8 Anti-Aging Creams That Really Work

by Bisma Khan
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Anti-aging creams have many uses, not the least of which is their ability to make you look younger than you actually are! But how does this happen? In this article, we’ll explore how anti-aging creams work their magic and what they can do for you. Let’s get started!

1: Retinol

Retinol is considered by many experts to be one of, if not, the best anti-aging serum. Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which works from within your skin and is responsible for regulating cellular growth and renewal. Over time retinol cream can reduce wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes, mouth and, forehead, as well as help, restore lost elasticity to your skin.

To see results you will need to apply every night before bed on clean skin in order to give it enough time to absorb into your body and do its job. You can buy over-the-counter retinol or dermatologists can prescribe topical creams as well. Either way always consults with a physician before starting any new skincare regimen.

2: Vitamin C

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The best anti-aging serum is a Vitamin C moisturizer with SPF. When paired with sunscreen, your skin can look its youngest in about 10 years. The catch? It’s extremely important to apply it properly—your skin must be dry before application and you need at least an ounce of product on your face and neck each day.

 3: Vitamin E

While you might not know it by name, Vitamin E is a powerful weapon in your fight against aging. The vitamin penetrates deep into your skin to strengthen its natural repair mechanisms and improve circulation, making it an essential ingredient in any anti-aging regimen.

For best results, look for serums that also contain antioxidants like coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) or alpha lipoid acid (ALA). And since antioxidants are also necessary for healthy skin, look for products that have more than one. Our personal favorite?

4: Serums with Hyaluronic Acid (Image

An Anti-Aging Secret Weapon Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies that absorbs moisture and helps lubricate tissues. It’s what gives skin its plump, firm appearance and plays a role in tissue repair. As we age, our body produces less of it—and may produce more enzymes that degrade it—so it’s important to replenish its levels as much as possible.

Hyaluronic acid can be found in many anti-aging creams, lotions, serums, and moisturizers—including those formulated by dermatologists themselves. Look for products with ingredients such as sodium hyaluronate or sodium hyaluronate cross polymers on labels if you want to incorporate HA into your routine.

5: Peptides

The beautician applies the cream to the patient's face. Professional facial skin care.

Peptides are a type of protein that helps repair damage to cells and produce new, healthy skin cells. They can be found in anti-aging creams such as Renée Rouleau’s Advanced Anti-Aging Power Serum ($125) or RoC Multi Correxion 5 Power Serum ($33).

Even though peptides are more expensive than other anti-aging ingredients, they work much better over time. Plus, peptides tend to be less irritating, making them an ideal anti-wrinkle ingredient for sensitive skin types. And yes, peptides have been proven to work better than retinol.

6: Niacinamide Serum

Your Skin Will Thrive On It – OZ Naturals Pure Vitamin B3 Serum is a must-have in your anti-aging serum arsenal. If you are looking for the best anti-aging serum, don’t overlook Niacinamide and continue reading to find out why it works so well.

This anti-aging cream has several benefits including diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, lightening acne scars, repairing sun damage, reducing inflammation, improving elasticity, and much more. At a price of only $17 dollars for 30ml that can last you as long as 3 months if used twice daily; Oz naturals is well worth its cost!

7: Glycolic Acid

The PHAs of anti-aging creams and glycolic acid molecules are tiny enough to penetrate skin cells and can accelerate cellular turnover. So if you’ve ever seen a therapist scrub off your outer layer of dead skin, it was probably with a glycolic acid wash. Anti-aging clinics like Lancer Clinic use it to brighten complexions and give their clients glowing skin. It’s a must for anti-aging serums!

8: Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs)

Anti-aging creams containing AHAs have been proven to work. You may have heard of glycolic and lactic acids, AHAs that make up a class of molecules with hydrating and exfoliating properties that leave skin looking youthful and glowing. As you age, your skin’s cells lose water content, resulting in flakiness and dryness; AHAs are designed to penetrate through outer cell layers to restore hydration. Some popular anti-aging creams include both glycolic acid and lactic acid, as well as retinol (vitamin A), compounds like Retin-A Micro or RX Retinol Serum Intense Recovery Treatment by SkinMedica.


There are many anti-aging creams that promise to give you a youthful appearance but do they work? Anti-aging creams aren’t a quick fix for wrinkles and fine lines. However, there are a few that work well in fighting those signs of aging and have multiple uses. These 7 anti-aging creams that really work should be your go-to options when you’re looking for an extra boost. If your skin is in bad shape it’s best to visit a dermatologist who can recommend an anti-wrinkle cream as well as other measures you might take to stop further damage from occurring.

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