The best anti-aging face creams

Updated November 21, 2016

A brief search for anti-ageing face creams turns up thousands of products, some claiming scientifically proven results, others betting on exotic ingredients as ways to preserve the elasticity of youthful skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, only a few ingredients have been proven to show some ability to prevent or reduce wrinkles: retinol, hydroxy acids, coenzyme Q10, copper peptides, kinetin and tea extracts. Mayo says that no matter what cream you use, staying out of the sun, using sunscreen and moisturiser and staying away from smoke will all help your skin stay in good shape.

La Prairie

Both La Prairie Anti-Aging Emulsion SPF 30 and La Prairie Anti-Aging Complex Cellular Intervention Cream contain retinol and hydroxy acids, ingredients recommended by the Mayo Clinic in anti-ageing creams. These products are designed to be applied twice a day to the face, neck and decollete.


Lancome's High Resolution With Fibrelastine SPF 15 Intensive Recovery Anti-Wrinkle Cream and Deep Collagen Anti-Wrinkle Serum High Resolution With Collaser include collagen in addition to retinol and hydroxy acids. Collagen, a protein found in skin and other tissues, helps plump up wrinkled areas to reduce the appearance of lines.

Erno Laszlo

Erno Laszlo Timeless Skin Age Preventative Treatment and Erno Laszlo Timeless Night Serum also include ingredients recommended by the Mayo Clinic and also contain collagen. Used together, these products can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, particularly in the eye area.

Other Products

Givenchy Power Youth, Clinique Anti-Gravity Firming Lift Cream and Clarins Advanced Extra-Firming Neck Cream all also use collagen, retinol and other Mayo-recommended ingredients to encourage elasticity in the skin on the face and neck.

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