Retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) and peptides stimulate collagen growth, which can help fill in laugh lines, crow's-feet and forehead creases. (In other words, fewer wrinkles in your future.) Keep skin hydrated with products containing hyaluronic acid—it holds 100 times its weight in water, sealing it into skin.
Fillers, such as the popular brand Juvederm, plump up sunken areas—jowls, cheeks, around the mouth. Treatments last four to six months and range from $500 to $900. Botox and Dysport, known as "freezers," immobilize muscles to soften laugh lines, crow's feet and wrinkles in the forehead and neck and between brows, lasting about three to five months. Prices start at $400.
Exuviance Targeted Filler T5's pen-like applicator lets you target deep expression lines. Ulta and Exuviance.com, $75
Physicians Formula Expression Line Freeze tightens almost immediately—think Botox but for a lot less money. Mass retailers, $22
Super-tiny hyaluronic acid molecules in La Roche-Posay Redermic [C] UV mean major moisturizing. Laroche-posay.us, $54
ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment is formulated to stimulate new collagen production. Avon.com, $40
L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer firms, nourishes and increases collagen production. Mass retailers, $25
Just a few drops of mineral-rich Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 feel like hydration heaven. Mass retailers and Vichyusa.com, $52
Don't be deceived by Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum's light texture: It contains a fast-acting retinol. Mass retailers, $21
Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask's soothing hyaluronic acid–filled gel heals skin while you snooze. Sephora.com, $48
Product Tip: Retinoids can sometimes cause irritation, so apply in the evening—when sun exposure isn't an issue—and start with a low dosage (0.5%) every other night for the first few weeks.
Originally published in the October 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.
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