23 of the Best Antiaging Products We Tried in 2020, Hands Down
In the past decade, antiaging has gone from a hushed word whispered in the drugstore aisle to a rallying cry belted from the beauty world’s mountaintop. It’s no longer an afterthought, more like a full-on societal force leading us all on a wild goose chase to the fountain of youth. Fine lines and wrinkles are nothing to be ashamed of, of course, but we’ll be darned if our foundation creases across the forehead or settles under the eyes for one more minute. That stuff is expensive. Luckily for you, we’re here to do the heavy lifting.
What do we say to the prospect of embarking on a year-long antiaging odyssey? Don’t tempt us with a good time. We’ll bring the snacks. After testing countless beauty products throughout 2020, we’ve settled on this all-star team of antiaging skin-care products that deserve a spot on your vanity from now until forever. And trust us, after using the best antiaging products on the market, you’ll probably last that long. Here are 23 antiaging creams, serums, and makeup products we’ll happily vouch for.
L'Oréal Revitalift Derm Intensives 0.3% Pure Retinol Night Serum
We couldn't believe our eyes when L'Oréal's best-selling Derm Intensives line—that includes our favorite hyaluronic acid serum that's since become America's number one selling serum—got a new addition.
What SL editors said: "Fortified with a highly potent concentration of pure retinol, the serum can address even deep-set wrinkles, with regular use showing results in as soon as two weeks and even more notably after two months." Read more here.
BUY IT: $27.99; amazon.com
Cetaphil Deep Hydration Refreshing Eye Serum
Cetaphil always gets our stamp of approval for low-cost, high-yield products that don't irritate skin and provide amazing hydration.
What SL editors said: "Let’s talk about what you’ll notice immediately and that’s smoother, brighter eyes thanks to lightweight hydration hero hyaluronic acid, collagen-producing peptides, and a host of soothing botanicals." Read more here.
BUY IT: $14.97; amazon.com
Baebody Retinol Moisturizer Cream with Retinol, Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E
You might recognize this product as one of those can't-live-without Amazon finds.
What SL editors said: "This cream can be used all over your face in addition to the delicate eye area, which simplifies your evening routine in one fell swoop. It's packed with retinol to treat fine lines and wrinkles, Aloe vera to soothe, sunflower oil to moisturize, and antioxidants to brighten and rejuvenate." Read more here.
BUY IT: $19.95; amazon.com
Beautycounter No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil
We learned to pay attention to what's actually in our skin-care products, too.
What SL editors said: "My mother has slowly worked Beautycounter products into her routine after learning that Beautycounter bans more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals from their products. This facial oil hydrates, smooths, and firms your skin on a daily basis, using natural ingredients like rose hip seed oil, argan oil, and Jasmine floral wax." Read more here.
BUY IT: $69; beautycounter.com
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum
Lancôme is always trusted to provide high-quality age-targeting products that feel even more luxurious than the price tag.
What SL editors said: "Does the word “antiaging” mean anything to you? Because the women online have thoughts, and there’s one serum out there that they trust implicitly—enough to garner over 600 pages of reviews, of which 528 pages hold only five-star, which hits almost 90 percent of total reviews. How about the words, 'come to Mama?'" (Hint: it's this serum.) Read more here.
BUY IT: $78; sephora.com
Glow Recipe Plum Pump Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic acid holds a thousand times its weight in water, which means it can single-handedly hydrate and plump up your complexion better than anything else. This newer launch is one of the best HA serums we've tried.
What SL editors said: "I saw an immediate effect on my skin from the first use. I was tired, just getting over a cold, and happen to spend most of my days staring at a screen...Believe me when I say that my skin immediately had a glassy look to it. Fast forward 8 hours and what did my groggy eyes behold but a revitalized, youth-ified, smooth, and bright complexion." Read more here.
BUY IT: $42; sephora.com
It Cosmetics Confidence In A Neck Cream Moisturizer
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Say hello to the most popular sunscreen on the market, and for good reason.
What SL editors said: "While you've got it on, this sunscreen is doing a good bit of work for your skin, too. Antioxidants are combating skin aging from ultraviolet light and radiation. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain moisture despite all the sweating so the skin retains its youthful appearance." Read more here.
BUY IT: $35; dermstore.com
Kleem Organics Professional Age-Defying Vitamin C Serum
With almost 10,000 reviews on Amazon, it's safe to say this serum is a bonafide cult-fave online. Vitamin C is important in your routine to brighten any dark spots or a dull complexion, smooth rough or bumpy skin texture, and increase cell regeneration for a plumper, healthier look overall.
What SL editors said: "One shopper notes, 'After using an entire bottle over the last month, morning and night, I'm a convert. Just ordered more. My skin is looking healthier and clearer—age discoloration has faded considerably and skin looks smoother.'" Read more here.
BUY IT: $16.97; amazon.com
Pond's Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream
It's hard to argue with a classic.
What SL editors said: "Whether you're just now beginning to notice those pesky fine lines on your face, or you've been treating wrinkles for years, there are a few antiaging products that we know work well for all skin types and ages, and one of them is Pond's Rejuveness Anti-Aging Face Cream." Read more here.
BUY IT: $8.12; walmart.com
L'Oreal Revitalift 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic acid is the key to plump, hydrated, younger-looking skin.
