16 Top-Rated Antiaging Skin-Care Products
Forget the year on your birth certificate — many factors can dramatically change how your skin looks and feels. Even if you haven't noticed any signs yet — like dark spots or fine lines — and consider yourself too young to pick up something labeled "antiaging," the truth is that if you're in your 20s, it's not too early to start with preemptive measures. "Antiaging in beauty refers to ingredients such as retinol, peptides, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid, which help fight signs of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, and crepey skin," Arizona-based double board-certified dermatologist Karan Lal, DO, FAAD,, tells POPSUGAR. "We start losing collagen in our 20s and start accumulating sun damage in our teens," which means it can't hurt to start using antiaging products sooner than you thought.
If you're going to add just one antiaging skin-care product to your regimen, make it daily sunscreen, which Lal considers a nonnegotiable in preventing sun damage that causes fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Of course, there are plenty more products where that came from, too, from retinol serums that exfoliate to reveal new, smooth skin cells to moisturizers packed with peptides that firm your skin. Ahead, we've rounded up our 16 favorite antiaging skin-care products to tackle signs of skin aging, from dryness and dullness to fine lines and wrinkles.
Best Acne Treatment For Antiaging
Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment is a game-changer not just for breakouts but also for wrinkles. Adapalene (a type of retinoid) is the active ingredient, and it helps your skin churn out fresh collagen and, thus, subtly smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It's "the most potent over-the-counter retinoid," Lal says, and it can be incorporated into your morning or evening routine. A bonus? Our beauty editor loves it. Check out her review of the Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment.
Editor Quote: "The gel has helped brighten and even out my complexion to the point that you can hardly tell I ever experienced those hormonal breakouts to begin with." — Jessica Harrington, senior beauty editor
Best Vitamin C Moisturizer For Antiaging
Paula's Choice C5 Super Boost Vitamin C Moisturizer brightens dark spots and counteracts sun damage with vitamin C while simultaneously firming thanks to peptides. The brand also has the C5 Super Boost Vitamin C Eye Cream ($39) for dark circles and puffiness.
Best Mineral Sunscreen For Antiaging
UV exposure can account for up to 80 percent of visible aging, so layering on a good facial sunscreen like the Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+ Zinc Oxide every day is a nonnegotiable for skin health. We love this one because it has an ultra-lightweight consistency that's really easy to blend in (plus no white cast!), broad-spectrum protection, and vitamin E for an antioxidant boost.
Best Tinted Sunscreen For Antiaging
If you prefer a tinted formula, consider the EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40, an oil-free, nongreasy formula that boasts five-star ratings across the board. It protects against UVA and UVB rays while making your skin look radiant. What's more, it contains hyaluronic acid to give your dull, dry skin a moisture boost.
Best Retinol Serum For Antiaging
There's a reason why so many celebrities are obsessed with the Shani Darden Retinol Reform Treatment Serum: it really works, fast. The star ingredient is encapsulated retinol, which is gentler than traditional retinol, as this stays on the skin's surface longer and is released a little at a time. Teamed with AHAs for exfoliation and Pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract for antioxidants that help reduce visible signs of aging and defend against pollution, this product is a triple threat.
Best Collagen Serum For Antiaging
There's more than just vegan collagen packed in this Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen serum. While that ingredient helps skin get — and stay — supple, there's also alguronic acid to visibly reduce lines and wrinkles, plus microalgae oil to moisturize.
Best Lactic Acid Treatment For Antiaging
The Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment exfoliates to reveal a fresher, younger-looking complexion underneath and also plumps in fine lines for smoother skin overall. The product — which earned 230,000 loves on Sephora's site — also includes licorice and lemongrass to brighten dark spots and prickly pear to soothe redness.
Best Antioxidant Serum For Antiaging
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($182)
Once you get used to the unique smell of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic (and the price tag), you'll understand why it has so many five-star ratings: it's an antiaging superhero. It contains pure vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid, an antioxidant trio that protects against environmental damage while reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles and firming and brightening your complexion.
Best Firming Serum For Antiaging
Tracie Martyn Firming Serum ($198)
The Tracie Martyn Firming Serum was born for your entire face, undereye area, neck, and décolletage. The eponymous brand founder and celebrity facialist recommends applying it after cleansing to reap the results of its antioxidant and hyaluronic-acid-rich formula that targets wrinkles and fine lines.
Best Antioxidant Cleanser For Antiaging
You wouldn't slather an actual green juice on your face, but the ingredients in the Youth to the People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser feature a lot of the same nutrients. In this case, things like kale and spinach treat skin to vitamins and fatty acids while cleansing, and there's an added boost of antioxidant-rich green tea to fight visible signs of aging, too.
Best Daily Peel Wipes For Antiaging
Whether you're already a fan of professional peels or simply peel curious, these at-home, two-step packs have earned thousands of loves from other Sephora shoppers. Just like the standard and extra-strength sets, this Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel For Sensitive Skin uses exfoliating acids to smooth skin and refine pores, but there's also soothing colloidal oatmeal and Centella asiatica to suit more sensitive types.
Best Anti-Pollution Drops For Antiaging
Not all aging has to do with actual age. The Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops tackle signs of digital aging (from blue light) and atmospheric aging (from pollution and other environmental aggressors) with marine and cocoa-seed extracts for existing problems, plus shield skin in the future.
Best Eye Mask For Antiaging
Tackle the signs of aging around your eyes in particular with the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask, featuring vitamin-packed avocado and revitalizing coffeeberry to brighten and depuff the area. Especially noteworthy is its encapsulated retinol, touched on earlier.
Best Face Oil For Antiaging
Pick up the Herbivore Phoenix Rosehip Anti-Aging Face Oil for thirsty, rough skin, since it's packed with a range of rich botanical oils — and no fillers. Just a few drops go a long way in conditioning and hydrating skin as fatty acids and other nutrients help fight the signs of aging.
Best Retinol Oil For Antiaging
While this brand's retinol cream is always a bestseller, the new Drunk Elephant A-Gloei Retinol Oil is definitely worth a try as a baby step to something stronger. It also protects against free radicals and UV exposure but, as a bonus, adds soothing marula oil and ceramides for bouncy, well-moisturized skin.
Best Night Serum For Antiaging
The collagen-boosting Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum helps skin feel — and stay — smoother, radiant, and more hydrated for up to 72 hours. It also aids the natural repair process by offering antioxidant protection against environmental stressors that may throw things off track.