If retinol serums and oils tend to be too irritating for your skin, antiaging creams may be just what your skin needs. But if you’re on the hunt for an antiaging cream, you have a ton of options—and it can be overwhelming to try to pick one. Here’s what you need to know about these powerful products and why it’s so important to look for one with both antiaging and hydrating ingredients.
Aging or mature skin is also often dry because the skin’s production of natural hydrating compounds typically slows down as we age. Unfortunately, some of the most powerful and reliable antiaging ingredients also tend to dry the skin out even more. Those include retinol, of course, which can often have an irritating or drying effect, especially at first. But other common antiaging ingredients—such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid—can do the same thing if they’re overused.
Antiaging ingredients are most helpful when they come in a moisturizing formula, particularly when they include moisturizing and nourishing compounds like ceramides, peptides, and niacinamide. These ingredients help hydrate and brighten the skin as well as reinforce the skin’s moisture barrier to help lock that hydration into the skin, which can help plump fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.