Fine lines? Never heard of 'em!
While we like to think we actually get better with age, we totally understand that there might be some pesky skin changes you want to address as the years pass. And while there are a variety of procedures and treatments you can get at the the local spa and dermatology office to address your concerns, there's no reason why you can't take control in the comfort of your own home.
But, we get it: Anti-aging skincare products are everywhere, which can feel like both a gift and a curse. Well, if you're in need of some guidance, we have your back. We tapped a handful of skincare experts to give us the low-down on what anti-aging creams are all about and which ones are the best.
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when to start incorporating anti-aging products into your routine, but most experts agree on one thing: you should at least get the basics into your anti-aging routine started in your 20s.
"By your mid-20s, your rate of cell turnover and collagen production starts to decline," says cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green. "To see the best results, I recommend starting as early as your early 20s." However, all experts advise to start using sunscreen as soon as possible if you're not using it already.
Board-certified nurse and esthetician Genevieve Vielbig, R.N., B.S.N., C.A.N.S., also notes that your skin type can play into when you should start using anti-aging products. "In individuals with dry skin, a daily moisturizer, serum, and eye cream should be started in the early 20s," says Vielbig. "If the individual has oily skin, traditional anti-aging products can start in their 30s, but most likely they will be using a retinol product to combat acne breakouts, so they are already using preventative measures."
But one thing is clear: You’re going to want to get a jump-start on your anti-aging skincare routine sooner rather than later. "Protect and repair early — this is one of the best things I tell my younger patients," says Dr. Marie Hayag, New York City board-certified cosmetic dermatologist. "It will make a big difference later in life.”
OK, so there are a lot of skincare ingredients to choose from, which can get confusing and stressful. But think about skincare ingredients the way you'd think about cooking — sure, there are tons of additions to choose from, but you only need to choose a few ingredients to get the results you're looking for.
"I don't think there is a 'one size fits all' answer when it comes to anti-aging creams and serums. I think what you use may vary based on the time of year," says Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in Manhattan. "For example, winter is more drying and more difficult for using retinols and retinoids for some of us, and may require thicker moisturizers and creams — whereas in summer, when humidity levels are higher, you may be able to tolerate formulations with ingredients like retinols and AHAs."
With that being said, there are a handful of ingredients that all of our experts agreed to incorporate into your anti-aging skincare routine. Read on to learn more about best ingredients to look for, plus the best anti-aging and wrinkle creams that contain them.