Keeping our skin dry is important at any age – but even more so after 60! Join Margaret as she explores several low-cost but great moisturizers for mature skin. Enjoy the show!

Margaret:

Hi, everyone. I’m Margaret Manning, your host at Sixty and Me. We are a community of women who are aging beautifully and who want to look on the outside the way that they feel on the inside: youthful, vibrant and full of potential and passion.

I often do videos on beauty makeovers and product reviews, but I will take a different approach today. Rather than do a full makeover using different kinds of products, I think you will find more value when I focus on one category of products at a time.

There are thousands of skincare products on the market today, so it isn’t easy to choose a single one from the lot of them. I’ve decided to pick seven products of a single category, try them myself and rate them based on their quality.

This will be an ongoing series, in which I will introduce each product with its strengths and weaknesses. I will also try to explain some terminology, such as ingredients used in the products, because I think that might be of interest to you.

Today I want to talk about moisturizers that are both good quality and affordable. If there’s one thing that everybody says we should do as we get older, it’s to keep our skin moisturized, because the oil glands in our skin just don’t work as they used to. This makes moisturizing a really important, basic thing to do.

So, if you’re on a limited budget, or you don’t want to spend a lot on moisturizer products, I’ve chosen several that I’m going to share with you along with my thoughts on them. I’ll also explain what the manufacturer says makes their product different.

I moisturize my skin all the time because I think our environment is a little dry. Obviously, drinking lots of water and taking good care of your diet is important, but so is using products that are well made and still very affordable.

All of the products I’m showing you today are under $15. I started using some of them in the past and continue using them today. Here is the list of products that you can come back to as you are watching this video:

Eucerin Advanced Repair

Cera Vae Face and Body Moisturizer

Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Neutrogena Hydro Boost

Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer

True Skin Daily Facial Moisturizer

L’oreal Age Perfect Skin Renewal with Rosy Tone Moisturizer

The first one I’d like to share is a product many women in the community use. I haven’t tried this product before, but here it is. It’s from the product line of Eucerin, and it comes in a huge, 16-ounce tub, all under $15.

This particular product is for an advanced repair use and can be applied to the body and face. Eucerin actually claims that it’s a very good product for cracked feet and cracked skin, in general. So, if you have super dry skin, Eucerin might be the product to consider.

It’s recommended by dermatologists which gives it a little bit of credibility. The online description says it’s good for winter skin, so if you live in the northern hemisphere, this could be a go-to product. It’s all purpose and fragrance-free. It’s a basic moisturizer that many of you love and recommend.

As a side note, the new member of the UK’s royal family, Meghan Markell, who is a very beautiful woman, uses the Eucerin Aquaphor Skin Repairing Balm, which her makeup assistant said she can’t live without. So, Eucerin is a brand that is very well-known, respected and affordable.

The next product I want to share is by CeraVe, and it also comes in a 16-ounce container for under $15. It’s designed for face and body, and I actually used it the other day. It’s a very thin moisturizer, but I liked it, and it doesn’t have a scent that I can detect.

The ingredients list a couple of things you may not be familiar with: ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Let’s take a pause and explain each of these.

Ceramide is a fat that is naturally found in high concentrations in the uppermost part of your skin. It actually makes up 50% of your skin composition. So, the additional ceramides in your moisturizer nourish your skin with its own wonderful ingredients.

Hyaluronic acid is also really important. It’s like a sponge which absorbs moisture that comes into contact with your skin and keeps it in your skin. That’s why a lot of these skincare products have it as an ingredient.

CeraVe, as an affordable moisturizer, recognizes that and uses it. The product description says, “Moisturizes, restores and maintains a protective skin barrier.” Obviously, CeraVe is a product we should all consider.

My third choice brings me back to my childhood. When I was a little girl, I used to sneak into my mother’s bedroom. I’d find her Pond’s cream, which came in a teeny-weeny jar with a gold top, and I’d put it on my face. Then I would hide it because it was gold dust, and my mom didn’t have a lot of money to spend on cosmetics, so it was valuable to her.

What I have here is Pond’s Rejuvenating Anti-Wrinkle Cream. This is a 14-ounce jar of moisturizer that is designed for your face, but I use it all over my body as well. I used to use it to wash my face.

It has a lush and creamy consistency, which I think hasn’t changed over the years. This is a great product for under $15, and I think the line is very reputable. It’s been around for 50-plus years.

This specific product has an anti-wrinkle effect and is formulated with alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs, and collagen. It’s supposed to smooth the appearance of wrinkles on your skin, but I haven’t used this particular product for long enough to say that the claims are true. I do know, however, what Pond’s has done to my skin over the years, so I can say they have been my friend.

Now, let’s look more closely into those alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and collagen, and why it’s good to have them in a skin product.

AHAs are an exfoliation element that, they say, produces fresher and refined skin. Exfoliation is the process that takes off that dead skin layer that we produce all the time, so it can be washed away.

