When it comes to skincare, everyone has an opinion on what works and what doesn’t. And there are more brands and more products to sift through trying to find ‘the one’ now more than ever. So we analyzed the buzziest launches in anti-aging of the past year to determine what really gets the job done. Behold the serums, creams, retinols, and techie tools that impressed us the most.
Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Rose Gold Eye Masks
These do-it-all patches deliver maximum hydration around the under-eye area — so fine lines beware — and they have a cooling effect from aloe leaf extract and lavender oil. Our favorite thing about them is they don’t slide all over your face either since their middle layer is skin-adhering elastic. Sold. You’ll really notice am immediate difference!
Shop it here, $25
Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite FaceWare Pro
Light therapy is one of the most results-driven options available — when it comes to anti-aging treatments — but it can be costly and time-consuming. So when Dr. Gross debuted his high-tech, full-face tool that basically resembles a horror movie mask we were intrigued, to say the least. The SpectraLite FaceWare Pro utilizes 100 red lights (to simulate collagen production) and 62 blue lights (to reduce redness and inflammation and prevent future breakouts) and after two weeks of use, you’ll start to see smoothed-out fine lines and wrinkles, as well as cleared-up acne. And while the $435 price tag is definitely a splurge, it still beats the thousands you would shell out over the course of a year, for in-office appointments that warrant the same results. Plus you can use it at home, on your couch. Double bonus.
Shop it here, $435
SkinBetter Science AlphaRet Overnight Cream
Raise your hand if you’re guilty of using the same moisturizer in the am and the pm, or even worse — not applying one at night (gasp). There’s a reason overnight creams exist and our new favorite happens to be by SkinBetter Science. Packed with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), lactic acid, and a retinoid, it fights against free radicals while you snooze and leaves you hydrated AF in the morning. Another plus? It has little-to-no irritation, unlike some other retinol-based products.
Shop it here, $110
Kate Somervile Dermal Quench Wrinkle Warrior
Repeat after me: Hyaluronic Acid is your skin’s best friend. And given that’s Kate’s latest product is full of it — along with Sichuan Pepper Extract and Polyglutamic Acid — your epidermis will be instantly plumped up and void of pesky signs of aging after just one use. PS — it also helps with skin firmness and elasticity, so time to get involved.
Shop it here, $98
SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense
Plagued with sun (and age) spots? Remove ‘em for good with SkinCeuticals’ latest and greatest: Discoloration Defense. This skin-brightening serum works like magic (in the form of Kojic Acid, vitamin B3, and Niacinamide) to reduce the appearance of dark spots, as well as hyperpigmentation, melasma, and acne scars.
Shop it here, $98
Dior Capture Youth Collection
When beauty bloggers everywhere started ‘gramming these candy-colored, age-delaying bottles, they not only induced major envy among all beauty-loving babes (must.have.now), but set a new standard for a skincare collection that truly does it all. There’s the Lift Sculptor Age-Delay Lifting Serum (to address loss of firmness and elasticity), Matte Maximizer Age-Delay Mattifying Serum (for oily skin), Glow Booster Age-Delay Illuminating Serum (with vitamin C and AHAs for dullness), Redness Soother Age-Delay Anti-Redness Soothing Serum (to soothe irritated skin), and Plump Filler Age-Delay Plumping Serum (with hyaluronic acid to banish dryness). And the best part? The serums can be used on their own, mixed and matched, and added to your favorite moisturizer for a faster application.
Shop them here, $95 each
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C
Vitamin C is arguably one of our holy grail products when it comes to fighting aging (sun spots, wrinkles, dryness, etc) and when Kiehl’s released their latest ultra-concentrated form of it, we were all sorts of shook. This 12.5% formula provides all the antioxidants you need to defend your face against the enemy — fine lines — and it also improves overall texture and tone to give you that J.Lo glow.
Shop it here, $104
Lancer Advanced Retinol Treatment
This supercharged nighttime serum combines 1.25 percent Retinol with Bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol-mimicking compound to deliver younger-looking skin. Lancer’s proprietary CoRetinol Technology dramatically softens the look of wrinkles and expression lines, improving the appearance of skin elasticity, texture, and tone. Collagen and prickly pear extracts round out this advanced treatment to infuse the skin with plumping hydration while minimizing the look of redness and dryness for a firmer, smoother appearance.
Shop it here, $95
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream
Contrary to popular belief, caviar is even better on the skin than it is with a dollop of crème fraîche on a blini. Sure, it’s pricey and one jar of this stuff will cost ya, but when your friends starting hashtagging #skingoals on your Instas you’ll be glad you made the investment. This super-rich cream has unparalleled lifting and firming capabilities and you’ll feel (and look) more taught and supple after slathering it all over your visage.
Shop it here, $485
Amorepacific Time Response Eye Reserve Crème
Keeping your peepers wide-eyed (and crows feet-free) is a full-time job, but someone’s gotta do it. Luckily Amorepacific is up for the task. Their latest eye crème keeps bags and unwanted wrinkles at bay, thanks to a potent blend of their signature Chrono-T and beauty green tea. It’s also buttery soft and glides onto this delicate skin area effortlessly.
Shop it here, $260
Adsorb Beauty Essentials Set
If you haven’t been using beauty products made from ostrich egg yolks to look younger, you haven’t been living your life right. Japanese brand Adsorb Beauty is the world’s first “AntiBody” skincare line (that just launched in the U.S.) and thanks to a bunch of brainiac scientists and loads of research, we now have ostrich egg yolks to add to our ever-growing list of weird ingredients that have anti-aging superpowers. Ostrich egg yolks contain a high concentration of natural antibodies, giving ostriches the strongest immune system of any living animal. You’ll also be happy to know the antibodies are extracted via unfertilized ostrich egg yolks, so the ostriches are never harmed. Their three-piece starter set includes: the AntiBody Cleanser, Moist Essence Serum, and Gel Cream to target dull sagging skin and give it a much-needed boost.
Shop it here, $278