We can’t avoid getting older, but you can prevent wrinkles.
Check out our 10 best anti-aging creams to keep your skin looking young and healthy.
Wouldn’t it be great to tick that regime off your list, and have the best anti-aging cream for you?
We’ve looked at 46 different anti-aging creams and covered more than 139 hours of research and testing to write this review, and which allows us to announce that the La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night stands out as the best anti-aging serum to buy for most people.
La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night
Why our reviews are trustworthy
I have covered anti-aging creams here for a few years now, logging hundreds of hours of research and testing in that time (it’s no great hardship, I need it too!).
Did you know that for the past five years in the US alone, consumers have spent well over $2 billion annually on anti-aging products. Worldwide, the market is estimated to be nearing $200 billion in the next few years?
We’ve looked at a large number of creams and consulted experts to create this review. We keep up with reviews from other noteworthy companies that also test or review beauty products, such as, Total Beauty, Amazon and Sephora though we do find that the coverage is not as comprehensive as it could be for this category.
Then we do our own testing of anti-aging creams with ourselves, experts and selected members of our consumer product testers, to product test them at home and provide their feedback through our product testing panels.
*This review covers the best anti-aging creams on the market before and since the last time we created this guide. We’ve covered this category extensively.
Who should get this?
Everyone…When it comes to anti-aging creams, most of us will go to amazing lengths in order to find that perfect product. That one product that smooths those lines and give an overall flawless finish. We will spend all of our money on various products we’ve tested, read reviews until our heads spin and, of course, allow supposed skin experts in magazine adverts and on TV to convince us that their product is the best to use. Well, in order to put an end to this media madness and to hopefully save you time and hassle (plus a few lines), we are sharing with you the results of our extensive research and testing.
How we began the test selection process
We started by making a list of all of the top rated anti aging creams that we could find for sale in retailers stores and online. We listed 46 in the original selection process for this category.
Anti-aging creams, like all cosmetics, are personal to you. To choose one, you need to have a deep knowledge of your own skin, including its shade, its undertones, its strengths and weaknesses but also what your perfect skin is.
We combed through thousands of reviews to bring you the most helpful, insightful tidbits about the highest-rated anti-aging creams. Reviewers claim these creams are the winners among a sea of mediocre anti aging serums.
So before you set your makeup again, take a gander at the anti aging creams on this list and ask yourself: “Self, would you say such lovely things about the cream you just used?” If the answer is no, it’s time to hit the drugstore aisle or beauty counter — armed with this list.
We started by looking at the basics. We removed serums with controversial ingredients. We know an ingredients list that makes one person shudder is shrugged off by another. To warrant being cut, ingredients had to increase the risk of clogging pores, and increase the risk of sun damage and skin irritation.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Retinyl palmitate, and retinyl acetate
- Oxybenzone and octinoxate
- Diazolidinyl urea and quaternium-15
After wading through hours of reading everything from scientific papers, and product specifications to consumer reviews (plus a few heated debates), we were then able to whittle the list down to the 10 creams we brought in for testing.
How we tested them
We matched the anti-aging creams to a cross section of our consumer panelists, in terms of age, lifestyle, skin type and whether they currently used an anti-aging cream and then sent out the products for them to test at home, and also got them ready for our in-house panelists. Once everyone had their products to test, each panelist started by noting down the basic statistics for the creams, such as the ingredients, pack size, pack type and texture.
Then, before treating, we each had to test a patch of skin first to ensure our suitability for the cream. Once that was completed, the instructions were simple, to treat the face once every other day, and to monitor the reduction in lines within the first 2 weeks and then after 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20 weeks after the testing started, with a final score at the end of week 24. So, armed with the products, we started incorporating them into our daily beauty routines for the two months and monitored the reductions and skin reactions.
Once the 6 months (24 weeks) were up and we had finished testing all the creams, we analyzed the results to find out which ones came out on top. Then we looked at the current retail prices for each one and found our favorite picks were almost always the more expensive ones. Our top pick turned out to be the most expensive of all the finalists, so price does correlate with quality with anti aging serums.
