Best Anti-Aging Products

Our skin requires a lot of love to keep it looking youthful and glowing (even through old age), and an anti-aging product can be the perfect complement to healthy lifestyle practices to help you feel confident in your skin.

If you’re struggling to understand what the latest anti-aging cream or the “must-have” anti-aging serum can do for your skin, then there are a few things you should know before you shop. Continue Reading...

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Beverly Hills MD Dermal Repair Complex

Beverly Hills MD Dermal Repair Complex 🏆 2024

4.6  (188) Summary
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J S.
J S.
 
Beverly Hills MD
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Civant Meladerm

Civant Meladerm

4.2  (246) Summary
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Lindsay
Lindsay
 
Best product for melasmaThis is the best product that I’ve used for my melasma spot. It was super dark and this product made it to were it’s almost impossible to see. I’ve recommended this product to all of my friends who complain about their melasma. It got to the point where a light layer would come off as I was exfoliating. I don’t know how it works but it did for me. Show details
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Jase
Jase QLD
  Fair Incentive
Wow! No more puffy faceSmall bottle of wonders I av combination pigmented skin. It lifts n sculpts face for youthful bouncy perky skin.no adverse reaction So good. No need foundation or contouring reduces pigmentation  Show details
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Sada
SadaVIC747 posts
 
Nice light essenceThis is a good essence that I use nightly. It is light and doesn’t irritate my skin. I use 2 to 3 drops and and just tap it onto my skin. It makes my skin feel soft and look supple.
I use at night as part of night time routine. I love the Olay brand and this is a wonderful product.
My Perfect Facial

My Perfect Facial

3.6  (489) Summary
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Kelly
KellySA39 posts
 
kiahrex4
kiahrex4QLD3 posts
 
Claims to reverse agingSo I am always sceptical when a company comes out with claims of improvement. This one says 'you will look 5 years younger'. With in-house testing, numbers are fudged. And it's for advertising purposes to suck suckers in.
I have been using the Argireline for 3 months, and the results are 0. Waste of $38. Show details
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Kar
Kar2 posts
 
Wrinkle CreamIt's a good moisturizing cream. I have been using it day and night. It absorbed it very nicely into my skin leaving hydrated skin. No fragrance is good for sensitive skin.  Show details
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Utterly dissatisfied
Utterly dissatisfiedNSW
 
Olay
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Ego Elucent

Ego Elucent

4.0  (35) Summary
Irene
IreneVIC5 posts
 
Jackie Whiting
Jackie Whiting
  Verified
Love itI have softer Smoother skin..all my friends say skin looks good..not sure if scaring beta cos of dragons blood..i had no bad reactions..i tell everyone about it..

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Jolanta P.
Jolanta P.
  Fair Incentive
This is so good and this does so much to my faceThe price is so friendly, it has to be told. I apply Sukin Moisture Night Cream often and much for long time. that make my face poufy and nourished. I feel i have taken 20 years off. I am 58.
My Perfect Day Cream

My Perfect Day Cream

4.5  (10) Summary
CHRIS
CHRISQLD3 posts
 
Day and night cream ridiculous amountLike the day and night cream but a silly amount in the jar so is ridiculous does not last very long why put that tiny amount in the jar ??????
Madalain D.
Madalain D.VIC
  Serum
Lacura overnight repair serumBring back the Lacura overnight repair serum. Dermatologist couldnt sort out my skin condition, when I started using the repair serum, my skin healed within a week.
John Plunkett's SuperFade Cream

John Plunkett's SuperFade Cream

2.6  (107) Summary
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rimmi5582
rimmi5582
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Things happening while using super fadeHey! This is Manjeet i wana ask you as i am using super fade from 3 days and my skin is red and skin peeling off should i continue to use it .? Are these things normal after using super fade if yes than I’ll continue even on my eye under area is very very dry and feels tight
Thanks Show details
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Holly V.
Holly V.NSW
 
Great product...impressed with results after just one weekMy skin is now actually firmer, plumper, more hydrated and the fine lines are fading. Very impressed with this product so now Ill include their other products in my life! Show details
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Madeline
MadelineVIC
 
Maybe use as a once off - not worth $Doesn’t stick well - def don’t get 15 uses as package suggests - 3 at best Show details
L'oreal Revitalift Laser X3

L'oreal Revitalift Laser X3

2.3  (62) Summary
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Jo King
Jo KingWA26 posts
 
Revitalift LaserUsed twice a week for 2 months...No change....Waste of money! Show details
Clarins Double Serum

Clarins Double Serum

3.6  (10) Summary
Tanpreet K.
Tanpreet K.
 
