Applied to skin care, the first two parts of Carrie Bradshaw’s oft-quoted line hold up well: your 20s are for making the mistakes; your 30s are for learning the lessons. But instead of paying for the drinks, we’d say your 40s are for perfecting the process. You’ve been around the block (not too many times!), you know yourself, and you won’t settle for what doesn’t work—especially if you’re a dermatologist.
We asked six derms over 40 to let us in on their holy grail, first-they’d-save-from-a-bathroom-fire skin-care product. From a vitamin C serum to a drugstore staple, these are their picks.
5) “I was on the waiting list for Emepelle Serum even before it launched in March 2019 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, and I have been using it daily ever since. Emepelle is revolutionary—it’s the first clinically proven skin-care product that targets the estrogen receptors in our skin. Estrogen plays a huge role in maintaining skin’s hydration and collagen—we lose 30% of our collagen during the first five years of menopause. We’ve all been using SPF and retinol for years, and now we are truly ‘anti-aging’ by addressing aging due to the decline in our hormone levels. I’m not in menopause but am certainly in perimenopause, and I’ve been on hormone replacement therapy for four years. I have pretty good skin already, but I notice more of a glow and improved hydration and suppleness since using Emepelle. I’m sure that it’s enhancing the results of my laser treatments for skin tightening too.” —Dr. Jessie Cheung, a dermatologic surgeon in Willowbrook, Illinois, and New York City