10 Best Anti Aging Wrinkle Creams, Serums, and Products for 2019
No matter how old you are, you might think wrinkle cream sounds like something for your grandmother. But the truth is, the earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better! This means incorporating anti-aging products into your skincare routine, drinking enough water, eating right, and staying out of the sun!
There are so many products out there (that promise so many things), it can be seriously overwhelming. That’s why the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab experts are here to cut through the clutter. To start, here are some powerful ingredients to look for when picking an anti-aging product:
Retinoids are the gold-standard of anti-aging ingredients. Potent vitamin A (and its less irritating derivatives) boosts skin’s collagen production to minimize fine lines, speeds up cell turnover to reduce dark spots, and helps unclog pores. Retinoids (including Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate) can be irritating at first, so start by applying a product with them every other night and always wearing SPF, since they can increase sun sensitivity.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant (a.k.a. type of moisturizer) that draws water to the surface of your skin to give it a firmer, plumper look. Niacinamide is Vitamin B3 that evens out skin tone which is great for helping improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that increases cell turnover to reveal smoother skin.
Sunscreen is the best anti-aging defense, no matter what anti-aging product you apply. Use one of the GH Beauty Lab’s top-tested sunscreens every morning before putting on makeup, and every two hours when you’re spending the day outdoors. You’ll help prevent future sun damage that can cause premature aging and, most importantly, help decrease the risk of skin cancer. Even better? Some of our beauty scientists’ anti-aging picks are formulated with SPF!
Now that you have the lowdown, below are the best anti-aging day creams, night creams, serums and more:
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BEST ANTI-AGING DAY CREAM WITH RETINOL AND SPF
Rapid Wrinkle Repair Daily Face Moisturizer with SPF 30
This and top dermatologist pick from Neutrogena aced our Lab’s day cream test. The Good Housekeeping Seal Star quenches dry skin and protects against the sun’s rays with SPF 30. Consumers liked that it absorbed quickly, didn’t irritate (even with retinol) and had little scent. One said, “Hands down, the best wrinkle cream I’ve tried!” GH Lab tests found that it firmed and moisturized, evened tone and could smooth fine lines over time.
BEST ANTI-AGING EYE CREAM
Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Eye Cream
RoC’s cream was the best-scoring eye treatment in our Lab’s recent study — at a price way below the average. It impressively firmed and reduced wrinkles after only four weeks, according to our specialized VISIA Complexion Analyzer and Cutometer device. Testers agreed, saying it was the best at firming, reducing under-eye puffiness, and diminishing the look of crow’s feet, under-eye fine lines, and dark circles. Good to know: It does have a fragrance, but testers didn’t find it overwhelming.
BEST ANTI-AGING CREAM FOR OILY SKIN
Multi Correxion 5 In 1 Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
Great if you have oily skin, RoC’s moisturizer absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. Even better? It has SPF 30 built in — the minimum amount our experts recommend using. In the GH Beauty Lab’s recent anti-aging day cream study, this day cream reduced visible spots by 4.5% in just four weeks. Consumer testers gave it top marks for softening, firming, and reducing wrinkles.
BEST ANTI-AGING EYE CREAM WITH RETINOL
Redermic R Eyes Retinol Eye Cream
In Lab evaluations, this La Roche-Posay eye cream absorbed quickly, reduced the appearance of fine lines, and diminished under-eye puffiness. It’s packed with powerful anti-aging retinol, so our pros recommend only using this at night before bed, then applying sunscreen every morning. Even with retinol, GH Lab testers didn’t report any irritation. One tester summed it up well, “I didn’t really have much faith in eye creams until trying this one!”
BEST ANTI-AGING NIGHT CREAM
Resveratrol Lift Night Infusion Cream
Formulated with the antioxidant resveratrol (derived from grapevines) and hydrating hyaluronic acid, this silky Caudalie cream proved to be a powerful hydrator and smoother in Lab tests. Rated the best anti-aging night cream in the Beauty Lab’s test, it increased skin moisturization by an impressive 43% over six hours and improved skin texture by 12% in four weeks.
BEST VALUE ANTI-AGING NIGHT CREAM
Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
Get the ultimate moisture boost with Olay’s cream that outperformed 10 competitors — even a prestige $440 one — in our Beauty Lab’s clinical studies. Packed with powerhouse anti-agers including niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, we found the Good Housekeeping Seal Star increased hydration by 50% on average over 24 hours and improved skin texture by 10% in four weeks.
BEST ANTI-AGING NIGHT CREAM WITH RETINOL
TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Night Treatment With Retinol
Formulated with powerhouse retinol, Mary Kay’s night cream fights the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, without drying out skin . Even better? The Good Housekeeping Seal Star
leaves it feeling hydrated for hours! Like other products with retinol, always wear sunscreen in the morning after using this night cream.
BEST ANTI-AGING NECK CREAM
Triple Firming Neck Cream
Yes, you should be using an anti-aging product for your neck, too! NeoStrata’s cream was one of the winners in our beauty experts’ anti-aging neck treatment study. GH Lab evaluations found that it was great at improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles on the neck.
BEST ANTI-AGING SERUM
Metacell Renewal B3
Want something lighter and willing to splurge a little? Get this SkinCeuticals serum. Formulated with niacinamide, it was the best in our Beauty Lab test at reducing the look of lines and wrinkles (by 5% over four weeks!). GH consumer testers loved the “almost immediate” fine line improvement and said they were “shocked by the plumpness of my skin the next day.”
BEST ANTI-AGING SERUM FOR FACE AND NECK
Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum
If you want a pick that can do double-duty, this fast-absorbing face and neck serum from No7 can’t be beat. The winner in our Beauty Lab’s neck treatment study, it was the best at tightening and lifting skin in Lab evaluations, while also reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping Institute
Nicole Saporita is a senior editor at Good Housekeeping, where she researches, writes and reports original content for the Good Housekeeping Institute and several other departments including health, travel and family.
Danusia Wnek, Good Housekeeping Institute
Chemist, Health, Beauty & Environmental Sciences Lab
Danusia Wnek is a chemist in the Health, Beauty & Environmental Sciences Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she evaluates haircare, skincare, cosmetics and beauty and health tools.
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