Product review: Battling the ‘Over the Hill’ myth

Recently I received some skin care products to review and reached out to some respected bloggers to test them out and give their feedback. This is part two in a summer-long series, featuring Michelle McNally, blogger at -Twinkle VanWinkle, LIN Lifestyle Expert

In a few short months, I will be 40. Do you remember when your parents turned 40? I was already a teen, so you know, they were O-L-D. Do you remember that whole line of “Over the Hill” birthday party decorations that were so popular as baby boomers hit 40? It was funny in 1987. Now it seems terribly misguided.

One thing that is starting to become important is skin care. I recently had the opportunity to try some products out of my typical interests and price range. At 40, it may be time to level up. Here are the products I was able to use:

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Peter Lamas Eye Serum 

There comes a time when you realize that it is time for some kind of eye cream. I’ve always had problems sticking to one, because the positive effects are never immediate. Really, it’s damage control, so you don’t really see rewards when you use it; you see problems when you don’t.

The Peter Lamas Eye Serum has a unique applicator that makes it easy to apply just a little bit around the eyes. It smells good, feels good and is so pretty, I like to use it.

Pros: it’s in a sleek container, it smells good and the applicator is cool

Cons: none

Juara Avocado/Banana Mask 

I love the idea of wearing a facemask and getting a mini-facial. This moisture-inducing mask smells good, and it delivers the promised moisture – always a plus. When I wash it off, my face feels fantastic. It’s the wearing of the mask that’s a little difficult. The directions warn to keep it away from the eyes, but I also found that it’s important to keep it away from the lips and nostrils as well. I’m not quite sure how it works, but there’s a lot of tingling involved.

Pros: Smells good, skin feels great after use

Cons: There’s more tingling than I like when it’s applied

DeVita Chamomile Skin Cleanser

I love that the directions on this product flat out say that you can apply it to a dry face. I don’t know why I don’t like washing my face, but I never have. This cleanser is extremely gentle, it’s smooth, not gritty. It also doesn’t involve any tingling or burning, which I appreciate. After it’s washed off, my face feels clean, but not stripped.

Pros: Can go on a dry face, it’s smooth, leaves a clean feeling, not a stripped one

Cons: none

SebaMed  Moisturizer

At some point in my early 30s I realized I needed a real daily moisturizer. SebaMed makes a great one. It’s thick without feeling heavy or greasy. When I apply it, my skin feels instantly more hydrated but not clogged.

It tingles a little, but it’s not uncomfortable. What is uncomfortable wearing it under my usual moisturizer/foundation combo. That was too much goodness at once, and it stopped feeling good. I found it best to use this at nighttime only.

Pros: Nice moisture, not too heavy

Cons: Smell is not appealing, can interact with other products to produce burning sensation

Disclaimer: I was provided with these samples and like everything that I review my opinions are my own.

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Michelle McNally is an Indiana mom blogger, Google AdWords professional and former elementary teacher. She writes at her own blog, GotchaBaby as well as FamilyFunintheCity, SavvySource and Persephone Magazine.


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