T&C's guide to the serums, creams, and masks for smoothing, firming, and lifting that actually work.
For centuries people have reverted to obscure beauty rituals claiming to be the source of the fountain of youth, for example, Cleopatra is believed to have bathed in donkey milk for its anti-aging properties. However, these days it's clear that aging gracefully doesn't rely on just one secret potion. Rather, it takes a collection of products that will restore, protect, and regenerate your skin. To help you on your quest of turning back time, we've rounded up the best anti-aging products to introduce to your routine. From natural beauty wonders to tried-and-true favorite masks, oils, peels, treatments, and moisturizers, these wrinkle-reducing and glow-inducing workhorses turn back the sands of time.
Pause is changing the skincare game with products specifically formulated for the conditions that perimenopausal and menopausal women experience. Specifically, the slowing of collagen production. Enter: a serum made with a proprietary mix of niacinamide, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic acid, DMAE, Palmityoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl tatrapeptide, Poria Cocos Polysaccaride, and Ribose, that not only hydrates and nourishes skin to ensure sit remains plump and supple, but also boosts skin density and elasticity, particularly when it comes to toning and tightening contours of the jaw line.
Complete and utter luxury to be savored down to the very last drop—the kind of luxury ritual you want to indulge in twice a day. Especially if the skin around your eyes is dry. Stimulating active ingredients, such as lindera extract and Persian acacia boost cellular longevity to replenish the epidermis. The effect is real: wrinkles around the delicate eye area are reduced, while radiance and hydration are increased.
Skin in need of intense hydration? L’Oreal’s Hyaluronic Acid serum visibly plumps skin and even better: reduces wrinkles. The lightweight serum wears well under makeup and leaves skin feeling smoother and tightened—and reduces signs of fatigue, too. Plus, according to Nielsen, it's the #1 serum in the U.S.
Cindy Crawford, seemingly ageless, has bestowed the gift of her beauty secrets upon the rest of us with the Meaningful Beauty line. The whole collection was formulated from the anti-aging properties of rare melons grown in the South of France. For a serum that can help correct the signs of aging while preventing future damage, look no further!
One of the keys to achieving younger-looking skin is hydration. Kate Somerville's 'Quench' serum helps your skin cells retain moisture to help you attain a dewier and more youthful appearance.
The newest Korean beauty trend, Hanacure, is changing the game of anti-aging products– combining the effect of a serum, cream, and a mask in one treatment to drastically reduce the effects of aging. If you're still skeptical, one look at their Instagram testimonials will make you a believer.
These gold recovery eye masks help target the sensitive under-eye . Not only do they aim to reduce puffiness around the eye, but they also work to treat dark circles and fine lines. Pop 'em on for a few minutes in the morning and watch the evidence of last night melt away to reveal a perky and awake appearance.
A makeup bag fave for industry pros and regular gals alike—and for good reason. This product, which was first created in 1926, was formulated with ultra-nourishing ingredients like lanolin and beeswax and calming agents like calendula and chamomile to heal dry skin all over the body and impart a dewy glow.
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The indie favorite organic oil is loaded with nourishing and detoxifying botanicals like grape seed oil and dandelion leaf, inspired by founder April Gargiulo's family winery in California.
The beloved makeup artist used to personally blend jars of her collagen-stimulating concoction for her celebrity clientele before starting her own line. With plumping peptides and just the right amount of glow, reach for this jar anytime you want to hide the signs of being just a little bit rundown.
Forget blinis and crème fraîche, the Swiss skincare brand believes caviar—with its firming and texture-refining properties—is best served on the skin.
After noticing the age-defying hands of Japanese sake brewers, SK-II bottled up the refining, toning, and nourishing benefits of vitamin-rich pitera to create its do-it-all elixir.
The cult favorite clarifying treatment contains exfoliating lactic acid that immediately reveals brighter, plumper skin—all while keeping things super hydrated. Sure, you get an instantly perkier appearance, but its the long term results that will keep you coming back for more.
For those unable to get their hands on the German doctor's buzzed about "Blood Cream," her highly concentrated hyaluronic acid serum includes large and small molecules that deeply penetrate skin for a heavy dose of hydration. Every skincare routine, no matter your age, should include hyaluronic acid. And it just so happens that Dr. Sturm, her formulation is the best of the best.
The OG two-step peel pads for the face, neck, and chest are a combination of five gentle yet effective alpha and beta hydroxy acids that remove dead skin cells without irritation, leaving skin perfectly prepped for whatever products come next.
Diamond peptides help prolong the life of healthy skin cells, while a blend of amino-acids, copper, and sodium hyaluronate increases collagen production, controls shine, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. A serum fit for a queen.
The drugstore favorite contains powerful anti-agers like hyaluronic acid, amino-peptides, and vitamin B3 to offer immediate and longterm lifting and plumping benefits. This wallet-friendly option also tops BestProducts.com's list for best anti-aging creams.
Recommended by dermatologists and beauty editors alike, the antioxidant packed formula contains l-ascorbic acid, vitamin E, and ferulic acid to fight wrinkle-inducing free radicals. Dark spots are faded, skin tone is even, and overall the skin just looks brighter with continual use.
The blurring and fortifying formula is clinically proven to brighten the under eye area and fight the crow’s feet and squint lines caused by staring at screens at all day.
They say the neck is one of the telltale signs of aging, but this potent blend of vitamin E and phospholipids minimizes lines, wrinkles, and crepiness, while improving elasticity and tone. Neglect your neck no longer.
For those that love the brightening and skin-boosting benefits of vitamin c, but find the anti-oxidant slightly drying, behold: the answer to your prayers. Vitamin C and Red algae work to reduce the affects of UV damage and reduce hyper-pigmentation, while lovely blend of vitamin B3, shea butter and grapeseed oil strengthen the skin and provide a delightful dose of moisture. Another key ingredient included is probiotics, which help ensure the microbiome of your face stays balanced—and that your skin stays clear.
It's common knowledge that the neck and bust have more delicate skin—and are thusly more prone to sun damage and reveal your age. This anti-oxidant packed gel (a texture perfect for warmer months) harnesses the power of green tea and rosemary to reduce inflammation and promote skin healing, as well tighten sagging skin and increase cell turnover to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.