The Runners Up
L’Occitane Peony Perfecting Cream & Devine Extract Duo
L’Occitanes Peony Perfecting Cream says it offers around-the-clock rejuvenation while it combats those bothersome wrinkles. This duo cream combination was a higher scorer in our testing, but was marked down like La Prairie because of the very high price tag but even so came out second.
Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
This revitalizing makeup product will fix any pigment discoloration while also fighting pre-mature aging signs. Dr. Jart+ uses a combination of white gold with Bio Peptide Complex to give your skin a smooth finish. Our testers reported that this product scored well, especially with helping to manage pigment discolorations.
L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Skin Recharger Day/Night Cream
By preventing aging while also renewing cells, L’Oreal Youth Code defeats wrinkles 24/7. Whether you’re throwing it on while you’re running out the door in the morning or finishing your nighttime beauty treatment with it, this cream tackled our age-defining wrinkles well in our tests.
Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Philosophy’s Miracle Worker simply works miracle. Using tons of Vitamin C, it tackles signs of aging while adding moisture. This anti-aging moisturizer helped to replenish the skins natural moisture barrier, leaving it feeling satiny smooth. Resveratrol helps promote skin’s vitality for a firm, radiant result. It helps support natural collagen, brighten a tired complexion and protect skin against environmental attack, the primary cause of premature aging.
Ialugen Advance Regenerating Anti-aging Cream
By providing an environment that collagen can thrive in, this formula does a remarkable job at repairing damaged cells. Lancer’s Advanced C Radiance Cream will freshen up parched skin to make your entire face glow. High quality hyaluronic acid helps to retain water, helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It helps maintain the cutaneous hydration indispensable for the skin’s outer layers. The complex of IGF1, KGF and EGF proteins assist cell renewal. The formula is also enriched with a purified extract of Physalis Angulata, an ingredient that fights free radicals and stops premature aging by reinforcing your skin’s defences.
Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream SPF 20
Investing in your health is the best thing to invest in, so don’t hesitate to spend a little more to really get a bang for your buck. Your skin will thank you later when it is soaking in the iconic Harungana Leaf extract and looking better than ever. That’s what they say, we say the benefits you get from this cream is not worth the high price tag.
Shiseido BENEFIANCE WrinkleResist24 Day Cream
By resisting wrinkles 24-hours a day, the results of this extract and supplement mixed formula will have you speechless. Bonus: SPF to protect you from damaging sun-rays. Specifically made for people with dry to very dry skin, we really liked this product.
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex
Stop the natural process of aging by applying this simple Fresh cream. Seven supplements work together to preserve your youthful glow. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream is a universal daily age-defy moisturizer which proved to do well in testing to provide a good level of 24 hour moisture. It is formulated with a proprietary Super 7 Complex specifically designed to minimize and prevent signs of aging, deliver intense hydration, and boost radiance. It is further enriched with maca root extract, noted for enhancing luminosity and cell turnover. Great value anti-aging cream.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
If you’ve been fantasizing about a line-free face, Olay’s fast-acting micro-sclupting cream if your savior. Apply and watch as the wrinkles reduce right before your eyes. Dramatic transformation. Not drastic measures. Olay skin scientists have formulated this anti-aging facial moisturizer with an advanced Amino-Peptide Complex to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, Amino-Peptides and Vitamin B3, hydrates to lift, plump and firm skin. The luxurious-feeling moisturizer immediately leaves skin hydrated and softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It also firms the look of skin with plumping hydration.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream
Massage this on your face before bedtime and wake up with fewer wrinkles. Since it’s loaded with vitamins, this moisturizer is fantastic for your skin and will leave you looking great for the price. Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream Night is a dermatologist recommended Retinol anti-wrinkle cream clinically proven to visibly reduce fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. This formula contains Retinol, Vitamin A in a pure form, to work deep within skin’s surface where wrinkles develop. A combination of Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E and special moisturizers work with skin to even out skin tone and build moisture levels. Lightweight and non-greasy, it absorbs quickly into skin.
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