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Best Wrinkle Creams For Your Anti-Aging Routine

It’s never too early to start incorporating an anti-aging treatment like a wrinkle cream into your skincare routine. Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of aging, and as such, they’re pretty much unavoidable (nobody looks 25 forever). That said, there are plenty of things you can do to keep visible signs of aging at bay. The first step is to use a daily face cream for wrinkles to help keep skin smooth, hydrated, and healthy-looking.

Of course, it’s also essential to understand how and why skin ages the way it does if you want to minimize the visible signs of aging. Ahead, we’ll give you the rundown on what causes skin aging and how to treat it. Read on to discover the best wrinkle creams to incorporate into your skincare routine—whether you’re trying to correct existing damage or simply hoping to prevent the formation of new wrinkles.

What Causes Wrinkles?

Before getting into the specifics of what anti-aging treatments are best for your complexion, it’s important to explain why wrinkles form in the first place. In the most basic terms, they are a natural and unavoidable symptom of aging, but how severe they are depends on several factors, such as age and lifestyle.I

As we get older, our bodies begin producing less collagen, the primary protein that gives skin its elasticity and firmness.III Collagen depletion is a natural side effect of aging, but certain factors—such as smoking or exposure to the sun’s UV rays—can speed up the process. Without sufficient collagen, repetitive movements (such as smiling or squinting) can cause creases to appear in the skin. If left untreated, these fine lines will eventually become deeper, permanent wrinkles.II

How Do I Find The Best Cream For Wrinkles?

Using anti-aging skincare treatments can help both smooth existing creases and delay the formation of new lines and wrinkles. But not all wrinkle creams are created equal: Finding the best wrinkle cream for your skin depends on your age, your skin’s texture, and your unique complexion concerns. That said, there are certain things everyone can look out for. You’ll want to find a moisturizing formula with lightweight hydrators like hyaluronic acid, as fine lines and wrinkles appear more pronounced when skin is dry. Keep an eye out for brightening ingredients, such as vitamin C, as well; they will help promote a more youthful-looking glow. Admittedly, it can be a bit overwhelming to keep all this in mind and find a formula that feels good on your skin. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the hard work. Read on for our picks for the best Kiehl’s anti-wrinkle creams that will keep your complexion looking youthful, firm, and bright.

Best For Deep Wrinkles

Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Cream For Face and Neck

As you age and collagen production slows, you’ll notice that your fine lines are becoming deeper, your skin is becoming thinner and less firm, and your complexion is less even. Your skin may start to appear saggy, dull, and dry, and what were once minor fine lines are now noticeable creases. You can improve your skin’s appearance with a treatment designed to target a variety of age-related complexion concerns, such as Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Cream for Face and Neck.

This potent anti-aging cream features several powerful ingredients to help improve your skin’s tone and texture. Hyaluronic acid, a molecule that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, provides deep hydration to keep skin feeling moisturized, smooth, and soft. Phytomimetic vitamin A helps visibly minimize the appearance of wrinkles for a firmer and more even complexion. Finally, chaga mushroom helps correct skin tone and boost radiance for a healthy, youthful-looking glow.

Apply a small amount of this restorative cream to your face as the final step in your nightly anti-aging skincare routine. For the day, we recommend Super Multi-Corrective Cream SPF 30, which contains the same ingredients plus SPF for extra protection against environmental damage.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: Don’t forget your neck. We recommend extending the application down to your collarbones to reduce lines and wrinkles on the neck and keep your skin looking firm.


Best For Fine Lines

Powerful Wrinkle-Reducing Cream

Fine lines are one of the first signs that indicate your skin is beginning to lose its elasticity. Generally, these minor wrinkles appear around the eyes, on either side of the mouth, and the forehead, as these are the parts of the face that you move the most. You can help reduce the appearance of facial lines and slow the development of deeper wrinkles with a moisturizer designed to firm and plump skin, such as Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream.

This top-rated cream features an effective blend of scientifically-backed anti-aging ingredients, including copper PCA and calcium PCA. These powerhouses work together to refine skin texture and improve elasticity for a more youthful appearance.

Use it day and night or reach for Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30 for daytime wear. It’s the same formula, but with the added boost of broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep your complexion safe from the sun’s skin-sabotaging rays.


Best For Men

Age Defender Cream Moisturizer

Men have thicker skin than women, so their anti-aging needs are a bit different. While less prone to fine lines, they are more likely to develop deep wrinkles in expressive areas like the forehead and around the mouth. Men’s skin also has a rougher texture, necessitating additional exfoliation to refine the skin’s surface.V To address these needs, we recommend Age Defender Cream Moisturizer, an effective anti-aging treatment designed specifically for men’s skin.

This daily moisturizer stars linseed extract, a potent treatment derived from flax seeds that can help improve aging skin’s appearance and texture. The hydrating formula also contains capryloyl salicylic acid to help exfoliate the skin’s surface and refine texture, plus caffeine to energize tired-looking complexions. Apply it day and night to renew the skin for a more youthful appearance.


Best For Eye Area

Powerful-Strength Dark Circle Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum

Since the skin around the eyes is so delicate, it’s usually one of the first areas to display visible signs of aging. You may develop crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes from repetitive squinting and repeated exposure to blue light (the type of light emitted by screens, such as those on your phone or computer).IV Existing dark circles may appear even darker because of the thinning of the skin around your eyes. Similarly, puffiness (known colloquially as “bags under the eyes”) may develop or worsen, thanks to a loss of collagen and looser, less elastic skin. To combat these symptoms, reach for an eye cream formulated to brighten and smooth the skin, such as Powerful-Strength Dark Circle Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum.

This potent serum stars vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help brighten the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation for a clearer, more even complexion. Our best-selling treatment also contains hyaluronic acid to plump and visibly minimize fine lines, plus tripeptide to target puffiness and creases around the eyes.


Best For Prevention

Super Fluid Daily UV Defense 50+

While not technically an anti-wrinkle cream, it’s safe to say an effective sunscreen is the best face cream for wrinkles since UV exposure is one of the primary causes of skin aging. Experts recommend wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, such as Super Fluid Daily UV Defense 50+, every day.VI This best-selling facial sunscreen provides lasting protection from the sun’s harmful rays and absorbs quickly for a lightweight, matte finish. For those with sensitive or acne-prone skin, Super Fluid Daily Mineral Defense is an effective alternative. It contains titanium dioxide, which acts as a physical sunblock that won’t clog pores or cause irritation. If you’re not sure what formula is right for you, check out our guide to The Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Type.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: Making sure to apply your sunscreen correctly is just as important as using it. You may think you’re well-practiced thanks to years of beach days, but we recommend refreshing your memory on the facts. Read up on The Right Way To Apply Sunscreen to do so.


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III.Cedars-Sinai Staff. “Collagen For Your Skin: Healthy or Hype?” Cedars-Sinai. 15 Jan 2020.
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VI.“Sunscreen: How to Help Protect Your Skin From the Sun.” United States Food and Drug Administration. 2019.

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