Drugstore and department store shelves are crowded with products that promise to fight aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, age spots and dull skin, but with so many options, it can be hard to know which products will work best for you. Though new technology and new ingredients mean new products will continue to appear on a regular basis, some anti-aging skin care lines are usually good options.
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This long-time drugstore stand-by continues to produce effective anti-aging products, according to Rosemary Ellis, the editor-in-chief of "Good Housekeeping" magazine, which included Olay products in its 2010 Anti-Aging Awards. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute found that Olay Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex, an anti-aging eye cream, was one of the most effective for reducing wrinkles around the eyes. Olay Regenerist Filling Sealing Wrinkle Treatment got top marks for reducing forehead wrinkles from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.
When it comes to anti-aging, prevention is key—and there's no better way to prevent wrinkles, dullness and age spots than by regularly applying sunscreen. La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60+ is the best option because it blocks both UVB rays, which cause sunburn and redness, and UVA rays, which damage cells and cause wrinkles, says University of Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann in "Women's Health" magazine. That combination makes the French La Roche-Posay line one of the best.
Cutting-edge technology makes Estee Lauder's anti-aging products a good bet. "Elle" magazine reports that Estee Lauder Time Zone Anti-Line/Wrinkle Eye Creme is one of the first anti-aging products to include hyaluronic acid and ceramides—a combination that works to fight wrinkles because hyaluronic acid draws moisture into your skin cells to plump away wrinkles and ceramides help keep that moisture in place, explains dermatologist Jeannette Graf, author of "Stop Aging, Start Living," in "Elle" magazine.
This British-drugstore brand is a fairly new import to the U.S., but it scored high with the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, says Ellis. Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum was chosen as best anti-aging serum because of its ability to firm and tighten wrinkles and sagging skin, and Boots No7 Intensive Line Filler was ranked best for smoothing fine lines around the eyes by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.