Every skin type has upsides and downsides. Oily skin, for example, is prone to clogged pores and blemishes, which can be tricky to manage. On the other hand, sebum helps protect your skin from aging environmental stressors, like pollution. The same goes for dry skin. While those with drier skin types may experience fewer breakouts than their oily-skinned counterparts, they're also susceptible to unique concerns, like dullness and roughness. Dry skin also typically shows the visible signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, sooner than oily skin. This becomes even more evident as you get older because dryness and wrinkles both tend to worsen with age.
The key to managing dry, wrinkled skin lies in proper skincare. Adding an anti-aging cream to your regular face care routine can help keep your skin hydrated and minimize the visible signs of aging to promote smoother, more youthful-looking skin. Ahead, we'll introduce you to some of our best anti-aging moisturizers to use in your dry skin routine. We'll also let you in on a few anti-aging tips for radiant-looking skin. Read on to learn how to care for dry, wrinkled skin.
Our Best Anti-Aging Moisturizers For Dry Skin
To determine which anti-aging cream is best for your needs, you need to first identify the skin concern (or concerns) you'd like to address. Here, you'll find our recommendations on the best face moisturizers for various age-related skin concerns, like dullness and wrinkles. Afterward, we'll also give you a few suggestions for eye-area moisturizers to add to your anti-aging skincare routine. Read on for our top picks.
For All Age-Related Concerns:
Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream
As you age, your skin becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic, which can result in visible sagging and wrinkling. Additionally, aging skin may appear blotchy or uneven and lose its natural radiance. To address all of these age-related concerns simultaneously, reach for a multi-purpose anti-aging moisturizer, like Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream. This effective face cream, which contains phytomimetic vitamin A (a retinol alternative) and hyaluronic acid, is uniquely formulated to target the most visible signs of aging on the face and neck. It's clinically-demonstrated to help reduce wrinkles and even the skin tone in one month, while continued use helps firm the skin and boost radiance.* The powerful formula is suitable for all skin types and can be used morning and night to promote a more lifted, youthful appearance over time.
*Results based on a 12-week clinical study of 53 panelists in the United States.
For Dry Fine Lines:
Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream
Repetitive movements (like smiling or furrowing your brow) can result in fine lines. And in many cases, dryness can make these small creases appear more prominent. To help improve the appearance of these dry fine lines, we recommend adding Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream to your daily routine. This revitalizing moisturizer is made with 99.6% naturally-derived ingredients, including adaptogenic red ginseng root and New Zealand manuka honey.* The lightweight formula helps fortify the skin's natural moisture barrier and helps skin renew itself. Apply an even layer of the honey-like moisturizer to your face and neck twice daily to reveal smooth, glowing skin with continued use.
*We consider ingredients to be naturally-derived if they retain more than 50% of their molecular structure after being processed from a natural source.
For Prominent Wrinkles:
Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream
Even with the best skincare routine, with time, your fine lines will most likely deepen and become permanent wrinkles. While no topical skincare treatment will reverse wrinkles,Powerful Wrinkle-Reducing Cream can help improve their appearance. The peptide-infused formula helps noticeably reduce both fine lines and deeper, more prominent wrinkles. Additionally, this effective anti-aging cream was shown to improve skin's elasticity by 32% after just four weeks of use.* The wrinkle-fighting formula is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and recommended for twice-daily use (once in the morning and once at night).
*Skin elasticity significantly improved by 32% after four weeks. Tested on 50 women aged 35 to 55.
For Dull Dry Skin:
Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisturizer
Radiance is one of the first things to go as your skin begins to show the signs of aging. Thankfully, it's also one of the easiest to get the look of with dedicated products. To help brighten dry, dull-looking skin, you'll want to moisturize and exfoliate regularly. Do both at once with Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment, which contains glycolic acid and activated vitamin C. This rich anti-aging face cream provides continuous 24-hour hydration to help brighten dull, uneven-looking skin. It also helps correct the appearance of skin discolorations, like age spots, for improved clarity and texture.
Kiehl's Tip: If desired, you can also use this anti-aging moisturizer as a brightening overnight mask. Three times per week, apply a thick, even layer of the moisturizing treatment to your face, neck, and upper chest before going to sleep. When you wake up, wipe off any excess and follow your regular morning skincare routine.
For Men's Dry Skin:
Age Defender Cream Moisturizer
To help manage men's unique age-related skin concerns, we recommend Age Defender Cream Moisturizer. This anti-aging face cream for men helps firm the skin to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It also helps exfoliate to improve the feel of men's rougher, coarser skin. The powerful formula is suitable for all men's skin types and can be used twice daily to help reveal smooth, healthy-looking skin.
Kiehl's Tip: If your preferred anti-aging face cream doesn't contain SPF, pair it with a lightweight facial sunscreen, like Super Fluid Daily UV Defense 50+. This non-comedogenic formula provides broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB radiation and helps defend the skin from other aging stressors, like air pollution.
For Prominent Dark Circles:
Powerful-Strength Dark Circle-Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum
Many face moisturizers aren't recommended for use around the delicate (and sensitive) eye area. Therefore, we'd be remiss not to include a few anti-aging moisturizers formulated specifically for the eyes.
First up is Powerful-Strength Dark Circle-Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum. This creamy eye serum with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid instantly smoothes and hydrates to refresh the appearance of tired-looking eyes. It's clinically-demonstrated to help improve the appearance of both blue and brown under-eye circles, as well as crow's feet, fine lines, and puffiness.* The lightweight formula absorbs quickly and can be layered beneath a heavier eye cream for added hydration if desired.
*Clinical grading of the full panel tested in an eight-week study.
For Sagging Skin:
Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum
Seemingly harmless habits, like rubbing your eyes when you're tired, can stretch the ultra-thin skin around your eyes. Over time, repeated stretching, combined with a natural loss of elasticity, can cause the skin around the eyes to sag and become droopy.
To help firm aging skin around the eyes, add Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum to your daily skincare routine. In a clinical test, this anti-aging powerhouse was demonstrated to help restore a youthful appearance to tired-looking eyes.* Additionally, 95% of study participants noted a significant improvement in eye opening after using this eye serum consistently for four weeks.** Apply the serum morning and night, using your ring finger to tap the powerful formula onto your skin. If your eye area feels dry, complement the serum with a hydrating eye cream, like Avocado Eye Cream.
*Based on consumer evaluations after four weeks of use.
For Puffiness and Fine Lines:
Youth Dose Eye
Retinols are among the best-known (and most effective) anti-aging ingredients you'll find in over-the-counter products. There's a form of this vitamin A derivative, pro-retinol, in Youth Dose Eye Treatment, which also contains grapeseed oil and vitamin C. The creamy formula absorbs quickly to instantly smooth and brighten the under-eye area. With continued use, this anti-aging essential also helps visibly reduce puffiness and dark under-eye circles.
For Under-Eye Wrinkles:
Powerful Wrinkle-Reducing Eye Cream
Last but certainly not least is Powerful Wrinkle-Reducing Eye Cream. This potent anti-aging eye cream with copper peptides and caffeine helps refine the skin's texture. When used regularly, it helps reduce the appearance of under-eye wrinkles and crow's feet and improves elasticity for smoother-looking skin (and less puffiness). Dispense a small amount onto your ring finger and tap the cream around your eyes, working your way from the inner corner out. If desired, you can pop the cream in the refrigerator for a few minutes before applying for an extra-refreshing feel.