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What is the best moisturizer for aging skin?

What is the best moisturizer for aging skin?

15 Aug 2023

Visible signs of skin aging are among the most common skin concern, and they can be the result of several factors that are both within and out of our control. However, the proper skincare routine can help prevent the development of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and loss of skin firmness—and improve the overall appearance of aging skin. An anti-aging moisturizer is an integral skincare step, and it’s never too early to incorporate one of these hydrating and corrective products into your daily regimen.

SkinCeuticals anti-aging moisturizers are formulated with high concentrations of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that have been clinically proven to provide significant improvement in the healthy appearance of skin of all ages, including aging skin over 60.

A closer look at aging skin

Skin aging is a natural process that is driven by time, genetics, and hormonal changes, however the cumulative effects of external factors such as sun exposure and other environmental aggressors can play an equal, if not more significant role. Signs of internal (or intrinsic) skin aging include dryness, fine lines, and benign dark spots. In contrast, visible signs of skin aging associated with sun damage can include dryness, fine lines, and deeper furrows, as well as visible blood vessels and more widespread discoloration.1

All aging skin experiences a decline in collagen, the supportive protein that is responsible for smooth, plump, youthful-looking skin. Collagen also supports the skin’s elastin and naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, which help maintain the skin’s shape. Studies have shown that the skin loses one percent of its collagen each year starting in the mid-twenties. By the age of 45, it’s possible to experience up to a 25% loss of collagen.2 Post -menopausal aging skin over 60 experiences an even more rapid and significant decline in collagen levels.1

Dehydration is another common issue for aging skin. Among the factors that contribute to less-than-ideal hydration levels are a compromised skin barrier that allows moisture to evaporate and decreased oil production1, as well as the loss of naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid that helps the skin retain moisture.3 The key signs of dehydrated skin are increased dryness (which may be accompanied by flaking or a sensation of tightness) and more pronounced-looking fine lines.

How anti-aging moisturizer helps the skin

The goals of any moisturizer are to provide much-needed hydration and help keep it within the skin. In addition to achieving this essential skincare objective, an anti-aging moisturizer usually features additional ingredients that help address visible signs of specific age-related changes. SkinCeuticals anti-aging moisturizers are formulated with high concentrations of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that have been clinically proven to provide significant improvement in the healthy appearance of skin of all ages, including aging skin over 60.

What’s the best moisturizer for aging skin?

Every skin is different, so there’s no one best anti-aging moisturizer that addresses everyone’s needs and concerns. The key for achieving optimal skin improvement and health is selecting an anti-aging moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type and unique visible signs of aging. Different moisturizers have different weights, textures, and combinations of ingredients to provide specific benefits for various skin types and conditions.

Moisturizers for dry aging skin

It’s essential to provide dry aging skin with extra moisture, and an anti-aging moisturizer that does this while working to reinforce the skin barrier can be especially beneficial. Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is formulated with the ideal ratio of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids to replenish these naturally-occurring skin-barrier lipids, help keep moisture within the skin, and support the skin’s natural repair. This moisturizer for aging skin also improves the appearance of skin fullness, smoothness, elasticity, and pores—and helps shorten the adjustment period when using retinol as part of an anti-aging skincare regimen.

As we age, the skin’s rate of cellular renewal slows, which means the movement of moisture throughout the layers of the skin becomes sluggish as well. An anti-aging moisturizer that provides gentle exfoliation can help speed skin-cell turnover to help maintain a youthful-looking complexion. Renew Overnight Dry is a nighttime anti-aging moisturizer that features a 10% hydroxy-acid blend that exfoliates the skin to help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and other visible signs of aging while providing the hydration dry aging skin needs.

An anti-aging moisturizer that replenishes moisture and targets the visible effects of collagen breakdown is ideal for mature skin. Face Cream features soy isoflavones to help improve the feeling of skin firmness plus vitamin E and silymarin for powerful antioxidant benefits that help protect the skin from free-radical damage.

Moisturizer for combination aging skin

Aging skin can be dry in some spots and oilier in others. Ideal for combination skin, Daily Moisture is a lightweight emulsion that helps restore and maintain moisture while shielding the skin from environmental damage. Formulated with vitamin E, horsetail and other botanical extracts, as well as nurturing algae extracts, it provides long-lasting hydration with a non-greasy finish.

Anti-aging moisturizers for younger skin

It’s never too early to take a proactive approach to skin aging, and those with younger skin can benefit from a moisturizer with anti-aging benefits. For those with dry skin, Emollience features three nurturing algae extracts plus grape seed, mango, macadamia, and other natural oils to restore the skin’s moisture balance and leave the skin feeling refreshed.

The earliest visible signs of aging can include surface imperfections and dullness, and those with oilier skin may prefer a lightweight gel-cream texture. Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment is a clinically-proven daily moisturizer formulated with azelaic acid, alpha arbutin, and botanical extracts to help brighten the skin (including post-acne marks), smooth surface texture, reduce oil, and improve the appearance of pores.

What’s the best moisturizer for aging skin over 60?

In addition to accumulated environmental damage and hormonal changes, mature skin is more prone to visible signs of aging caused by the collagen-compromising effects of glycation. A.G.E. Interrupter Advanced is a one-of-its-kind moisturizer for aging skin that provides a comprehensive treatment for moisture loss, fine lines, and wrinkles. Backed by 15 years of glycation research and powered by a potent blend of 18% concentrated Proxylane™, a wild-fruit flavonoid antioxidant blend of blueberry and pomegranate extracts, and glycyrrhetinic acid to optimize skin radiance, its rich texture delivers 24-hour hydration to soothe and improve aging skin over 60.

An anti-aging moisturizer is a pivotal step in any skincare regimen, and all of these options are designed to work synergistically with other SkinCeuticals products to restore and maintain the appearance of healthy, youthful-looking skin. To find the ideal skincare routine for your aging skin, use our online Regimen Finder, visit one of our SkinCeuticals SkinLab locations, or schedule an appointment with a SkinCeuticals Skincare Professional for a one-on-one consultation.

1 Yaar, M., Eller, M. S., & Gilchrest, B. A. (2002, December). Fifty years of skin aging. In Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings (Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 51-58). Elsevier.
2 Shuster S, Black MM, McVitie E. The influence of age and sex on skin thickness, skin collagen and density. Br J Dermatol. 1975;93:639-643.
3 Papakonstantinou E, Roth M, Karakiulakis G. Hyaluronic acid: A key molecule in skin aging. Dermatoendocrinol. 2012 Jul 1;4(3):253-8. doi: 10.4161/derm.21923. PMID: 23467280; PMCID: PMC3583886.


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