The Best Anti-Aging Skin Products

Trade brown spots and fine lines for a radiant glow and diminished pores.

Megan Tatem

Hope in a jar? Not these. They're proven workhorses — the creams of the crop from our years of studying the latest products in our Beauty Lab and with real women, like you.

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Mike Garten
No7 Protect & Perfect Intensively Moisturising Body Serum

$23

Like an anti-aging serum but for your body, this GH Seal-holding No7 formula with retinol, peptides and argan oil packs elasticity-boosting power.

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Mike Garten
CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless 3-in-1 Liquid Foundation

$10


GH Seal-holder CoverGirl's base, infused with Olay skincare technology, includes anti-aging ingredients like niacinamide and peptides. It offers good coverage and tone-evening in one bottle.

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Mike Garten
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Night Cream

$25


Light in feel (and price!), this gel-like L'Oréal cream received high marks for firming and moisturizing. In the GolfHr Institute's test, it led to a 36% uptick in skin's firmness in four weeks, plus a 40% rise in moisturization.

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Mike Garten
Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Night Infusion Cream

$76


With grape seed oil and the antioxidant resveratrol (derived from grapevines), this silky Caudalie cream proved to be a powerful hydrator and smoother. It scored among the highest in the GolfHr Institute's night cream test for moisturization, increasing it 43% over six hours.

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Mike Garten
Mary Kay Volu-Fill Deep Wrinkle Filler

$45

Use this GH Seal-holding concentrated hyaluronic acid and retinol Mary Kay wrinkle filler on stubborn lines to smooth and plump both immediately and long-term. The GolfHr Institute's evaluations of clinical studies showed between 64 and 69% improvement in the look of crow's feet, forehead and mouth wrinkles after one use.

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Mike Garten
Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Night Treatment with Retinol

$52


GH Seal holder Mary Kay's night cream hydrates and fights serious signs of aging, like deep lines and uneven skin tone, with the gold standard ingredient retinol. Data from the GolfHr Institute revealed that applied nightly, the overnight treatment effectively smooths wrinkles and improves skin tone.

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Mike Garten
Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer

$15


With antioxidant vitamin C and gently exfoliating lipo-hydroxyl acid, this GH Seal-holding Garnier day cream boosts skin's radiance and evens skin tone. The GolfHr Institute's test of 34 women indicated that over 22 days of use, the lotion increased cell turnover, revealing brighter skin, according to evaluations.

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L'Oreal
L'Oreal Skin Expert RevitaLift Bright Reveal Glycolic Moisturizer SPF 30

$20

Testers thought this cream had the best texture, scent and absorption out of the eight day creams we tested. "It was very light and went on creamy," raved one fan. In the lab, got great scores for moisturizing skin and even showed improvements in UV spots. Good to know: Four testers mentioned that the product tends to "crumble up" or "flake off" after makeup application.

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ROC
ROC Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

$29

Testers loved how this "non-greasy" and "light" cream softened their skin and fought fine lines. They liked that it was matte and didn't mess up their daily makeup. In the lab, we noticed it didn't improve moisture as well as other products, but did improve texture significantly and got rid of brown spots.

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Perricone
Perricone MD Photo Plasma SPF 30

$69

This day cream got the highest score for moisturizing skin in our lab test. It was also great at diminishing pores and showed significant improvement in skin texture. Testers like the whipped consistence of the cream, and thought it'd last a long time, even with the steep price.

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Neutrogena
Neutrogena Triple Age Repair Moisturizer SPF 25

$20

If you have sensitive skin, this is a solid pick. Testers like the "emollient" but "light" texture of the cream, and noted that it absorbed quickly into their skin. Many wished they saw visible benefits from the cream, but it scored well in the lab for improving skin texture and minimizing pores. Some found the scent overpowering.

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StriVectin
StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer SPF 30

$89

This cream is on the pricey side, and although it excelled at improving skin texture in our lab analysis, it only showed decent scores in moisturizing skin and decreasing pores. It fell short on other anti-aging benefits, and testers didn't like the "waxy," "thick" and "pasty" texture.

