And now I use it, too.

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When your mother looks fifteen years younger than she is, there comes a time when you realize you need to wise up—in my case, as soon as I crossed the threshold from college kid to real-life adult with a job and bills and other wrinkle-inducing responsibilities.

And so I pulled out the No. 2 and started taking notes. From skincare staples like Beautycounter’s Plumping Facial Oil to age-reversing standouts like Goop’s Instant Facial, I’ve learned the power of a killer skincare routine that basically says, “Not today!” to the aging process.

As far as makeup goes, there’s one age-defying foundation my mother swears by: Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. “Future Skin!” Even the name sounds promising. I’ve listened to my mama wax on about this foundation for as long as I can remember, and recently I tried it after *literal* years of nagging. Surprise, surprise, it was amazing.

It’s an oil-free gel foundation containing light-reflecting pigments that ease the appearance of any imperfections, like fine lines, uneven tone or texture, and dehydration. It basically makes you look super hydrated, skin plumped, and glowing from within. As we age, our skin can tend to look dull and dry, and this comes in packing all the essential tricks for younger-looking skin.

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You’ll immediately notice the unique texture: a creamy, almost bouncy formula that comes in a pot. Why bouncy? Because it’s bolstered up with 60% charged water for crazy hydration potential. After applying with a foundation brush, you’ll also notice how it melts into the skin almost as if a serum-cream hybrid. This makes for super natural coverage that feels totally weightless.

Here’s the thing: It’s pricey. Now we all love a deal—I almost exclusively used a drugstore foundation until now—but every once in a while something comes along that makes you calculate how many lattes it costs, and then you give up the fancy coffee. And you know what? Caffeine makes your skin look dehydrated and sad, anyway. Good riddance.

If you’re trying to make your skin look younger than it is, this foundation is the splurge to make. Just ask my mom—who people assume is my sister. Like, way too often. Shop it here!

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