Over time, they claim, it gives your skin more hydration and makes it smoother. That’s what creates the anti-wrinkle effect and you just have to take that for what it’s worth. The AHA’s also got glycolic acid in it which is the gold standard for hydroxy acids.

Moving on, collagen is an amino acid that our body produces in a large quantity when we’re younger. As we get older, though, our body produces less collagen.

What collagen does is, it makes the skin all over your body puffy and full of water, and it fills in the wrinkles in your skin. This is something that Pond’s thinks is important, and I agree.

The next product is by Neutrogena, and I must say I’ve never tried it before though I’ve used some other Neutrogena products. This one is a huge Amazon favorite with lots of recommendations and good reviews.

It’s a Hydro Boost Gel Cream for extra dry skin. I do know that a lot of women in our age group and younger have problems with dry skin, so this might be a product to try. It’s interesting that this cream is almost translucent, though looks blueish in the jar. It’s super smooth, so I it’s more like a gel than a cream, and it goes completely invisible.

This is another product with hyaluronic acid for extra dry skin, and it says it boosts the skin’s natural barrier against moisture loss. A lot of people like the texture too. It’s oil-free, dye-free and fragrance-free, and it’s from a dermatologist recommended brand.

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but the hyaluronic acid, which is like a sponge, has the capacity to absorb up to a thousand times its weight in moisture. So, apparently, these little acids are quite active and powerful. And that’s the Neutrogena.

The fifth product on my list is by Aveeno, another classic line that’s been around for a long time. The product reads, “positively radiant daily moisturizer with sunscreen.” I think this has got SPF-15, so it’s not super protective, but many moisturizers don’t have any SPF, so this is a nice plus.

What’s really unique about this product is that it’s made from soy complex – which is something to be aware of if you don’t like soy products.

It also says it’s got natural light diffusers, but I don’t know what that means. Perhaps it means it’s just a little bit matte, or it plays with the light on your skin. I don’t know. I’ve tried it on my skin to see whether it does anything with the light, but I didn’t notice any special effect. It’s very thick though, so maybe it just fills in those little wrinkles.

Whatever it does, it’s an affordable product that you can experiment with. It’s a rich source of protein and lipids, carbohydrates and vitamins because of the soy complex. A lot of skin care products now do use plant and natural botanical ingredients.

It’s got a nice floral scent to it, so if you’re looking for a fragrance-free moisturizer, Aveeno will not classify. But I do quite like it, and it’s also got very good rating on Amazon.

The next one is TruSkin, and this is a company I’d never heard of before. The product I’m showing you is a daily facial moisturizer with Vitamin C and Vitamin B5, and it’s actually been voted on Amazon the best Vitamin C moisturizer cream for the face.

Vitamin C has been shown to have all kinds of wonderful anti-aging effects, and that’s important for toning and firming. This TruSkin moisturizer is supercharged with 15% of Vitamin C, and it’s also got green tea and jojoba oil. So, they use a combination of tea and plant extracts as well, which makes this product really cool.

I saved my favorite product for last because I think it’s really unique. I’ve used it a couple of times and I love it. It’s L’Oréal’s Age Perfect Cell Renewal. One reason why I like L’Oréal as a brand is their effort to create in their product and marketing strategy a line that deals with older women skincare issues and concerns.

Helen Mirren is a spokesperson for L’Oréal. She’s a naturally beautiful woman who’s also an advocate for us women over 60.

So, this is a thick moisturizing cream with cell renewal technology. It’s got an ingredient called lipo hydroxy acid (LHA) which L’Oréal uses in a lot of its products to help with skin flaws like acne and age spots.

They says using this product “makes the skin appear visibly younger,” which is always something I question because I’ve never seen this happen in reality. If healthy skin is what’s making you look great, then I agree.

This moisturizer is also supposed to make your skin healthier. The description says that as the skin matures, it loses its ability to renew the dead skin cells on the surface. This cream helps boost cell renewal, so that’s really useful.

What I find really unique about this moisturizer is the color. It’s pink, and it does give a light pink, glowing quality to the skin. The special ingredient there comes from a Chinese peony plant that has been historically known for its antioxidant and exfoliant powers.

I don’t want to say that the L’Oréal is my favorite, although they do a lot of interesting research, but I’ll probably keep using their moisturizer because it’s really nice.

All the products I showed you are great for different reasons and they’re all affordable. They all cost under $15, with the exception of the L’Oréal, which cost $16. Try them, see which ones you like, and if you’re using any of them already, please leave a comment below.

I’m learning a lot as I go with this new series, so I would really appreciate your feedback. Let me know what you think about today’s video and about these products that I’ve shown you. I hope that you enjoyed the show, and I look forward to reading your comments. Take very good care, everybody. Bye, bye for now.

What kind of moisturizer do you use? How would you like to try any new ones? What do you look for in a moisturizer? Please tell us in the comments below.

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