The Lowdown On Anti-Aging Creams

Are you as confused as I am about the thousands of anti-aging beauty creams out there and their endless lists of scientific age-defying ingredients? It’s enough to make a gal throw her hands up in the air and say, “Forget it all.. just pass me a little vaseline, please.”

We all want to keep our skin looking dewy and fresh, but what how do you know what you need is cream, and what you don’t?

I finally got that answer when I attended a conference and heard  Dr. Debra Jaliman M.D. spill the beans.  She gave me the simple, uncomplicated list of ingredients to make anyone look Fabulous after 40.

To Stimulate the production of collagen-( collagen is what creates structure for the skin to hang on- more collagen, the firmer your skin )  buy creams with peptides. For dry skin use creams with Hyaluronic Acid

To even out skin tone– use creams with Niacin( vitamin b)

To make skin feel smoother, try microdermabrasion, and use Jojo beads and glycollic acid.

Dr. Jalimin also said that if you are using face cream under your eyes, you do need special eye creams instead. Night creams may have perfumes or other chemicals that irritate the eyes and make them red or puff them up. Eye creams are specially formulated so they won’t do that.

Dr. Jaliman said to get an eye cream with ingredients like caffeine, antioxidants, and peptides. They encourage collagen production and reduce the production of harmful enzymes that speed up the aging process.  Her recommendations:

Dermatologist – Dr. Debra Jaliman, M.D.

Cleanser– Cerave Hydrating cleanser

Moisturizer -Stila Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, or Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily MoisturizerSPF 30

Sunscreen- La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF60 Ultralight Sunscreen Fluid –  (We use this and love it!) or Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF50.

All over anti-aging treatment – In addition to Retin-A, she likes StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles.

Eye Cream – to lighten dark circles and help with wrinkles -StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate

So there go. Hope this makes things a little simpler for you when buying anti-aging creams. Has any of you tried any the above? Do they work?… or, is there something you’ve tried you liked better? Don’t be shy. I want to know what works for you!

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13 thoughts on “The Lowdown On Anti-Aging Creams

  1. I would like to see this site address heathy non-toxic skin care and beauty products. Unfortunately, most of your advertisements feature products containing carcengens and endocrine disrupters. I can live with silly jumpsuits and inappropriate leggings, but not cancer.

  2. I have been a skincare junkie since the age of 17 (Erno Lazlo Black Mud soap). Obagi is good -but not on a full time basis. I use Cetaphil and Retin A. Sometimes the Clarisonic brush and sometimes Glamglow mask.Always an oil (switch brands and types) and hydrating moisturizer over the Retin A.

    1. Save your money by not purchasing the many worthless products that don’t do what they claim and get laser. It’s the only truely effective treatment for melasma and sunspots. Not nearly as expensive as it used to be.

  3. This is interesting. I recently left my eye cream behind in a hotel and have been using just my regular face cream until I get around to replacing the eye cream. In the past week or so, I have noticed that I am puffy under my eyes. This is not characteristic for me. I did not draw a conneciton between the puffy eyes and no eye cream until I read this post. Let’s just say that I shall be making time to stop off for eye cream on the way home tonight. Thanks for posting this.

  4. I use this.
    Here you are…



  5. I’d been using the complete Clinique line for years. All of a sudden, I started spending money and having no success. Therefore, I took an appointment at THE Rome dermatology hospital, where I’ve been recommended a “yellow peeling” (which I highly recommend).
    Yellow peeling must be done by a doctor.

    It happened that the dermatologist who performed the yellow-peeling was a young (I mean, fabulous after 40) lady and, as I’m pretty allergic, she gave me some cream-samples to try on. But not the kind of creams we buy at the beauty store. No: all of them were made by laboratories, more economic and – I would know later- much more efficient!

    Treatment (to be started 20 days after peeling) was v. simple:
    1. C VITAMIN (SIDEA C INTEGRALE drops by OMEOSIDEA LABORATORORIO, so you can google it)
    2. hyaluronc acid cream (in my case EUCERIN HYALURON FILLER) + an eye-contour cream (RILASTIL LADY),
    3. solar protection

    I can tell you ladies, it works.

    Cheers from Rome.

    1. Thanks for that advice. It’s always so difficult to know what to buy with so many creams on the market. A recommendation is always helpful. Any one else out there who has found something that works for them?

  6. I have recently started to use the skinceuticals range of anti aging products and really like it (ce ferulic, phyto+, age interruptor) Lots of good anti aging ingredients (but not cheap…)

  7. I am so glad to have this information! I use the same lotion…Curel unscented…night and day! I am fortunate to have oily skin though and I think that helps. I also have very sensitive skin so I hesitate to buy anything new! ♥

  8. I agree with everything you’ve reported here — and so does my dermatologist. But here’s my new skincare secret: I recently added serums from Burt’s Bees, specifically the Evening Primrose Oil Repair Serum and the Ageless Serum. I’d read in several places that evening primrose oil and borage oil are especially helpful for eczema, skin blotches, etc., so when I saw these products in the drugstore I decided to try them. I am a fair-skinned redhead with sensitive skin as well as aging skin, and am totally amazed at what these serums have done — in 2 weeks — to heal the blotchy red patches and even out my skintone. And you cannot beat the price!!

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