Until very recently, most “good” anti-aging skin care regimens included ultra-thick creams. As rich and emollient as they were, they really did very little besides hydrate skin. Thanks to major strides in skin care science, anti-aging serums have practically replaced these old-fashioned products. Packed with vitamins, minerals, retinol and anti-oxidants (just to name a few), serums are supercharged, taking the place of and working better than most anti-aging lotions and creams. Although there are hundreds of anti-aging serums on the market, we happen to love the six products featured below. With most ringing in at or below $50, they’re accessible to practically any budget, plus review after review proves they really are some of the best anti-aging serums that money can buy.
1. Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum
No matter your age or skin type, this Philosophy anti-aging serum does it all! From firming and lifting (as its name implies) to preventing free radical and environmental damage to minimizing unwanted facial hair, this serum may be all you need for your anti-aging regimen.
2. Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly serum (and even if you aren’t), this product from Olay is extremely effective at hydrating, lessening the appearance of fine lines and regenerating surface cells. And, according to the company, testing confirms visible smoothing even after the first application.
3. glow by dr. brandt Overnight Resurfacing Serum
With a 2% time-release retinol, this overnight anti-aging serum is powerful, yet gentle. One of the first benefits users experience is a healthier glow. With continued use, the retinol will help uncover new skin to minimize the look of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. As with all retinol products, don’t forget to use sunscreen during the day!
4. ROC Deep Wrinkle Serum
Another budget-friendly option, ROC’s serum offers a one-two punch to aging skin. Immediately upon application, the serum hydrates to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles. With continued use, the product’s retinol will help with cell turnover, leading to lightened age spots and smoother skin.
5. Prescriptives Super Line Preventor Xtreme
Free radicals are one of the skin’s greatest enemies. Prescriptives’ anti-aging serum actually combats this type of environmental damage for up to 72 hours after a single application. Even better, the serum helps to strengthen skin, leading to enhanced collagen production for smoother, younger-looking skin.
6. Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
So effective it gets the Good Housekeeping seal of approval, Boots No7’s advanced anti-aging serum contains a highly-praised peptide (Matrixyl 3000 Plus) and patented antioxidant complex. These next-level ingredients help restore skin while fighting future damage.