Trust it , you won't regretI am using from couple of months,it's non sticky, super light, you will fall in love e with it, it smells so nice. Show details
Dr. Lewinn's Reversaderm

Dr. Lewinn's Reversaderm

3.5  (11) Summary
Ellen D.
Ellen D.34 posts
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Aspect Extreme C20

Aspect Extreme C20

3.4  (11) Summary
AB1
AB1NSW4 posts
 
Packaging is terribleLove this serum, however I’ve had 2 bottles now that I’ve had to return as it doesn’t dispense. The first bottle the pump wasn’t working and then the same with the second one. For an expensive product I would have expected better quality packaging. Also the silver coating wears off and you end up with it on your face mixed in with the cream. Show details
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Johns Suit Duster
Johns Suit DusterQLD38 posts
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Skin Doctors Relaxaderm

Skin Doctors Relaxaderm

4.5  (6) Summary
AnM
AnM16 posts
 
No noticeable differenceI believe Relaxaderm is now called Wrinkle Freeze, I've been using 2 times a day for 3 weeks, no noticeable difference which is disappointing. I will continue to use until finished but won't buy again. Pricey for only 15 mls. Show details
Mary Kay TimeWise

Mary Kay TimeWise

3.3  (10) Summary
Laura
LauraQLD
 
Mary Kay Clear Proof Acne SystemMary Kay Clear Proof Acne System is the most useless product. After using the product for almost 8 weeks, my face reacted to it, giving me a lot of rashes which made me return them. But the customer service I got from this consultant after the refund was very terrible and disgusting. Please stay away from this brand! Show details
FreezeFrame with Inhibox

FreezeFrame with Inhibox

2.3  (29) Summary
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Lou K.
Lou K.QLD
 
Ants and ant eggs throughout inner packagingWhen I opened the inner packaging, there were black ants and ant eggs throughout.
Nobody will respond to my email or phone messages about this. Show details
Jeunesse Instantly Ageless

Jeunesse Instantly Ageless

2.6  (16) Summary
joan
joan
 
Pasty flaky resultsIt worked very little but the thing I disliked the most as as it dries it leaves a white flaky film all over your face where you put the cream it doesn't work under your makeup or over your makeup all you can see is what looks like dried tears or sleep stuck to your face afterwards waste of money would not recommend
La Clinica Anti Ageing

La Clinica Anti Ageing

3.2  (9) Summary
HBswell
HBswellAU35 posts
 
Beautiful productsI bought the anti aging pack and I'm so impressed by the quality of products. My skin is clean without feeling like it's been stripped bare. It's hydrated without feeling greasy. Best products I've used in along time.  Show details
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

1.9  (114) Summary
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Khou
Khou
 
Burned skin, flaky skin, puffy skin. Skin ruinedUse this expensive product at your own risk. It burned my skin so bad, one week after using it I couldn’t pin point why my skin was feeling the way it did. Thought it was allergies but narrowed it down to this product. Gave me wrinkles under my eyes that had never had. I hope it heals because I’m distraught at how my face looks now. Show details
Mannatech Uth

Mannatech Uth

4.4  (5)
James Hannan
James HannanNSW6 posts
 
Works greatI am 45 years old (at the time of me writing this) but no one can believe it. I used to have really crapy skin under my eyes and I don't anymore. Also it's great dry skin. Love it

La Prairie Caviar

La Prairie Caviar

4.2  (5) Summary
Liz
Liz
 
Skinstitut Age Defence SPF 50+

Skinstitut Age Defence SPF 50+

2.9  (10) Summary
rose k.
rose k.
 
WONDERFUL WITH WHITE LAYERWonderful love it, just bough it and love it, I will buy it again Show details

What causes wrinkles?

Elderly Caucasian woman looking into a mirror and putting cream on her face

Aging. This may seem like an obvious point to make, but it’s often overlooked when people start searching for a cure-all anti-wrinkle cream (hint: it doesn’t exist). As you grow older, your production of collagen will decrease and your skin will start losing its elasticity, leading to wrinkles and more saggy skin.

