When it comes to fighting wrinkles, there are a dizzying number of procedures and products that claim to turn back the clock—and many of them carry costly price tags. But what really works? We asked two leading dermatologists to rank the treatments that will truly lead you to line-free skin and are worth your hard-earned dollars. Here’s the lowdown.
You may be surprised to see this unsexy workhorse at the top of the list, but simply wearing sunscreen all year round will both help prevent wrinkles and heal fine lines by protecting and allowing your skin to naturally repair itself, says Doris Day, M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. However, your results will only be as good as the formula you choose: Make sure it’s an SPF of 30 or more for adequate protection, and apply it every morning to your face and neck—or else it doesn’t count!
Treat Yourself For This Golden Gift
Of all skin-care ingredients, retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is the most rigorously studied and published for battling wrinkles and helping skin rejuvenate. “Retinol builds a thicker collagen layer that makes skin look smoother and younger,” says Day. Other top antioxidants that work well include peptides, growth factors, stabilized vitamin C, and copper, says Day. “Used in the daytime, they help sunscreen work better in preventing damage, and used at night, they help skin repair damage done from the sun, pollution, and stress,” she says.
Dramatic Improvement Within 1 week
The beauty supplements containing antioxidants and minerals that are flooding shelves these days really do have results rooted in science. “This is a relatively newer category of specific supplements to help your skin rejuvenate and anti-wrinkle from the inside,” says Day. It’s thought that supporting skin with certain nutrients will give it the fuel it needs to replenish more effectively. There’s a catch, though: You have to take the supplement consistently to see smoother skin—and have the patience to do so for at least three months before assessing skin results.