I used to not give a damn about my skin.
I ate whatever I wanted, I laid out in the sun for too long – SPF-less, didn’t always wash my makeup off at the end of the day, and indulged in a few too many cocktails one too many times.
Well, that was my 20s. That oh-so-fun decade that precedes our wiser 30-something years, where those days of reckless behaviour slowly begin to show up on your skin.
Now, I am extremely pro-choice when it comes to how you choose to deal with aging – be it through anti-aging creams, injections, or natural skincare regimens. Hell, just because I love my 30′s doesn’t mean I want to look like I’m in my 30′s!
And I know I’m not alone in that quest.
So with that in mind I have put together the top 3 products I believe truly reverse the look of aging, ultimately helping you to look as young as you feel while rocking an alluring glow.
After all, why settle for looking your age when you could leave mouths agape when you reveal how old you really are.
So, let’s get into it…
Why Would I Need An Anti-Aging Solution?
As we get older and our skin starts to age we begin to notice 3 major developments – our skin becomes thinner, drier, and loses its elasticity and firmness.
It all starts when our skin begins to thin becoming more susceptible to fine tears, which results in lines and wrinkles. You can usually spot the first signs of this around your eyes, where your skin is the thinnest.
From there, our skin gradually dries out as we age causing our dermis layers to become dehydrated and vulnerable to tearing, further intensifying any lines and wrinkles.
And as the years go by our skin’s elastic tissue fibers, which keeps our skin looking tight and firm, begin to weaken causing our natural elasticity to suffer and our skin to start sagging.
Not exactly a youthful look.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat each of these factors. You just have to know what to look for in a product…
The 5 Factors You Should Be Looking For in an Anti-Aging Cream
If there is one thing you want your anti-aging cream to do for you, it’s to smooth out the look of all those nasty lines and wrinkles.
No easy feat, but any anti-aging cream worth its money should be able to effortlessly erase those tell-tale signs of aging
This should be a no-brainer as we all want a good moisturizer that doesn’t leave our skin feeling dry and irritable.
The right cream for your skin should infuse moisture deep into the dermis, hydrating your skin from the inside out.
As it stands, the most potent ingredient for achieving this is the compound known as Dithiolane-3-Pentanoic Acid (D3PA) which encourages our bodies to naturally produce small amounts of Nitric Oxide, an element that leads to a flood of natural nutrients being released into the skin.
In addition to smoothing and nourishing your skin, your chosen anti-aging cream should help to firm up sagging skin.
Because our skin loses its elasticity with age (can we say drooping skin, eyelids, eyebrows, jaw, and the always-sexy double chin) it is essential to find a cream that helps your skin to regenerate its once taught tone.
It goes without saying that when choosing the ideal anti-aging cream for your skin, you want to find one that provides noticeable results and quickly.
Younger looking skin doesn’t happen overnight so you should manage your expectations. If you can find a product that delivers recognizable changes in 4-6 weeks, you have found yourself a quality cream.
Who wants to pay more when you could pay less?
While an affordable solution is always the most attractive (and budget-friendly) option, you should be aware that you often get what you pay for.
Though a $20 cream sounds enticing it may not deliver the anti-aging benefits of more well designed product that works to eliminate the effects of aging quickly and noticeably.
Ultimately, it comes down to your preference; would you rather save some money and settle for second-rate or would you rather invest in younger looking you who oozes confidence while rocking a youthful glow?
With all of that being said, it is with these 5 factors in mind that we here in BES land have chosen our top 3 favourite anti-aging products for 2013.
LifeCell – the product that promises to alter the way your wrinkles appear in 17 seconds.
Touted as the no-needle form of Botox from South Beach, this anti-aging cream achieves these sudden results by reflecting tiny molecules of light away from the tiny cracks in your skin that represent your wrinkles.
By doing this, LifeCell essentially erases any sign of wrinkles by bouncing the shadow cast upon your face caused by the cracks in your skin which ultimately represents your wrinkles.
That’s all well and good, but does it have the 5 factors required to hold the top spot in our Big 3?
As mentioned above, LifeCell works to eliminate the look of fine lines and wrinkles by bouncing the light away from the cracks in our skin.
Fortunately it also actively flattens and smoothes out those wrinkles by rejuvenating damaged skin cells, eradicating crow’s feet, encouraging collagen production, plumping the area around the mouth and protecting against future signs of aging.
