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No matter how old you are, you might think wrinkle cream sounds like something for your grandmother. But the truth is, the earlier you start taking care of your skin, the better! This means incorporating anti-aging products into your skincare routine, drinking enough water, eating right, and staying out of the sun, whether you're in your 30s or are 70+. There are so many products out there (that promise so many things), it can be seriously overwhelming.
That’s why the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab experts are here to cut through the clutter. The Beauty Lab has decades of history testing anti-aging skincare products, from serums to moisturizers, eye treatments, and more. Beauty Lab scientists first label-mask the products, which are then distributed to testers around the country, who use them as part of their skincare routine for a set time period. The consumer testers report their feedback on product performance, benefits on the look and feel of skin, and ease of use, including application, texture, scent, and irritation.
Products are also evaluated in the Lab using instruments like the Corneometer device, which measures skin moisture levels, the Cutometer machine, which gauges skin firmness, and the Visia Complexion Analyzer, which tracks changes in skin including wrinkles, texture, pigmentation, and pores. The data from these tests are then methodically tallied to arrive at the winning best anti-aging skincare formulas.
Yes! In Lab tests, we are able to see measurable improvements in skin's firmness and hydration and a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. The products below are star performers, but some powerful ingredients to look for when picking an anti-aging product are retinoids, hyaluronic acid (or similar humectants), niacinamide, and glycolic acid, says GH Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek.
It's important to know that the end of the day, sunscreen is the best anti-aging defense, no matter what anti-aging product you apply. Use one of the GH Beauty Lab’s top-tested face sunscreens every morning before putting on makeup, and every two hours when you’re spending the day outdoors. You’ll help prevent future sun damage that can cause premature aging and, most importantly, help decrease the risk of skin cancer.
Now that you have the lowdown, below are the GH Beauty Lab's best-tested anti-aging skincare products that really work to remove wrinkles, including day creams, night creams, serums and more. Even better? Some of our beauty scientists’ best-tested anti-aging products, below, are formulated with SPF!