How do I Choose the Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer?

Marjorie McAtee

The best anti-aging moisturizer for you depends on your age, skin type, skin issues, and individual needs. Anti-aging face creams can help slow the signs of aging on facial skin, but anti-aging moisturizers help keep the skin of the entire body smooth, supple, firm, and youthful in appearance. Anti-aging creams, ointments, and lotions are suited to different skin types. Ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), antioxidants, and sunblocks help slow the signs of aging and prevent sun damage.

Different types of anti-aging ointments are suited to varied types of skin.
Different types of anti-aging ointments are suited to varied types of skin.

Sunblock is an important ingredient in any anti-aging moisturizer, no matter what your skin type. Exposure to UV rays can not only contribute to aging, but can also lead to skin cancer. An anti-aging moisturizer for the body should contain an SPF of at least 15, though may experts recommend an SPF 30 moisturizer for daily use.

Pomegranate seed extract works as an antioxidant.
Pomegranate seed extract works as an antioxidant.

Antioxidants, AHAs, and ingredients such as reservatrol, alpha linoic acid, and hyaluronic acid can gently exfoliate the surface of your skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They simultaneously remove blemishes due to sun damage or mild scarring. Many of these ingredients can also stimulate collagen and elastin production to keep skin firm and supple.

An anti-aging moisturizer.
An anti-aging moisturizer.

Alpha hydroxy acids are widely used in anti-aging moisturizers. These gentle acids are typically derived from fruits, such as oranges, grapes, and apples, or from milk or sugarcane. They include some of the ingredients often used in mild chemical peels, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid. When applied regularly to the skin in the low concentrations found in moisturizers, these chemical agents can help keep skin looking young.

Regardless of skin type, choose an anti-aging moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
Regardless of skin type, choose an anti-aging moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

When choosing an anti-aging moisturizer, take into account your skin type. Oily and combination skin types can benefit more from a light, water-based lotion. AHAs and antioxidants like vitamin A can help keep acne-prone skin looking young, and can even help mitigate the symptoms of acne.

If you have dry skin, you may want to choose a moisturizing ointment for maximum hydration. Normal skin can benefit from an oil-based cream. Creams are not as heavy as ointments, but they aren't as light as lotions.

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid AHAs and other acidic anti-aging ingredients, except for lactic acid. Natural antioxidant ingredients, which are derived from sources such as green tea, pomegranate, or chamomile, can provide anti-aging benefits to sensitive skin. Use a hypoallergenic anti-aging moisturizer, and avoid fragrances or dyes. If you have dry skin, or eczema, avoid lactic acid and uric acid, as these ingredients can be irritating.

A diagram of younger and older skin showing the decrease in collagen in older skin. Anti-aging products are often designed to boost the production of collagen, helping to make the skin smoother.
A diagram of younger and older skin showing the decrease in collagen in older skin. Anti-aging products are often designed to boost the production of collagen, helping to make the skin smoother.

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oasis11

Subway11-I agree. I have used Turnaround Cream and it is wonderful. Another important anti aging product is the eye cream.

The eye area is the first area where you notice the after effects of aging the most and where the aging process is most notable.

Using the third finger you can lightly dab some eye cream beginning with the corner of your eye and moving outward until you reach the bridge of your nose.

Clinique also has the best eye cream called Daily Eye Benefits. It is really concentrated so you only need a little bit. I think the best anti aging products are the Turnaround Cream and the Daily Eye Benefits.

subway11

The best anti wrinkle cream is a combination that offers exfoliation and moisturizing benefits. Exfoliation is important in order to remove the dead skin cells that make the skin tone appear uneven with spots of discoloration.

Anti aging products like Clinique’s Turnaround Cream offers consistent cell renewal in a cream base. The cream is applied in the morning and at night for optimal effects.

After a while not only will your skin feel softer, but you will have a more even skin tone and the lining from wrinkles that you have will have soften a bit.

Nothing on the market will completely remove the wrinkles, but this anti aging cream can soften the wrinkles and can reverse the effects of previous sun damage. The active ingredient is salicylic acid.

You will notice a visible difference within the first few weeks of using the product.

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