The quest to find out more about anti-aging serums and where to find the best ones can be a lofty and sometimes confusing one. However, with the guidance of MFC Dermatology partner and DNAEGF Renewal founder Ronald Moy, MD, we learned how serum differs from moisturizer and what the benefits of anti-aging ingredients are.
Meet the Expert
Dr. Ronald Moy is a cosmetic surgeon, lecturer, and author. Dr. Moy is also a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, and has published more than 200 scholarly articles on cosmetic and dermatologic surgery.
Now that we understand how anti-aging serums work to reverse things like fine lines and thinning over time, we're ready to look for the best anti-aging moisturizers for quick fixes and instant hydration for the top layer of our skin. The thing is that some anti-aging ingredients like retinol can be super drying too, which can make it confusing when you're looking for a product to quench thirsty skin that also reverses signs of premature aging.
So when it comes to finding a good anti-aging moisturizer, Moy says to look for options that "have ingredients that help repair damage and boost skin's regenerative process" rather than drying you out. And as dermatologist and former professor of clinical medicine at the University of Hawaii, Megin C. Scully, MD, recommends, you should "modify moisturizers depending on the degree of air dryness" by "switching from lotions to creams" or from gels to oils. And since we have the sun to thank for most signs of premature aging, both doctors encourage maintaining a vigilant SPF routine. In other words, look out for moisturizers that hit the trifecta of anti-aging properties, SPF (unless you're using it at night), and hydrating ingredients.
With this advice in mind, we curated our dream virtual vanity lined up with 15 of the top anti-aging moisturizers. Click through below to take your pick.
Moy always recommends "using a moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF. Try our DNA Sheer Defense 50+ SPF made with DNA-repairing enzymes, a two-in-one solution that acts as a defense mechanism for your skin while repairing day and night."
Though on the pricier side of the spectrum, Zelens carries the best of the best anti-aging moisturizers, complete with 15 botanical extracts, five types of marine algae, and seven herbal oils. Together, they help to make your skin feel and look both firmer and younger while delivering maximum moisture.
If you're feeling ultra dry and your current moisturizer isn't cutting it, head to the drugstore, and give this version a try. It's super hydrating, and it contains SPF 20, making it a great addition to your morning routine and one of the best anti-aging moisturizers for dry skin.
Verso means reverse in Latin, and this line lives up to that name. This is a soothing night cream that will repair your skin and reverse signs of aging with Retinol 8, a vitamin that promotes natural collagen production.
Moy recommends this night cream to nourish and repair your skin while you sleep. It contains resveratrol to help smooth the look of wrinkles.
This beautiful blue balm is one of the best anti-aging moisturizers for sensitive skin—it soothes like no other. The intensely rich and velvety texture melts into your skin, moisturizing even those stubborn dry patches, making it especially ideal for flights and other dry environments.
If you fancy oils over creams and lotions, try this geranium oil bourbon with a hint of orange blossom to hydrate your face night and day.
Although it contains six powerful anti-aging ingredients like vitamins and antioxidants that target concerns at a cellular level to repair skin, it's also marked at an affordable price point.
Even before you start applying this whipped velvety face cream, you'll be in skincare heaven. To pump it out of the container, you just press down on the retro-style dispenser. It contains several ingredients to transform skin from dry and dull to hydrated, firm, and bright.
If you're looking for face cream derived from natural ingredients, this is a great option. With a blend of peptides, antioxidants, vitamins, and essential omega fatty acids, it restores elasticity and noticeably reduces the look of dullness and fine lines.
Another one of Moy's recommendations, this light yet moisturizing cream will tighten and lift the skin to restore that youthful glow. It also has SPF 15, making it great for daily use.
Here's another highly nourishing oil that looks as gorgeous sitting on your vanity as it does when absorbed by your skin. With ingredients that work to rebuild your natural moisture barrier and boost collagen product, it will leave your skin glowing.
If you like the sound of a soothing balm but are looking for something more affordable, this Australian brand will do the trick. It's one of the best anti-aging moisturizers for dry skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. Rich in antioxidants to promote cellular regeneration, try using it as a mask while you sleep.
If you have super-oily skin, a gel or a lotion might be better than a cream or oil. This version has potent ingredients to smooth skin texture and reduce the look of fine lines while you sleep, making it a great anti-aging moisturizer for oily skin.
If your skin is constantly changing, you travel frequently, or you simply want to try a few things before you settle on one, this trio of mini facial oils from Herbivore Botanics is perfect. Orchid preserves youthful-looking skin and defends against free radicals to prevent premature aging, while the brand's Phoenix oil is the most hydrating, and Lapis is a great anti-inflammatory that repairs irritated and blotchy complexions without clogging up blemish-prone skin.
This post was originally published on November 14, 2017, and has since been updated.