Next year, we'll all become a year older. This isn't a bad thing, but it's something to think about when it comes to the ole skincare routine. I have my share of tried-and-true products, but I do like to try new things as I get closer to 40 and as my skin "evolves." There are some products I love so much that I know they'll be part of my beauty routine for life, but I'm always up for trying new ones, especially as my late 30s are in full swing.
I spend a lot of time researching beauty products, some of which are new and new-to-me cult favorites. There are so many high-tech and highly effective formulas these days that I always have a long list of products to try. And in honor of my 37th year on this earth, I'm resolving to get to some new ones. Keep scrolling if you're curious to know which products I plan on trying in 2021.
I've never been big on beauty tools, but there are so many I'm intrigued by these days that I think I'm ready to start putting them to use. First up is NuFace, which lifts and tones the face and neck in as little as five minutes a day using microcurrent technology. Can we also take a moment to admire how pretty this glittery device is?
I started using Augustinus Bader cream a couple of months ago, and now, I think I'm ready to graduate to The Rich Cream, especially since my skin tends to be dry. I also want to commit to using the cream more often (for more noticeable results) as opposed to a couple of times a week as I do now.
I don't get lip injections, so I can justify the high price point for this topical "filler." It contains more than 20 anti-aging actives to hydrate, plump, and fight wrinkles. I'm sold.
I haven't paid a whole lot of attention to bodycare products in the past, but I think I'll regret neglecting them in the long run, as it's not just the face that shows age. This Mutha Body Oil is packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to help skin retain its elasticity.
I tried Dr. Dennis Gross's milder Universal Daily Peel ($88) in the past, but I think I'm ready for something a little more heavy-duty. The more popular of the two, it does everything from reducing fine lines and dark spots to supporting natural cell renewal and collagen.
I haven't always done a great job of applying a vitamin C serum on a daily basis before my sunscreen, but I think 2021 is my year to start. This hydrating serum firms and brightens immediately and is lightweight enough to wear under sunscreen and makeup.
Shani Darden (aka the woman behind Jessica Alba's and Chrissy Teigen's glowing skin) just released her first-ever beauty tool. The Sculpting Wand promises to target wrinkles on a deeper level and contour the face, revealing firmer, tighter, smoother skin. It would be an understatement to say that I'm intrigued.
My very discerning dermatologist raves about Alastin products, and this is the year I'll take her advice. The brand's most acclaimed product is its Restorative Skin Complex, which I'm looking forward to trying first. It clears out damaged elastin and collagen while restoring volume and evening skin tone.
I've been using Clé de Peau concealer for years, but I'm ready to try something else that's just as good but that's a little easier on the wallet. This one has rave reviews, and I think it'll be a great complement to Nars's Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30), which I already use.
Peels and brightening masks have become staples in my skincare routine this year. This Renée Rouleau peel comes highly recommended by pretty much every beauty editor, so it obviously deserves a place in my medicine cabinet.
When you're using peels and retinol regularly, it's important to have something on hand to counteract the side effects. This soothing mask reduces redness and irritation, and I plan on stocking up.
The hands have some of the most hardworking skin on the body. Plus, it's quite thin skin. I've never tried an anti-aging hand cream, but given the facts, I think I should start. This one promises to combat dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles in one fell swoop.
This 100% natural magical cleanser is the daily exfoliator I've been searching for. It sloughs off dead skin cells without stripping even dry, sensitive skin. Translation: bright, smooth skin on a daily basis.
Regular use of retinol is something dermatologists recommend in your late 30s, but my skin has reacted badly to it in the past. Luckily, this gentle version isn't irritating or drying in the least.
I started using face washes with more utility this year and will continue to do so in 2021. This new one by Farmacy removes every speck of grime and makeup while gently exfoliating. Just try it; you'll love it.
A neck cream may not seem all that important in your 30s, but I'm here to say it ain't so. While I may not have neck wrinkles yet, I'd like to do everything I can to prevent them. This one contains AHAs and antioxidants to moisturize and protect.
Silk pillowcases are a game changer. When I've used them in the past, I've woken up with zero creases on my face and much smoother hair. Sadly, mine just ripped, so I plan on trying this highly acclaimed one next.
I've been dying to try this popular mask, which promises smooth, dewy, and firm skin in just five to 10 minutes. It's also suitable for all skin types, so let's all try it.
I already wear sunscreen on a daily basis, but I'm resolving to invest in one with anti-aging properties. Tatcha's makes your skin look like silk. I've used it in the past, and although it's pricey, I'm planning on investing in another tube very soon.
I think the time has come for me to start using a more powerful eye cream, and this one comes with a perfect five-star rating. Not only does it have anti-aging benefits, but it also improves dark circles and puffiness—good news for someone who gets as little sleep as I do.