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Albertini International: Skin Care Products For Midlife Women (Giveaway)

My first job after graduating college was at McGraw-Hill Book Company in New York City. I was wide-eyed and ready to conquer the publishing world. What I didn’t count on was the number of other recent college graduates who were hired and ready to battle each other to be noticed and promoted. So I dug down deep to win the war, sometimes following the crowd to places I had no right being in on such a paltry starting salary.

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Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingale’s and Bonwit Teller were some of the stores we frequented on our lunch hour.

The cosmetic counters were our favorite places to roam, and it was there that I’d spend most of my paycheck. I spent a ridiculous amount of money on cleansers, exfoliators, toners and moisturizers that the pages of Cosmo told me I absolutely had to use to avoid wrinkles and cellulite.

What was I thinking?

Over the years I’ve gotten away from purchasing expensive skin products, and these days I also think it’s important to read the ingredients on labels to make sure they’re as natural as possible.

So I was thrilled when I received some special swag at this year’s Bloggers at Midlife (BAM) event from Albertini International. I don’t usually get excited about swag but this was very different.

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Valorie Albertini is the passionate creator behind Albertini International. A skin expert who spent 25 years testing and developing skincare and hair products for major manufacturers, Valorie noticed her own skin changing while going through menopause. She decided she had to find a solution by creating skin care products that would be geared for women in midlife at a price that was affordable. Along with her longtime friend Janice Petit de Mange, Albertini manufactures:

“Skin Care for Women Old Enough to Know and Young Enough to Care!”

My gift bag from BAM contained three lovely sample sizes of their products:

Rough Love Body Scrub

Don’t you love the name? I hadn’t used a body scrub in years so I couldn’t wait to shower up and try theirs. This exfoliating and detoxifying treatment, with its fragrant rosemary and eucalyptus oils, is said to remove impurities and hydrate the skin.

I followed the directions on the label, using it in the shower after cleansing while gently massaging the scrub in a circular motion, then rinsing it off with warm water. I use it 2 to 3 times a week, focusing on my roughest spots (elbows, knees and the bottom of my feet.)

I found Albertini’s promise of removing dead skin cells to provide softer and smoother skin to be true. I love the new feel of my skin, and the smell of the scrub reminds me of being in a spa. I highly recommend trying it.

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Photo Credit: Albertini International

Warm Love Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask

I haven’t used a mask in years but I know it’s important for good skin care. The promise of removing old skin cells and stimulating new cell growth was something that, in midlife, is important for all women with our ever-changing skin.

At 56 years old my skin is definitely changing, so the promise of purifying and brightening it was something I wanted to put to the test. I was happy to learn that the pumpkin (that I was initially hesitant about) was combined with papaya and pineapple enzymes.

The directions called for using the mask after cleansing your face and prior to moisturizing. I used it in the shower after drying off my face, massaging it for a few minutes (you can leave it on longer for increased benefits.) I was glad to feel how thin the mask felt on my skin, not thick and heavy like some masks do.

The results? My face feels silky smooth and I love the smell. I am thoroughly sold on Warm Love!

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Photo Credit: Albertini International

Divine Skin Hydrator

Created for women over 40, this product is an in-shower body moisturizer to help us restore our skin’s natural moisture by rehydrating and smoothing rough, dry skin. (I felt like this product was made specifically for me!) I loved that it was unscented, something that’s important to me since many scents give me a headache.

You can use Divine in the shower after cleaning and rinsing (including your hair), but I use it (as they also recommend) after getting out of the shower on my damp skin. I slather it all over my body and it feels smooth and gentle.

I adore this product! My skin feels softer than it’s felt in years. It feels like the old days when my skin had a youthful luster to it. It doesn’t get any better than that. This is one product I will continue to use.

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Photo Credit Albertini International

The ladies of Albertini generously sent me two additional products to try.

Tint Plus Tinted Moisturizer

When I spoke to Janice on the phone she said she looked at my Facebook profile photo and decided to send me the medium shade of their tinted moisturizer. She was absolutely right. I am particular not only about the moisturizers I use but also the color of any tint. (Don’t you hate seeing women wearing tints that look orangey?)

