The Best Anti-Aging Products

Staff-tested anti-aging breakthroughs.

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Saving Face

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.

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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

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L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Skin Illuminator Tinted All-in-One Moisturizer SPF 20

L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Skin Illuminator Tinted All-in-One Moisturizer SPF 20, $18

The ultimate glow-getter. Custom pigments in this daily treatment activate when applied, to perfectly match every complexion and instantly illuminate skin. “Almost immediately my skin looked brighter and had a serious glow (according to my tween daughter). A month in I noticed improved radiance all over, smaller pores and fading freckles. This cream kept its promise.”

—Darcy Jacobs, Executive Editor

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Meaningful Beauty Ultra Lifting and Filling Treatment

Meaningful Beauty Ultra Lifting and Filling Treatment, $72

The orchid is more than just a pretty flower. Its botanical properties increase collagen and elastin production, while other antioxidants (vitamin C and melon extract) fight free radicals. “First things first: I love the feel of the product—soft and light. And not only did the serum reduce puffiness around my eyes, I also noticed a new firmness in my cheeks and jawline.”

—Karmen Lizzul, Creative Director

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Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Brightening Peel

Yes to Grapefruit Pore Perfection Brightening Peel, $16

A sweet citrus treat for your complexion. Powerful fruit acids (lemon, orange and grapefruit) help shrink pores and fade dark spots. “I’m officially hooked on this peel! I stored the container in the fridge, and the cool gel was so pleasant to put on. Plus, I’ve received compliments on how fresh and bright my skin looks.”

—Maria Jakubek, National Sales Director

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Prescriptives Super Line Filler

Prescriptives Super Line Filler, $45

This concentrate is a twofer, instantly plumping fine lines and gradually increasing collagen production. “It quickly made the lines in my forehead less pronounced. Don’t be fooled by the small size—a little goes a long way.”

—Jonna Gallo Weppler, Articles Director

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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

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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Solutions Kit

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Solutions Kit, $49

Simplify your routine with this trio. The serum, moisturizer and eye cream work synergistically to firm and hydrate your complexion with a combo of fruit stem cells, vitamin C and grapeseed. “The products absorbed completely into my skin, a big plus for rushed mornings. Overall my skin is softer, smoother and less red in areas where I tend to flush.”

—Julie Miltenberger, Executive Food Editor

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Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum

Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum, $89

Think contouring in a bottle. The concentrated formula helps define the cheek area and jawline with a potent blend of plant extracts. “I thought my skin looked firmer and more taut, but when my derm commented that my jawline looked great, I knew the serum was a keeper.”

—Regina Ragone, Food Director

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Clinique Sculptwear Lift and Contour Serum

Clinique Sculptwear Lift and Contour Serum, $82

Tightening and toning are the main goals of this face and neck sculpting serum. With red algae, sweet almond seed, soybean seed and coffee seed extracts, it truly delivers.
“As a regular foundation wearer, I loved that my base makeup was easier to apply and looked even better. After four weeks I definitely saw less sagginess and fewer wrinkles on my neck.”

—Lee Slattery, Publisher

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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.

Needles 101

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

Volumizers (Voluma)

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.

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Miracle Workers

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Miracle Workers

The best age-fighting ingredients.

Ginkgo Biloba
Fight free radicals from pollution with this antioxidant native to trees in China. Mario Badescu Ginkgo Mask, $22

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Sunscreen Miracle

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You want SPF 30 (or higher), broad spectrum and/or UVA protection. La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX, $42.50

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Glycolic Acid


Glycolic Acid
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

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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


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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

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Stimulates collagen production and exfoliates skin to increase cell turnover. Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Night, $72

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Botanical Brighters

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Botanical Brighteners
These naturally derived boosters, like brown algae extract, reduce dullness. Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil, $48

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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

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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

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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

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Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits
Beautiful skin requires more than just powerful products. Frank Lipman, MD, offers these six tips for getting—and maintaining—a gorgeous glow.

Choose whole foods that are high in vitamins and nutrients, such as wild-caught salmon (omega-3s), sweet potatoes and leafy greens (vitamin A), berries and dark chocolate (antioxidants), and avocados and coconut (healthy fatty acids). Avoid processed foods and artificial sweeteners to reduce inflammation.

Stop eating three hours before bedtime to allow your body to focus on healing and repairing, instead of digesting, while you sleep.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Your ideal amount of water is half your body weight in ounces. Soif you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 ounces of H2O.

Limit alcohol. It’s very dehydrating and inflammatory, which can lead to loose skin or puffiness.

Sweat it out. Exercise helps relieve stress and release toxins through your skin. When you perspire, you open up pores and flush out impurities, leaving skin smoother and softer.

Set up a humidifier in your bedroom to counter drying indoor heat.

Aging Authorities

Joshua Zeichner, MD assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai HospitalRanella Hirsch, MD dermatologistNeal Schultz, MD dermatologist, host of DermTV and creator of BeautyRx by Dr. SchultzMacrene Alexiades, MD associate clinical professor at Yale University School of MedicineFrank Lipman, MD integrative and functional medicine physician and author of The New Health Rules