Anti-aging creams are one of a relatively small group of products that kinda just…do what they say they’re going to do. You’re not going full Benjamin Button when you put some on—though that would be impressive, if terrifying—but the ingredients in these concoctions are designed to rejuvenate your skin. This means, among other things, moisturizing, evening skin tone, and helping smooth those crow’s feet you’ve developed after one too many lockdown evening slumped on the couch watching The Rock’s version of Baywatch on your computer (just us?).
Basically, even if you don’t take very good care of your skin in general, these power-packed products will make it look like you do. And if you’ve already developed a decent skincare routine—and, by some strange twist of fate, an anti-aging cream isn’t already part of it—adding one to the mix will ensure you retain that youthful vim and vigor well past nature’s intended expiration date.
Actually, forget about Benjamin Button (and The Rock). The only person you should be thinking about right now is Dorian Gray, magically escaping the ravages of the years while his portrait sinks into decrepitude. Anti-aging creams are like your own personal time-beating portrait, without any of the gothic undertones. And we’ve rounded up the very best for you right here. Use them in good health, and if you come across any paintings that look uncannily similar to an aged-up and world-weary version of yourself, probably best to steer clear.
If you’re ready to go big, Hims’ prescription formula uses tretinoin to help smooth wrinkles. Yes, it’s a little more complicated than just buying and applying, but this is your face we’re talking about here. In other words, it might just be worth it.
Vitamin C Intense Night Cream
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Discoloration and dullness are bound to make your skin look older. If they’re your primary concerns, this night cream is exactly what you should reach for before you lay your head down for the evening.
E-Cream Soothing Skin Balm
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 Face Moisturizer
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.
Super Shape Skin Recharge Cream
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.
Retinol Night Cream No. 1
The key ingredient when it comes to achieving a youthful look is retinol, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. But it isn’t for everyone; retinol is known to irritate the skin when first used. Fig. 1’s cream, however, has just the right amount of concentration (1.5 percent) for beginners. It’s so well formulated that it ranked in our 2021 Grooming Awards.
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.
Plantscription SPF 25 Power Anti-Aging Cream
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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.
Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream
Owing to their amped-up ingredient lists, some anti-aging creams can overwhelm sensitive skin. But BeautyStat’s is light enough that even your delicate mug will enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.
Barrier+ Triple Lipid-Peptide Face Cream
Skinfix’s face cream does as its name suggests: The formula acts as a barrier, coating the skin to protect from pollutants, and increasing the production of lipids, which are fatty acids that give skin a plump, glowing appearance.
Luminous Botanical Moisturizer
Founded by a former Harper’s Bazaar editor, Restorva is a new brand that uses desert-derived botanicals to create formulas that enhance the skin’s natural radiance. And its moisturizer is specifically made to increase the production of collagen and even skin tone. Be sure to cop the item that many insiders are already fawning over.
Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer
Drunk Elephant’s Protini cream uses signal peptides to firm your skin, giving it back that general air of youthful bounciness that tends to fade over the years.
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
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.
Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrating Cream
Aesop is favorite in these parts, primarily because its formulas are consistently up to snuff. This anti-oxidant cream is no exception. The ingredients include rock rose, tocopherol, and white tea, all of which are proven to hydrate and fortify the skin, reducing the ravages of time and daily exposure to free radicals.
Anti-Age Max LS Lotion
Lab Series’ formulas are 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.
Subl La Crème
Chanel, the fashion label, needs to no introduction. But its full line of beauty and grooming products might. Yes, it is primarily marketed to women, but best believe that its creams and serums work for the fellas, too. The Subl La Crème, for example, has gone through a series of tests that have proven enhanced firmness and uniformity in skin tone. Plus, the texture of the cream is, simply put, divine.
Brightening Night Balm
Epara’s brightening night balm works on dull skin while you sleep, evening tone, minimizing imperfections, and pumping your skin full of the hydration it craves.
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
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’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 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).
Super Anti-Aging Face Cream
Ask anyone that covers beauty and grooming for a living, and they’ll tell you that the name to know is Dr. Barbara Sturm. Her anti-aging creams and serums, though pricey, get the job done. The complex for this face cream, for example, is made of avocado and sunflower seed oil, purslane extract, shea butter, plankton extract, hyaluronic acid, and other tested ingredients that boost collagen production. Indeed, calling it “super” is apt.
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.)
Skin Caviar Luxe Cream
When it comes to luxe products in the beauty and grooming world, La Prairie has a fixed position in the pantheon of all-time greats. Yes, the price of its creams and serums is eyebrow-raising, but its celebrated cellular complex, with caviar (yes, caviar) as its base ingredient, has been proven to increase firmness and elasticity. It’s an indulgence that’s well worth the splurge.
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Source : Esquire