Getting your first wrinkle can be frightening. It may only be a fine line just a month ago, a tiny squiggle that appeared when you smiled or made a certain facial expression. But now it is etched in your skin and won’t go away. Cue panic mode.
Grad one of these wrinkle-smoothers, pronto. They have the stamp of approval of real women above 40. Apply diligently as directed and watch the lines diminish. But act fast as wrinkles, once deep set, are almost impossible to get rid of with topical skincare alone. Then you’ll need clinical injectables like botox or fillers to smooth them out.
SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Cream, $149 for 50g
“I don’t even need to apply a serum or concentrate before I use this super rich, very nourishing cream. I just pat on the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, which I have been using for over 10 years, before smoothing on this cream.
Shiseido Vital-perfection Wrinklelift Cream, $160 for 15g
“This is my miracle in a tube. I tried so many wrinkle creams before but none worked for my wrinkles. I spend a lot of time in the sun as I do water sports so my lines set in early.
I was lucky to be given a tube of this by a good friend. I apply it directly onto individual wrinkles and I find that the lines immediately soften. I’m at the end of my first tube and noticed that overall my face looks less old as all the lines have faded somewhat. It’s pricey but I’ll definitely be buying this again.” – Magdelene, 41
First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Retinol Serum .25% Pure Concentrate, $95 for 30ml, from Sephora
“This nondescript skincare brand is one of my favourites. It isn’t fancy but it works. I started using the brand’s Ultra Repair Cream when my skin felt dry and damaged when I went for a ski holiday and it completely wowed me by healing my skin quickly. So when I was looking for an anti-wrinkle serum, I picked up this one from Sephora and it also impressed me.
It softened the look of my fine lines and my skin feels firmer after I apply it regularly. Whenever I stop using it, I can tell! My face feels saggier and lines are more visible, plus my skin tone looks dull and tired.” – Seraphina, 40
“I was given a sample of this cream and tried it one night. The next morning my skin looked refreshed – very supple, smooth, radiant and with less visible fine lines – like I had slept a full 8 hours or more and just had a facial, even though I didn’t.
Strivectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate, $215, from escentials
“I tried many other anti-wrinkle products from the pharmacies when I hit the big 4-0. I already had some permanent wrinkles then, as I am very expressive when I talk. I didn’t see any improvements from whatever I tried so I googled for “the best anti-wrinkle skincare” and Strivectin popped up.
I bought my first bottle of the serum and after just a week of using it, I found that my skin was smoother than before. The brand has reformulated and introduced new wrinkle serums a couple of times, so I’ve been switching up whenever a new one is available and it has been a staple in my skincare routine ever since. I use other brands creams, but my Strivectin serum is a mainstay.” – Judy, 42
Alpha-H Liquid Laser Super Anti Ageing Balm, $150 for 30g
“My dry skin needs this supercharged skincare balm otherwise I start to see dry wrinkles and my skin feels uncomfortably tight. I read that this balm as a high tech skin regenerating extract that is taken from a species of jellyfish that never dies, the entire jellyfish can be regrown from just part of a tentacle.
Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-Aging Daily Serum, $362 for 50ml, from Robinsons
“I have been using Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage skincare for about 5 years now, since I turned 38 and saw my first fine lines on my forehead. It was touted as the most powerful anti-ageing antioxidant skincare one could get, thanks to the ingredient Idebenone.