Taking care of your skin can involve everything from eating healthy foods to wearing sunscreen anytime you’re outdoors. Using the best available skincare products can also greatly improve the condition of your skin. Choosing the best skin care products for your own skin can depend on your age, your main skin concerns, and your skin type.
Those who have dry skin may need to purchase products that are specifically designed to help provide extra hydration. Oily skin may need oil-free products that don’t lead to breakouts. There are also products that are designed for those with normal skin that isn’t particularly dry or oily.
Top 10 Skin Care Line
- Highly concentrated plant-based hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates skin cells,
- Fortified with Vitamin C & Vitamin E to add a powerful 1-2 anti-aging punch
- ✅ WORKS IMMEDIATELY - Your double chin will be reduced after the first application
- ✅ EASY TO USE - You can use it while you sleep, throughout the night
- Formulated without sulfates, fragrances, parabens, pthalates
- Dermatologist tested. Formulations not tested on animals.
- ★YOUR DAILY BEAUTY REGIME ALL IN ONE - Hydrate, plump, repair and tone the skin all in one easy process each...
- ★FORMULATION THAT WORKS IN 3 EASY STEPS - The Hyaluronic firming serum holds together your skin's structural...
- Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream SPF 15 (50 ml / 1.6 fl oz)
- Protect & Perfect Intense Night Cream (50 ml / 1.6 fl oz)
- ANTI AGING BLEND - Packed with proven base ingredients Vitamin A Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5, Vitamin...
- BRIGHTEN & TIGHTEN - NG Kombuchka and Pepha Tight supply amino acids and antioxidants that help lighten dark...
- Created for all skin types, including sensitive skin
- Formulated without parabens, fragrance, sulfates, phthalates
- ANTI AGING BLEND - Packed with proven base ingredients Retinol (Vitamin A), Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Argan...
- HYDRATE & RENEW - Baobab Oil and Ceramide 2 help reduce under eye bags, puffiness and dark circles, and renews...
- Created for all skin types, including sensitive skin
- Formulated without parabens, fragrances, sulfates, phthalates
- FEATURED IN: Prevention, Vogue, Lucky
- Both the Daily Defense Complex and Night Recovery Moisture Complex include growth factors from patented...
How We Chose
Anti-aging serums made up a $130 billion market in 2017, a number that the Infinium Global Research Group projects will continue to rise. It’s big business. Needless to say, there are a lot of formulas to choose from: Whole aisles in drugstores and department stores are devoted to combating wrinkles, fine lines, and sun-damaged skin.
We began our search for the best wrinkle cream by pulling top-sellers from major retailers like Walgreens, Amazon, and Target, compiling a list of 112 creams, gels, and serums — everything from high-end brands like Estee Lauder and Lancome to drugstore staples like Neutrogena and L’Oreal. From here, we reached out to cosmetic chemists and dermatologists: We wanted to find out which ingredients would help skin look youthful, and which weren’t worth the hype.
A class of chemicals derived from vitamin A, retinoids works in two ways: First, they help your skin slough off old cells and make new ones — a process our bodies are good at when young, but which slows down as we age. Second, they spur collagen production, improving elasticity and filling in lines — another natural process that tends to slow down with age.
There are different kinds of retinoids, and they vary in strength. As cosmetic chemist Kevin Gallagher explained, this strength comes with a trade-off: the stronger the retinoid, the faster it works — and the harsher it is on skin. The strongest retinoids are only available with a prescription. But that’s not to say over-the-counter formulations are ineffective.
Alpha hydroxy acids
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are usually derived from fruits (like apples and oranges) or sugars. They are exfoliation powerhouses, and multiple studies have demonstrated their effectiveness in improving the look of aging skin. Wrinkles form for a variety of reasons, but photoaging (damage to the skin from sunlight) is a big one. Sunlight breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin — two proteins which help the skin connect and remain flexible. As they break down, the skin slowly becomes weaker and less supple, leading to drooping.
AHAs save the day by dissolving lipids, the adhesive that clings to old cells. This exfoliation process allows old cells to be sloughed away and alerts our bodies to make new cells as a replacement, resulting in fresher, younger-looking skin. There are many types of AHAs in nature, but glycolic acid and lactic acid have the ability to penetrate the skin, so those are the two we targeted to find the best anti-aging cream.
Four of our remaining wrinkle creams advertised sunscreen built in L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Philosophy, and StriVectin. Retinoids degrade very quickly in the sunlight, losing their potency. More worryingly, the 2010 handbook of Cosmetic Dermatology Products and Procedures suggests that retinoids may release free radicals as they degrade — molecules that harm your skin rather than helping it. Because of this, the handbook concludes, “it is still recommended to avoid UV exposure when using topical retinoids” (312).
Hyaluronic acid (HA) gives you short-term benefits while you wait patiently for retinoids and AHAs to kick in. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant and works by drawing water into the cells, making skin look plumper and more full of life. And hyaluronic acid is the latest and greatest humectant out there, each of its molecules capable of holding 800 to 1,000 times their weight in water. That’s a lot of plumping power. Even more effective than HA is sodium hyaluronate, a derivative that has smaller molecules, making it better at sinking deeply into the skin.
We wanted an anti-aging cream with a full arsenal of defenses, so we required our top picks to contain hyaluronic acid of some type. But we opted to bring all 8 of our remaining contenders into the office for hands-on testing — four with HA and four without. This allowed us to check out drugstore runners-up like RoC, which are a lot cheaper and easier to find than brands like La Prairie (and can be paired with a face moisturizer containing HA).