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12 Best Anti-Aging Moisturizers So Good Bartenders Will Ask to See Your ID

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Best Overall

ROSE Ingleton MD Signature Moisturizer

Editor’s Choice

Signature Moisturizer

Best Overall

ROSE Ingleton MD Signature Moisturizer

Board-certified dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton was inspired by the natural wonders of her homeland Jamaica while formulating this silky face cream. It’s made with a Jamaican superfruit blend (bilberry, orange, sugar cane, lemon, sugar maple, plus hyaluronic acid) to brighten, hydrate, and smooth skin all at once.

“As an island girl myself, I was instantly attracted to this line and, specifically, this product. The formula is thick but not overly heavy on the face and leaves my skin hydrated. After two months of use, I noticed a real difference in my skin. If you were to look in my medicine cabinet in my bathroom, you’re guaranteed to see a jar,” says Danielle James, Beauty Director, ELLE.com.

Who’s it for: All skin types

Sephora rating: 4.7/5 stars

Size 1.7 fl. oz.
Key ingredients Niacinamide, peptides

Best For Plumping

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Face Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid

Editor’s Choice

Magic Cream Face Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid

Best For Plumping

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Face Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid

Dubbing a cream “magic” is quite a bold claim. Luckily, Charlotte Tilbury’s bestseller lets the formula do the talking. The key player in this jar is hyaluronic acid, a humectant that plumps and revives skin, giving it a youthful glow; vitamins E and C work to brighten the brighten dull-looking skin. Light to the touch, the Magic Cream absorbs quickly into the skin, perfect for layering under makeup or in tandem with SPF.

“The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is a mainstay in my post-flight skin care recovery plan. Any dullness is wiped away once I slather my face in its lightweight formula and it doesn’t leave behind a film or pill under makeup. The price is steep, but the promise of youthful-looking skin when I wake up is worth it,” says Nerisha Penrose, ELLE.com Beauty Commerce Editor.

Who’s it for: Dry, normal skin

Nordstrom rating: 4.5/5 stars

Size 0.5 oz
Key ingredients Hyaluronic acid

Celeb-Loved

Augustinus Bader The Cream

Editor’s Choice

The Cream

Celeb-Loved

Augustinus Bader The Cream

Scientist Augustinus Bader developed this cult-loved moisturizer after he worked with adolescent burn victims. This moisturizer, which also comes in a Rich version, is infused with the same TFC8 molecule Bader used to help heal the skin of burn victims. With consistent use, skin appears brighter and rejuvenated with signs of aging diminishing, thanks to a blend of vitamins A, B, C, and E and antioxidants.

“The OG product from beauty tech brand Augustinus Bader, this cream always gives my skin what it needs to get glowing. There’s hyaluronic acid, evening primrose, and this tiny breakthrough molecule called TFC8—”trigger factor complex”—which trains your skin to regenerate and become healthier in the long term just like a session at the gym,” says Margaux Anbouba, ELLE Beauty Editor.

Who’s it for: All skin types

Nordstrom rating: 4/5 stars

Size 1 fl. oz.
Key ingredients vitamin A, B, C and E,

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Green Stars Winner

CHANEL N°1 De Chanel Revitalizing Cream

N°1 De Chanel Revitalizing Cream

Green Stars Winner

CHANEL N°1 De Chanel Revitalizing Cream

Chanel researched the red camellia flower for a decade, discovering that the oil and extract combined can smooth, plump, and leave the skin glowing. The cream also works to minimize the appearance of wrinkles to delay any signs of aging.

Who’s it for: All skin types

Ulta rating: 4.6/5 stars

An Ulta reviewer said: “Love how it makes my skin look and feel. It’s hydrating, brightening, and the scent is beautiful, IMO. Will buy again when I can!”

Size 1.76 fl. oz.
Key ingredients Red camellia oil

Best Breakthrough Ingredient

SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Interrupter Advanced

A.G.E. Interrupter Advanced

Best Breakthrough Ingredient

SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Interrupter Advanced

This super-thick cream has an 18 percent concentration of proxylane, a sugar molecule that keeps skin plump and hydrated. There are also ingredients packed in the formula to repair the skin’s barrier, including antioxidants that fight existing signs of aging and prevent future wrinkles, too.

Who’s it for: Dry, normal, combination, sensitive

Dermstore rating: 5/5 stars

A Dermstore reviewer said: “I am so glad to find this cream. Works great. I’ve noticed a difference after just a few weeks of use, and it is the perfect cream for evening.”

Size 1.7 fl. oz.
Key ingredients Blueberry and pomegranate extract

Best Clean Beauty Moisturizer

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Firming Moisturizer

Protini Polypeptide Firming Moisturizer

Best Clean Beauty Moisturizer

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Firming Moisturizer

The airless pump keeps this thick cream potent until the moment you smooth it across your skin. With gold-star anti-aging ingredients like growth factors, amino acids, and peptides, the Protini cream restores moisture and imparts a youthful glow and bounce.

Who’s it for: Normal, dry, combination, and oily

Sephora rating: 4/5 stars

A Sephora reviewer said: “My skin craves Protini! I use this moisturizer religiously. Love the packaging as well—the pump dispenses just the right amount. This is definitely my holy grail; I’m never without it. Genuinely never—I have multiple backups.”

Size 1.69 fl. oz.
Key ingredients Peptides

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Best Fragrance-Free Moisturizer

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème

Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème

Best Fragrance-Free Moisturizer

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème

Two anti-aging favorites—retinol and hyaluronic acid—come together in this nighttime treatment. As the name suggests, Retinol Correxion attacks fine lines and wrinkles to reveal smoother texture; hyaluronic acid swoops in to hydrate the skin. Hydration lasts for 48 hours and it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin to try.

