As much as we enjoy the rituals aspect of going through a multi-step skin care routine, there’s something to be said about the efficiency and ease of being able to default to one holy-grail product that does it all. Below, we uncover the anti-aging serums, oils and creams that target not one, but up to five or six signs of aging, and provide immediate short-term results while leaving your skin healthier in the long-run.
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The holy grail product of the LiftLab line, this all-in-one cream addresses every sign of aging both on the skin’s surface and deeper levels. Clinically proven active ingredients such as proprietary blends of peptides and enzymes work alongside 15 botanicals to target and treat hyperpigmentation, blemishes, deep wrinkles, large pore size, dryness, inflammation and loss of elasticity.
This day/night duo is formulated to fight three different types of wrinkles—expression lines, sun damage and sagging skin due to aging and gravity—while hydrating skin and protecting it from further damage. A blend of special peptides act as a “topical Botox,” penetrating into the skin to hinder your muscle’s ability to contract. Although there’s no frozen face here (the interference is so subtle that you won’t even feel it), the peptides signal muscles to stop contracting at different stages of the process, helping to soften lines and prevent new ones from forming. UVA/UVB and infrared protection helps to protect and enhance the overall health of the skin.
This three-step at-home facial softens wrinkles and tightens, smooths and brightens skin in a single 10-minute treatment. Glycolic acid and alphahydroxy acid help to sweep dead cells from the surface of the skin, while niacinamide restores elasticity and a high molecular-weight collagen fills and tightens for an all-around more youthful appearance.
Made especially for mature skin, this oil serum uses a blend of botanicals (essential oils, monoi oil, hazelnut and jojoba plant oils) to nourish, condition and hydrate the complexion while providing antioxidant protection against environmental stressors. Even after just one use, skin is noticeably softer and smoother and consistent use in the long-term helps to fight future signs of aging.
Loss of hydration is often the culprit of multiple signs of aging, and deeply replenishing serum targets various concerns by intensely focusing on keeping skin in an optimal moisture cycle. A fermented cocktail of green, brown and red algae and marine peptides penetrate skin deeply to help skin attract and retain moisture, making your complexion look more hydrated, smoother and more vibrant.
Ingredients like peptides, sodium hyaluronate, grapeseed and ginseng work to stimulate collagen synthesis, boost hydration, firm and improve skin texture and tone. In addition to helping to soften existing signs of aging, an antioxidant complex helps to further protect skin against environmental stressors. The lightweight formula makes it an easy choice for everyday use.
Dr Barbara Sturm Face Cream ($215)
This formula may be gentle and lightweight, but it packs a powerful punch. A combination of rich antioxidants and active moisturizing ingredients help to promote cellular regeneration, stimulate collagen production, strengthen skin’s barrier function, fight free radicals and keep the skin balanced for an overall more youthful, lifted and brighter appearnce.
Nine oils, each selected for its skin-rejuvenating properties, are combined into one luxurious treatment that both protects and rejuvenates skin. Evening primrose, argan and jojoba oils help to boost hydration and keep skin healthy while grapeseed and rosehip oils provide essential antioxidant protection and geranium and borage oils help to balance skin. The formula is rounded out with avocado and camellia oils to soften and smooth.
Sisley Double Tenseur ($192)
An intense anti-aging moisturizer and primer in one, this gel provides an immediate lifting effect while helping to improve the long-term health of skin. Oat seed extract creates a second-skin mesh that smooths and lifts while a combination of plant extracts help to strengthen the dermal structure and tone skin for a more naturally youthful appearance.