The 8 Best Products for Ageless Skin
For our 25th annual Best Beauty Buys, the InStyle print team surveyed leading dermatologists, makeup artists, hairstylists, and manicurists to find out which products they can't get enough of. The votes are in: You'll want to clear a shelf for these 163 beauty game-changers.
While wrinkles are physical proof of the wisdom that comes with getting older, it's perfectly normal to notice that you have a few extra lines on your forehead or your smile lines got a little deeper. And if you're hung up on these visible signs of aging, there's nothing wrong with adding anti-aging products into your skincare routine.
That being said, figuring out which anti-aging products to use can be confusing. With so many creams, serums, peels, and masks out there, reading up on ingredients and formulations to find the best products for your skin's needs is basically a full-time job.
That's why InStyle's print beauty team had the 2020 Best Beauty Buys panel of experts to review and vote on which anti-aging skincare products are worth the purchase, and more importantly, work.
The best serum for fading dark spots? The best cream for smoothing wrinkles? Find the year's best anti-aging skincare products right here. And remember, age is nothing but a number.
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Best Natural Anti-Aging Treatment: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
Thanks to raspberry extract, along with a powerful mix of exfoliating glycolic, lactic, salicylic, tartaric, and citric acids, this lightweight night serum dissolves dull surface cells so you wake up with a smoother face in the morning.
To buy: $90; sephora.com.
Best At-Home Peel: M-61 PowerGlow
The key to using an at-home peel is to find one that's effective, but gentle enough that it doesn't leave skin raw. That's why our Best Beauty Buys panel loves M-61's PowerGlow. On top of powerful acids, the pads are infused with soothing lavender and chamomile.
To buy: $30/10; bluemercury.com.
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Best Discoloration Treatment: SkinMedica Lytera 2.0
A powerful blend of acids, niacinamide, and peptides, this brightening serum works to minimize stubborn dark spots.
To buy: $154; dermstore.com.
Best Eye Cream: Alastin Skincare Restorative Eye Treatment
An eye cream to treat wrinkles, crow's feet, and dark circles? Yep, our Best Beauty Buys panel found it. Peptides and niacinamide tackle firming and evening out skin tone over time, while polymers instantly boost radiance.
To buy: $85; alastin.com.
Best Inexpensive Wrinkle TreatmentL RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum
One anti-aging ingredient dermatologists always agree on? Retinol. In this affordable lotion, the multitasking ingredient promotes cell turnover to improve skin texture and firmness over time.
To buy: $25; ulta.com.
Best Wrinkle Treatment: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum
The dual chambers release a potent blend of growth factors, peptides, and antioxidants to maintain the health and youthfulness of your skin cells. To sum it up: This serum keeps skin smooth with continued use.
To buy: $281; dermstore.com.
Editors' Pick: Dr. Brandt Skincare Needles No More Neck Sculpting Cream
“I hate sticky neck creams. This one is moisturizing but not too heavy,” InStyle beauty director Angelique Serrano says of Dr. Brandt's firming cream. “And I love massaging my neck and face with the cold stone that comes with it. I find it so soothing!”
To buy: $95; sephora.com.
Editors' Pick: Lancome Renergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Face Cream with SPF 30
If you're into time-saving, do-it-all skincare products, you need to add this cream to your medicine cabinet, stat. It's stacked with hydrating and firming ingredients, plus SPF 30.
To buy: $109; nordstrom.com.