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Aging with Grace
(and Good Skin)

In partnership with our friends at State Of

The changes in mood, skin, and even temperature that can be brought on by the shifting hormones associated with menopause and perimenopause can be mild or major. What’s exciting is that lifestyle factors—from stress levels to supplements and skin care—can make a significant difference in how you look and feel. Whether it’s a bath infused with salt and lavender or an instantly calming and cooling peppermint mist, the journey to feeling your best actually feels…really good.

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    Bathe in Saltwater and Lavender

    Slipping into a bath can do wonders, if it’s your mood that needs soothing or you’re having trouble falling asleep; slipping into this bath is pretty close to pure heaven. The salts are infused with the most gorgeous lavender essential oil we’ve ever smelled, and the combination makes a perfectly balanced, skin-softening, stress-melting soak. The steam smells incredible, and the water itself feels so good.

    State Of Lavender Bath Salts
    State Of Lavender Bath Salts, $20
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    Spritz Yourself with Refreshing Mist

    A quick spritz of this exquisite peppermint-infused mist can help create a full-body calm-down sensation. Start with a few pumps for your face, then move to your chest and the back of the neck for maximum cooling. Keep it nearby—at your desk, in the car, in your bag: The mood-refreshing power of the essential oil blend is undeniable.

    State Of Cooling Spray
    State Of Cooling Spray, $10
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    Support with Supplements to Take You through Menopause

    GP loves this daily pack of supplements that includes herbs, adaptogens, phytonutrients, and vitamins tailored for women approaching, in the throes of, or just past menopause. It’s designed to support thyroid health and smooth the menopausal transition—including support for mild hot flashes, mood shifts, and stress-related fatigue.*

    “Beyond the baseline support that it provides, I particularly love the Madame Ovary regimen for its support in balancing my mood,” says GP, who’s forty-seven. “I feel like I have fewer days now when I feel cranky or emotional for no apparent reason. And when I’m even, a packed schedule is infinitely more manageable.” Gerda Endemann, goop’s senior director of science and research, is sixty-five, and she also takes it regularly and loves it. “Mild night sweats are way less frequent,” she says. “I wake up more refreshed.”

    goop Wellness Madame Ovary
    goop Wellness Madame Ovary goop, $90/$75 with subscription
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    Smooth in a Skin-Plumping Moisturizer

    The new GOOPGENES face cream is a serious (and totally luxurious-feeling) moisturizer. It’s packed with a superblend of hydrators—including ceramides, squalene, and illipe butter—that truly coddle skin, along with powerful active ingredients for real results. Apply it just once and it leaves skin deeply nourished, firmer-looking, and moisturized for forty-eight hours. After four weeks in a clinical and consumer-perception trial, 100 percent of test subjects showed significant improvement in skin firmness, and 97 percent showed the same in fine lines and wrinkles.**

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    Pat on Eye Cream

    The right eye cream—this one is both super active and super moisturizing—can change how you look and feel in seconds, whether you use it under makeup or on its own. The clinicals on this one are pretty compelling: 100 percent of test subjects saw significant improvement in eye-area firmness, 97 percent saw it in elasticity, and 91 percent saw it in their crow’s-feet after four weeks of using the eye cream.**

    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Eye Cream
    goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One
    Nourishing Eye Cream
    goop, $55/$50 with subscription
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    This magical aromatherapy oil (it has herby lavender, earthy pine and patchouli, refreshing peppermint and lemon myrtle) from acupuncturist and aromatherapist Annee de Mamiel is intended for travel, but we love it for a quick sensory wake-up call (hello, 4 p.m. slump). Dab a small bit just under the nose for instant clearheadedness.

    de Mamiel Altitude Oil
    de Mamiel Altitude Oil goop, $48
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    Massage Your Feet before Bed

    We love a quick self-massage for our feet once we’re in bed—it feels so good, helps us drift off to sleep, and of course leaves our feet in great shape. This thick, rich cream feels like heaven on your feet. Packed with moisturizing shea butter, jojoba oil, and avocado oil, along with botanicals like distilled myrtle and tea tree oil to purify and prevent odors, it smells subtly floral and gets even the roughest, driest skin right into shape.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

**Based on an eight-week third-party consumer-perception and clinical study conducted on thirty-three women ages thirty-five to sixty-five.