Who’s it for: Combination, dry, normal

Target rating: 4.6/5 stars

A Target reviewer said: “I was struggling to find a facial moisturizer that worked and was nourishing enough but did not make my face oily or break out. My skin has not looked better. It has a healthy glow, diminished wrinkles, and plumped skin. Highly recommend!”

Size 1.7 oz
Key ingredients Hyaluronic acid, retinol

Drugstore Favorite

L’OREAL Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer

RevitaLift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer

Drugstore Favorite

L’OREAL Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer

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Hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and pro-retinol (a very stable form of retinol that won’t irritate your skin) combine into a thick cream that works overnight to fight signs of aging. Skin appears more hydrated and plump after a few uses, and won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Who’s it for: All skin types

Ulta rating: 4.4/5 stars

An Ulta reviewer said: “I have been using this product for years and I absolutely love the way my skin feels and looks.”

Size 1.7 oz
Key ingredients Retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid

Best Drugstore Moisturizer

CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream

Skin Renewing Night Cream

Best Drugstore Moisturizer

CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream

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Known for its super-gentle products, CeraVe’s nighttime moisturizer uses hydration to plump skin and make it look more youthful. Formulated with niacinamide, peptides, and hyaluronic acid, this night cream uses patented technology so that your skin stays hydrated all day.

Who’s it for: All skin types

Amazon rating: 4.6/5 stars

An Amazon reviewer said: “I believe the fine lines around my eyes have softened. It feels very thick and nice to put on. I slather it on at night on my face and neck.”

Size 1.7 fl. oz.
Key ingredients Ceramides

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Best For Moisture Barrier

Sunday Riley ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream

ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream

Best For Moisture Barrier

Sunday Riley ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream

If you want a lightweight-yet-powerful moisturizer, this is it. Ceramides, vitamin F, which strengthens the moisture barrier, coconut, red algae extract, and pomegranate sterols combine into a cooling cream that feels heavenly on the skin. It works to soothe super dry or post-laser-treated skin.

Who’s it for: All skin types

Dermstore rating: 4.3/5 stars

A Dermstore reviewer said: “This is a huge help in the winter; it keeps my skin hydrated without getting greasy or oily.”

Size 1.7 oz.
Key ingredients Ceramides

Best Vegan Moisturizer

Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Moisturizer

Squalane + Omega Repair Moisturizer

Best Vegan Moisturizer

Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Moisturizer

Lipids from the acai berry and plant-based squalane make this moisturizer super hydrating and nourishing. Squalane serves as the MVP of this formula and repairs dry, dull skin; hyaluronic acid offers a burst of hydration to plump the skin and reduce flakes.

Who’s it for: All skin types

Sephora rating: 4.2/5 stars

A Sephora reviewer said: “I have oily/combo skin and I really loved how lightweight this moisturizer is and that it wore well under foundation. I used this as my daytime moisturizer for the past month and I’m really loving it so far.”

Size 1.7 fl. oz.
Key ingredients Squalane

Best Value

Clinique Smart Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Age Transformer Duo Resculpt + Revolumize

Smart Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Age Transformer Duo Resculpt + Revolumize

Best Value

Clinique Smart Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Age Transformer Duo Resculpt + Revolumize

Two separate chambers are inside this pot: The purple cream is super thick and uses hyaluronic acid, soybean, and yeast to plump and moisturize; the white gel cream instantly tightens with sweet almond and whey protein. Layer together for the ultimate treatment.

Who’s it for: All skin types

Ulta rating: 4.3/5 stars

An Ulta reviewer says: “I’ve only been using this for a week. My frown lines are gone, my forehead lines are softer, my cheeks are fuller, and my mouth creases are less defined. My skin is firmer and also doesn’t slide around my face anymore.”

Size 1.7 fl. oz.
Key ingredients Hyaluronic acid

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Meet the Expert

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Dr. Karan Lal is an Arizona-based board-certified dermatologist who specializes in cosmetic dermatology.

Why should people with mature skin prioritize hydration?

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“As we mature, we lose the ability to produce the factors in our skin that keep our skin hydrated. Our skin also thins as we mature, contributing to less hydrated skin. Less hydrated skin appears crepy, wrinkly, and loose,” says Dr. Lal. “Moisturizing mature skin leads to better skin tone, and firmness. It also appears less wrinkly.”

What ingredients in a moisturizer make the biggest difference for signs of aging?

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“The best ingredient is hyaluronic acid,” says Dr. Lal. “It attracts so much water it can truly plump your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Ceramides are also great ingredients that help restore and replenish your skin barrier.”

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Why trust ELLE Beauty?

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As a leading publisher of fashion, lifestyle, and beauty content, ELLE.com is committed to highlighting the best products in various categories by personally testing the latest and most innovative products, interviewing countless experts, and vetting customer-loved items. For this piece, ELLE.com editors spoke with skin experts about the absolute best retinol-based eye creams to delay signs of aging. The authors personally tested a number of these products and scoured reviews for the top-rated products on the market.

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Margaux Anbouba

Beauty Editor

As ELLE’s beauty editor, Margaux wants to try it all and do it all…and she does. She’s not afraid to chop, slather, dye, swipe, inject, and more—and if it’s worth your time and money, she’ll rave about it here.

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Fashion & Luxury Commerce Editor

Tatjana Freund is Hearst’s Fashion & Luxury Commerce Editor, covering beauty, fashion and more across multiple brands. Previously, she worked at ELLE.com and Marie Claire. She’s a fan of whiskey neat, podcasts that give her nightmares, and one time Zoë Kravitz laughed at a joke she made. 

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