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A derm shares everything you need for an anti-aging skin care routine — starting at $6

Target fine lines, dark spots and more in six easy steps.

As we age a variety of factors can take a toll on our skin, from sun exposure to hormonal changes. And it seems like every day a trendy new product hits the market that promises to stop skin aging in its tracks. But how do you know which anti-aging products are worth the hype and actually deserve a spot in your beauty cabinet?

As part of our series Shop This List TODAY, New York City-based, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry stopped by to show us how to build a simple, anti-aging skin care routine with just six products.

Together, these essentials can help target concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, dark spots and uneven texture. From a $6 brightening serum to a vitamin-rich moisturizer to a face oil for a radiant glow, these solutions will take your beauty routine to the next level.

And Henry proves that a quality skin care routine doesn’t have to break the bank: You can grab all six products from Target for less than $100 total.

Ready to revamp your skin care routine, day or night? Add the complete product list to your cart in just one click. Target offers free shipping on orders of $35 or more, and if you're a Target Circle member right now you can also score a $5 gift card with select beauty purchases of $25 or more.

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pH Balancing Daily Cleanser


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Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%


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Rescue Balm (Mini)


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Cicaplast Balm Vitamin B5


Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

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C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum


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Ultra Sheer Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 60+


Thayers Natural Remedies pH Balancing Daily Cleanser

Step one: a gentle cleanser. Henry likes this one for aging skin because it's designed to balance the skin's pH levels while maintaining the natural moisture barrier. It's also infused with aloe vera, which Henry says is an excellent choice for maturing skin that's prone to dryness. This key ingredient is naturally anti-inflammatory, and Henry adds that it contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help soothe, nourish, hydrate and calm skin while protecting against environmental stressors.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

If you're new to serums and aren't sure where to start, consider this affordable treatment from The Ordinary. Niacinamide happens to be one of Henry's favorite ingredients because it has a plethora of benefits for aging skin, including strengthening the skin barrier and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This serum features both niacinamide and zinc, which Henry says can help regulate oil production, reduce inflammation and improve the appearance of pores. And if you're wondering how to fade dark spots that can appear more often as we age, she also says this ingredient acts as a skin brightener.

Hero Cosmetics Rescue Balm (Mini)

If you experience adult acne due to hormonal shifts or a slower cell turnover, you're not alone. Henry says this concern can often be overlooked in maturing skin. To help prevent scarring and uneven texture, Henry likes this rescue balm. Incorporate it into your routine to relieve dry, flaky skin or redness with skin-loving ingredients like aloe vera, panthenol and allantoin. According to the brand, this product was inspired by first aid ointments and is meant to be used after you pop a zit or use a pimple patch.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Balm Vitamin B5

The brand says this unscented and multi-purpose cream can be used to soothe dry and damaged skin on your body, face and hands. The formula contains glycerin which can draw moisture into the skin and shea butter which helps lock in the hydration, according to Henry. Together, she says these ingredients can improve your skin's barrier function, thus reducing dehydration and even the appearance of fine lines.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C And Turmeric Face Oil

Curious about face oils? Henry likes this option because it's formulated with a potent combination of vitamin C and turmeric to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while brightening and evening out skin tone for a more youthful complexion. And that's not all: The ingredients' antioxidant properties can protect your skin from environmental collagen degradation, says Henry. For best results, the brand says to simply massage two to three drops onto your neck and face in the morning and at night.

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Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

This travel-size vitamin C serum is a powerful antioxidant formula to help reinforce your skin's barrier with hydration, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots, says the brand. For best results, the brand suggests using this serum morning and night in your skin routine.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 60+

Henry says that aging skin is more at risk for skin cancer since it is caused by cumulative sun exposure. That's why she says you need to top off your daily routine with sunscreen, like this lightweight, broad-spectrum SPF 60 option. Plus she says wearing sunscreen can reduce other damaging effects of sun exposure, including hyperpigmentation and fine lines. According to the brand, this formula is both lightweight and non-greasy, so you can even wear it under your foundation. And it's infused with vitamin E to help keep your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

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