The Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Products, According to Reddit
While we largely rely on the guidance of dermatologists, studies from medical journals, and our own experience, even beauty writers need a resource for #skinspiration sometimes. Lucky for us, the eager amateurs over at Reddit’s r/SkincareAddiction go to great lengths to dig up the best, most effective products on the market.
This huge, unstoppable bunch (there are currently 676,000 subscribers in the sub) will test product acidities with home pH kits, email every brand thinkable, and swap invaluable testimonials to find the products that actually work.
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From underrated anti-aging serums to widely beloved wrinkle removers, these are the nine most highly recommended anti-aging products on Reddit.
Best moisturizing lotion: CeraVe PM
“I am new to this sub and I have been LOVING all of the amazing information you guys have to offer. It's like a whole new world has been opened up to me! The first thing I bought is the CeraVe PM moisturizer because of how much it dominates here. I first used it one night last week. When I woke up in the morning and saw my face in the mirror, I had a moment. Like, it was so mind blowing that I didn't even understand what was going on. You guys. My face was straight up glowing. It was plump, happy, and beautiful. No splotchiness or uneven texture. I didn't even know my skin was that bad until I saw what it could be! I'm in love! Thank you guys so much for opening my eyes!”
Best occlusive: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
“I’ve been applying Vaseline to my eyelids and surrounding area since I was 18 (I had been using an eye cream recommended by the lady at M.A.C. That completely fucked my skin, which Vaseline cured). I am now 27, and have zero wrinkles around my eyes. I’ve now been using it all over my face for about four years now and will never go back. Vaseline for life!!!”
Best prescription: Curology
Editor’s note: If you haven’t heard of Curology yet, your skincare game is about to get flipped upside down. More of a service than just a product, Curology connects you with dermatologists through its online platform, and creates custom blends to suit your skincare needs and sends them directly to your doorstep each month. What’s especially appealing about Curology is that it is able to prescribe controlled treatments like tretinoin, the gold star ingredient in anti-aging, plus other highly touted anti-aging agents, without the hassle of a dermatologist office visit.
“I use it for anti-aging. My script is .02 percent tret, 5 percent vitamin C, 4 percent niacinamide. I've been using it every night for the past two months. I've already seen great results — reduction in the appearance of fine lines, reduced sf/pore size, and overall clearer complexion. I would highly recommend trying Curology for anti-aging. I only wish I had started earlier!”
Best oil: Rosehip Seed Oil
“Rosehip seed oil (which is also great for acne-prone skin types) is high in beta-carotene which is a precursor to your vitamin A (retinols/oids) and is converted when applied to the skin. Some may consider it too gentle to make a difference on it's own, but if a routine is being tailored to anti-aging in particular I would definitely consider it an important addition!”
Best sunscreen: EltaMD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45
“I told my friend to go get the EltaMD sunscreen (meaning EltaMD UV clear) but she went and got the EltaMD UV shield sunscreen by accident...and boy am I glad she did because it's my new holy grail sunscreen.
Absorption: OMG, so fast. And it leaves my skin so soft. Not shiny at all. I have really dry skin and my friend has oily skin and it looked perfect on both of us.
White cast: NONE, NONE AT ALL. And we both have dark skin.
Eye irritation: Nope, and my eyes get irritated super easily.
Cost: This is by far the cheapest sunscreen (suitable for the face) that I have seen. It's about $5 an ounce.”
Best antioxidant: Timeless Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum
“In my previous life I could afford many treatments and products, including Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. For the past four years I only used sunscreen due to my budget.
I recently turned 60, CA sun has taken a toll. I found Timeless CE Ferulic two months ago. After one month my skin is glowing! So happy. If it is too strong maybe dilute in your hands with a drop of water, and start out using only one day a week, two days, etc. Trust me, it’s worth it if it can work on my rhino skin. Also store in the fridge to keep from oxidizing.”
Best exfoliant: Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
“I definitely thing SR Good Genes is worth the price and the hype. I’ve used a lot of different acid products, high and low end, and I would pick GG over anything else. It’s versatile (use as an intense weekly treatment mask, a daily or every other day serum, a spot treatment, or layer under a clay mask for a facial type experience), a little goes a longggg way, the formulation is perfection, and above all else — it’s EFFECTIVE. There’s an immediate plump and flow factor, and after continued use it refined my skin’s texture, tone, and clarity.”
Best brightening product: Paula’s Choice Niacinamide Booster
“Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster. This product is amazing -- in just days, it has totally transformed my skin. Just a week ago, my skin was rough/dehydrated and dull looking and suddenly my skin is so much more even-toned, glowy, plump, smooth, clear, and so soft. My pores are smaller and I don't get as oily during the day as I usually do. I've been using The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% for months and while it's good for controlling clogged pores/acne and giving me a glow, the Paula's Choice niacinamide really does so much more for me and has a much more elegant texture.”
Best all-in-one product: The Ordinary "Buffet" Multi-Technology Peptide Serum
“I really love this product, I was actually sad when it finally ran out. The bottle lasted from mid-August to the first week of January, so ~20 weeks. At first I was only using this in the AM, but after about two weeks of use I started using it in my PM routine as well. The texture is nice and it's not really sticky or tacky unless you use too much product, 2-3 drops was just enough to cover my face and neck.
I am 27, so I'm not sure that I really need an anti-aging product like this yet — but I think it's going to be something I'll appreciate using in the long run. It has sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) in it, which is probably why the fine lines on my face seemed less noticeable after use — but that is really the only benefit I've seen so far. I didn't experience any breakouts or other sensitivities with this product, and I have fairly sensitive skin. I plan on using this product indefinitely.”