Product Review: State Of
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Aging skin is one of the frustrating changes that accompany menopause. During the menopause transition, hormones become erratic, wreaking havoc with our skin. Estrogen aids with elastin and collagen production and is key to keeping the skin tight, bright, hydrated, and thick. When estrogen declines during perimenopause and postmenopause, we experience a shift from oily or normal complexions to skin that’s as dry as a bone. Aging skin suffers from a loss of natural lipids, like ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol, contributing to inflammation, dehydration, and a compromised moisture barrier. Dry, flaky skin, rosacea, sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles are the most common issues, but many women report breakouts too.
Historically, skincare companies largely ignored midlife women, focusing their product lines and marketing on younger women. Now, big brands and new companies are beginning to recognize the unique needs and challenges of menopausal skin. In the fall of 2020, State Of launched its skincare line after working with a collective of menopausal women to develop and test its products. The company recently welcomed Stacy London as its new CEO.
How State Of is Different
State Of recruited over 100 women to join its “Collective,” a group of midlife women that share their skin concerns, test products, and provide feedback. According to the company, the conversations with women in the Collective helped inform and shape the products they developed, including formulations and packaging. State Of also recognizes the importance of clean beauty in its ingredients, research and development, and packaging. All State Of products are vegan, cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified. Ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced and free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, ethanolamines, formaldehyde, talc, mineral or petroleum oils, triclosan, synthetic fragrances, and dyes. Most of the packaging is recyclable.
Putting State Of To the Test
We decided to try a selection of State Of products to see if they lived up to the claims. Our testers included women ages 50, 55, and 70 with different skin concerns and preferences. They tried the Cooling Spray, Cooling Facial Moisturizer, Rich Facial Moisturizer, Rejuvenating Face Oil, Arnica Hand and Joint Cream, and CBD Body Oil.
Tester 1 – Age 50 with combination skin
Our 50-year old tester loved the Rich Facial Moisturizer. Even though she doesn’t have dry skin yet, she found that it made her skin softer and just felt good. It was the right balance of moisture for her. She also loved the tingling mint feel of the Cooling Face Spray. “It’s a nice refreshing little perk in the morning after I wash my face.” The spray is designed to feel refreshing and provide soothing relief from hot flashes.
Tester 2 – Age 55 with dry skin
Our 55-year old tester liked several State Of products. Her two favorites were the Rich Facial Moisturizer and Rejuvenating Face Oil. Of the face oil, she said she was hesitant because she had tried face oils in the past and they always clogged her pores. She was pleasantly surprised to find that State Of’s face oil left her skin nicely hydrated without the problem of clogged pores. “I didn’t expect to like the face oil at all, but it made my skin soft and gave me a nice glow. It also has this lovely herbal smell.” In addition to providing hydration, the face oil also improves skin elasticity.
Of the Rich Facial Moisturizer, she reported it provided just the right amount of hydration. “This one will definitely be a go-to product during the winter when my skin gets even drier than normal. It wasn’t too heavy or poor clogging as some moisturizers for dry skin can be.” As a bonus, the Rich Facial Moisturizer also provides an invisible barrier for the skin to protect it from getting drier.
She also enjoyed the lightweight texture of the CBD Body Oil and found that it kept her skin hydrated for a long time. While she wasn’t sure that it reduced muscle pain as the company claims, she did find the Arnica Hand and Joint Cream to be very soothing and it absorbed nicely without being sticky or greasy. “It’s like tiger balm, but smells a million times better and just melts into the skin!”
Tester 3 – Age 70 with dry skin and fine lines
Our 70-year old tester was delighted with the CBD Body Oil. “It put a lovely light shine on my skin and brought out my natural color.” She liked that it was lightweight, lightly fragrant, and didn’t stain her clothes or leave her with a slippery feeling.
The Bottom Line on State Of
Our testers felt that the products addressed several concerns with aging skin and plan to keep using their favorites. We like that State Of is focused on offering products designed for women’s unique needs during the menopause life stage, has a clean beauty philosophy, and is eco-conscious. Three big priorities for midlife women! It’s a company you want to get behind and root for.
Try State Of products for yourself and see what you think. The company’s products are sold through its website. The reviews are limited but very positive. If you are unhappy with a product, they will issue a full refund of your purchase.
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