Ready to turn back time? Here are experts' favorite products for reducing worry lines, fighting wrinkles, and evening skin tone.
Sunspots, wrinkles, and fine lines are an inevitable part of getting older. “Every day of our lives, we’re making and breaking down collagen thanks to an enzyme in the skin called collagenase,” says New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. “But as we age, we break down more collagen than we make, and that’s one of the reasons we get wrinkles.”
Still, you can hold onto your smooth, supple skin far beyond your 20s. Anti-aging products work against wrinkles, even out the skin’s color and texture, unclog pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
“Anti-aging creams with retinols and alpha hydroxy acids are typically used at night because they can make you sensitive to the sun,” explains Geeta Shah, MD, a Maryland dermatologist. Plus, your skin has a better chance to repair itself while you sleep. Dr. Jaliman adds that active ingredients work particularly well at night because your body has the chance to shut down and rest: “You also don’t have makeup or sunscreen on, so you can put on an anti-aging product and it will absorb well.”
Ready to turn back time? Here are anti-aging night creams that actually work, according to skin experts.
RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
RoC’s Deep Wrinkle night cream contains retinol, one of the most common and effective anti-aging ingredients. “Retinol is great because it helps to normalize the skin turnover and prevent collagen breakdown,” says Dr. Shah.
Aveeno Active Naturals Absolutely Ageless Intensive Renewal
This product from Aveeno is infused with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps repair free radical damage to the skin’s elastic tissue. It's also an anti-aging serum, which is lighter than other cream-based treatments. “You want to pick a product that’s compatible with your skin type,” explains Dr. Jaliman. “If you tend to have oily skin, pick an anti-aging serum instead of a thick moisturizer.”
Neutrogena Rapid Repair Wrinkle Retinol Oil
Retinol is the most effective ingredient we have to fight fine lines and wrinkles, but it can be irritating for those with sensitive skin. “The new oil delivery system of this product helps keep the skin hydrated to minimize irritation and ultimately gives better results,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Vichy LiftActiv Supreme Night
Boost collagen production, improve elastin, and promote cellular turnover with this concentrated cream that also improves tone and hydrates. New York-based dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD) Rachel Nazarian, MD, loves it for those with dry skin and even sensitive types, and points out that it contains vitamin c to even out discoloration and skin pigmentation.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Cream Synchronized Recovery Complex II
Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask
“Avocado is ultra hydrating, while a polyhydroxy acid called gluconolactone exfoliates dead cells to brighten the skin,” says Dr. Zeichner. This overnight mask is one of his favorites, and is gentle enough for dry or sensitive skin.
Vichy Aqaulia Thermal Night Spa Hydrating Night Cream
This velvety night cream and mask is a favorite of New York-based dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD. It has hyaluronic acid, which drives in moisture, and thermal water to diffuse inflammation. Plus, it absorbs fully into skin and won’t leave your face sticky or your pillow greasy. Tip: Apply one to three times weekly by massaging onto your face and neck in an upward motion.
Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Infusion Drops Serum
Massage these ultra moisturizing drops into your skin at night before you hit the sack. “Soy is an effective ingredient to brighten dark spots and even skin tone, while kiwi extract helps hydrate skin,” Dr. Zeichner explains. Also good? The formula is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores while you snooze.