Derms explain what you need to fight signs of aging without irritating your skin.
It’s hard enough to find effective anti-aging products. Throw in sensitive skin and you’ve got a whole other set of problems. Since most anti-aging ingredients (think retinol, AHAs) work by speeding up cell turnover—which can make skin dry and flaky—they can wreak havoc on easily-irritated skin, says Francesca Fusco, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. But not all anti-aging ingredients are quite so harsh, and even retinols and AHAs can work if used in the right way. Here, three dermatologists share the products they recommend for women with sensitive skin who want anti-aging benefits. These formulas tend to take a gentler, more soothing approach to fighting signs of aging.
SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E
Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream
Olay Professional Pro-X Hydra Firming Cream
SkinMedica Age Defense Retinol Complex .25
This retinol anti-ager is specifically formulated for all skin types and people who are new to retinol. It repairs sun damage while magnolia bark extract helps combat inflammation. “Most patients can tolerate a retinol if they use it in the right way,” says Doyle. “They should start out a few times a week and gradually use every other night.”
Weleda Age Defying Serum
NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair
This treatment is especially effective for people for rosacea-prone skin, says Dr. Fusco. While retinol helps increase cell turnover, niacin helps reinforce the skin’s natural barrier to soothe irritation. Sodium Hyaluronate helps keep skin hydrated by locking in moisture.