The Most Iconic Antiaging Products of All Time
What's makes a product iconic? To us, it's less of a matter of how long it has been around and more so about just how many women swear by its power. We know a product that's going to stand the test of time when we see it, and every single one of these top antiaging products fit the bill. From super-gentle moisturizers, to effective and powerful line-erasing serums, this lineup is the who's who of the antiaging aisle. Here you'll find products you've known and loved for years as well as a few new-to-you finds that you'll want to get your hands on ASAP. We've scanned the user reviews to bring you the products fans can't stop raving about. Take a spin down our virtual beauty aisle and find all the favorites Southern women count on for never looking their age.
RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream
Buy: $23.99; walgreens.com
RoC's eye cream is designed to go after three visible signs of aging—dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles—promising to turn back up to ten years of aging around the eyes. Sound too good to be true? Pure RoC Retinol and the brand's proprietary mineral complex are the heroes here.
"Was pleasantly surprised by how quick this helped my dark circles. I have always had dark bags but as I have gotten older the fine lines have set in. I was so shocked that after a couple days I could notice a more refreshed look under my eyes. Definitely keeping this as part of my routine."
- Review by SARC798 via rocskincare.com
POND'S Anti-Wrinkle Cream
Buy: $7.99; target.com
Step outside the cold cream and opt for POND'S wrinkle-fighting cream. AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) are called on to gently resurface skin by removing dead skin cells, but it's the collagen infusion that will give skin that youthful bounce.
"I asked my 90 year old aunt how she looked like she was in her late 60's and she told me PONDS. I tried it for 30 days and my skin is dazzling. I am 54."
- Review by Veronica G via Ponds.com
Perricone MD High Potency Classics: Face Finishing & Firming Moisturizer
Buy: $69; perriconemd.com
This rose-scented cream has both immediate and long-term hydrating and firming effects. Upon application you'll notice instant hydration, but give it a few weeks and you'll see smoother, firmer, more radiant skin. Vitamin E and kukui nut seed oil are two of the powerful ingredients that give this best-selling moisturizer its strength.
"I used this product morning and night as the last step to my regimen. It feels like my face is getting a drink of water. Very moisturizing!"
- Review by Amy via perriconemd.com
Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Face Cream Moisturizer
Buy: $31.99; walgreens.com
You know this little red jar. Inside is a formula that's designed for a variety of skin types including dry, combination, and oily. Vitamin B3 promotes the turnover and regeneration of skin cells, while letting the potent moisturizing ingredients reach a full 10 layers of the skin's surface. Fun fact: Skin penetration is one of the key factors in the effectiveness of antiaging products.
"I am in my 50's and have been on a constant search for something that really works to diminish my fine and deeper wrinkles over the long term. After experimenting with numerous products, I have found that this cream really does work…. I would say that within 2 weeks, my skin improved. Within 1 month, my skin was significantly improved. This cream always gets good reviews, for a good reason. It works! Superior moisturization as well. I use it with the serum at night. Definitely recommend!"
- Review by iamtankgirl via Olay.com
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift 10% Pure Glycolic Acid
Buy: $23.99; target.com
Glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid, powers this serum's wrinkle reducing, dark-spot erasing benefits. But don't fear the potent stuff—the skin sensitivity that might arise from its high powered ingredients is combatted with aloe extract, which is called on to soothe irritation. Whatever you do, don't skimp on your SPF—glycolic acid can cause increased photosensitivity.
"This is very good quality glycolic acid serum & they tell you straight, you are getting 10% glycolic acid – no guessing. This has no scent (yea!) & it does not irritate my sometimes sensitive skin. I use this under hyaluronic serum with no problems. I've used glycolic acid for years - it takes time but it really does improve your skin."
- Review by Greli via LOrealParisUSA.com
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Vitamin C Facial Treatment
Buy: $29.99; ulta.com
In just a week you should see increased luminosity and radiance. After two, you'll find fewer wrinkles and fine lines. What's to thank? A formula that boasts 10% pure vitamin C, an antioxidant that's been known to protect skin against environmental aggressors, in addition to its brightening and smoothing benefits.
"I have been using for two weeks every morning under my lotion and my skin looks better. My skin is protected and all of my foundations blend right over the product no matter which one I use. Great product will continue to buy."
- Review by B via Ulta.com
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum
Buy: $105; sephora.com
A good serum should be the first step in antiaging. This formula uses a probiotic that's designed to turn back signs of aging, improving skin hydration, tone, texture, and elasticity in a week. If you haven't tried it already, Lancôme Advanced Génifique Eye Cream is another fan-favorite worth adding to your cart.
"This has changed my skin for the better. I see instant plumping, as well as long term glow and hydration."
