Because nobody wants to waste money on a jar of empty promises…
In an ideal world, none of us would worry about the signs of ageing and would simply be content with the (clichéd) notion of ‘growing old gracefully’. But, sadly, we don’t live in an ideal world and when the time comes, most of us will reach for anti-ageing beauty products faster than you can say, well, anti-ageing beauty products.
When parting with your hard-earned cash for said products, you want a formula that lives up to all the things it promises on the bottle – that means smoother skin texture, softened wrinkles and an overall more radiant complexion. Doesn’t seem like that much to ask, does it?
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the market is completely saturated with all sorts of lotions and potions promising to turn back the hands of time in the ageing department. At first glance, the anti-ageing beauty products market can seem a bit overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and scoured the beauty market to bring you the trusted products that won’t let you down. So sit tight as we walk you through the Marie Claire-approved anti-ageing beauty products – trust us when we say you won’t regret buying any of them.
Best anti-ageing moisturiser
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30
Proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just 14 days, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is without doubt one of the most famous face creams in the country (and the world), and it’s certainly a strong contender for ELEMIS’ best ever product. The key ingredient here is Mediterranean algae which, when combined with Mimosa Absolutes and precious rose, works to smooth and refine the skin. The brand recently added ever-important SPF 30, so you no longer have to apply a separate SPF product. Marine Cream has rightfully achieved cult status and won’t be relegated any time soon.
Best anti-ageing eye cream
Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream
The entire Extra Repair range at Bobbi Brown is well worth investing in, but it’s the eye cream that has really captured our hearts at Marie Claire. For an intense cream, it doesn’t feel too claggy, thick or greasy, but rather glides over the eye area (eye creams should be patted or smoothed onto skin, not ‘rubbed’), supporting the skin’s protective barrier and collagen levels to improve skin’s appearance and texture. It’s no wonder the cream receives rave reviews and has hundreds of customers who have been loyal to to for years; it truly is one of the best eye cream formulas out there.
Best anti-ageing serum
No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
This little bottle was breaking the internet long before the term became synonymous with the Kardashians. In 2007, a BBC documentary testing the wrinkle-busting power of various anti-ageing products aired in the UK. The one that came out on top? No7’s Protect & Perfect Beautiful Serum, then priced at a modest £17. By the next day, it had sold out – according to the BBC, Boots sold five months’ worth of stock in just one day. The product has since been upgraded to an ‘Intense Advanced’ version and the price has crept up a little in the last 10 years, but you can still get your hands on it for less than £30 and trust that it’s just as effective as the day that famous doc aired. Wrinkles will be smoothed and less visible – science says so.
Best anti-ageing face cream
Lancer Advanced C Radiance Cream
Dr Lancer is a trailblazer in the world of dermatology and has been known, for years now, for his ability to change the actual quality of people’s skin. This smooth water-free cream formula boosts radiance and collagen production, as well as the signs of UV damage and wrinkles. It has 10% vitamin C which, not only produces collagen but, is a antioxidant and retinol which can change the skin’s tone and smoothness by improving the elasticity and texture. It’s best to use on a cleansed face morning and evening, and you’ll really see the difference.
Best anti-ageing night cream
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II
Technically a night serum rather than the best night cream, but we had to give this one a mention; it’s touted by beauty editors and bloggers all over the land as a must-have for your PM skincare routine, and rightfully so. Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair is world-famous due to their unique ChronoluxCB complex that transforms your skin while you sleep – which is why you’ll find it in the bathroom cupboard of 99% of skincare enthusiasts. Apply at night and you’ll wake up with smoother skin, with wrinkles significantly softened and a super-soft.
Best anti-ageing face mask
Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Renewal Mask
Cosmetic surgeon Dr Marko Lens is famous for his ‘red carpet facials’ given to a host of A-list clients and so formulated his skincare range based on said flawless celebrity complexions. The Transformer mask is a is a supercharged formula packed with 16 amino acids, polysaccharides and proteins for the ultimate restoring and repairing treatment. Skin feels firmer with more elasticity and its radiance levels will skyrocket. So consider this mask the closest thing to getting a face lift without, you know, actually getting a face lift.
Best anti-ageing hand cream
Temple Spa Palm Balm
The first thing you need to know is that this stuff is so good that they hand it out to guests on the Orient Express. We could leave it there, but if that alone doesn’t sell it to you then know that this brightens and smooths out your hands as well as working to even out their complexion. Described as a ‘multivitamin cocktail’, it contains essential oils of bergamot, lemon and lavender, as well as extracts of jojoba and aloe vera, to restore and soften the skin, and form a protective barrier to prevent further skin damage. It’s pretty much a time machine in a tube and truly one of the best hand creams out there.
Best anti-ageing supplements
Murad Hydro-Glow Supplements
If you’re looking to combat the signs of ageing then it’s definitely worth adding one or two skin supplements into your daily routine – Murad’s new Hydro-Glow supplements work by ‘hydrating your skin from within’. Now for the sciencey bit: The key ingredient here is Glucosamine, which works to create a bank of hydration in skin cells while also boosting collagen and hyaluronic acid levels; in short, creating very hydrated and healthy skin. With a 30-day supply in the box, you’ll be glowing in just a few short weeks.
Best anti-ageing face wash
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Ageing Treatment Boosting Cleanser
This clever little cleanser works to enhance the effects of your other anti-ageing beauty products by prepping the skin for treatment. Pretty great, no? It’ll dissolve make-up and grime that’s built up throughout the day while also getting rid of any surface pollution to protect your skin against environmental damage – and best of all, it won’t leave your skin with that uncomfortable, tight feeling.
Best anti-ageing eye serum
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Serum
Any fan of Kiehl’s loves their Midnight Recovery complex, without question, and the brand has since branched out to put its power into a serum for the eye area. The superhero ingredients here are lavender and evening primrose, as well as Butcher’s Broom to de-puff. Apply at night time for firmed-up eyes and softened crow’s feet come morning and you’ll look and feel fresh as a daisy.
Rest assured that these beauty heroes are worth the pennies.
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