What is best for anti-aging?

While retinoids are considered to be one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients available to us, retinoids, especially prescription retinoids, can also be extremely effective acne treatments. In general, serums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than a moisturizer. The best anti-aging ingredients to consider are vitamin A derivatives known as retinoids (retinol, tretinoin and tazarotene) and vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). In addition to increasing collagen in the skin, they also act as antioxidants to absorb biological and environmental oxidative stress that builds up and causes aging.

The most popular Korean beauty trend, Hanacure, combines the effects of a serum, cream and mask in a single treatment to drastically reduce the visible effects of aging. Seemingly ageless Cindy Crawford has given the gift of her beauty secrets with her Meaningful Beauty line. The entire collection was formulated from the anti-aging properties of rare melons grown in the south of France. For a serum that can help correct signs of aging and prevent future damage, look no further.

We have been independently researching and testing products for more than 120 years. If you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Learn more about our review process. Ideal for everyday use, Roc moisturizer with SPF was a GH Beauty Lab anti-aging day cream test winner, which absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin.

In digital laboratory imaging with Visia Complexion Analyzer, the formula reduced visible dark spots by 4.5% and improved skin texture by 11% in four weeks. Consumer testers gave it top marks for smoothing, firming and reducing wrinkles. It made my skin feel plump, soft and glowing, one reported. One of the best in the GH Beauty Lab anti-aging night cream test, the light gel-like lotion from Exuviance was the best at reducing lines, thanks to a powerful smoothing trio of glycolic acid, retinol and peptides.

Digital laboratory imaging with Visia Complexion Analyzer found that the formula minimized the appearance of wrinkles by an impressive 10%. In calculations with the Cutometer machine, which measures skin laxity, firmness increased by 31% after four weeks. RoC cream was a test winner of GH Beauty Lab's anti-aging eye treatments to address all eye area problems at a price well below average. Laboratory measurements revealed that it increased firmness by 19% and hydration by 20%, reduced wrinkles by 10%, as well as brightening dark circles and bags under the eyes.

Within a few days of use, problems around my eyes (swelling, dark circles and fine lines) decreased, a tester confirmed. Danusia Wnek, chemist at the Good Housekeeping Beauty, Health & Sustainability Lab, develops and monitors testing of categories of skin care products, including anti-aging moisturizers, night creams, eye creams and more, using laboratory instruments and consumer feedback to recommend best products on the market, April Franzino, beauty director at Good Housekeeping, has more than 15 years of experience researching, writing and editing content related to skin care, using the expertise of scientists from the Institute's Beauty Laboratory and the best professionals in the industry, such as dermatologists and estheticians. She is an expert in all categories of facial and body skin care products, including cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, night creams, sunscreens, scrubs, masks, eye creams, professional treatments and more. Nicole Saporita is a former member of the Good Housekeeping editorial team who spent years working with the GH Beauty Lab to interpret and report on product testing.