Our Editors Name Their Favorite Does-It-All Anti-Aging Product
Some anti-aging products are geared toward achieving one goal: brightening, tightening, clarifying, etc. But what about those that target multiple concerns with just one swipe? These multitasking must-haves do it all and then some to streamline your routine and give you better, younger-looking skin.
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Carolyn Hsu, Digital Managing Editor
"This product has been recommended to me over and over again by some of the world’s leading beauty insiders. Despite being around for decades (it’s a French cult-secret from the ’70s), it generally flies under the radar, but those in the know talk about it like it’s the miracle product to end all miracle products. Made with a blend of balancing and exfoliating ingredients such as lactic acid, salicylic acid and niacinamide alongside natural ingredients such as horseradish root extract, sage extract and onion extract, this lotion/toner has devotees hooked because of its ability to reveal glowing, clear skin in just a matter of days. I apply it using a cotton round at night, dabbing it on all parts of my face, and when I wake up in the morning, my skin just looks fresh and amazing. Breakouts disappear after a few days of use and some users even say it helps reduce acne scarring. I also love that the product signals to the user the health of their skin. When people first start using the product, P50 tingles when applied if the skin is imbalanced. When the skin becomes pH balanced however, with regular use, the tingling goes away."
Brittany Burhop, Senior Editor
M-61 JetGlow Serum ($98)
"Chock-full of peptides and glycolic acid—two things aging skin really needs—this serum is an anti-aging all-star for sure. Not only does it even out my skin tone to give me a brighter, healthy-looking glow, but it also goes to work to soften fine lines and get rid of any rough feeling. And, thanks to the addition of red seaweed and antioxidant-rich goji berry, it helps keep my skin firm while protecting it from damaging free radicals. The big kicker for me is that it's oil-free—many serums I've tried feel too heavy on my skin, but this one seeps right in. No greasy mess!"
Danielle Fontana, Editorial Intern
Pixi Glow Peel Pads ($22)
"Packed with 20 percent glycolic acid, rose water and retinyl palmitate, I’ve been a fan of these multitasking peel pads since they launched in January. After just a few uses, I noticed a brighter complexion, softer lines and minimized pores and breakouts with none of the harsh side effects often associated with at-home chemical peels. Plus, at only $22 for 60 uses, these do-it-all pads work for every budget while delivering top-notch results."
Elise Minton, Executive Beauty Editor
"I’m a big fan of this night cream. The consistency is perfect—not too fluid yet not too thick—and it tackles everything from fighting lines and wrinkles and shrinking pores to hydrating the skin and then some. It’s loaded with good-for-your-skin anti-agers like vitamin C, retinol, peptides and alpha lipoic acid. Every time I use it before going to bed, I wake up to skin that looks glowy and fresh."
Tatiana Bido, Special Projects Editor
"I use these pads after cleansing in place of a toner. I like that they exfoliate and brighten my skin like a peel but without the harshness. I can use them either morning or night and they have the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids so they’re safe to use daily on my sensitive skin. It’s easy to remember this skin-care step since the pads are so easy to incorporate into my routine. I can see immediate results as the cucumber, indian gooseberry, lemon peel and licorice root help even out my skin tone, diminish sunspots and make my skin look brighter, healthier and more youthful."
Liz Ritter, Executive Managing Editor
"I have a constant fear I might wake up one morning and be out of this product. It’s an amazingly hydrating moisturizer, under-makeup prep-step, radiance booster and does that almost-impossible task of making lines and wrinkles look a lot softer."