The Best Anti-Aging Products
Saving Face Intro Slide
Meet your ultimate anti-aging guide. From in-office fixes to the newest brighteners, lifters and wrinkle fighters (staffer tried and approved), we’ll help you turn back time.
The Real Deal
We put 15 products—and our team—to the test with one month of daily use and weekly updates. These nine passed with flying colors, reducing wrinkles and dark spots and improving skin tone.
Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair
Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair, $85
A retinol that doesn’t cause redness? Yes, really. The included buffer cream allows you to lessen the intensity of this powerful treatment. “Big picture: This lotion delivered. It’s easy to use and caused only a little irritation, thanks to the soothing buffer cream. After four weeks my skin looks fresher, firmer and healthier."
—Suzanne Rust, Lifestyle Editor
Murad Advanced Acne & Wrinkle Reducer
Murad Advanced Acne & Wrinkle Reducer, $44
Fight pimples and wrinkles in one fell swoop. This serum targets hormonal breakouts—common in adults—with glycolic acid and retinol, and can be applied to the entire face or used to spot-treat specific areas. “After a few weeks my breakouts had pretty much cleared up and the fine lines near my eyes were less visible. The light, smooth texture was perfect for my sensitive skin.”
—Stefanie Ruiz, Art Production Manager
Between the Lines
Between the Lines
Injectables can be intimidating, especially knowing which treatment is used where. Ranella Hirsch, MD, points out the best procedure for each aging area.
Forehead: Try Botox, Xeomin or Dysport. These substances, known as neuromodulators, alter the function of neurons to freeze muscles and reduce crinkling.
Between Brows: Try Botox. This frown line can be exacerbated by squinting, so keep your sunglasses on whenever you are outside.
Under Eyes: Try Restylane or Juvéderm. Hyaluronic acid fillers smooth and fill in a deep trough below the eyes, so skin won’t sink in. Puffiness and darkness also are reduced.
Jawline: Try Restylane or Juvéderm. Skin loses elasticity and can start to droop around age 40, so filler can help recontour the jawline.
Neck: Try Kybella. The FDA recently approved this acid to dissolve “submental fat” in the area just under the chin.
Crow’s-Feet: Try Botox. Often referred to as laugh lines, the creases in this thin-skinned area can also be smoothed with an OTC topical product containing retinol.
Cheeks: Try Voluma. The especially dense hyaluronic acid filler plumps from within, which can create a smoother and fuller appearance.
Laugh Lines: Try Restylane or Juvéderm to fill in these nasolabial folds, decreasing their prominence.
Neuromodulators (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport)
Price: $400 per area
Frequency: two to three times a year
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers (Restylane, Juvéderm)
Price: $500 to $800 per syringe
Frequency: once or twice a year
Price: $800 to $1,200
Frequency: once a year
Price: from $4,000 Frequency: two to four times, total
Numbers are averages—price varies based on location.
The best age-fighting ingredients.
Fight free radicals from pollution with this antioxidant native to trees in China. Mario Badescu Ginkgo Mask, $22
You want SPF 30 (or higher), broad spectrum and/or UVA protection. La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX, $42.50
This multitasker reduces the appearance of pore size, decreases oil production and helps breakouts heal faster. BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Advanced 10% Exfoliating Pads, $70
Look for a mix of humectants (like hyaluronic acid, which pulls water into skin) and emollients (like ceramides, which seal it in). Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster, $45
A compound developed to mimic biological effects, this ingredient helps keeps skin cells alive longer by extending the life of chromosomes. Dr. Brandt DNA Transforming Pearl Serum, $150
Stimulates collagen production and exfoliates skin to increase cell turnover. Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Night, $72
These naturally derived boosters, like brown algae extract, reduce dullness. Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil, $48
This polyphenol found in grapes helps remove excess glucose molecules (which can reduce blood supply and weaken cells) from skin. Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Moisturizer SPF 20, $66
Try a product containing both vitamins C and E, which work together to prevent free radical damage and lessen brown pigmentation and inflammation. Dermadoctor Kakadu C Serum, $95
The Necks Step
The Necks Step
Good skin shouldn’t end at your chin. The jawline and neck start to soften and sag with age due to a combination of factors, says Macrene Alexiades, MD. Sun damage and genetics are common culprits, as are a laundry list of secondary factors (sleep habits, smoking, diet). “V-shaping” products—the latest Asian beauty trend to come Stateside—address this area and help redefine and slim the jawline with peptides and plant extracts. Massage from chest to chin in upward strokes.Our Three Faves
Lumene Time Freeze Instant Lift V-Shaping Serum, $30
Bioelements V-Neck Smoothing Creme, $64
Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum, $80