It’s a natural process, and one that you shouldn’t stress over when you notice your crow’s feet start to deepen.

Heredity. Your genetics play a large role in determining how you visibly age, so if your parents started getting wrinkles at a younger age, there’s a likelihood that the same will happen to you too.

Sun exposure. Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays can affect the pigmentation of your skin (such as causing ‘sun spots’) and impair the elasticity of your skin (meaning your fine lines will deepen and become more visible).

A bit of sun is good for you, but sun tanning is more often than not harmful to your skin. To combat this and to prevent burning, it’s good practice to apply sunscreen to your face every day, even in winter.

Poor nutrition. Having a poor diet deprives your body of the nutrients you need for healthy, strong skin. Avoiding processed foods and eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, and oily fish help give your skin the vitamins and minerals it needs to glow.

Dehydration. Collagen - the protein in your skin that’s responsible for skin strength and elasticity - is mostly made up of water. If you’ve ever looked in the mirror after a night of heavy drinking, you’ve probably seen how much older your face looks when it’s dehydrated.

Aim to drink at least 2L of water a day if you’re a woman, and 2.6L a day if you’re a man, and ensure you drink more if you’re exercising or perspiring.

Smoking. Smoking constricts your blood vessels and limits the blood supply to your skin - this diminishes your body’s ability to generate new skin and can over time make you look older than you are. Reducing or quitting smoking can help prevent the signs of aging.

Common ingredients in anti-aging products

Read the label of any product you’re considering buying to look for the active ingredients that help with anti-aging - doing this and seeing the dosage of these ingredients can help you easily compare products to see which products are more potent and thus likely to be more effective.

Ensure you consult a doctor if you’re taking medication, as some ingredients found in anti-aging products can interfere with the effectiveness of some medicines you may be taking.

Retinoids. Retinoids (such as retinol and retinoic acid) are a derivative of vitamin A, which is a nutrient that’s important for strengthening cell turnover and increasing collagen production - making it an essential for skin health, helping reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinoids make your skin more susceptible to burning, so ensure you only use them at night and be vigilant about applying a broad-spectrum SPF during the day.

Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that neutralises the free radicals that stress skin and cause premature skin aging. If you choose a product with vitamin C in it, store it in a cupboard or place that’s away from sunlight, as this can affect the effectiveness of the product.

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs, such as glycolic, citric, and lactic acids, help get rid of dead skin cells, thus promoting the growth of new, smooth skin. Because of their exfoliating properties, using them regularly can help your skin better absorb other skincare products.

Beta-hydroxyl acids (BHAs). BHAs, such as salicylic acid, also act as a chemical exfoliant and improve the texture of skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid helps attract and retain moisture in our skin, helping it look firm, smooth, and plump.

Peptides. Peptides are known to promote the production of collagen, which can help smoothen the texture of your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Niacinamide. Niacinamide is an antioxidant that reduces water loss in your skin, which can help it stay moisturised.

Types of anti-aging products

There are plenty of anti-aging products out there, and while this list is by no means exhaustive, it covers the most commonly used and effective anti-aging skin care items you can buy.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is considered by many dermatologists to be the most effective anti-aging product out there, which is why it gets a special mention here. It protects against photoaging, that is, the wrinkles, spots, and elasticity loss caused by solar UV radiation.

Most people don’t apply an adequate amount of sunscreen, which is why you should consider upping your sunscreen use if you’re concerned about aging.

The Australasian College of Dermatologists recommends applying at least 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to each body part (face and neck, arm, leg, front of torso, back) and reapplying every 2 hours if you’re outdoors.

You can also look for anti-aging creams that have SPF in it, but remember that a normal application usually doesn’t contain nearly as much SPF as your skin needs - these products are a great additional skin protection barrier, but shouldn’t replace a dedicated sunscreen.

Creams

Anti-aging cream often comes as either a day cream or a night cream. They’re most commonly found as face creams (for wrinkles, dark spots, skin dullness, or an all-in-one), or anti-aging eye creams.

A common anti-aging eye product is an eye retinol cream, as it helps plump up the thin, delicate skin around your eyes, smoothing fine lines in the area.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, you should consider opting for a thicker, oil-based cream. If you have oilier skin or are looking for anti-aging products for blemish-prone skin, consider buying an anti-wrinkle cream with salicylic acid in it - an ingredient that helps to unclog pores.