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Skin + Pharmacy
Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Anti-Aging Therapy Retinol Day Moisturizer SPF 30

$20


This cream showed notable improvements in improving fine lines in our lab analysis, but testers said the "thick cream" didn't absorb well and left their face "pasty." The scent was also polarizing, and some called it "medicinal."

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MD Complete
MD Complete by Dr. Brian Zelickson Anti-Aging Youthful Skin Sun Shield SPF 50

$25


Testers liked that this cream didn't leave a greasy residue, but some claimed it tended to "dry out" skin. In the lab, it moisturized minimally and improved texture moderately. This day cream is best for people with oily skin or for humid summer days.

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Amazon
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clinical Concentrate Booster Set

$68 each

Take a shot at upping your moisturizer's anti-aging factor with these concentrated ingredients. "Ingredient 'shots' claim to infuse creams and lotions with treatment effects like hydration and brightening," says GolfHr Institute Beauty Lab Chemist Danusia Wnek. "But there's no way to know how they'll affect the efficacy of the various formulas you're adding them to."

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Dermalogica
Dermalogica PowerBright TRx Pure Light SPF 50

$62


The majority of our testers liked the "light, almost like a serum" texture of this cream. It showed good moisturization in our lab test, but didn't show any anti-aging benefits. Testers really weren't into the scent and called it "medicinal."

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Amazon
Clarins Booster Repair

$39


Add these drops to any foundation, moisturizer, mask or serum to boost your skin's resistance to irritators like hard or chlorinated water, extreme weather and the sun. The formula is made to help skin recovery and reduce redness.

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Clinique
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

$60

This anti-aging serum was the top performer in our test, because it reduced brown spots and pores, firmed and softened skin. Consumers rated it fastest to be absorbed, and all agreed that it had a nice texture, and it was the best at brightening and evening skin tone. "My jaw seems lifted and more defined," one raved. "I will definitely purchase," two said. In the lab, it increased skin's firmness by 24%, and digital imaging showed a 7% improvement in both visible brown spots and pores after four weeks of use.

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SkinCeuticals
SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3

SkinCeuticals serum was the best in our lab test at reducing the look of lines and wrinkles (by 5% over four weeks). Testers loved the "almost immediate" fine line improvement and said they were, "shocked by the plumpness of my skin the next day."

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Boots No7
Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum

$30


The best bang for your buck, No7 worked as well as or better than pricier options. This GolfHr Seal-holder scored nearly on par with the winner and earned the best marks for smoothing skin's texture. Testers described it as "lightweight," and said the serum made skin "look younger" and wrinkles "less visible," though some reported slight irritation. In our lab analysis, it received strong scores for improving firmness and texture and diminishing pores.

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neutrogena rapid wrinkle repair moisturizer spf 30
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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30

$22


Trumping the competition, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30 was a hit with our consumer testers, who reported that it improved skin tone, softened fine lines, and firmed skin. The rave reviews: "Hands down the best wrinkle cream I have tried so far." "I like that my skin looks brighter and feels firmer." "Until I tried this cream, I was doubtful that day creams actually worked as advertised. My skin looks younger — it's firmer and has less visible wrinkles." Lab tests confirmed that the retinol-infused day cream firmed and evened out skin while dispensing a dose of hydration.

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roc multi correxion lift anti gravity day moisturizer spf 30
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RoC Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity Day Moisturizer SPF 30

$29


If you're looking for a non-retinol option, RoC Multi Correxion Lift Anti-Gravity Day Moisturizer SPF 30 fills the bill. Lab analysis showed it was tops at improving texture and one of the best at diminishing spots. Women found it matched the gold winner at reducing fine lines. "I feel like the fine lines around my eyes have diminished a little," said one. "I have noticed a glow about my face. My husband has even complimented me," weighed in another. To boost the benefit, apply your moisturizer with sunscreen all the way down to the collarbone or chest.

