10 Beauty Products to Try Before You Turn 40
Some of these are splurges, some are steals, but trust us, you’ll be happy you tried them.
-Lois Joy Johnson
Money might be tight right now, but sometimes you need to a little indulgence, if only to make it easier to get through the day. We’re not suggesting that you clear out your savings account or skip a mortgage payment to have a flawless complexion, but you owe it to your skin to try each of these coveted cult items once in your life.
1. La Mer Crème de la Mer ($130, bergdorfgoodman.com)
You only need the teeniest bit of this moisturizing cream — it emulsifies when a dab is blended between your fingertips before application. The moisturizer was discovered by physicist Dr. Max Huber to treat and heal severe chemical burns he suffered in a lab explosion. The so-called miracle “broth” that’s the basis for the cream is a blend of fermented sea kelp, vitamins and minerals. Every model or makeup artist I have ever worked with attests to its power to make dry, dehydrated skin velvety-smooth.
2. Kiehls Lip Balm ($6.50 – 9.50, kiehls.com)
It soothes dry, cracked, peeling lips and restores smooth texture faster, so you can resume wearing lipstick sooner, even after a cold sore.
3. Cle de Peau Concealer ($68, paullebrecque.com)
Simply the best, it provides incredible coverage of blemishes and brown spots and dark circles.
4. Joy by Jean Patou ($65-$110 EDT spray, nordstrom.com)
It takes more than 10,000 jasmine flowers to make a single ounce of this potent floral fragrance that was launched back in 1927. From the top note hit of Bulgarian rose oil and tuberose to its heart of jasmine and base of musk, it’s still the most seductive scent of all.
5. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($19, shuuemera-usa.com)
The thick, contoured silicone pad and perfect hinge apply exactly the right degree of pressure so you never get ridges.