin is unbelievable; at that price, a miracle!”

So there we have it, eleven face moisturising products that have been tried and tested by women in their 40s and beyond. Have you tried any of them already? Do you have a face product that you swear by? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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  • Angela

    some lovely products, thanks for sharing my tips for Olay. I love finding new products that I may not have previously discovered.

    • Suzanne W

      Pleasure Angela. I always go for products that others have recommended. I love the fact that some of these are really affordable too!

  • Hayley

    I love so many of these products and there’s some great new recommendations too. Cheers!

    • Suzanne W

      Pleasure Hayley, glad to hear that some of them are new to you.

  • Lesley Percy

    Olay 3 point cream
    Plus liz earle cleanse and polish lavender and rose version

    • Suzanne W

      I’ve used the Olay products too, I do like their moisturiser with a hint of foundation.

  • Terry Tyler

    I’d like to also recommend Super Greens and Organic Elixir by Tropics Skin Care (available by mail order/agents only). Also Night Repair and Skin Revive moisturisers. It’s all totally natural products – Susan Ma, the owner, nearly won The Apprentice, I believe, but I think Sugar backed her anyway!

    I’ve been using these products for over 2 years now. I’m 58 and suddenly went ‘waaaah!’ when I noticed all the lines round my mouth one day. Since using these products they’ve not only not got worse, but got a whole lot better. They’re DISAPPEARING! Also, the Tropics foundation is great for ageing skin.

    btw, I’m not their promoter or anything, just love the products!

    • Suzanne W

      Yes I remember her being on – Sugar did back her! These sound amazing, I will definitely go and check them out. I’ve just started noticing lines around my mouth, they need some magic!

  • LOVE this little round up Suzanne!!! It’s fab reading reviews from other people (especially when they’re genuine, not paid for!). I’m especially interested by what Terry (above) said!! What a fantastic endorsement — I’m off to check them out right away!! The fact she said the ageing process is reversing since she started using them is amazing!! 🙂

  • Kerri-Ann

    What great products, I haven’t actually tried any of them although I do love Loccitane

  • I’m not in the 40+ category yet but I am very aware of the need to take care of my skin. My Mum uses Olay so that’s the one I’ll probably end up trying first!

  • Jess Soothill

    Thanks for this! Great round up and always good to hear what other people are using 🙂 Jess x

  • Emma T

    Crikey, we obviously spend quite a bit on skincare (actually I don’t, because my recommendation was a gift, and someone else just bought me more this Christmas – result). Thanks for including mine

  • Morgana

    So many gorgeous products here Suzanne. I’ve started to take care of my skin more recently and yes, I too have a daughter that like’s to critique my eyebrows daily! Oh and point out any new wrinkles! She’s not such a fan when I turn the tables and point out a pimple on her face though! 😉 xx

  • Nicky Kentisbeer

    I am totally with you on your first four points Suzanne. For me they have happened at 50 (late starter). The thing is we know what we like and we like what we know, don’t we. But there does comes a time when a change up is needed. I’m really interested to see that so many of the ‘cheaper’ brands get a look in here. Even better. I’m very tempted by Caro’s eye cream too (sans Birthday Gift Voucher). I had a nice Decleor range for my birthday but it just clogged my skin and I’ve gone back to Simple and Dermalogica. Thanks for featuring my comments on the Moisture Bomb. I’d better stock up on a few more as they’ve already gone up 150% from the 99p they started at! Thanks also for sharing with #tweensteensbeyond and joining us for the first time. We hope you will join us again

  • Sharon Parry

    As someone who is not exactly an expert at this sort of thing, I’m thrilled to find two familiar products in this list. I use Olay 7 and have done for a few years, I find it pretty good. Then, I decided to try out Clinique foundation and the lovely lady gave me a sample of moisture surge which (I think) is making the skin around my eyes a little firmer. I may invest in a bottle. Loved this post, thanks so much for sharing with us at #TweensTeensBeyond xx

  • Not quite 40 (but almost) and I can totally vouch for the IT CC Cream, which is really good!!! And the amazing Ultimate Sleep Cream from M&S, which has become my new fave night cream. Great post xx

    • Suzanne W

      I’ve bought the Ultimate Sleep Cream after it was recommended so many times!

  • Jenny

    I really need to start taking care of my face and using some lotions and potions. I was told by my mom what I do now will help me when I am older and I just never do anything but sleep in my makeup I know GASP!!!! I am trying to get better. Might have to take a few notes here on these lovely products. #wrc

    • Suzanne W

      Ha ha do you! You can probably get away with it for now but you might regret it in 10 years time! xx

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