Developed for aging skin with the added benefits of being oil free and SPF 20, this moisturizer provides lightweight coverage without seeping into creases or fine lines. I used it on my cheeks, around my nose and on my chin and forehead. It did the trick.

The directions say you can use your regular makeup over this product and they were right. My skin felt s-m-o-o-t-h and my makeup easily glided over the light foundation. I thought I’d need to use a little extra foundation but it wasn’t necessary.

I love the look and feel of Tint Plus Tinted Moisturizer. I’d recommend it to all women. It helped me start my day feeling more confident about how my skin looked and felt.

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Photo Credit: Albertini International

Pure Love All Natural Facial Cleanser

The newest addition of the Albertini line, I adored this cleanser from the start. I felt good knowing it had an antioxidant blend of olive, argan and jojoba oils to wipe away my makeup and cleanse my skin. I use it in the shower with dry hands and massage it into my face and neck when they’re dry. It quickly rinses away under warm water and my face and neck feel clean and soft. Easy, peasy.

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Photo Credit: Albertini International

Take a look at the Albertini International website to discover the entire line of products available for the face and body geared to women in midlife. You’ll be glad you did!

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Photo Credit: Albertini International

I am happy to provide one lucky winner with a gift bag containing a full size Divine and samples of Rough Love, Warm Love and Pure Love! Leave a comment below and one winner will be chosen at random by Wednesday, June 17.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Albertini International. I received compensation and free products but all opinions, as always, are entirely my own.

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81 thoughts on “Albertini International: Skin Care Products For Midlife Women (Giveaway)

  1. Donna Hodos

    Cathy,
    Sorry, but I was somewhat put off by your endorsement of a commercial product. This did not speak to me and is not what I expect from this blog. But I realize that others may find it informative.

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      I appreciate your honesty, Donna. As you know I rarely endorse products, but once in awhile when a product excites me and I think that the midlife and/or disability/ability readers would be interested in them then I write about it. From time to time I’ve written about other items for the same reasons. Not every product will tickle every reader, but hopefully it will interest more than a few!

      I hope you will continue to follow my blog and leave your thoughtful comments.

      Have a good day~
      Cathy

  2. Janet O'Neil

    I love reading about new products Cathy, especially those geared to my age group. I am a busy person as you know, so how else would I find out about self care items unless others do the research and share the information? Thank you! Reading about something positive that will make me feel good is always welcome.

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      I am so glad you feel that way, Janet! I feel the same way and that’s how I learned about these products; from others doing the research first and then passing it on to help others. We have to help one another – that’s what it’s all about.

      Thanks for your lovely comments.

  3. Marcy Berkowitz

    Cathy,
    Thanks for sharing some new products you enjoyed. It’s important for us to take care of ourselves in every way! Spiritually and literally! Can’t wait to give you a hug and feel your new skin.

  4. Anne Bushell

    I am your age, Cathy, and always on the lookout for natural and effective skincare.
    I appreciate your review as there are too many products available and it is daunting to choose one. Thank you for introducing a new product geared to us post menopausal women!

  5. Shannon

    I’ve been using this line for a few years now. Absolutely love it! It’s my favorite gift to get and give my girlfriends! Shannon, age 41.

  6. Sue Mew

    As another menopausal woman with MS (37 years-!) any sincere helpful advice is appreciated. Will investigate.

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Menopause and MS = help! Seriously I am glad you enjoyed the review. I know that I appreciate hearing from other women (and not from media/ads) what works and hasn’t worked for them.

      I had to look at your last name twice because my maiden name was NEW. So close!!

      1. Sue Mew

        That’s funny Cathy. Lot’s of people think our name is New. Mew is English, relating to a courtyard or stable.

  7. Barbara Hammond

    I’ve been blessed with good skin and until midlife never worried too much about it. As I’ve gotten older I’ve experienced many changes in my skin and not just my face. These sound like they are designed for women of a certain stage in life and that’s great to know. I will check out their website! Nice review.
    Thanks,
    b
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    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Thanks, Barbara! I know what you mean about good skin (thanks in part to great genetics, right?) and changing skin. I guess it’s part of the fun of changing hormones. I hope you enjoy tooling around the site. Thanks for your comments which, as always, I truly appreciate!