What SL editors said: "I’ve been using Loréal’s RevitaLift 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum for months now, and it has officially cracked the high Holy Grail level of my skin-care routine. And whenever my stash is starting to run low, pure anxiety has me screeching my way to the closest CVS, sweat beading on the upper lip." Read more here.
BUY IT: $20; amazon.com
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Cream
Nicole Kidman uses this drugstore antiaging cream every day—and we all know what her poreless skin looks like.
What SL editors said: "We can't decide if we're more excited about the amazing results provided by the antiaging face cream, its A-list endorsement, or the fact that it's incredibly affordable. For just under $25, a 1.7-ounce jar of this Nicole Kidman-loved beauty product can be yours." Read more here.
BUY IT: $22.13; amazon.com
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Want to look five years younger in minutes? Here's your MVP.
What SL editors said: "While all the products we featured [in Tata Harper's product line] are standouts in their categories, the Resurfacing Mask might get you the most impact for the price point—and it definitely will go a long way with your morale. There’s something about taking time for an early morning face mask that can really start one’s day off on the right foot, no? Read more here.
BUY IT: $65; sephora.com
Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar
Also known as Jackie Kennedy's favorite cleanser, this one is what we like to call time-tested.
What SL editors said: "The paraben-free antiaging cleanser uses a combination of charcoal and naturally mineral-rich mud from the Dead Sea to detoxify and exfoliate skin as it minimizes pores. It also includes glycerin to moisturize and hydrate skin, along with palm oil to regulate the skin's oil content and protect against outside stressors." Read more here.
BUY IT: $38; amazon.com
Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation
This age-defying foundation helps one editor's mother look fifteen years younger than she is.
What SL editors said: "I've listened to my mama wax on about this foundation for as long as I can remember, and recently I tried it after *literal* years of nagging. Surprise, surprise, it was amazing. It's an oil-free gel foundation containing light-reflecting pigments that ease the appearance of any imperfections, like fine lines, uneven tone or texture, and dehydration." Read more here.
BUY IT: $78; nordstrom.com
Beautycounter Countertime Line
If your skin is too sensitive to use retinol but you still want to reap major antiaging benefits, this regimen is the insanely effective answer.
What SL editors said: "We’re not naming a specific product here, we’re just giving you the whole shebang. From the moisturizing essence to the eye cream, this lot is going to change your skin for the better—and without the irritation that comes along with many other age-fighting potions." Read more here.
BUY IT: Price varies; beautycounter.com
Kleem Organics Anti-Aging Retinol Moisturizer
Paired with the brand's best-selling vitamin C serum, this retinol cream is meant to totally turn back time.
What SL editors said: "This moisturizer’s secret to success lies in a natural formula that combines 2.5% retinol, the most potent antiaging ingredient, and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and jojoba oil that work to keep your skin barrier healthy and intact as it works with active ingredients to visibly reduce fine lines, laugh lines, sun damage, and loss of elasticity and plumpness." Read more here.
BUY IT: $26.97; amazon.com
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation
Because bye, bye is exactly what we want to say to wrinkles and fine lines in 2021.
What SL editors said: "This foundation was created by plastic surgeons to conceal lines and wrinkles all while hydrating and giving skin an antiaging boost. It starts sheer, but can build up to medium-coverage." Read more here.
BUY IT: $38; ulta.com
Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask
The packaging is almost as impressive as the results.
What SL editors said: "This eye-catching mask is an intensive treatment for your peepers. It's formulated with avocado, retinol, and coffeeberry to help depuff, brighten, and treat the appearance of dark circles. Basically, you wake up looking like a fresh-faced Sleeping Beauty. No prince required." Read more here.
BUY IT: $42; sephora.com
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate
This is the ultimate sidekick for Estée Lauder's beloved Advanced Night Repair serum.
What SL editors said: "Some things just get better with age. For instance: a good wine, bourbon, and Mama. While we'll never give up the classics, there are times when a little extra oomph is needed to keep our skin guessing. That's just what Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate is after." Read more here.
BUY IT: $80; ulta.com
Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30
Because, yes, you need to protect eyelids from sun damage and skin cancer, too.
What SL editors said: "Supergoop!, a skin-care company that exclusively specializes in sun protection, launched this new eye-focused product to further protect your lids from UV damage, but it includes a fabulous twist. The product comes in four shimmery shades—ranging from golden champagne to peachy bronze to chocolate brown—to make you feel like a glowy SPFed mermaid." Read more here.
BUY IT: $24; sephora.com
COVERGIRL + Olay Simply Ageless Anti-Aging Foundation Primer
This is a game-changer for any gal who loves a full-coverage foundation.
What SL editors said: "The formula is fortified with glycerin for extra hydration, niacinamide to boost your skin barrier and improve appearance of fine lines, and camellia sinensis leaf extract to help protect and improve skin from harmful UV sun damage. Take that, wrinkles!" Read more here.
BUY IT: $11.98; walmart.com
Bio-Oil Skincare Oil
Primarily known to minimize the appearance of stretch marks and scars, this skin-care oil is so much more.
What SL editors said: "Use this hypo-allergenic oil all over to reduce scars and stretch marks, hydrate and revive dehydrated skin, and improve skin tone. You can even add a splash to your bath water for an extra punch." Read more here.
BUY IT: $13.49; amazon.com