On the heels of the controversial FaceApp craze that gave people a glimpse of what they might look like in a few decades, many likely wondered how to slow down the aging process. Plenty of us are already trying to do that with a wide array of anti-aging products: The global anti-aging market is expected to reach $331 billion by 2021, and is estimated to see a compound annual growth rate of 5.7%.
Experts say that while plenty of anti-aging products are little more than hype, some actually work: “It’s a very exciting time in the world of anti-aging creams. We’re increasingly able to translate in-office treatments to at-home skincare,” Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Dr. Ava Shamban tells MarketWatch. With that in mind, MarketWatch asked dermatologists and doctors which anti-aging creams and serums actually delivered results that could improve the signs of aging like skin spots, wrinkles, fine lines, elasticity and collagen production.
Oil of Olay Pro-X Deep Wrinkle Anti-Aging Treatment — to eliminate wrinkles — about $30
Dr. Samer Jaber, clinical assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and founder of Washington Square Dermatology, tells MarketWatch the reason he recommends this treatment is because there’s actual science showing that it works to improve wrinkles. “An article published in 2010 compared it to prescription tretinoin and showed they were both effective in improving facial wrinkles,” says Jaber. Another reason he’s a fan is that it’s formulated with retinol for anti-aging effects, niacinamide for anti-inflammatory effects and it’s fragrance-free for those sensitive to fragrance.
Pure Bioderm Antioxidant Facial Serum – Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid Serum for Firmer & Radiant Skin | Gentle & Effective | Wrinkle, Dark Spot, Anti Aging Serum | Dermatologist Developed | Made In USA — about $59
“Adding a topical antioxidant to your morning routine helps prevent damage and aging from pollution and environmental toxins,” Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale New Haven Hospital and president and co-founder of Modern Dermatology of Connecticut, tells MarketWatch. This oil-free blend of vitamin C, ferrulic acid and phloretin decreases discoloration and builds new collagen fibers — and it was developed by two dermatologists keen on using science-backed formulas. “Avoid products with ingredients that have no scientific backing, many things are touted as reparative, but very few ingredients are actually rigorously tested,” says Mraz Robinson.
SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum — for dark spots and uneven pigment — about $154
Dr. Shamban says, “This is an excellent skin lightening agent.” Its retinol-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic formula is made with tranexamic acid (which prevents UV radiation-induced pigmentation) and phenylethyl resorcinol (which is a natural skin brightening compound). “All actives serve to even out pigment layer, neutralize free radicals and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles,” says Shamban.
Jan Marini Skin Research Retinol Plus Mask — to soften lines — about $90
Board certified dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer — who counts celebs Bella Thorne, Melissa Gorga and Bill Bellamy as patients — tells MarketWatch that using products replete with stem cells and peptides are key for repairing environmental and genetic damage. “Retinol is essential for exfoliation of debris, surface oil and pigmentation and to soften lines through collagen production,” says Emer. He recommends using this mask once per week as a ritual treatment for collagen production and to improve luster, clarity, pore size and fine wrinkles.
111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil — to reduce fine lines and wrinkles — about $230
This highly concentrated night treatment simultaneously resurfaces skin texture, diminishes signs of pigmentation and visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, according to British and American board certified cosmetic surgeon and 111Skin founder, Dr. Yannis Alexandrides. “Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant known for its anti-aging properties — fundamentally, it speeds cell turnover,” Alexandrides tells MarketWatch.