Anti-Aging Creams Are the Best Way to Preemptively Stave Off the Passage of Time

Let’s be honest here: You probably treat your skin like shit. Certain things—a nice cabernet, a hard cheddar—get better with age, but for the most part, skin (still your body’s largest organ!) ain’t one of ’em. And even though while you’re (relatively) young and (relatively) carefree your skin might be able to recover from late nights spent sprawled on the couch with your face pressed into a pillow that hasn’t been cleaned since you bought it, taking steps now to ensure you’re treating it right is crucial to its long-term vitality down the line. You want to look like a vision of youthful vim and vigor well into your twilight years, don’t you? Don’t you?!

Sure, any super-pricey serum touting a proprietary secret “to lifelong dewy skin” or promising to “set back the proverbial clock” might sound like (to put it in terms you’d understand) a load of malarkey. But that doesn’t detract from the very real benefits of some of the best anti-aging creams on the market today, many of which offer nothing more than the chance to preempt a few untimely wrinkles, or combat the deeply disturbing bags you’ve already begun developing under your eyes.

Because damn, man. We’re all getting old out here. During these last few months alone I feel like I aged a bad five years. Why not take the time to slather on some anti-aging cream while you still have enough energy to care? Hey, it sure as hell beats asking your snarky younger cousin to help you figure out Facetune, right? Right. (Trust me on this one.)

Vitamin C Intense Night Cream

Derma E


If your concerns primarily center around discoloration or dullness, Derma E’s Vitamin C Night cream focuses specifically on those two perennial skincare issues. 

E-Cream Soothing Skin Balm

Skin Essence Organics


Yes, this cream is extremely thick and a little grainy. (It also happens to be bright green.) But don’t let that deter you—it’s an absolute miracle-worker. Coat yourself in it before bed (and don’t sleep on a pillow case you care too much about) and prepare to wake up in the morning with soft, smooth, skin. 

Double Duty De-Puff & Firm Eye Serum



Boyface’s serum is the pick-me-up your eyes desperately needed. The brand blends potent ingredients that help to hinder signs of aging with nutrients designed to reduce dark under-eye circles while eliminating wrinkles and lines. 

Baobab Youth-Infused Daily Defense Creme



Nyakio’s Daily Defense cream comes enriched with baobab (a type of tree native to regions of Africa and Australia) oil to nourish your skin and keep your face looking—and feeling—fresh. 

Super Shape Anti-Aging Cream

Baxter of California


Baxter’s updated anti-aging cream is an excellent take on one of its original breakout (ha) products from 1965. It’s a gel-cream hybrid, so it absorbs super well and won’t leave your skin looking shiny if it tends to lean towards the oilier end of the spectrum. 

Age Defender Moisturizer



Kiehl’s Age Defender line has a way of making your skin feel firmer almost immediately post-application. It’ll only look even better with time, too. 

Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream



Fresh is famous for its signature anti-aging magic, and its lotus face cream is a great first buy from the brand. This one is super lightweight and never feels oily, so you can use it every morning after washing your face.

Double-Duty Face Moisturizer

Jack Black


Jack Black’s moisturizer uses a combination of blue algae extract and sea parsley to even out your overall skin tone while minimizing the chance of developing wrinkles. The brand’s formula is preventative too—the SPF included will help protect skin against sun damage day in and day out. 

Plantscription SPF 25 Power Anti-Aging Cream



Creams can lock in moisture, but the best way to get in front of any signs of your skin aging is to wear sunscreen every day. This cream from Origins offers sun protection and much, much more.  

Max LS Matte Renewal Lotion

Lab Series


Lab Series’ lotion is specifically made with oily skin in mind. Some anti-aging products can feel too heavy for oil-prone skin, but this one is light and powerful enough to do its thing without clogging you—or your pores—up. 

Immersion Serum Concentrate



Klur’s serum includes moisture-retaining nutrients that work to steadily-replenish your skin with the hydration it needs to stay healthy now and going forward. 

Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare


Leave it to the good doctor to bring out the big guns, namely, retinol. This anti-aging concoction works to promote cell turnover, promising younger-looking skin with regular application.

Universal C Skin Refiner



BeautyStat’s hero product, a powerful Vitamin C-based refiner, offers smoother skin and diminished wrinkles with no degradation of color. 

Premier Cru Anti-Aging Rich Cream



Caudalie’s rich hydrating cream instantly revives thirsty skin. It also creates a protective barrier to shield skin from pollutants and prevent general loss of moisture.  

The Rich Cream

Augustinus Bader


This cream took the beauty world by storm when it launched last year, and for good reason. It intensely hydrates your skin, preventing dryness and dullness. Consider it luxury in cream form, bottled for your convenience. 

Crème Riche Velvet Moisturizing Cream

Tata Harper


Tata Harper’s cream is thick and rich, and it’ll plumpen up your skin overnight. Formulated with hyaluronic acid to boost moisture retention, a nightly coating will certainly slow down signs of your skin’s aging. 

The Moisturizing Soft Cream

La Mer


La Mer doesn’t mess around when it comes to its skincare. The brand’s products have long represented the pinnacle of the skincare experience, akin to investing in expert-level treatment you can use at home (and every day). 

Firm Brew Botanical Cream



Orveda’s (almost frighteningly) well-researched formula provides hydration in spades, targeting potential wrinkles by firming up your skin. It’s pricey, but you only need a little bit to cover a lot of surface area. (And hey, it’s sure as hell cheaper than Botox.)

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