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My latest skincare FAVORITES (with some great discount codes!!)

Updated: Aug 21

These are some of the most compelling skincare products that have come my way in the past several months (out of the hundreds I've evaluated online and dozens I've tested!!)

I hope you find something on this list that piques your interest 🙂


Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk

This is a nice thick cleanser that serves as both a first and second cleanse AND perfect to leave on while you give yourself a little massage or gua sha treatment. It leaves my face so perfectly soft and supple and prepped for the next step of skincare.

Buy it on Amazon

Medik8 Hydrate B5 Intense

This is a medium-thick serum that hydrates and soothes like you wouldn't believe. But what I really love is that it soothes skin that's a bit sensitive or prickly (say from sun or wind,) I use this over an essence or toner to give my skin that extra TLC (I add layers of ceramides and an occlusive if I need extra care.)

(it's the Panthenol (B5), that gives it that extra soothing property)

*I've been using this on nights I need extra hydration.

I like to use it with my

Jin Jung Sung Toner

Drmtlgy Peptide Moisturizer code Penn saves 20%

then top it with my Drmtlgy Soothe and Recover code Penn saves 20%

After all that dries down a bit I put a thin layer of ointment (the one I mentioned in the video is by Alba botanicals) over top and OMG the next day!!

Dear Lucy Marine Antioxidant Serum

This serum is packed with such beautiful ingredients. It is so elegant - the packaging, formulation and application. While I like to layer this along with several products, it's the type of mulitiasking serum that could help reduce steps in a routine. I'm so impressed by this female-owned Canadian indie brand. code PENN10 for 10% off

OneSkin EYE

You may have heard me rave about OneSkin FACE and BODY - I really love the whole line AND the company. But my favorite product of all is OneSkin EYE. It has the highest concentration of their proprietary peptide - which has a ton of clinical evidence to back up its effectiveness in addressing skin aging from the inside out. code Penn15 saves 15%

DRMTLGY Water Cream Moisturiser

This is such a perfect hydrating moisturizer for summer (or all year long if you're closer to the equator.) Don't let the lightweight texture fool you - it really hydrates without feeling heavy or sticky. code Penn saves 20%

Dermelect Revitalite Eye Cream

This little number hydrates and brightens the under-eye area AND layers beautifully with other skincare and makeup. I love to keep it in the fridge to add an extra coolness on application. code Penn20 saves 20%

DRMTLGY Microabrasion Scrub

Another win from DRMTLGY is this gentle manual exfoliating 'scrub'. It really helps pave the way for the rest of my nourishing skincare routine. code Penn saves 20%

Dermatalogica Liquid Peelfolient

This is a very quick peel (it doesn't actually peel - it's really a quick light chemical exfoliator.) this is a perfect pick-me-up say before you go out on a Saturday night. The combo of acids and fruit enzymes is very cool and gives a well rounded exfoliation that leaves such a nice glow!!

*it does have a few fruit oils so steer clear if you're sensitive to them and always use SPF


I have such enthusiasm for this company. I learned about them when I discovered their M4 Estriol Face Cream (there is such a compelling reason to feed our skin with low doses of estrogen from when we're 40+)

But beyond M4, I have such admiration for Alloy. I'd strongly encourage you to sign up for their newsletter - their videos and other education tools are invaluable. They're pioneering women who are changing the face of menopausal healthcare - and making answers, resources and prescriptions available for women in all 50 states. (I get my HRT from Alloy,)

If you need resources check out MyAlloy. If your doctor isn't doing it, they WILL!!

You can use code penn20 (affiliate) for $20 off your first purchase of any product from their site.

I encourage you to sign up for their information, and at least familiarize yourself with everything they offer educationally. It is an excellent resource regardless of whether you try their facial product…The other information on this site is INVALUABLE.

My videos on Menopause:

Weight gain+anxiety during menopause? Getting the TRUTH with Dr Corinne Menn

Testosterone in menopause? Time limit for HRT? Sleep? Skin? ALL answered by Dr Menn! Part 2

Dr Mary Claire Haver answers YOUR menopause questions🤩


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Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Content provided in this blog is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or skin related diagnosis or treatment options. Information in this blog should not be considered as a substitute for advice from a healthcare/skin professional. The statements made about specific products throughout this blog are not to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. It is important that you check labels to determine if a product is right for you. Before starting any treatment at home consult a health care or skin care professional to determine if it’s right for you.

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