The reviews provided by our dedicated TIA community provide an invaluable service to all our readers. They help us decide what products are worth trying, based on our own skin care needs and concerns. The TIA editors — thanks to our top-notch education from Marta — also love getting the opportunity to review products and report back on our experiences. Here are the latest products that have earned a big thumbs-up from the Truth In Aging team (including yours truly!).
Skin type: Combination Skin, Sensitive Skin
Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop) — I have used eye creams for years and never noticed much of a difference between one brand and another. YBF Correct is the first eye cream I've used that has made a noticeable difference in reducing dark circles and fine lines. It's expensive, but definitely worth it.
My Prime Transformative Night Cream ($92) — By far the best night cream I've ever used, I credit My Prime Transformative Night Cream with making me a believer that the right products can really improve your skin. It is nourishing and hydrating, without causing breakouts or blemishes, which can be a major problem with combination skin. It's done a great job reducing red patches and evening out my skin tone.
La Vie Celeste Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the shop) — I didn't know I needed a mask before Marta recommended this glycolic mask for me. It goes on clear and leaves skin feeling fresh, taut and looking bright.
Skin Type: Combination Skin, Minor Rosacea
Ultra Clear Facial Cleansing System — What took me so long? I can't imagine my beauty routine without this power-packed facial brush, which is so gentle that I am able to use it everyday on my combination skin. It has saved me time and money by keeping my pores clear and allowing the products I use daily to absorb so nicely into my cleansed skin.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer — This is the perfect natural highlighter that delivers the right amount of glow! I use it over my cheekbones and in the corner of my eyes to enhance my skin's natural youthfulness without looking too glittery.
BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-Peptide ($95) — The packaging was what initially drew me to this product, but now that I have been using it for a little over a month I see it is much more than a striking black bottle. My cleansed skin craves this light, refreshing serum and I am noticing an improvement to my skin tone.
Royal Nectar Face Mask with Bee Venom ($68) — This is my absolute favorite thing right now. I actually use it once a week or so as an overnight treatment and the next morning my pores are less visible, my tone is more radiant and my skin is so well hydrated.
Skin Type: Combination Skin
Your Best Face Private Reserve ($75 in the shop) — While I'm only in my 20s, it's nice to know that this facial oil gives my skin care routine an antioxidant boost to combat the free radical damage that causes aging. Despite being an oil, Private Reserve absorbs quickly with no greasiness, and when used at night, I'm guaranteed to wake up with softer skin.
Astara Blue Flame Purification Mask ($42) — Although I feel like a Smurf when I apply this mask, there's no getting around the fact that it helps heal blemishes on breakout—prone skin and reduce oiliness. Afterwards, my skin feels cool, refreshed and super smooth.
Skinfinite Purify Cleanser ($30 in shop) — A good cleanser that's free of irritating sulfates really is the foundation for any skin care routine. This one is my cleanser of choice because it contains AHA and BHA to deep clean skin and gently exfoliate with fruit extracts but without leaving my skin feeling dry.
Skin Type: Combination Skin, Sensitive Skin
M.A.D Skincare Mega Rich Antioxidant Cleansing Gel ($32) — I've always had trouble finding a good cleanser for my combination skin. It seemed that if I found something that controlled the oil and breakouts, it would make my dry skin even drier. Not so with M.A.D Skincare's cleansing gel — it cleans thoroughly without any tightness or dryness, and yet it manages to control oil and make my feel really soft. I love how just a tiny bit of gel creates a creamy foam that rinses cleanly away.
Sevani Rapid Renewal Resurfacing Creme ($68 in the shop) — I didn't think it was possible for a cream to "wake up" your skin, but that's what applying this cream feels like. It has a light, citrusy scent and a silky texture and after I put it on each morning, my skin actually feels refreshed. I love how it softens without greasiness, which is really important for my combination skin.
Prana Restore Nightly Moisturizer ($68) — I've reached the age where I need a good night cream, but very rich creams usually just exascerbate my oiliness. Prana's moisturizer works perfectly for me — it doesn't feel heavy, yet its deep moisturizing can be felt immediately. My skin feels super-soft when I wake up, and in just a few weeks, I've noticed a difference in the fine lines around my mouth area.
Arcona Infinite Odyssey Body Wash ($28) — I've been repeatedly surprised and disappointed by the ingredients in the allegedly "natural" products I've tried. Arcona was a real winner for me — its impressively natural ingredients include shea butter, witch hazel and essential oils, and its rich lather comes from plant extracts. It has a soothing, floral scent that is just heavenly — I love how delicately it lingers on my skin.
Skin Type: Combination skin with dry spots, acne and large pores
Amarte Daily Exfoliopowder ($35) — The Amarte Daily Exfoliopowder mixes with water to create a soft lather that doesn't leave my skin dry or tight, as many other cleansers often do. My skin is immediately softer and smoother, free of all dirt and residue. With usage over time, I have seen fewer and fewer breakouts, smaller pores, and a more even and brighter complexion.
Your Best Face Advanced CE Concentrate ($50 in the shop) — While I don't have age spots yet, my face has noticeable dark spots be it from pimples I've popped (oops) as well as an overall dull, uneven tone. Though it's considered a serum, the lotion absorbs nicely into the skin but works to keep skin hydrated, while also evening out my skin tone throughout the day. I'd say this is a great option for those who'd prefer to combine a vitamin C serum with a day cream.
Retrospect Hand & Nail Reconstructor ($36) — I hate hand creams. Even when they claim not to be, they are always greasy. They wash off after you apply, or last all of 20 minutes before you feel dry again. Retrospect Hand & Nail Reconstructor is possibly the first hand cream I not only did not hate, but rather loved. My nails are looking less brittle and dry, my hands are softer, and I'm not left with a slimy aftermath! The only thing I wish I could change about this product is the packaging, as I'd much rather prefer an on-the-go tube.