While aging is a natural and beautiful process, there is nothing wrong with wanting to have smooth and nice skin. It’s called taking care of yourself and your skin. When it comes to anti-aging serums and creams there are dozens of choices, so it can get confusing and overwhelming. Furthermore, you might not know what product actually works and which one is over-hyped. So who’s better to tell you what cream is better than the rest of them, than a skin-care professional?
That is why Health.com asked dermatologists to pick their favorite anti-aging product which they not only recommend to patients, but they also use them themselves.
So, here are 7 wrinkle-reducing products that will get the job done. Also, according to these experts, they will leave you with younger, healthier and smother-looking skin.
Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale, MD who is a board-certified dermatologist, and Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology said: “It’s a lightweight moisturizing serum. It contains a human-derived stem cell extract. I recommend this product to my patients to expedite healing after laser procedures, but I also use it every night over my retinol. The serum contains peptides which help the skin to repair itself and stay healthy.”
Dr. Neal Schultz, MD is a dermatologist who has been practicing in NYC for 30 years, and he recommends gentle-but-effective glycolic exfoliation. “The single most important treatment you can do at home for radiant, glowing, younger-looking skin—the goal of all your anti-aging efforts—is daily gentle-but-effective glycolic exfoliation. That glowing, younger-looking skin is the result of skin being smooth (like a mirror or shiny new car) which can only be achieved, and then maintained, by daily exfoliation to remove the dulling, discolored dead cells that re-accumulate every day. Weekly exfoliation just can’t give your skin the consistent smooth texture to make it glow. This peel [from his own skincare line] contains two potent glycolic exfoliants that dissolve the glue that holds the dulling dead cells on, leaving the skin on your entire face bright, glowing, and refreshed.”
Dr. Dendy Engelman is a board-certified and nationally-acclaimed dermatologic surgeon, located in Midtown East, New York, who said:
“When we talk about anti-aging, a lot of people stop just below the chin/jawline and that shouldn’t be the case. Increasingly, people are noticing that aging shows up on their neck as well, which is why I love Revision Nectifirm ADVANCED. It includes Smart Antioxidant Technology (lingonberry extract), plus a proprietary blend of eight peptides to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Red microalgae extract helps skin appear more firm and lifted. I recommend my patients use it daily (day and night) for a prolonged, lasting effect. And since I’m pregnant, as an added level of protection, I use it on my abdomen to prevent stretch marks.”
Arielle N.B. Kauvar, MD who is the founding Director of New York Laser & Skin Care, a Manhattan-based dermatology practice specializing in laser surgery, said: “Prevention is the most important weapon against signs of aging because of the sun—which is avoidable—is responsible for 90% of skin aging. My favorite face sunscreen is Elta UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF 41 because it doesn’t irritate even the most sensitive skin (we use it after procedures), it’s water-resistant, and has a transparent tint which is great for going sans makeup.”
Dr. Jeannette Graf is a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York who has been in practice for more than 20 years, and she said: “While using sunscreen is a given, my number on anti-aging recommendation for my patients is to use a product with an over-the-counter retinoid such as retinol or retinaldehyde, a direct precursor to retinoic acid, because it’s the single most important ingredient for repair, renewal, and the health of the skin.”
Kavita Mariwalla, MD, is a nationally recognized leader in dermatology who says: “Red wine is the natural source for resveratrol, as it is rich in grape skin and seeds. I use this at night to improve skin pigmentation (it does this by lowering tyrosinase levels) and in my patients who have a little bit of adult female acne and redness, it works beautifully as a nighttime antioxidant to improve skin. It has also been shown to improve skin thickness without a drying effect seen in retinols. In terms of mechanism of action, resveratrol can bind specific polyphenol binding sites in the epidermis which can be used to prevent signs of aging.”
Joshua Zeichner, MD who is specializing in Dermatology recommends Retinol: “Retinol is the best-studied OTC ingredient to minimize signs of skin aging, and this is my go-to product for that. It stimulates collagen production to help keep the skin foundation strong. Ultimately, this helps the skin resist lines and wrinkles from setting in. Not all retinol products are created equally; it is important to choose a product that has proven stability, penetration into the skin, and a clinical effect.”