You don't need to go to your dermatologist or a pricey department store to find an effective facial cream. Whether you want simple moisturizing, potent sunscreen protection or the latest anti-aging ingredients, top-performing face creams can be found at your favorite drugstore. With regular use, you can help protect your skin's natural health and keep its surface looking smooth and toned.
Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Moisture SPF 30
Skincare expert Paula Begoun tested Neutrogena's face cream and ranked it as "very good." She says it has a "silky formula" that goes on smoothly, can be worn well underneath your makeup, and is a great option for "normal to oily skin." Neutrogena's inclusion of avobenzone helps block out ultraviolet light that may negatively impact your skin tone. Begoun also notes that retinol and vitamin C contained in the cream can help diminish wrinkles.
Olay's entire Regenerist anti-aging cream and serum product line was the best performer in the tests conducted by the Consumers Union, as published in its magazine, "Consumer Reports." They said it was the most effective at countering signs of aging while also ringing in at a budget-friendly price. Regenerist creams include a sunscreen, a night cream and a day moisturizing cream.
Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream
BB creams, short for beauty balm or blemish balm, can help streamline your beauty routine by combining anti-aging ingredients with makeup. Aveeno's BB cream contains a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and a soy complex that promises to reduce dark spots and brighten your complexion after a month of use. Immediate benefits include a silky texture and instant glow.
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle
RoC offers several versions of its Correxion cream, including a day moisturizer formulated with sunscreen and a night cream. The line performed well in the Consumers Union's tests. Its active ingredient is retinol. This form of vitamin A can help shrink your wrinkles for a smoother appearance, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
- "Consumer Reports"; Wrinkle Creams: Selling Hope in a Jar; Editors of Consumer Reports; January 2007
- Allure: 10 Under $30: The Best Drugstore Anti-Aging Products
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin A (Retinol)