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Super Skin Creams

Ten state-of-the-art potions packed with sophisticated ingredients to maintain healthy skin.

Ten state-of-the-art potions packed with sophisticated ingredients to maintain healthy skin.

Estée Lauder Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Creme
The company’s five-year Age Measurement Study of hundreds of women aged 20 to 70 resulted in this super moisturizer, laced with sirtuin EX-1 technology to activate cell-renewing proteins and a tri-hyaluronic acid complex to create the optimal environment for maintaining young-looking, lineless skin. $58 (Estée Lauder counters,

Clinique Youth Surge SPF 15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer
The company’s first genomics-inspired offering combines sirtuinactivating isonicotinamide with antiglycation decoy molecules to help extend the life span of skin while protecting young skin-stimulating proteins. $48.50 (Clinique counters,

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L’Oréal Skin Genesis Pore Minimizing Skin Re-Smoother
A trio of pore-minimizing ingredients combined with skin-bolstering pro-xylane and plumping hyaluronic acid promises to deliver a softer, smoother, more even-toned complexion in just four weeks. $19.99 (mass retailers)

Issey Miyake la Créme De L’Eau
Kirishima water from Japan’s Kirishima volcanic mountain chain is this luxe balm’s not-so-secret ingredient. The precious mineral water, infused with fossilized trace elements said to stimulate the skin’s metabolism and cellular growth, promises to deliver unparalleled radiance while protecting against signs of aging. $230 (Saks, Issey Miyake)

Dior Capture Totale Radiance Enhancer
Containing the newly patented aminolumine to prevent protein oxidation, this is said to extend the skin-enhancing benefits of other Capture Totale offerings while delivering six times the glow-boosting effect of vitamin C. The lightly tinted formula makes a great foundation alternative to boot. $135 (Nordstrom)

Olay Professional Pro-X Wrinkle-Smoothing Cream
This professional-strength nighttime skin smoother—the collaborative effort of Olay scientists and leading dermatologists—contains a pair of peptides to increase hydration and niacinamide to reverse the appearance of past skin damage. $42 (mass retailers)

Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate
Neither a moisturizer nor a serum, this fluid concentrate contains a cocktail of ingredients—a “good’ bacteria, a yeast extract that’s a building block in skin lipids, plus a gentle exfoliator—to  stimulate the production of two proteins associated with young skin. $78 (Lancôme counters,

Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Cream SPF 20
Patented pro-xylane, a naturally derived raw sugar molecule from the beech wood plant that’s been shown to replenish moisture while plumping and rebuilding the skin’s structure from within, is the key ingredient in this lightweight, fast-absorbing complexion softener. $16.99 (mass retailers)

Avon ANE W Ultimate Elixir Premium
A combination of firmness-increasing remodeling protein boosters and sirtuin-stimulators claim to fill in wrinkles, reduce sagging, lighten age spots and otherwise turn back the hands of time by up to 10 years. $68 (Avon representatives)

3LAB super “h” Serum
With a trio of state-of-the-art ingredients, the world’s first bioengineered human growth hormone, stem cells from a rare Swiss apple and a $20,000 per kilo UV damage reversing molecule—this purports  to protect healthy skin cells while reducing signs of past damage. $300 (Barneys)