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The 15 Best Anti-Aging Moisturizers For Your 30s, 40s, and 50s


Earlier this year I went for cocktails with friends. When it was my turn to place my order – an espresso martini, it was a Friday! – the waitress stopped and tilted her head. “ID, please,” she asked. The table of over 30s fell silent. After I handed over my driver’s license, stating that I was, in fact, born in 1990, my boyfriend looked me dead in the eye and said, “Spill the skincare routine.”

“It’s The Cream,” I said, talking about one of the best anti-aging creams on the market. “And sunscreen, of course.”

A good face cream (whether you like the term “anti-aging”) can make all the difference when it comes to smooth, glowing skin. It should contain the right actives for your skin: you may need hyaluronic acid or retinol in your routine, or if you’re feeling dull, niacinamide or vitamin C can help. We’ve compiled a list of 15 of our favorites, including clean beauty options and fragrance-free formulas, all with the goal of keeping your skin looking fresh and radiant.

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Clinical data behind TFC8 proves it works.

Called “The Cream” for a reason, this moisturizing cream was developed by scientist Augustine Bader after working with adolescent burn victims. This moisturizer (also available in a rich version) is infused with the same TFC8 molecule Bader uses to help heal burn victims’ skin.

Best for all skin types

Signature Moisturizer Black-Owned Brand Dermatologist Brand

Board-certified dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton was inspired by the natural wonders of her homeland of Jamaica while formulating this silky face cream. It’s made with Jamaican Superfruit Blend (Blueberry, Orange, Sugarcane, Lemon, Sugar Maple, plus Hyaluronic Acid) to brighten, hydrate, and smooth skin all at once.

Green Star Winner

N°1 The Chanel Revitalizing Cream Not ideal for super dry skin

This refillable moisturizer smells and feels incredible. Chanel spent ten years researching the red camellia flower and found that the oil and extract together left skin smooth, plump and glowing.

Best breakthrough ingredient

SkinCeuticals AGE Interrupter Lightweight A little goes a long way Pricey Contains fragrance

This super thick cream has a concentration of 30% proxylane, a sugar molecule that keeps the skin firm and hydrated. There are also barrier repair ingredients and antioxidants to fight existing signs of aging and also prevent future wrinkles.

Best Clean Beauty Moisturizer

Protini Polypeptide Firming Moisturizer Free from essential oils, silicones and fragrance Clean Beauty May be too heavy for oily skin

The airless pump keeps this thick cream – filled with gold star anti-aging ingredients like growth factors, amino acids and peptides – potent until you smooth it over your skin.

Best Fragrance Free Moisturizer

Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Cream Fragrance Free 48-Hour Hydration May not be well suited for skin prone to breakouts.

Two anti-aging favorites — retinol and hyaluronic acid — and no fragrance come together in this overnight treatment. Hydration lasts for 48 hours and is gentle enough for sensitive skin to try.

drugstore favorite

RevitaLift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer Affordable Three Gold Star Products.

Hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and pro-retinol (a very stable form of retinol that won’t irritate your skin) combine to create a thick cream that works overnight to help fight the signs of aging.

Best Drugstore Moisturizer

Skin Renewing Night Cream May not be suitable for very dry skin

Known for their super-smooth products, CeraVe’s night cream uses hydration to plump the skin and make it look more youthful. Formulated with niacinamide, peptides and hyaluronic acid, this night cream uses patented technology to keep your skin hydrated all day long.

Moisture barrier friendly

ICE Ceramide Moisturizing Cream Great for sensitive skin

If you want a lightweight yet powerful moisturizer, this is it. Ceramides, vitamin F (which strengthens the moisture barrier), coconut, red algae extract and pomegranate sterols combine to create a cooling cream that feels heavenly on the skin (especially if you’re super dry or after a laser treatment).

Best Vegan Moisturizer

Squalane + Omega Repair Moisturizer

Lipids from the acai berry and vegetable squalane make this moisturizer super hydrating and nourishing.

Best moisturizer for dry skin

Regenerist Ultra Rich Face Moisturizer Affordable Fragrance Free May not be suitable for oily skin

The ultra-rich version of this iconic moisturizer is made with vitamin B3 and peptides and without parabens, phthalates, dyes and synthetic fragrances.

Best moisturizer for smooth skin

Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face & Neck Cream May not be suitable for sensitive skin

This twice-daily treatment for your face has an anti-aging trifecta: vitamin A, chaga mushroom and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients work together to even out, smooth and reduce the appearance of the complexion. It even works on the neck and can also help fight technical neck.

Best Botanical Skin Care Moisturizer

Sculpture + A Black-owned Retinol Clean Beauty

This oil-based moisturizer contains 19 different anti-inflammatory plant extracts, which work synergistically with retinol and peptides to soothe and smooth the skin.

Best moisturizer for sensitive skin

V Shape Filling Cream

Vitamin-enriched water from the Swiss Alps enhances the cream, which starts out thick but quickly melts into the skin. It also has vitamin C to brighten the skin tone and peptides to help firm it up.

best deal

Smart Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Age Transformer Duo Resculpt + Revolumize Actives may not work on all skin types

There are two separate chambers in this jar: the purple cream is super thick and uses hyaluronic acid, soybeans and yeast to fill and moisturize; the white gel cream instantly strengthens with sweet almond and whey protein. Layer together for the ultimate treatment.

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