While aging brings power and wisdom, years of exposure to the sun and pollutants can incite skin damage. Whether you choose to wear your wrinkles with pride or wish for the skin of your youth, anti-aging products can do wonders for the skin and go beyond evening out smile lines.
According to dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, the key to glowing skin is starting a proper skincare routine while you're young. "If you’re preventing all along, you are anti-aging already," she says. Doctors Gary and Kristina Goldenberg, both MDs, agree, indicating that they start preventative treatments with patients in their 20s with a focus on sunscreen to protect the skin.
But even if you didn't start preventative treatments from a young age, you can still reap the benefits of quality anti-aging creams. The Goldenbergs suggest looking for products with essential oils, vitamins, and antioxidants to moisturize and repair skin. Engelman also cites antioxidants as an important ingredient and recommends seeking products with retinol to stimulate collagen and elastin and DNA repair enzymes to repair damage.
Ahead, find 11 of the best anti-aging creams recommended by experts.
An expert in cosmetic, surgical, and medical dermatology, Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip, MD, suggests this serum for younger-looking skin. "It incorporates hyaluronic acid, which, when used in a cream or serum, will leave skin softer and with noticeable improvement to the appearance of fine lines," she notes.
"An independent clinical study showed 17% improvement in fine lines and wrinkles after 12 weeks of use," Engelman points out. "With retinol and other anti-aging ingredients, this product protects the skin barrier while working to increase cell turnover," she explains.
"This luxurious product helps hydrate the skin and smooth out fine wrinkles and lines," according to the Goldenbergs. "It contains extracts of snow algae which is thought to have antioxidant properties."
Dermatologist Naissan O. Wesley, MD, recommends this night cream formulated with hydrating botanicals and collagen-supported ingredients that moisturize and nourish the skin.
This product contains melatonin, bakuchiol, and vitamin C, which the Goldenbergs name as important anti-aging ingredients. Melatonin and vitamin C act as antioxidants and bakuchiol has Retin-A properties to improve skin appearance and elasticity.
Imahiyerobo-Ip recommends this powerful anti-aging night cream because it contains retinol and glycerin. "When used together, they work synergistically to combat the signs of aging while also moisturizing the skin to minimize potential irritation from retinoids," she explains.
According to Engelman, this treatment can be used as a day or night cream or as a regenerating mask for glowing skin. It contains peptides and raw ginseng extract to stimulate microcirculation.
"[This] is my new favorite retinol product for beginners," Engleman says. "The ceramide acts as a buffer to prevent any irritation, and the capsule form ensures that each capsule is one usage so beginners aren't confused about how much product to use."
Not only does this anti-aging cream contain 99% natural ingredients, but it's also effective at moisturizing the skin and improving its barrier function, according to the Goldenbergs. "It helps to repair the daily damage done by the environment and pollutants."
Engelman recommends this dual-piece product. "It features a daytime product, which provides 24-hour protection against any blue light damage from cellphone and laptop usage and pollution damage while the evening product [works] to restore skin," she says.
CeraVe is a great budget option for affordable anti-aging skincare, the Goldenbergs point out. "This product is chock full of ceramides, which help repair skin barrier function and improve hydration," they say.
This post was originally published on October 27, 2017, and has since been updated.