Fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, sagging…these are very normal things that happen to our skin as we age. They’re largely the result of years of environmental damage (from things like UV exposure and pollution) and the fact that our bodies ability to produce collagen and elastin (the proteins that keep skin plump and firm) takes a nose dive once we hit 30. Good times.
That said, there *is* a way to reverse signs of damage and jump start collagen and elastin production, and that’s by using an anti aging moisturizer. The most effective anti-aging moisturizers contains active ingredients (like retinol and peptides) to make skin smooth, bright, and plump, along with hydrating and nourishing ingredients to keep your skin’s moisture levels in check. Ahead, the 15 best anti-aging moisturizers for every skin type and skin concern according to dermatologists and estheticians.
Our top picks for best anti-aging moisturizers of 2022:
Keep scrolling for the entire list of the best anti-aging moisturizers and creams along with the important things to keep in mind when shopping for a new anti-aging product to add to your skincare routine.
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Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
Sente Dermal Repair UltraNourish
This Cult-Favorite Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Augustinus Bader The Cream with TFC8 Face Moisturizer
Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Retinol and Vitamin C
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer
Best Multitasking Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Intense Wrinkle Cream
Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer for Oily Skin
Alastin Skincare Ultra Light Moisturizer
Best Lifting and Firming Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Doctor Babor Lifting Rx Collagen Cream
Best Drugstore Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream
Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Growth Factors
Bioeffect EGF Power Cream
Best Barrier-Boosting Anti-Aging Cream
Defenage 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream
Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Moisturizer with SPF 30
Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer for Combination Skin
Rose Ingleton MD Signature Moisturizer
Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer for Dull Skin
Valmont Luminosity Lumicream
Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer for Dry Skin
U Beauty Super Hydrator
Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer for a Dewy Glow
Epicutis Hyvia Créme
Best Under-The-Radar Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Eighth Day The Reparative Moisturizer
How to choose an anti-aging moisturizer:
Look for certain active ingredients.
If your goal is smoother, tighter skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles, ingredients like retinol, peptides, stem cells, and growth factors will be your BFF. These ingredients are proven to stimulate collagen and elastin production, so keep an eye out for them on your moisturizer’s label. If dullness, discoloration, and dark spots are your primary anti-aging concerns, antioxidants and brightening ingredients like vitamin C and niacinamide are musts.
Keep your skin type in mind.
Your skin type—so whether it’s sensitive, acne-prone, dry, oily, or combo—will determine the texture and formulation of the moisturizer you choose. If your skin is oily or acne-prone, look for a lightweight anti-aging lotion or gel cream that’s labeled “oil-free” and/or “non-comedogenic”. If your skin is prone to dryness, an anti-aging cream with a thicker consistency and moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and ceramides will do the trick.
- Jessica Weiser, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist and the founder and medical director of Weiser Skin MD in New York, NY. Dr. Weiser is an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University and specializes in cosmetic and procedural dermatology.
- Elizabeth Grace Hand is a licensed esthetician and founder of Stalle Studios in New York City.
- Caroline Giles is a licensed esthetician with nearly 20 years of experience in the spa and skin industries. Caroline is based at the Jersey Shore shore and is the lead esthetician for the Milagro Spa Corporation.
Why trust Cosmopolitan?
Lauren Balsamo is deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan with nine years of experience researching, writing, and editing skincare stories that range from the best retinol eye creams to the best lasers for acne scars. She’s an authority in all skincare categories but an expert when it comes to anti-aging products and treatments. She regularly tests and analyzes anti-aging moisturizers for efficacy, while working with the industry’s top dermatologists and estheticians to assess new formulas, brands, and technologies.
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