For another retinol-free night cream, try Vichy LiftActiv with Rhamnose Night, a moisturizing powerhouse — and the only cream to score decently in the lab for reducing brown spots, minimizing pores, and improving texture. It also increased firmness by an impressive 28% after two months, an effect that didn't go unnoticed by panelists: "After a few weeks, you definitely could see a difference; the fine lines were disappearing and my skin firmed up," said one. Keep in mind that these creams tend to be more moisturizing than their retinol-based counterparts — a good bet if your skin is especially dry.
Dr. Engelman likes Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Anti-Aging Eye Serum ($100), which uses a mix of peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid to reduce puffiness and plump skin away from pooled blood. Another option is Lavido Alert Eye Cream ($49) with plant-based hyaluronic acid and natural oils like rosehip. Dr. Engleman recommends dotting products from the inner corner of the eye moving outwards toward the temple with your ring finger, which is weaker than your other fingers, and so will be more gentle on the delicate area.
Pillowy under-eyes are complicated, but if baggage is a concern, two main culprits—fat tissue and lymphedema—are likely to blame, says Dr. Barbara Sturm, who specializes in non-surgical skincare treatments. The former, "appears when the muscles around the eye are weakened and tissue moves lower," Sturm explains, whereas the latter, lymphedema, is often triggered by sleep deprivation, hormonal imbalances, high sodium food and genetics. In terms of prevention, Sturm cautions against eye-rubbing and recommends sleeping face up, which reduces nighttime water-retention. For a quicker fix, we polled dermatologists for their most effective semi-instant under-eye remedies. From Preparation H to black tea, here's what really works.
Notably, The Ordinary is the only one of our finalists to have two types of retinoids on its ingredient list: a retinol and a retinoate. This means that it may be a little stronger than our other picks. And, in fact, it was the only formula where our testers noticed a light burning sensation after application. It's not unusual for retinoids to cause stinging, itching, or tenderness, and it's usually a sign to cut back on your use: Only apply the product once every two or three days while your skin adjusts, and monitor your reaction over the course of a few weeks. If your skin continues to react poorly, take it as a sign to choose a gentler formula or consult with your dermatologist for other options.
The LiftActiv Supreme is a new generation of anti-aging skincare. It has been specifically designed to reduce daily aging, giving you a youthful glow all day. It helps to smoothe wrinkles and illuminate your complexion, giving you visibly firmer-looking skin in 1 month. It has “3D Optical Correctors” which aim to blur and illuminate your skin to keep your youthful appearance all day long, reinforcing your skin against daily shocks.
“This is the most hydrating and potent wrinkle cream that is an absolute must-do with your nightly anti-aging regimen,” said Karuna Chani, a New York-based makeup artist whose high-profile clients include Caroline Scheufele, co-president of Chopard. “It’s incredibly effective because it's scientifically formulated with an amino-peptide complex that promotes cell turnover, skin elasticity and healing. After 15 years of working with all skin types, I can’t stress enough the importance of a good moisturizer to help keep the skin youthful and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
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).
Bags under the eyes are a common development of age and a frequent complaint among patients who no longer feel as youthful as they once did. To describe what happens a bit more, normal fat that helps support the eye sometimes moves into the lower eyelid, which causes the lid to appear puffy. Additionally, fluid may accumulate in the area below your eyes, which adds to the swelling.
Skin care with botanically derived anti-aging ingredients are gaining popularity. Quercetin, found in tea, apple skin, red grapes, red onions and berries stimulates collagen production, thus diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. As the name suggests, Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Antiwrinkle Eye Cream contains quercetin -- the first natural, clinically proven alternative to retinol. This eye cream also fights wrinkles with myrtle extract (improves skin elasticity), mourera fluviatilis extract (moisturizes), baobab polysaccharides (firms) and rhodiola rosea extract (reduces puffiness and brightens the under-eye area).
You’ll notice many of the anti-aging products that rank high up in Amazon’s best-rated section feature an ingredient called hyaluronic acid. If you’re unfamiliar with the substance, it’s a natural hydrator for the skin that’s particularly skilled at drawing in and holding moisture. Other familiar anti-aging go-tos that show up in Amazon’s top-rated products are retinol, which promotes skin cell turnover, Vitamins C and E, and natural extracts.
We’ve all seen movie makeover scenes involving someone sporting a brightly colored face mask, paired with cucumber slices over their eyes, but is that really a thing? As it turns out, yes! It makes sense if you think about it. “Cool as a cucumber” isn’t a saying for nothing. The cool quality of the cucumber slices can aid in reducing puffiness. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that you’ll feel like you’re straight out of your favorite rom com.
"Sometimes dark circles are caused by increased pigment, either from rubbing or from sun damage," says Nazarian. "The best treatment for this includes topical lightening agents such as vitamin C, kojic acid, and licorice extract. These ingredients help decrease skin pigmentation over time, ultimately resulting in the lightening of the dark circles." And you must wear sunscreen. "Invest in a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide," Tung says.
This night cream targets the three most visible effects of aging to your skin by smoothing wrinkles, evening skin tone, and improving skin tone. In order to do this as effectively as it does, Neutrogena has created a formula specifically for these tasks called Hexinol. Among the ingredients in this cream are some we recognize for the task; Vitamin C and shea butter.
Who says you have to give in to aging? There are some parts you can’t control, sure. There’s no magic cream that makes arthritis go away or a special serum to bring back the speedy metabolism you had in your 20s. And, although we hate to admit it, wrinkles are just a part of aging. Luckily, though, it’s a part we can have a dramatic impact on through better skincare. So even if you still feel your age, you don’t need to look it.