As a lifelong beauty obsessive, I know as well as anyone how difficult it can be to keep from amassing too many products. But as I’ve gotten older my skincare routine has become more streamlined. I’ve found that using fewer, high-quality products (as opposed to piling on a 10-step skincare routine) has improved my skin, made bedtime routine faster, and is actually easier on my bank account. Having a night cream that does a lot of heavy lifting is a huge part of that! That’s why I consulted three experts to give us their take on the best anti-aging night creams.

And while these products are all categorized as anti-aging creams, it’s important to note that we’re all about healthy aging and prioritizing skin health. What matters most is feeling our best at every stage of life. Getting older is a gift, and if anti-aging ingredients are what keeps me looking and feeling like my truest self, then I’ll take it.

In the past, my initial reaction was always to balk at higher-priced items. But now I can honestly say that investing in one or two high-end skincare products makes a world of difference and actually gives you the ability to save money—less really is more. Luckily, our experts have given us a few incredible drugstore options that are just as high quality and effective as the rest. When it comes to picking the best anti-aging night creams, finding what works best for your individual skin is key.

Read on for more about anti-aging night creams from the experts:

Esthetician Matthew Miller points out that while the term “anti-aging” usually targets a certain age range, most anti-aging products focus on hydration and plumping. Anyone can use an anti-aging cream, especially those with dry skin. Esthetician Kasey Boone agrees and strongly believes that skincare is for everyone. She started using them when she was 18 and notes that it’s always better to prevent damage, as opposed to reversing it.

Since the main benefits of anti-aging creams are hydration, plumping, and barrier support, Miller says this helps to preserve the skin by keeping it healthy—especially as our collagen and moisture levels decrease as we age.

Dr. Nancy Samolitis, co-founder and medical director of FACILE dermatology and boutique, explains that certain ingredients, such as retinol, are most beneficial when used at night. This is because the skin is in rest and repair mode, and not being exposed to UV light or other environmental pollutants.

Keep your eyes peeled for these ingredients

  • Vitamin C
  • Retinol
  • Peptides
  • Ceramides
  • Antioxidants

When it comes to powerhouse anti-aging ingredients, Boone turns to vitamin C, which helps produce collagen. She also reminds us that hydration is key, so you’re going to want to look for ultra-moisturizing ingredients as well. Miller turns to ceramides and peptides to help with hydration, moisture loss, and soothing properties. He also lists antioxidants because they protect the skin against environmental stressors.

All of our experts recommend retinol since it promotes cellular turnover that can lessen the appearance of wrinkles, pore size, acne, and pigmentation. However, Miller warns us that anything containing retinol should be used slowly in the beginning. And in fact, most people don’t have to start using gentle retinol until their mid to late 20s. Dr. Samolitis mentioned that combining it with niacinamide can help to combat potential irritation and dryness. 

The best anti-aging night creams

iS Clinical Youth Intensive Creme

Miller is a fan of this ultra-hydrating face cream. It’s packed with powerful anti-aging ingredients like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid and is clinically proven to show results.

Buy it here.

Olay Retinol24+Peptide

There’s a reason this beloved drugstore brand is always on all the lists, and that’s because it simply works. It penetrates deep into the skin’s layers, where vitamin B3 and retinol work their magic on fine lines, dark spots, pores, and wrinkles leaving skin smooth, bright, and firm.

Buy it here.

iS Clinical Youth Complex

This cream is specially formulated to stimulate collagen and elastin production, hydrate, smooth, and provide antioxidant protection.

Buy it here.

OSEA Advanced Protection Cream

Hydrate and firm the skin with this anti-aging moisturizer. Luxurious ingredients like grapeseed, jojoba, and avocado oils work alongside amino acids to hydrate, even skin tone, and reduce hyperpigmentation.

Buy it here.

Osmosis MD Enrich Cream

Ideal for dry, mature skin, this cream helps you wake up looking refreshed and nourished. It also targets signs of aging, sun damage, and redness.

Buy it here.

Agustinus Bader The Rich Cream

This celebrity-loved cream uses groundbreaking stem-cell technology alongside ingredients like omega fatty acids, linoleic acid, evening primrose oil, and hyaluronic acid to plump, hydrate, and soothe skin.

Buy it here.

Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Layer Restore

Nourish your skin with this fast-absorbing, lipid-infused cream. It improves elasticity, moisture levels, and radiance.

Buy it here.