Serums

Like face creams, anti-aging serums can target different areas, or be a general serum that tackles all visible signs of aging. Collagen serums are popular, as they help fight skin sagginess and can hydrate and plump up your face.

Face masks

There are plenty of anti-wrinkle face masks - many of which are overnight masks - that contain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. These can be a great option for people who are concerned about their skin aging but don’t necessarily want to use anti-aging products daily.

Other things to consider

Your skin type

A product your friend swears by may do nothing for you, because different people have different skin types, and thus react differently to various products. That’s why it’s generally a good idea to buy a product that’s specially formulated for your skin type - whether you have “normal”, sensitive, oily, combination, or dry skin.

Your target area

Fine lines and wrinkles aren’t the only sign of aging skin - your skin will start losing its elasticity, you may develop age and sun spots, and your skin might start looking more dull. If there’s a particular area of concern you have, then you should consider looking for a product that targets the specific area you want to work on, as this will likely yield better results.

Your personal preferences

If you have any of the following preferences, you may have to put a little more effort into your search to find the right product for you.

  • Cruelty free: Cruelty free products haven’t been tested on animals - if this is important to you, check for a cruelty-free label on the label. There are also plenty of vegan wrinkle creams to look out for.
  • Paraben free: Parabens are artificial preservatives that are thought to impair immune system function. Just because a product is labelled as paraben free, doesn’t mean it’s free from preservatives - most skin care products aren’t.
  • Fragrance free: Added fragrances don’t have any anti-aging benefits, but can often hike up the price of a product. If you don’t care about your face cream smelling nice, then search for a fragrance free option.
  • No artificial fragrances: Artificial fragrances can often irritate sensitive skin, so if you itch easily, you might want to skip artificial fragrances, or even fragrances altogether.
  • Phthalate free: In cosmetics, phthalates are used to preserve and soften the product and make it easier to apply. Although research into this ingredient hasn’t been extensive enough to draw reliable conclusions from, there have been studies that have linked phthalates to a number of health conditions.

Price

Anti-aging products are notorious for being expensive, however there are cheaper alternatives on the market.

Expensive creams aren’t necessarily better for your skin than their cheaper counterparts - a lot of expensive products have the same active ingredients in the same dosage as drugstore products, but contain a lot of added ingredients (such as fragrances) and flashy marketing that drives the price up.

More costly creams and serums may feel more “luxurious” when applied to your skin, but if this isn’t important for you, then you may find that a more budget option is just as suitable - if not more suitable - for you.

Commonly asked questions

Do anti-aging products really work?

Anti-aging products promise a lot, and opinions - medical or otherwise - are divided about whether or not they’re actually effective.

It’s recommended to read reviews on any product you’re thinking about buying so you can read first-hand whether a product has worked for people.

If you do choose to use anti-aging products, don’t expect to see visible differences overnight - results often take weeks or months to show.. Some products also won’t make you look younger, but may slow down any future visible aging.

Our advice? Don’t expect a cream to perform miracles.

At what age should I start using anti-aging products?

Truth be told, there’s no age that you “should” start using anti-aging products, as they’re not really necessary.

Many skin care brands will say that you should start using anti-aging products in your early to mid-twenties, but you should always take their marketing-speak with a grain of salt - it’s good business for them to get consumers to start using their products at an earlier age.

Generally speaking, a good time to start using anti-aging products is when your aging skin starts to concern you. Whether that happens at age 30, age 80, or never happens at all, then more power to you.

Are anti-aging products safe to use during pregnancy?

You should consult your doctor for this one and ask them if the product you’re thinking of buying is safe to use. Some common ingredients found in many anti-aging products - such as retinoids - can be harmful to your baby, even when only used topically. This may also make some anti-aging products unsuitable for use if you’re breastfeeding.

Wrapping up

Aside from sunscreen, anti-aging products aren’t necessary. They have no essential health benefits and are most often used purely for cosmetic reasons. That being said, if they make you feel more confident and better about your skin, then they’re probably a worthwhile investment.

Any skin care item you buy is unlikely to be the face-lift in a bottle you’re looking for. Maintaining healthy lifestyle habits and being realistic with yourself about what aging naturally does to your skin will help you age with grace.

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