I can say with certainty that when I used LifeCell I saw distinct changes in the depth and severity of my wrinkles. A welcomed result and one of the main reasons I always suggest this cream to anyone coveting a younger looking appearance.
Unlike some creams that rob your skin of the moisture it so desperately needs to stay hydrated and guarded against future tears and cracks, LifeCell works to infuse moisture deep into your dermis layers – thanks to its water-binding agents and powerful antioxidant content.
Now, I’ll be honest, for the first 10 days or so I noticed my skin feeling a little dry.
I didn’t want to abandon my new-found skin regime so I tried regular exfoliations. Within a few days the dry patches eased up and my skin was back to feeling moisturized and supple.
This is the stage where some of our most trusted anti-aging treatments can fall short. Luckily, LifeCell does not.
Owing its ‘Botox in a bottle’ reputation to ingredients such as Deanol (which helps to produce acetycholine, causing skin to firm up and the muscles underneath to tone up), Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (acts as an alternative to Botox, without the pain) and Ubiquinone (boosts your body’s capacity to generate collagen and elastin) – this little cream helps to noticeably firm up your face and shed the sagging skin.
I have personally used LifeCell to help me obliterate the unwanted signs of my age from creeping up onto my skin.
I used it for 3 months (shot a 6 week video review) and saw a dramatic improvement in the severity of the wrinkles on my forehead and around my eyes. I also noticed my skin looked like it had it’s former youthful glow back, probably my most favored outcome.
Obviously, everyone’s skin is different and what works for me may not work for you but if you are looking for noticeable results, well, look no further.
I’m not going to lie; LifeCell is an investment. At nearly $189 for a 2 month supply, this cream is for those who are finished testing out product after product trying to find the one that truly works for them.
Trust me, I understand the hesitation to spend the money. I mean, it’s a lot of money to pay for a cream.
Fortunately, LifeCell offers a free 30 day risk-free trial so you can try it without having to buy it!
Just be sure to return it before the 30 days are up (if you aren’t satisfied) to avoid the chance of getting charged the full amount.
#2: Olay Regenerist Serum
A world-renowned brand we all know and trust, and the Regenerist Serum is no different.
Rounding up their most potent anti-aging ingredients and creating a serum that no only revives your skin but replenishes that youthful glow many of us lose as we get older, Olay’s amino-peptide complex is designed to help treat your skin up to 10 layers deep and is an enticing anti-aging option.
But, does it meet our five factors?
Due in part to Olay’s amino-peptide complex, the Regenerist Serum penetrates the skin’s surface to replenish tissue and calm down inflammation, one of many tell-tale signals of aging.
And because it is a serum the molecules are smaller, allowing the formula to infiltrate the skin further than your regular moisturizer eliciting smoother, more even skin.
While Olay Regenerist Serum doesn’t contain as many powerful active ingredients as LifeCell, the company does claim you should notice less wrinkles in as little as 4 weeks.
Unfortunately, the results aren’t as impressive as the aforementioned brand with Olay’s true benefits lying in its ability to hydrate your skin versus actually smoothing out wrinkles.
While the anti-wrinkle results may not be as compelling as other brands, Olay makes up for it is in its hydrating power.
Dry skin is one of the most common factors that can cause our skin to look older, faster.
Luckily, Olay Regenerist Serum is comprised of ingredients such as vitamin C, E, pro-vitamin B5, broad spectrum SPF (after all, why subject your skin to those killer UV rays when you’re trying to fight them) as well as their ever-popular amino-peptide complex.
With those ingredients combined, this little serum acts as a humectant that leaves your skin with a dewy glow.
While the anti-wrinkle power of Regenerist leaves something to be desired, their moisturizing prowess is what hooks users.
But then again we’re trying to fight wrinkles here, not just moisturize our skin.
I hate to say it, but Olay, you failed us here.
The serum, unfortunately, does not contain any active ingredients that cause muscles to tighten or firm up meaning your sagging skin may continue to sag if you choose to give this product a go.
With that being said, Olay Regenerist Serum does brighten your skin leaving it with a healthy glow.
However, we’re not talking about glowing skin, we’re talking about firm skin.
If you are looking for a brighter, supple and healthy glow then this product is a front-runner. Gentle enough to be used on most skin types (sensitive skin sufferers, proceed with caution) this serum can even be applied to your under-eye area, helping to give your eyes a revitalized look.
As someone who experiences dark circles under her eyes, I truly appreciate the wide-eyed look this serum lends.
