As regards skin care, everyone has an idea of what works and what does not. And there are more brands and more products to be targeted by trying to find "it" now more than ever. So we analyzed the worst anti-aging launches in the last year to determine what really gets the job done. See serum, creams, retinols and techie tools that impressed us the most.
Wander beauty baggage Rose Gold Eye Masks
These do-it-all patches provide maximum hydration around the eye area – so nice lines beware – and they have a cooling effect from aloe leaf extract and lavender oil. Our favorite thing about them is that they do not slip over your face either because their interlayer is sticky elastic. Sold. You really notice immediate difference!
Shop this, $ 25
Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite FaceWare Pro
Light therapy is one of the most performance-driven options – when it comes to aging treatments – but it can be costly and time consuming. So when Dr. Gross debuted his high-tech, full-face tool that broadly resembles a horror movie mask, we were at least fascinated. SpectraLite FaceWare Pro uses 100 red lights (to simulate collagen production) and 62 blue light (to reduce redness and inflammation and prevent future outbreaks) and after two weeks of use, you will begin to look smoothed fine lines and wrinkles, as well as cleansed acne. And even if the $ 435 prize is definitely a splurge, it's still the thousands that you'll pay off for a year, for in-office meetings that guarantee the same results. Plus you can use it at home, on your couch. Double Bonus.
Buy this, $ 435
SkinBetter Science AlphaRet Overnight Cream
Raise your hand if you are required to use the same moisturizer in am and pm, or worse – do not apply one at night (gasp). There is a reason why there are creams overnight and our new favorite happens to be from SkinBetter Science. Package with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), lactic acid and retinoid, it fights for free radicals while you snooze and leave you hydrated AF in the morning. Another plus? It has little irritation, unlike some other retinol-based products.
Buy this, $ 110
Kate Somervile Dermal Quench Wrinkle Warrior
Repeat for me: Hyaluronic acid is your best friend of the skin. And given that, Kate's latest product is full of it – along with Sichuan Pepper Extract and Polyglutamic Acid – your epidermis will be directly plumped and away from painful signs of aging after just one use. PS – It also helps with skin strength and elasticity, so it's time to get involved.
Shop this, $ 98
SkinCeuticals discoloration defense
Plagued with sun (and age) spots? Remove them well with SkinCeuticals latest and best: discoloration defense. This skin-staining serum acts like magic (in the form of kojic acid, vitamin B3 and niacinamide) to reduce the appearance of dark spots, such as hyperpigmentation, melasma and acne scars.
Shop this, $ 98
Dior Capture Youth Collection
When beauty bloggers everywhere began to "grammatize these candy-colored, age-delayed bottles, they not only caused great jealousy among all beauty-friendly babes (must.have.now), but set a new standard for a skin care collection that really does it all. There is the Lift Sculptor Age -Delay Lifting Serum (to remedy loss of firmness and elasticity), Matt Maximizer Age-Delay Mattifying Serum, Glow Booster Age-Delay Illuminating Serum (With Vitamin C and AHA for Fatigue), Redness Soother Age- Delay Anti-Redness Calming Serum (to relieve irritated skin) and Plump Filler Age-Delay Plumping Serum (with hyaluronic acid to prevent dryness). And the best part? Serum can be used on your own, mixed and matched and added to your favorite moisturizer for a faster application.
Shop them here, $ 95 each
Kiehl's powerful strength reduction concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C
Vitamin C is undoubtedly one of our holy grail products for aging vapor (sunspots, wrinkles, dryness, etc.) And when Kiehl released its latest ultra-concentrated form, we were all shaken. This 12.5% formula provides all the antioxidants you need to defend your face against the enemy – fine lines – and it also improves the overall consistency and tone to give you the glowing J.Lo.
Buy this, $ 104
Lancer advanced retinol treatment
This supercharged nighttime serum combines 1.25 percent Retinol with Bakuchiol, a herbal retinol imitating compound to deliver younger skin. Lancer's proprietary CoRetinol Technology softens the appearance of wrinkles and lines of expression, which enhances the appearance of skin's elasticity, texture and tone. Collagen and pear pears extract this advanced treatment to infiltrate the skin with brittle hydration while minimizing the appearance of redness and dryness for a smoother and smoother appearance.
Buy this, $ 95
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxury Cream
Caviar is, in contrast to the general throne, even better on the skin than it is with a dollop crème fraîche on a blini. Sure, it's expensive and a jar of these things will cost you, but when your friends start taking #skingoals at your instas, you will be glad you made the investment. This super-rich cream has unmatched lifting and strengthening ability, and you'll feel (and see) more learned and smooth after you've slid it all over your vision.
Shop this, $ 485
Amorepacific Time Response Eye Reserve Crème
Keeping your peepers wide eyes (and crows your feet) is a full-time job, but someone has to do it. Fortunately, Amorepacific is up for the task. Their latest eye cream holds bags and unwanted wrinkles in the lake thanks to a strong blend of their signature Chrono-T and beauty green tea. It is also lubricatingly soft and slides on this nice skin area without any problems.
Buy this, $ 260
Adsorb Beauty Essentials Set
If you have not used beauty products made from ostrich eggs to look younger, you have not lived your life right. Japanese brand Adsorb Beauty is the world's first "AntiBody" skin care line (just launched in the United States) and thanks to a lot of Brainiac researchers and lots of research, we now have ostrich eggs to add to our ever-growing list of strange ingredients that have anti-aging super power. Socks of egg yolks contain a high concentration of natural antibodies, which provides the strongest immune system of all living animals. You will also be pleased to know that the antibodies are extracted through untreated ostrich eggs, so that the ostriches are never damaged. Their three-piece starter kit includes: AntiBody Cleanser, Moist Essence Serum, and Gel Cream to target dull skin skin and give it a much needed boost.
Shop this, $ 278