The 7 Best Anti-Aging Creams for 2021

Repair and protect ageing and mature skin with nourishing day and night moisturisers.

A simple anti-aging skincare routine can help speed the skin's natural regeneration process, leaving your skin firmer, brighter, better hydrated, and more evenly toned. No matter how mature your skin is, introducing an anti-aging cream into your skincare routine is a great way to protect your skin and slow or reverse the signs of aging.

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Applying your anti-aging cream the right way is important. Even if your skincare routine doesn't include vitamin A or exfoliating acids, it's usually best to use your anti-aging products in the evening. Here's why...

  • Many products will heighten your skin’s sensitivity, especially to sunlight. (Which is why it's important to wear sunscreen everyday)

  • Intensive treatments have a rich, emollient texture, which could affect the application and finish of your makeup.

  • By applying anti-aging ingredients at night, when your body devotes more energy to regeneration, your skin can use those ingredients more effectively.

So, what are the best anti-wrinkle creams? Here's our picks...

Murad Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream is a powerful night cream banishes signs of aging by minimising fine lines and refining texture. Created with breakthrough, skin-transforming Retinol Tri-Active Technology, this face cream promotes a youthful, firm, and smooth complexion. Peptide-rich Red Algae Extracts improve the skin's firmness and elasticity, unveiling a youthful, radiant complexion. Use only in the evening. Apply your serum or any treatment product before the cream and follow with your eye cream.

If you're new to Retinol or Vitamin A, Medik8 Night Ritual Vitamin A Age-Defying Retinol Cream is a great introductory product, as it contains only 0.2% Retinol. This mild yet effective night cream works to strengthen and repair skin while you sleep. With regular use, the product will improve your skin's overall texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, decongest pores, and regulate sebum production. This product should be phased in gradually. Use twice a week for the first 2 weeks, every other night for the next 2 weeks, and then every night.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold 24 Hour Moisture Repair Cream contains a deeply nourishing super-charged formula to refresh and revitalise the skin. Hero ingredient Matrixyl 6, a powerful peptide, reduces wrinkle depth and fine line formation. This ingredient works with Argan Stem Cells to protect and strengthen the skin during skin-cell renewal. Use only at night-time and remember to follow with a sunscreen the next day to protect skin from heightened UV damage.

Targets intrinsic aging
Targets intrinsic aging

Intrinsic aging is caused by internal factors such as hormonal shifts and metabolic slowdown, and contributes greatly to skin sagging, creping, thinning, and cracking. SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Interrupter is a unique treatment formulated with 4% Blueberry Extract, 30% Proxylane, and 0.2% Phytosphingosine to help prevent the glycation process and correct severe signs of genetic aging. Apply once or twice daily. If you want to incorporate this anti-aging cream into your morning routine, apply after your serum and before your sunscreen. If you’re pairing this product with a retinol product at night, apply retinol second.


Don’t forget your eyes!

Don’t forget your eyes!

Our eye area is often the first part of the face to show signs of ageing. Choose an anti-aging cream specifically formulated to target dark circles, tired eyes, or crow’s feet.

Asap firming eye lift is a revolutionary solution to wrinkles, sagginess, and dullness. Formulated with a multi-peptide complex that’s safe to use around the eye area, this eye treatment lifts and firms where you need it most. A Biphenyl Azepanyl Methanone molecule is also incorporated, which prevents stress-induced collagen loss that leads to skin thinning. Use this eye cream morning and night.

Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Firm is packed with nourishing Vitamins A, C, and E, this eye cream offers all the essential anti-aging benefits while maintaining the skin’s strength and firmness. Formulated with Organic Silicones, the treatment protects the eye area against irritation and dryness, leaving the skin smooth, youthful, and lifted. For optimum results, use morning and night around the eyes (and the mouth!) after cleansing.

The star anti-aging ingredient, Peptide Matrixyl 3000, is powerful enough to increase collagen production in the skin by up to 33%, making skin feel softer and look younger. Skinstitut Ultra Firming Eye & Neck Cream has been developed to tighten and lift the neck area as well as improve skin texture and tone. After cleansing, gently pat the product around the eyes and on the neck. Massage up towards the jawline and downwards onto your décolletage if desired.

 Retinol Benefits for Skin - Tips from our Beauty Editor

  • Psst! Have you heard of Bakuchiol? If you have sensitive skin, or are interested in the benefits of Retinol, check out our guide Is Bakuchiol the New Retinol?

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