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So This is 40? Finding the Right Skin Care

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In what I consider my perpetual crusade against anti-aging, and discovering my own personal fountain of youth, I have partnered with our friends at Neutrogena on my quest.

I have to be honest, I never really gave too much thought to aging. I do remember little pearls of wisdom my mother would bestow upon me as a very young while as she carefully performed her nightly beauty ritual in the mirror. “Nicole, you must pat the areas around your eyes with cream softly, blend in face cream upwards and out; and most-importantly, never forget your decolletage.”

Decoll-whoooo? I wondered rolling my eyes. None of this made sense, but it sure did make an long term impression. Enough of an impression that I can still recall the smallest details 30+ years later. When I finally mustered up the courage to ask what a decolletage was, she became animated and explained skincare doesn’t stop at the jawline, but down long past your neckline. She would say that’s why French women always had such beautiful skin, because they did not neglect the decolletage.

I am too young to feel old.

That’s what I think anyway. As the days turned into weeks, weeks into months, months into decades, each passing day I noticed another line, crinkle, or wrinkle, I wouldn’t pay much attention, then Kiddo began swimming. Suddenly, age spots were turning darker and WAIT! That one wasn’t there the other day.

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Clearly, I need more protection and while some of us can’t afford that darling $400 “Do Not Disturb” sun hat all over the latest fashion glossies, dermatologists agree that the long term relationship between retinol and sunscreen will help fight the signs of aging due to my daily dose of UVA rays. And this is exactly what I need. 

The skin inside your wrinkle is often compromised by photo-damage. If not treated, wrinkles may continue to deepen, and may cause the skin to lose volume and fullness.

40 41 doesn’t have to mean premature fine lines, deeper wrinkles, and these weird blotches. At least my 40 41 doesn’t. So I was game to take the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair and Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Challenge and see for myself what could happen in 7-days. 

The Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair and Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Haul

The haul included:  Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70.

 

Day 1: Why are my under eyes so dark?

Notes: I always chalked this under the side effects of being a mom, but it was clear with Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, you could see the difference in just one day. Oh, and can you see that honking blemish on my chin? I’m pretty sure it’s noticeable from Mars, switching up my skin care routine scared me, but look how much the pimple and redness went down overnight! 

Day 2: This might be the best serum I’ve ever tried.  

Notes: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair is the fastest retinol formula available and delivers noticeable results in just one week, and the consistency of the serum is amazing. I am a SLAVE to serums and I am so in love with this product. Not only does it go on flawlessly, but it set my moisturizer and foundation perfectly. I’m now a loyal fan and want to marry it. 

Day 3: I love the SPF Coverage, but note to self, a little goes a looooooong way.

Notes: Today was going to be a long day with majority of it being outside. That being said, I was relieved the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 was part of this challenged. My skin has changed over the years dramatically, and as you can see I used it on Day 3 and snapped this photo right before bed, sans sun burn or redness. 

 

Day 4: Is it me, or is it hot in here? 

Notes: My daughter is a swimmer, so it’s not uncommon for me to spend hours by the pool. I love being outside, but I wouldn’t call myself a “sun worshipper” for many reasons. having the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 was amazing. I will never leave home without this. In fact, neither will my daughter and I’m sending one to school with her in her backpack to apply at lunch and before P.E.

Exposure to UVA rays can lead to premature fine lines, deep wrinkles and uneven skin tone

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Day 5: I never thought it was possible that my skin would have any sort of “glow” to it. 

Notes: I’m pretty sure I can thank Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer for this. I looked forward to using it every night and I didn’t wake up feeling sticky or greasy like other moisturizers I’ve experienced. In fact, it felt clean, refreshed and light. 

Day 6: Mental note: I’m clearly not a fan or very good at selfies. I learned through this campaign, I want to be!

Notes: However, I’m not sure if you can notice, but I actually gained confidence as each day progressed because I felt better about my appearance without make-up on. If Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle and Ultra Sheer products can make me feel like this in 7 days, I can’t imagine what long-term use would do. 

Day 7: Overall Impression 

Notes: I cannot believe all of these top-notch skin care products can be purchased at your neighborhood CVS or online at CVS.com. And I cannot believe I took so many photos of myself! It was such a big lesson to learn. I actually enjoy being in photos with my daughter now! 

 

 

Win a Neutrogena Beauty Haul of Your Own!

Here at The JetSet Family we love giving our readers a few of our favorite things, so that means this week, you can enter to win a pack of Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair & Ultra Sheer goodies for yourself!

The giveaway includes: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70 and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face + Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70. Each prize pack retails at approximately $122. 

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley curates her favorite trends in luxury travel, fine-dining, style + pop culture for The JetSet Family, CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post and Hilton Hotels. In 2015, she was named Top Family Travel Blogger by both Trip Advisor + Red Tricycle. Instagram: nicoledstandley

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  • susan September 2, 2016

    Thanks for your review! I love the sunscreen but some of these other products are new to me!

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