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.
If coping with crow’s feet and laugh lines weren’t traumatic enough, there are thousands of so-called “miracle creams” on the market that claim to completely diminish the signs of aging in what seems like the blink of an eye. If spending hours in the beauty aisle of your local department store or scrolling through pages of products online isn’t exactly your idea of a fun Friday night, don’t stress!
Retinoids remain one of the tried-and-true ingredients worth incorporating into your p.m. routine (they can be rendered inactive by the sun, making it important to reserve them for the overnight hours). This treatment marks the first time adapalene, a type of retinoid previously available by prescription only, has been available OTC. Its collagen-boosting benefits make it choice for smoothing wrinkles, while its skin-clearing benefits make it a good choice for clearing pimples. "It's highly effective in keeping pores open and minimizing breakouts, and is better tolerated than most retinoids," points out Dendy Engelman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.
It is also worth knowing, however, that just because a product contains a simple alcohol, it doesn’t mean it will be drying on your skin – even if it is high up the product list. The product may be rich in emollient ingredients, or fatty alcohols. Products like moisturizers are unlikely to be drying on the skin – because they are designed to impart moisture or help your skin to retain its moisture. Gels designed for reducing acne on the other hand, and similarly toners designed for oily skin, are more likely to have a drying effect on your skin.
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Eye cream doesn't have to be costly to be effecting—take this RoC cream for example: It's not only super affordable at $23, it's made, tested, and approved for those with sensitive skin, so it won't irritate it, it also helps boost cell turnover for more youthful-looking eye skin thanks to the retinol it contains. Aside from that, it has hyaluronic acid in it to plump the thin skin around your eyes, naturally ironing out any fine lines. Bonus: Dr. Nazarian recommends this drugstore treatment to her patients, so you know it's good. Smooth a dab of the powerful formula under your eyes in the evening, and make sure to follow up with an SPF in the morning, since retinol can make you more prone to sunburns.
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This includes the obvious: Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. If you wear heavy eye makeup, invest in a dedicated eye makeup remover to avoid tugging at the delicate skin around your eyes more than necessary. You may also want to explore eye creams, which use many of the same ingredients found in wrinkle creams, but in gentle doses intended for the very thin skin under your eyes.
Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, is a skincare essential that’s often forgotten. It can be used to brighten your complexion, reduce inflammation, and keep water from leaving your skin’s protective barrier. Niacinamide helps decrease inflammation of the skin and lower overall redness of the skin, says Dr. Tzu. Research suggests it may also help aid in fading fine lines and wrinkles, amp up your skin’s luminosity, and get rid of dry patches and blotchy areas. Niacinamide has also been found to help prevent and clear up acne, whether it’s hormonal or cystic, research suggests.
These types of alcohol evaporate very quickly. This can have some benefits, but it also means that it dries out your skin, weakening its protective barrier. Percentages of alcohol concentrate are rarely listed on lists of ingredients, but a good rule of thumb is to check how far up they are mentioned. The higher up the list, typically the greater the concentration of that ingredient.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that alcohol causes dehydration – you only need to think of your last “morning after the night before” to know that! But you may not know the effects it can have on your skin. Research has shown that drinking alcohol in excess can cause premature or accelerated aging. This can also be linked to the effects that excessive alcohol has on your blood pressure and other organs.
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