Discover the best anti-aging serums to smooth wrinkles and lift sagging skin
It’s overwhelming when you walk into a department store — and you’re inundated with hundreds of skin care products.
If you have to pick one product, we recommend a serum.
Serums are highly concentrated and have fewer additives to dilute them.
Creams are great for moisturizing dry skin, but they are full of occlusive ingredients like emulsifiers and conditioners. Since serums do not contain heavy ingredients, cosmetic formulators can add higher concentrations of actives.
Serums contain specific ingredients to target specific skin problems. Use an anti-aging serum if you are looking for a product to smooth wrinkles, restore firmness or brighten dull skin.
Serums also contain ingredients with smaller molecules, so they reach deeper into the dermis.
But, it can be difficult finding the right serum for your skin type. Today, we’ll help you find the best face serums for 2017.
Not all serums are alike. Many products are full silicones, especially department store products. Silicones provide temporary results. That’s all.
Drugstore products are often cheaper but contain fewer actives. Therefore we recommend taking a look at clinical products.
Another important note. Only use products packaged in airless containers. Active ingredients don’t last very long when they are exposed to air. We don’t understand why cosmetic manufacturers still use dropper bottles that are not airtight.
Today, we’re looking specifically at anti-aging serums.
Perhaps you’re in your 20’s or 30’s and looking for a product to keep skin looking young forever.
Or in your 40’s, 50’s or older and looking for a miracle formula that makes skin look young again.
So, we’re focusing on face serums with ingredients that help visibly lift the skin, smooth wrinkles and brighten the complexion.
Related: Best skin care products of 2018
How to use a serum
– After cleansing your face with a gentle face wash, dry the skin thoroughly. Avoid toners. They can dilute products.
– Serums go a long way. You only need to use one to two drops for the entire face. If you intend on applying the product to the neck and chest, you will need to use more product.
– Massage in a circular motion. Wait for the product to dry.
– Avoid using too many layers. This can dilute products and make them less effective.
If you’re spending time in the sun, apply a moisturizer with SPF. If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer with an emollient.
– Always use products with low viscosity first followed by thicker products.
Face Serums vs. high-end creams
Serums are more concentrated. They are lighter.
They contain a higher concentration of active ingredients.
Creams are full of conditioners, thickeners, and emulsifiers. So they are heavier and have less room for active ingredients.
Serums outperform moisturizers when it comes to product efficacy. That is why skin care professionals prefer serums.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen considerable advancements in formulations.
Serums are more expensive than creams. However, they offer more value because they are full of active ingredients.
Old School Vs Next Generation Serums
In the past, cosmetic products focused on the upper layers of the dermis. Ingredients like glycolic acid exfoliate the skin, retinoids accelerate cellular renewal and Vitamin C fights free radical damage. While these are proven ingredients, the results are often superficial.
Today, we’re looking at innovative new ingredients that work on the deeper layers of the skin.
So, what is the next big anti-aging ingredient? Read on to find out.
How to chose the best serum for your skin
What to look for in a face serum. Here are ingredients you need to start using when your skin doesn’t feel as smooth or elastic.
Epidermal Growth Factors: Epidermal Growth Factors (EGF’s) are naturally found in the body and known for their regeneration properties. Although the EGF’s you find in skin care products are developed in the lab, newer products contain EGF bioengineered in plants. Unsurprisingly, these types of products are costly. We highly recommend products with EGF for anti aging.
Peptides: Peptides are amino acids that carry out important biological actions. Different types peptides have different roles. When it comes to anti-aging products, specific peptides can help smooth wrinkles, restore firmness and boost collagen production.
Stem cells: Stem cells are one of the most popular anti-aging ingredients in skin care world. The most common stem cells are designed to stimulate collagen production. Look for stem cells bioengineered in plants.
Retinol: Retinol is derived from Vitamin A. It is available over the counter. Retinol causes skin cells to turn over more rapidly, so it improves skin texture, fine lines, and blotchiness. It also shrinks dilated pores and prevents blackheads. Prescription strength retinol products are also available. The higher the strength of retinol, the more downtime.
Hyaluronic acid: Despite the name, hyaluronic acid is not an acid. It’s a sugar. It is found naturally in the body. It lubricates our joints and keeps the skin plump. Levels fall as we age. When used topicaly, it attracts and retains water. It is the ultimate moisturizer. It makes skin dewier and plumper.
Antioxidants: Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage. Vitamin C is a popular antioxidant that combats free radical damage. It also acts as a mild exfoliant, so it gently brightens the skin. Read more about vitamin C Serums and antioxidant serums.
Hydration: The most commonly used ingredient for hydration is glycolic acid. You will find it at the top of any product that feels hydrating. Oils also feel hydrating but are not as effective. Emoliants are great for dry skin but can be occlusive. Take a look at the best hydrating serums.
Why bother with products that only offer temporary results that wash off.
Unlike many cosmetic products, our recommendations are not focused on temporary results. This is all about the long term.
Advanced Dermatology Super Youth Serum
This product contains multiple antioxidants, peptides, and stem cells. It help’s the skin boost its natural collagen production to reveal younger looking skin.
This serum is designed for use during the day.
Advanced Dermatology Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Serum
If you’re looking for a powerful anti aging serum that visibly smoothes wrinkles and lifts the skin, use this every night.
This product contains Acetyl Tetrapeptide–2, known as the youth factor. It is used is very high concentrations.
The name of the product perfectly sums what this product does.
For night use.
Formulyst’s Active Serum – Vitamin B, C, E, Ferulic + Niacinamide
Some of the biggest causes of aging are environmental, such as the sun and pollution, so protecting skin from these aggressors is key to help it looking and feeling its best. Formulyst’s Active Serum – Vitamin B, C, E, Ferulic + Niacinamide is packed with a cocktail of antioxidants and vitamins to help protect skin and keep it looking bright and healthy. The potent blend helps fight free radical damage, tackles hyperpigmentation and leaves skin looking smooth and hydrated.
Whichever products you chose to use, a serum is a MUST.