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There are plenty of products that claim anti-aging benefits, but which can you really rely upon to effectively hydrate while providing a youthful, more refreshed look?
To keep our skin feeling fresh and photo-ready, TODAY Style asked celebrity makeup artists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons to find out their personal favorite anti-aging products. The best part? They're all available at your local drugstore.
"For those with very pronounced wrinkles and lines, this night cream will help with cell turnover making the skin look bright and softer. Be sure to use it nightly on the face, neck and chest,” said Cinthia Lomeli, a celebrity esthetician whose clients include Annabelle Wallis, Cheryl Hines and Kate Beckinsale.
"A retinoid or retinol should be the staple of any great routine. For sensitive skin, products like Differin are a great place to start. I recommend using it nightly, but keep track of your skin and see what you can tolerate. Retinoids tend to be drying so using daily moisturizer — with SPF! — is a must. For those with sensitive skin, three times a week is fine,” said Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, whose clients include Jonathan Cheban and many well-known models.
"To get the best results from any facial moisturizer, the skin must be properly hydrated. I always begin my work by massaging (or gently patting) a hydrating toner into the skin. This stimulates circulation and creates a natural glow. Use with a cotton pad to remove makeup, then a Beauty Blender (or other makeup sponge) to massage over the whole face," said Geoffrey Rodriguez, a fashion and celebrity makeup artist.
"Professionally, moisturizers have to be absorbent and work well under makeup. I love Pacifica’s Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream. The formula is very light, absorbs beautifully and is ideal for everyday. It contains floral stem cells and natural botanical ingredients that help restore and maintain a youthful, vibrant complexion," said Rodriguez.
"If you're venturing into the age-management side of the skin care aisle, don't leave without face oil for the ultimate skin food. The first ingredient is omega-rich olive oil followed by skin-regenerating squalane. Those two alone at the top of the ingredient list makes this hydrator a must-have," said Lora Condon of Jersey Boutique Spa.
"Nothing feels better than a rich, silky moisturizer to plump up those lines and smooth out your skin. This vegan formula is jam-packed with peptides and skin-loving antioxidants like apricot kernel oil, vitamin A and beta-glucan, which boosts cell immunity," said Condon, whose clients include Tea Leoni and Joey Fatone.
"Harsh weather conditions and chemical-laden water can change the texture and even the pH of your skin, which damages the skin's barrier and creates sensitive skin. This cream has a pH of 5.5, along with sweet almond oil and shea butter, which are important for repairing and healing the skin to prevent cracking, flaking and lines," said Condon.
"I have had a long-time love affair with No7 products. Their Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Serum is like liquid gold packed with antioxidants. Even short-term use results in youthful skin with reduced wrinkles and fewer deep lines. This serum is best used directly after cleansing and toning and before any sunscreen, moisturizer or makeup products. It's an amazing product at an amazing price point," said Marie Watkinson, LMT, a celebrity massage therapist, spa expert and founder/beauty director of Spa Chicks On The Go in New York City. Her celebrity clients include Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones and Joy Behar.
"As our skin matures, it’s nice to use an item that provides an instant boost. This Olay product firms and corrects to instantly smooth your skin texture. Now your face will be perfectly prepped to apply your anti-aging moisturizer," said Brandy Gomez-Duplessis, a celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of Entitled Beauty.
"What I like about this product is how it helps to reduce the appearance of my dark circles and puffiness in just 4-5 weeks. This eye cream won't cure wrinkles around the eyes, but it will reduce the visible appearance of aging such as crow’s feet. If used twice a day, you will start seeing a difference in about 12 weeks," said Gomez-Duplessis, whose celebrity clients have included Viola Davis, Allison Janney and Jennifer Aniston.
For more anti-aging favorites, check out:
- The skin care products you should use at every age, according to NewBeauty
- 1 bottle of this affordable anti-aging serum is sold every 60 seconds
- 15 new skin care products from Harper's Bazaar's Anti-Aging Awards