Skincare has seen a lot of wild trends in recent years—from the obsession with Korean “glass skin” to peel-off masks to snail mucin, it’s safe to say that we’ve all tried just about everything imaginable in the pursuit of perfect skin. Everyone has their own reasons to care about their skin, but there is one commonality among all of us: we just want to look our very best.
Because we all share this common goal, the conversation around “anti-aging” skincare has started for the better. We’re a far cry from never again worrying about a smile line or crows feet, but the messaging that younger is better has finally started to soften, and we’re seeing less and less focus on eternal youth.
Brands and media are embracing skin that’s more “lived in” and less on what were once before perceived as flaws—fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, etc. So when you see us discussing “anti-aging” skincare here at The Everygirl, we want to emphasize that the point isn’t to further stigmatize the aging process.
For our readers who are no longer worried about acne, and instead are onto the next phase of their relationship with their skin, here’s a list of drugstore products whose key ingredients are meant to nourish and protect your maturing and gorgeous complexion.
Vitamin A is the only ingredient in skincare that is scientifically proven to reduce signs of stress and aging, making it an absolute must-have product in your youth-preserving routine. CeraVe’s retinoid-based serum is also packed with ceramides and niacinamide, making it ideal for those of us wanting to care for our maturing complexion while also still fighting off the occasional breakout.
If you really want to see the best results from your retinol treatments, you definitely want to include a glycolic acid somewhere in your routine. Glycolic acid encourages your skin cells to turn over more quickly, which allows for retinol to more effectively penetrate the skin and get to the deeper layers to work its magic. This particular serum is also balanced with plant-derived squalane, which will help your skin retain a good moisture balance.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that, when applied topically to the skin, can help defend against free-radical damage caused by stress and the environment, making it an excellent ingredient to layer under SPF during the day. This particular formulation is best for drier skin types, since it's a cream consistency, but it can be “watered” down with a couple drops of hyaluronic acid for even more effective hydration and protection.
We all know how hard it is to get enough sleep when you have to be a full-time adult, which is precisely why we always have one of these super handy eye rollers tucked away in our refrigerator at all times. Garnier has been making this product for years, and it never stops being a lifesaver for puffy and tired eyes on early mornings. Packed with caffeine, hydrating glycerine, and Vitamin C, just a quick swipe in the morning makes up for at least a couple hours of rest you didn’t actually get!
One of the first things that tends to happen when your skin starts to transition into a more mature phase is the inability for it to effectively retain a healthy moisture barrier, which is thankfully not a difficult problem to overcome! “Heavier” products aren’t always best—focus on more humectant ingredients that provide their own hydration while assisting your skin in maintaining what it produces naturally. The Manuka honey extract in this product will do just that while also soothing any irritation or redness.
Sunscreen is paramount for any and all complexions, no matter what particular issues you might be trying to treat, so it’s always best to find a product that is affordable, reliable, and convenient. The CeraVe Ultra-Light Lotion has been one of the brand’s best-selling products for years for this exact reason—not only providing adequate sun protection, but also including a highly protective and nourishing ceramide complex in the formula as well.