Cosmedix Resync Revitalizing Night Cream

This luxurious cream is formulated with vitamins and antioxidant-rich extracts to restore skin’s softness, hydration, and improve firmness and elasticity.

Buy it here.

Cosmedix Humidify Deep Moisture Cream

Give your skin a boost of hydration with this clinically proven cream. It strengthens the skin’s barrier function and leaves it looking and feeling softer, smoother, more radiant, and firmer.

Buy it here.

No7 HydraLuminous Overnight Recovery Gel Cream

Don’t be fooled by this lovely cream’s affordable price point. It deeply hydrates, rejuvenates, and protects the skin thanks to a combination of powerful ingredients.

Buy it here.

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream

This nurturing retinol night cream has been clinically proven to visibly firm, minimize lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, and intensely moisturize skin.

Buy it here.

Tata Harper Créme Riche

Drench your skin in this rich, peptide-infused moisturizing cream. It’s deeply hydrating and targets signs of aging with the help of red maple bark and hyaluronic acid.

Buy it here.

Biossance Squalane and Omega Repair Cream

If you prefer natural-leaning and clean skincare, then check out this popular repairing cream. It has been clinically proven to work wonders on all types of skin.

Buy it here.

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Comments (14)
  1. 1
    mary saenz August 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Oil of Olay products are my go to facial creams. My mother used these products many years ago before all these new products by Olay. Good price for the person on a budget.

    • Maribeth Stern August 25, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      Love it too! Also ROC; hemp and. Vitamin C under eye pads;and Aveeno day time cream is also great for. bright ; skin; and 30 SPF. CVS has good products; try Walgreen’s and Job lot too for affordable masks creams; Ect.

  2. 2
    Julia August 23, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    I am 60 years old & have always looked after my skin. I have next to no wrinkles & use Aldi’s moisturizer s at under £2. I have never smoked, never go out in the sun without protection & stay away from sugar. I think this more than anything has kept my skin looking young. You don’t need to pay a fortune for a pot of cream.

    • Sacha Strebe August 23, 2021 at 9:21 pm

      Agree and love that! Thanks for sharing.

    • MARIA August 24, 2021 at 9:30 am

      I couldn’t agree with you more! I call it the “Forbidden “S”s of proper skincare: No Smoking, Sun, Sugar (refined)”. Avoiding these nasty Ss can keep your skin looking young and beautiful … and, thus, possibly prolonging the good “S” of skincare … SEX!!!

    • Mimi Nichols September 2, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      Great information, thank you. I didn’t realize aldi’s sold skin creme

  3. 3
    Riana khan August 24, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Hello there my mother is 65 still looks very young no wrinkles no blemishes skin has healthy glow all the time , only used basic Nivea face ever since I been born it’s only £2.50 she never wore any make up only Nivea in her beauty routine so “go get it girls or guys” you cannot go wrong .

  4. 4
    Dorcas August 26, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Hi, I am 60 years old and my face is starting to wrinkle. I’ve never used any face cream but Dawn body cream on my face. I also don’t drink water as required, not because I don’t want to. I think I’m made like that. I can go for a full day without drinking any fluid.
    Is this Why my face skin is dry and getting wrinkled?
    Please asvise

    • Meme Moore August 27, 2021 at 5:31 am

      Hi Dorcas! In my opinion regarding not drinking water is a huge reason why you may be experiencing wrinkles and dry skin along with not using face creams and serums. Hydration is key to keep your skin glowing and healthy looking as well not using body cream for your face. I hope this helps you in discovering new skin care regime for your face and neck.

  5. 5
    Susana August 28, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Hi , My name is Susana and I have a dry skin condition , there’s a lot of product’s in the market but ever I star a new product huge pimples come out . How can I prevent wrinkles and give my skin of humidity look with out a allergy

  6. 6
    Carol Bisig August 28, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Water is the best hydration there is. Yes, you must drink at least 8 ounces every hour, your kidneys need it to filter, your cells carry water throughout your body, including your intestines, and bladder, much less for your skin! I honestly believe if you stay out of the sun, drink plenty of water, and abstain from alcohol, and cigarettes, your skin will stay beautiful.

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    Claire Finn August 30, 2021 at 1:37 am

    How can you stay out of the sun not drink water dont eat sugar or drink alcohol will yea for God sake take everything in moderation and buy the best face cream you can afford. Life is for living…enjoy it..

  8. 8
    Datinsue August 30, 2021 at 3:30 am

    I have wrinkles and blemishes skinface. Any good cream for me. I am 53 yrs old