Anti-aging products, particularly those with antioxidants, can be used as early as your 20s, and if you’ve been following healthy skin care routines up to now (and that includes using sunscreen religiously), you’re doing great.
But if you haven’t been diligent, it’s not too late to take more proactive steps to slow down the ageing process. Just keep a lookout for tried-and-tested anti-ageing ingredients like peptides (which stimulate the production of collagen), antioxidants and retinol (a derivative of vitamin A that reduces fine lines and wrinkles). Here’s our edit of the most power-packed face creams you can count on to do the heavy lifting.
Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Anti-Ageing Cream Gentle SPF 15, $26.80
Formulated with a skin-energising mix of vitamin B3, pro-vitamin B5, vitamin E and antioxidants, this day cream with broad spectrum UV protection shields skin and keeps it hydrated. The fast-absorbing cream also refines look of pores and stimulates skin’s natural self-renewal process for a softer, smoother complexion.
Erborian Bamboo Matte Powder Effect Cream, $35 for 30ml
If your oily skin condition has always made you averse towards anti-ageing moisturisers, then this is your best bet. Made for shine-prone skin, this hydrating yet mattifying cream delivers moisture and rebuilds skin barrier while regulating sebum production to ensure plumper, more resilient skin. Plus, it also smooths skin surface, making it perfect as a makeup base as well.
A potent tea-derived polyphenol (10,000 times more powerful than vitamin E) lies at the heart of this antioxidant-rich cream. Factor in chlorophyll, soy milk, hawthorn and acerola red berries and you get a botanical cocktail that effectively defends and strengthens skin cells against external aggressors to keep premature ageing at bay. Its nourishing texture also keeps skin plump and hydrated with a healthy glow that lasts all day.
Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle & Pore Reducing Cream, $80 for 50ml
Clinically shown to improve elasticity by 32%, this anti-wrinkle cream has a powerful combination of micronutrients. Copper PCA helps to stabilise collagen and maintain the skin’s moisture level while Calcium PCA helps to prevent the degredation of collagen fibers. Apricot kernel oil, which is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids to keep skin soft and supple.
Allies Of Skin 1A All-Day Pollution Repair Mask, $139 for 50ml
This new and improved formula of the 1A™ All-Day Mask is 50% more concentrated and is touted to be the world’s first leave-on day treatment mask with a time-release formula. A treatment mask with the ease of a moisturizer, it is an anti-pollution shield which contains seven brighteners and a 16.5% Repair Complex to reduce and combat inflammation that leads to skin damage and premature aging. Nine antioxidants including Vitamin C, help reduce the appearance of dark spots and refine large pores.
Guerlain Bee Glow Youth Moisturizer, $145 for 30ml
Thanks to years of in-depth research, Guerlain applies its expertise in bee-derived ingredients in its Abeille Royale range to combat the visible signs of ageing such as wrinkles and loss of firmness. The new Bee Glow youth moisturiser is enriched with Moroccan honey which boosts the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and collagen to stimulate skin firmness and elasticity while extremely fine pearl pigments create an ultra-radiant finish for dewy-looking skin.
Daily exposure to pollution and harmful radicals in the urban setting can cause damage to skin cells and speed up the ageing process. The Detoxilyn City Cream has concentrated extracts of Acerola and probiotics that detoxify and strengthen skin while alpine rose native cells have antioxidant and oxygenating actions to impart skin with a radiant glow.
History Of Whoo Cheonyuldan Ultimate Regeneration Cream, $580 for 60ml
Inspired by China’s Empress Dowager Cixi’s lavish beauty regimen, this luxurious cream counts on herbal complex, Cheongibidan and a prized Dendrobium Orchid extract as the key ingredients. This powerful combination deeply regenerates skin cells to improve moisture, radiance and firmness while its silky smooth texture makes application a sheer joy.
Clarins Super Restorative Night Cream, $210 for 50ml
A dual-action night treatment for women over 50, this deeply replenished cream meets the specific needs of skin challenged by hormonal changes. With an exclusive organic Harungana extract that redensifies skin, ginkgo biloba that restores a rosy glow to complexion and shea butter which hydrates, skin is replenished and appears brighter, more even and smoother.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream Remastered with Caviar Premiere, $740 for 50ml
A new and improved version of La Prairie’s classic caviar cream, the Skin Caviar Luxe Cream now harnesses the full benefits of the sturgeon caviar to promise firmer, smoother and brighter skin. Apply this cream over your face, neck and décolleté with an upward and outward sweeping motion to have skin that appears more supported and toned, with a heightened feeling of tautness and suppleness.