16 Anti-Aging Creams Dermatologists Trust the Most
Don’t just pick a random product off the shelves and pray that it works—these are the anti-aging creams that actually follow through on their promises.
SENTÉ Dermal Contour Pressed Serum
The anti-aging chemicals in this serum keep the skin looking tighter and younger, and it hydrates without clogging pores. “It helps control the evening out of the texture of skin,” says Dr. Downie. “My patients say their skin looks more radiant from using it.” Some anti-aging creams should be reserved for nighttime because they make the skin sensitive to sunlight, but this one gets the green light for daytime use.
SENTÉ Bio Complete Serum
The Bio Complete Serum contains retinol to fight wrinkles and smooth skin, and it’s gentle enough to be used several times a week. Its sister product, the Intensive Bio Complete Cream, contains more retinoids, so it works even harder—but it should only be used once a week to avoid irritation, says Dr. Downie.
SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3
Vitamin A might get all the attention as the base of anti-aging hero retinoids, but B3 is also an anti-aging star, helping to even skin tone and lock in moisture. On top of that, glycerin makes the formula SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3 formula extra-hydrating. “It’s one of my favorite products for patients fighting adult acne who are also starting to see signs of skin aging,” says Dr. Nussbaum. If you’d rather get those vitamins in pill form, try the 15 best anti-aging supplements worth buying.
Obagi Professional-C Serum
Looking for another vitamin’s wrinkle-fighting power? Vitamin C also packs an age-defying punch. The 10 percent version tends to be a crowd favorite, says Dr. Downie, helping to brighten the skin and battle age-related discoloration.
Empelle Night Cream
During menopause, estrogen levels drop, which can leave skin frustratingly dry. “This is a line dedicated to estrogen-deficient skin,” says Dr. Downie. Empelle uses an innovative ingredient called MEP that’s specially designed for the post-menopause crowd, combatting dryness while restoring collagen to fight wrinkles.
SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair Sunscreen
You might not think of sunscreen among anti-aging creams, but Dr. Downie says it’s the most important wrinkle fighter. “If you’re not putting on sunscreen but you’re putting on all these anti-aging products, nothing is going to work as well,” she says. SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair is one of her favorites because it doesn’t block pores, and it works with all skin types. To go above and beyond creams, read on for the 14 anti-aging treatments doctors actually use.
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