- Review by AbiMC via Lancome-USA.com
Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
Buy: $68; kiehls.com
The potent vitamin C concentrate penetrates up to 10 layers of the skin's surface, delivering increased radiance, refined pores, and reduced lines and wrinkles. You might find that it feels a bit warm on application—that's normal—it's just the formula activating.
"I have been using PSLRC for almost 8 years now in conjunction with many other Kiehl's products. Ever since I began using Kiehl's, my skin has become smoother, calmer and breakout free. I believe consistency in using the products and patience is the key. I never thought I would have "good" skin. In the past, my skin was very oily and prone to embarrassing breakouts. Now, women ask me who my facialist is! I just tell them "Kiehls". I even feel confident not wearing foundation on lazy days. Never thought that would happen."
- Review by Skintillating via Kiehls.com
Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller
Buy: $13.79; walgreens.com
When you wake up with puffy, irritated eyes, we guarantee this will be the product you reach for time and again. The cool, micro-stimulating roller seems to depuff almost on contact. Mint, caffeine, and vitamin C provide an instant fix for tired eyes.
"I have very dark circles and puffy eyes and have tried many products. I start[ed] using this product at least a month ago and just last week my husband started saying I was looking different in my eyes for some reason. I couldn't figure it out then we both realized that under my eyes were so much brighter and less puffy. This product has worked really well for me and obviously made a difference to my under eye! I would highly recommend this product! Give it time to work!"
- Review by Amanda02 via Garnier.com
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème
Buy: starting at $58; nordstrom.com
This supremely moisturizing creme calls on magnolia extract to increase skin's natural cellular renewal process, minimizing signs of aging while supporting skin's collagen and elastin.
"I am absolutely obsessed with the texture of this moisturizer. It is so thick and creamy that my skin just soaks it all up. There is no greasy residue and my skin feels amazing when I wake up in the morning. I also wear it under makeup and it's a breeze."
- Review by Bentley via EsteeLauder.com
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
Buy: $103; sephora.com
This little brown bottle is peak icon status but, the potion within is where things really get magical. Hyaluronic acid and antioxidants pair with the brand's ChronoluxCB Technology to reduce lines and wrinkles, hydrate, and strengthen skin. As of January 2020, it was the top-selling repair serum on the market.
"This is a must have for everyone's skin care!!! I've been using this serum since I was 20, I'm now 44 and thanks to it I don't look a day over 21!!!"
- Review by Karla via EsteeLauder.com
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules
Buy: starting at $44; elizabetharden.com
One of our favorite aspects of these tiny (and mighty) biodegradable capsules is that they make traveling with your skin care a breeze. Just pop a few into a sealable bag, tuck it into your cosmetics case and you're good to go. Each capsule is packed with ceramides that rebuild the skin's moisture barrier, which can get increasingly compromised as we age.
"My mother has been using these for some time and her skin looks glowing and amazing"
- Review by umaneo2018 via ElizabethArden.com
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Buy: $28; ulta.com
You know the one: yellow, rectangular bottle with the silver pump. Clinique's iconic moisturizer has been a choice for sensitive skin for years. Many of our readers claim it has spanned decades—and generations. Featured ingredients include hyaluronic acid, sunflower seed cake, cucumber fruit extract, and barley extract. The whole crew works together to moisturize and increase skin balance and resiliency.
"I love how lightweight yet effective this moisturizer is. It feels like you are not wearing anything! It does not make my skin too oily either. Just enough moisturizer to give my skin the glow that it needs."
- Review by Kristen via Clinique.com
Clarins Double Serum
Buy: $89; neimanmarcus.com
A whopping 21 plant extracts power this antiaging treatment, all designed to fight visible signs of aging. Turmeric, an ingredient known to improve a variety of skin conditions including redness and irritation, gives this serum its golden hue.
"I have been using this serum for 2 years and the results are evident. My skin was dull and dry before I began using the double serum. Now my skin is moisturized and glowing. I receive compliments all the time. I can't imagine using anything else."
- Review by Julia51 via ClarinsUSA.com
Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream
Buy: starting at $38; clinique.com
When you wake up with puffy eyes, this will be your fix—but just prepare to be hooked. It goes on like a dream under makeup and will have all the long-term benefits we look for in an eye cream: erases dark circles and fine lines, corrects shadowing, and brightens. The trifecta.
"I strayed away from Clinique - never again! Tried other eye creams, but this is by far the best! Immediate results for moisturizing. Eyes less puffy and under eye circles lightened within days. After I started using it for only 3 days, my husband (who didn't know I switched) mentioned how much better my skin looked. That sold me!"
- Review by AmyC via Clinique.com