  8. Rena mcDaniel

    I loved the products we got from the conference! I need to get some more of some of it I’ve run out!

  9. Susan Sherman

    I’ve been using all but the new cleanser and LOVE them all, especially Divine on my heals – no more dry cracking and the tinted moisture. I never used a foundation because they felt so heavy and fake but this moisturizer is none of that. It is light, gives just the right coverage and my skin feels so, so smooth. I would love to receive even more product before I run out!!! Thanks

  10. BCarolyn Prince

    I’m going to pretend that all these wonderful sounding products really know no age limit and would be equally happy to serve the face and body of an 80+ grandmother. So with that assumption, I submit my name for your drawing! (With smiles)

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      You made me smile. I smiled because (1) I heard from you, which always makes me smile (2) I love you and (3) you are ageless. I’ve known you since I was 10 and I can honestly say you just keeping getting better! You are amazing and mean the world to me. You represent how all women should be, in face, body, and soul. I am proud to know you, dear one. xoxoxo

  11. Tammy Pennington

    Saw this info on your Midlife Blvd post. I have been searching for a great oil based cleanser. I’m going to check this out. My skin has gone from dry to “Kalahari Desert” this year and I’m on a quest to find products to help combat this.Thanks!

  12. Doreen McGettigan

    I was excited to try these products when I got back from BAM and was so impressed. I have been looking for skincare products that are specifically for middle aged women.
    That pumpkin does smell amazing too! Excellent review.

  13. Helene Cohen Bludman

    I share your enthusiasm for these products, Cathy. I tried out the free samples I got at BAM and was pleased with he results. As our skin ages we need to find the right products and these fit the bill nicely!

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Yeah, Mary. It’s those times when we stop a moment to inspect and shout “Agh!” that we realize we better start to do something, eh? Face and feet are important, my friend, for all of us ladies! xo

  14. Annie Scully

    Sign me up! It’s great to learn about a product created by women for women of our age, and that it sounds like an easy, affordable, and effective skin care regimen is intriguing to me as well. (And if you were using Albertini when we I saw you in Indianapolis, I am definitely going to try this product!!)

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      When we are young we are so vulnerable to marketing ads, aren’t we Beth? I agree with you completely about products not doing their job and became so tired of buying them! Good luck on the contest and thanks for visiting my blog.

  15. Elyssa

    Cathy , I enjoyed reading your blog . I found it very interesting. I just turned the big 50 ! It is a gift and a true blessing. I haven’t been on the web as of lately . So much has been going on . I would love the chance to win this lovely gift set ! Keep on writing !
    All the best , Elyssa

  16. Julia

    I loved the samples from BAM but I didn’t get a pumpkin mask. I got two of the moisturizers and that was probably necessary! LOL From your descriptions I think the facial cleanser sounds amazing and I love your description of the mask. I know you don’t often do sponsored posts, and so when you do I pay attention. Thanks for entering me in the contest!

    1. shifrachester@gmail.com Post author

      Sorry you didn’t get a pumpkin mask, Julia. Your skin is beautiful so maybe it was meant to be?!?! 🙂 Either way thanks for leaving your lovely comments (you are the best) and I wish you good luck on the contest!

  17. Cathy Sikorski

    I’m always looking for new skin care products. I know how much time and effort continually goes in to R&D so sign me up! I’m definitely going to try the tinted moisturizer. Thanks for a fun and interesting post!
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  18. Theresa Wiza

    You had me at, “at a price that was affordable,” so I’d be willing to try this product. Just recently I saw an ad for a moisturizing product that was ON SALE for $54 from an unbelievable $500. I’m hoping it was a typo. Anyway at nearly 64, I’m always looking for ways to save my skin. Great review!
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  19. Leisa Hammett

    Interesting to see this here today. I am behind on my sharing paybacks. I love the pumpkin mask. Very impressed. I used it several times after I got it and sorta forgot about it, although I planned to buy it. It feels good, smells good and leaves my skin glowing. I used it for before my daughter’s birthday last weekend and I even see the gleam in the photo taken of us. Interesting to know your work history, Cathy!
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