While you may not look 20 years younger as a result of using this product, if you value moisturized, glowing, soft, healthy skin with a slight improvement in the look of your wrinkles then Olay Regenerist Serum may just be what you have been searching for.
This is where Olay takes the cake. Costing less than $25 it is hard to ignore the lure of an affordable skin treatment that promises such beautiful skin.
And while I’m all for affordable solutions to my everyday skin issues, I have consistently questioned whether it is even worth spending the $25 only to eventually give up and return to the one product I know yields the specific results I’m looking for.
Of course, with that being said, I completely understand the desire to try the more affordable option first before making the investment in your skin.
Whichever product you choose, just be sure you purchase it from a reputable retailer. Amazon is one of my favourite merchants because their 30 day refund policy guarantees I won’t get screwed over when I buy something online.
#3: Murad Resurgence 3 Step Kit
Occasionally, one step just isn’t enough. Cue Murad Resurgence – the 3 step anti-aging system that claims to decrease your hormone-induced signs of aging by 42% within the first 10 minutes.
Yes, 10 minutes.
By replenishing the elasticity in your skin and giving you a healthy, youthful glow, Murad promises to restore your 40-something skin to its 20-something state.
A pretty significant claim but how does it stand up against our five factor test?
While Murad boasts a comprehensive three step system – containing a cleanser, an anti-aging treatment and a night cream – only one of their steps, the anti-aging treatment, actually contains any age-fighting ingredients. Not the best way to start.
Their ingredients list also reads like a novel, making it a little difficult to decipher which ingredients will actually help to banish your lines and wrinkles and which are just fillers.
Luckily the anti-aging treatment contains Matrixyl.
Matrixyl promotes collagen and fibronectin production; helping to effectively even out your lines and wrinkles.
As for their claim to reduce signs of aging by 42% – how can one possibly measure that at home? I mean, 42%? That’s just silly.
I wish I had something better to say here about Murad. Since the company has been around for so long you would think that they would have the moisturizing factor down to a science but unfortunately, this is one of those areas where they fall flat.
Though the cream is packed full of hydrating ingredients such as Shae Butter, Wild Yam, Avocado Oil and Soybean Sterols the product is backed by endless reviews from users claiming the night cream made their skin sting and break out in red blotches.
With that being said, the product does encourage cell turnover and improves skin texture but those with sensitive skin should be wary.
While many anti-aging creams can provide underwhelming results in this category, Murad Resurgence picks up some of their slack thanks to the ingredient Argireline-3.
Argireline-3 is a peptide that behaves as a neurotransmitter to contract and firm up the muscles under your skin, giving it a tighter, more lifted appearance.
However, if you have sensitive skin you should proceed with caution as this cream may do more damage than good to your skin.
While Murad Resurgence does help to firm up your skin, as well as give it a brighter more radiant glow, its ability to diminish fine lines and wrinkles lends lacklustre results.
And though Murad Resurgence does sound promising, it has earned its third-place spot on our leaderboard for a reason, we just simply cannot endorse it as a solid anti-aging treatment.
While the anti-aging benefits may not justify ordering this product, if you are looking for firmer, lifted, supple skin then this product could be a winner for you.
The price doesn’t exactly make the decision easier either. Coming in at $156 for the 3 products, this multi-step system is a chancy investment.
However, you can rest assured that Murad offers a 60-day no questions asked money back guarantee. That means if you decide to give Murad a try and find it just isn’t preforming the way you would like it to, you can return it (before your 60 days are up) and receive a full refund.
Just be sure you return it within 60 days from the shipping date, not the date you receive it in order to get your money back.
One Final Note
No matter which anti-aging treatment you decide to try, make sure you stay diligent in your application so that you can see your very best results in the shortest amount of time.
After all, why make the investment in a more youthful you if you don’t plan to stay consistent in your skincare routine? The true benefits will reveal themselves as long as you stick with it.
Finally, I want you to keep this in mind: getting older no longer has to be a stressful time in our lives. With all the new products, brands and anti-aging technology coming out onto the market these days, you are bound to find a treatment that works for you and your specific skin type.
I invite you to read through my LifeCell review to see for yourself the many results you can expect to see when you take that step towards younger looking skin.
Or, if your mind is made up and you have decided that you want to take LifeCell up on their free 30 day trial, simply click here to get the ball rolling.
I mean, what do you have to lose…other than years off your face?