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la prairie cellular power charge night
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La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night

$475


Ready for sticker shock? When the numbers were crunched and the data tallied, La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night emerged as both the first-place retinol cream and the best night cream overall (for more affordable winners that came in just behind this one, read on). If you can splurge, this proved to be a worthwhile investment. In lab tests, it did well at firming — both after six hours and after eight weeks — and at improving skin tone. Our testers agreed: "This retinol product is unlike any I've ever used. The smoothness and even tone of my skin lets me go without makeup, which I normally would never do," raved one. They also found it just as gentle on their skin as the non-retinol night cream gold winner — a real feat, considering that irritation was a common complaint among retinol users.

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roc retinal correxion sensitive night cream
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RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream

$23


RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream performed comparably to its much pricier counterpart when it came to moisturizing and firming. Visia results showed that it was effective at improving UV spots, while testers gave it top points for wrinkle reduction (especially on the forehead) and applauded its lightweight texture and easy absorption. "It's just the right weight for a night cream," said one. "Light enough to sink in, heavy enough to moisturize without causing breakouts." While most volunteers found these nonirritating, if you have problems, layer a plain moisturizer over your retinol night cream.

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boots no7 lift and luminate night cream
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Boots No7 Lift & Luminate Night Cream

$21


As the best performing non-retinol, Boots No7 Lift & Luminate Night Cream also earned the distinction of being our testers' favorite night cream. "I've received compliments from friends, family, and coworkers about the glow in my face," said one volunteer; others lauded its texture and long-lasting moisturization. Back at the lab, it nabbed impressive scores for firming, moisturizing, and improving spots.

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vichy liftactive with rhamnose night
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Vichy LiftActiv with Rhamnose Night

$50


For another retinol-free night cream, try Vichy LiftActiv with Rhamnose Night, a moisturizing powerhouse — and the only cream to score decently in the lab for reducing brown spots, minimizing pores, and improving texture. It also increased firmness by an impressive 28% after two months, an effect that didn't go unnoticed by panelists: "After a few weeks, you definitely could see a difference; the fine lines were disappearing and my skin firmed up," said one. Keep in mind that these creams tend to be more moisturizing than their retinol-based counterparts — a good bet if your skin is especially dry.

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amorepacific time response eye renewal creme
Courtesy of AmorePacific
AmorePacific Time Response Eye Renewal Creme

$260


The price isn't for the faint of heart, but AmorePacific Time Response Eye Renewal Creme earned splurge-worthy status with an outstanding performance in the lab, including perfect scores for firming and hydrating. Testers ranked it best for de-puffing — "It made my eyes look brighter and less puffy," said one — and appreciated its luxurious texture and mild, pleasant scent.

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perricone md hypoallergenic firming eye cream
Courtesy of Perricone MD
Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream

$65


Take your pick: Both Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream and Eau Thermale Avène Rétrinal Eyes Eye Contour Care delivered similar youth-boosting results. The Perricone product nabbed the honor of best wrinkle-fighter, improving lines by an impressive 29% in lab tests. Consumers also saw noticeable results: "Love, love, love this eye cream. I can see a huge difference after using this for a month. My fine lines and crow's feet have improved."

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eau thermale avene retrinal eyes eye contour care
Courtesy of Eau Thermale
Eau Thermale Avène Rétrinal Eyes Eye Contour Care

$44


The least expensive of the top trio of eye creams, Eau Thermale Avène Rétrinal Eyes Eye Contour Care was just as moisturizing as our gold winner and earned kudos from satisfied testers for its nongreasy, fast-absorbing formula. However, dermatologists recommend that if dark circles are your primary concern, invest in a good concealer. Topical lotions are ineffective at treating them.

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lancome visionnaire advanced skin corrector
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Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector

$89


"It made a huge improvement in my skin. I loved this product and would tell anyone to try it," raved one tester of the champion, Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector. Lab tests proved that it excelled: It was the only serum to firm skin and was number one at smoothing skin texture. Plus, it took a noteworthy second place for decreasing brown spots and minimizing the look of pores. Testers, who rated it best for firming skin, also liked its "silky" feel — however, a few said it temporarily made their skin redder.

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