The Best Moisturizers for Skin Over 50, According to Experts

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Getting older is a luxury: it means we’re living longer and enjoying more time with our families, friends and pastimes. However, “as we age, our skin starts to lose its intrinsic components that make it look hydrated, toned and tight, and starts to show the wear and tear, so to speak, from environmental damage,” says Boston facial plastic surgeon Jaimie DeRosa, MD. “Specifically, skin begins to lose hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin, and the production of oil also decreases, all of which result in thinner, drier skin and the development of wrinkles. External ‘environmental’ factors, including UVA sunrays, can also lead to solar elastosis—think thickened, bumpy and tough skin—and pigmentation changes or age spots.”

Though in-office treatments are often the most effective way to turn back the clock, topical products like moisturizer should be used in conjunction, and consistently to keep skin hydrated and healthy. “Older, mature skin often requires more TLC than that of younger skin, so the best moisturizers for those age 50 and older are those that actually work to reverse signs of aging and also help improve hydration and skin tone,” Dr. DeRosa explains. “These ‘age reversing’ ingredients are those that help to stimulate the creation of new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, while also reducing fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation/age spots.” These are the top moisturizers for skin over 50, according to experts.

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Alastin Skincare Restorative Skin Complex ($199)

“The ideal moisturizer for people over 50 must consider not only how to hold on to moisture with emollients—ceramides and squalene—but also how to replenish it with humectants—glycerin and hyaluronic acid—and skin barrier–repairing adaptogenic botanicals. As we age, these natural repairing and hydrating elements are diminished in our skin and no longer restored at the same rate. Therefore, we need the assistance of various moisturizing and fortifying ingredients to strengthen skin resilience and radiance. Additionally, many individuals of 50-plus are looking for multitasking products that can also help to improve the signs of aging by restoring elastin and collagen. Some of these include peptides, niacinamide and various antioxidants. —Davie, FL dermatologist Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, MD

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SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 ($136)

“Moisturizers is a category that I generally advise patients to not splurge on, however if you are going to splurge, this is the product you want to be purchasing. It’s patented lipid ratio of 2% ceramides: 4% cholesterol: 2% fatty acids intensely nourishes skin and repairs the moisture barrier. —Riverside, RI dermatologist Tiffany Libby, MD

“This moisturizer is great for maintaining the skin barrier and promoting collagen and hydration, and I like that it is rich but not heavy.” —Melville, NY dermatologist Kally Papantoniou, MD

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Alphascience Ultra Deep ($120)

“This anti-aging cream is a heavy-hitter in that it targets skin that already shows moderate-to-severe aging changes.  Paraben-free, with botanically derived ingredients, it is great for those with normal-to-dry skin and can be used morning and night on the face, neck and décolleté. It also includes genistein, an isoflavone and rich antioxidant that helps to increase the production of collagen and decrease collagen breakdown by blocking metalloproteases MP1 and MP3.“ —Dr. DeRosa

 

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Reserveage Beauty Firming Face Cream ($60)

“Besides being an incredible moisturizer with ceramides and lactic acid to gently exfoliate, this anti-aging cream also has copper-encapsulated peptides that help improve appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and support collagen and elastin production for firmer and softer skin.” —Dr. Libby

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Olay Regenerist Retinol24 + Peptide Night Face Moisturizer ($30)

“This fragrance-free nighttime moisturizer contains both retinol and retinyl propionate for a more potent treatment. It firms, smooths, brightens and hydrates your skin.” —Dr. Adrienne O’Connell, medical director and president of Laguna Beach Aesthetics

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NeoCutis Bio Cream Riche ($178)

“This is my favorite moisturizer because of its beautiful texture, fragrance-free formulation and high percentage of growth factors. I recommend it to my patients who need a little more hydration and anti-aging at the same time.” —San Francisco dermatologist Tracy Evans, MD

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($17)

“This is a nice budget-friendly hydrating moisturizer with ingredients including hyaluronic acid and ceramides that help to hydrate the skin and protect it from external damage by strengthening its barrier function. These ingredients help make older, drier skin look better by hydrating and plumping it up.” —Dr. DeRosa

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DOCTOR BABOR LIFTING RX Collagen Cream ($155)

“This is my personal favorite! As we age our skin becomes more dehydrated, leading to lackluster skin and more visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. We also lose collagen and elastin, and frankly, we make less as well, therefore important ingredients include hyaluronic acid and squalene to boost skin’s moisture content, and marine collagen and tripeptides to fortify the skin’s surface by improving skin elasticity and firmness.” —Miami dermatologist Roberta Del Campo, MD

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Revision Skincare D.E.J Night Face Cream ($168)

“This is a great moisturizer that contains a micro-encapsulated time-released 0.25-percent retinol and also its ‘cousin’ bakuchiol, which works in a manner similar to retinol without irritation and the typical side effects of retinol, making this cream well-tolerated. Retinol is great at combating aging skin, as it works at the cellular level to help reduce inflammation, increase cellular regeneration and decrease wrinkle formation. It even works to reduce hyperpigmentation and shrink the appearance of pores, too.

Moreover, this moisturizer contains 11 antioxidants to help prevent further environmental damage while reducing photodamage and fine lines and wrinkles, and improving skin’s elasticity and moisture.” —Dr. DeRosa

 

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Avène RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream ($74)

“This retinaldehyde-containing cream helps smooth appearance of fine lines and deep furrows and brightens skin, making it a great option for mature skin.” —Dr. Libby

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DOCTOR BABOR LIFTING RX Instant Lift Effect Cream ($119)

“This is a truly unique product with powerful active ingredients to not only provide immediate correction, but also slow down the aging process. It features oligosaccharides for an instantly smoothing effect on lines and wrinkles, swertia chirata extract to support the rejuvenation of skin cells and strengthen the skin barrier, and edelweiss stem cells. The defenses that so efficiently protect the edelweiss plant in harsh climates are used to protect human skin and reverse the signs of aging.” —Dr. Del Campo

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