Age may be “just a number,” but tell that to the crevices in your brow. The ever-increasing number is easy to fudge, though, thanks to the latest anti-aging products. Everywhere from the drug store aisle to the department store counter is flooded with them—all promising younger looking skin in an exaggerated tone fit for 4am TV. These 8 picks live up to the promise. Read on and start reversing the years.
When crow’s feet start creeping in and dark bags have been cemented under your eyes, it’s time to bring in the big guns. Jack Black Eye Balm Age Minimizing Gel ($24, bloomingdales.com) delivers a nongreasy, lightweight formula to minimize wrinkles with the help of vitamins A and E. A pea-sized amount is all it takes to flood the area with moisture and puff up parched skin for a more youthful appearance.
Love those all-in-one body wash/shampoo/conditioner products? Try out a similar multi-tasking product for the face. Lab Series Skincare for Men BB Tinted Moisturizer SPF 35 ($40, labseries.com) promotes hydration, tackles oil issues, and protects your skin from the sun. It’s a 10-in-1—yes 10—formula designed to promote long-term improvement while tightening up the appearance of pores. Before you groan over the tinted aspect, know that it blends into any skin tone for a barely there appearance. We promise it won’t leave you looking like you have makeup on or stepped out of a spray tan booth.
Age Spot Treatment
Dark bags aren’t only a sign of lack of sleep. Sun exposure and aging are other likely culprits. Garnier Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($17, cvs.com) tackles the discoloration by boosting vitamin C in the area. Apply the lotion directly—it’s gentle enough to leave your eyes unharmed but tough enough to even out your skin tone and minimize the bags. Plus, your newly brightened skin makes it easy to fake a wide-awake look when you’re sleeping through that meeting.
Wine, coffee, and cigarette addicts: listen up. Your used-to-be pearly whites are a dead giveaway of all your bad habits. Brush off your vices with Go Smile Double Action Whitening System ($145, gosmile.com)—a combination of stain removing mixture and whitening accelerator. If the idea of spending several hours with whitening trays in your mouth was holding you back, opt for this 20-minute system. Be sure to dedicate 12 days to see the brightest results. If you can’t ditch the bad habits, adding a solid teeth-whitening routine will keep those yellow chompers at bay.
Kick your age-fighting routine into high gear with a peel, like the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel ($160 for 30, dgskincare.com). The 2-step process enlists high concentrations of 40 ingredients—including anti-aging alpha beta acids, mandelic acids, and tree bark extract—for a noticeable effect. The do-it-yourself peel firms up your skin, brightens your complexion, and reduces the appearance of unwanted lines.
Skin Repairing Sunscreen
It’s tough to take back those youthful summers spent sans sunscreen, but you can stop the damage now. Nia 24 Sun Damage Prevention 100% Mineral Sunscreen ($45, nia24.com) keeps you protected with oil-free SPF 30 and works to repair the harm already done. The product features Pro-Niacin, a molecule that helps stimulate cell growth to replace the ones you fried on your spring break trip to Mexico. The one-two punch of protection and renewal means the sunscreen is working double duty for you. Just remember to use it.
A dead giveaway that you’re no longer a spring chicken: your lips. Start by drinking more water every day and adding a layer of balm on at night. If they’re dehydrated and dull, try an anti-aging treatment like Kaplan MD Lip 20 Ultra Hydrating Balm ($35, neimanmarcus.com).
We’re not opposed to going gray. Take a look at George Clooney, Matt LeBlanc, and other Hollywood heavy hitters who’ve done it right. But you don’t look like Clooney, so you may want to embrace Just For Men’s AutoStop ($8-10, target.com) to help delay the process. Unlike the Grecian Formula your grandfather used, it features high-tech ingredients that automatically halt the formula when it reaches the target color. That means you’ll get gradual results rather than going from Leno to Elvis.