Cut through the anti-aging aisle and focus on three products. “If you use a sunscreen, retinoid, and moisturizer starting at age 20, your skin will look much younger compared to someone who didn’t use them,” says New York City dermatologist Lance Brown, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. Applying SPF every morning is a must, along with keeping cells plump and hydrated with moisturizer.
Retinoids are where the magic happens, says Dr. Brown. Dermatologists consistently recommend them because the vitamin A derivative essentially teaches your skin to act young again, stimulating the collagen that prevents fine lines, he says.