These Products Are The Closest You'll Get To The Fountain Of Youth IRL

There’s nothing wrong with aging — after all, just think of the alternative. But while surviving another year of life on earth is something worth celebrating (that’s what birthday parties are all about, right?), for some people, embracing the telltale signs of getting older is another thing altogether. Whether you’re 25 or 85, there’s no shame in wanting to maintain the fresh, youthful glow of a much younger person. That’s what anti-aging skin care is for.

We’re still waiting for someone to discover the real thing, but for now, the closest we can get to a sip from the mythical Fountain of Youth lies in these five game-changing new products. They might not exactly turn us into Tuck Everlasting, but we’ll take what we can get.

The hype is real: Straddling the line between clinical efficacy and straight-up luxury, this intensely reparative — but surprisingly lightweight! — cream is everything you could ever want from your anti-aging skin-care routine, in one heavy, expensive-looking bottle. The price tag might be tough to swallow, but considering there are 30 years of stem-cell research behind this formula (shoutout to Professor Bader himself), it's a splurge we — and countless other in-the-know beauty enthusiasts who swear by the recent launch — are willing to make.
Augustinus Bader The Cream, $265.00 Buy
Like a teaspoon of Tang in your water, add this super-concentrated serum to your favorite moisturizer for skin that’s preternaturally bright. It's like switching the lights on inside your face.
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%, $19.50 Buy
Whether you’re staving off the first signs of aging or trying to do away with the fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots that already exist, this light-as-air treatment has you covered for restoring your skin's youthful glow — and with its silky, serum-like texture, it actually makes applying unsexy, science-y retinol feel chic and indulgent.
Eve Lom Time Retreat Face Treatment, $110.00 Buy
If dewiness has always eluded you, this serum boosts the skin’s natural ability to produce hyaluronic acid — a.k.a. the stuff that makes it glow — for a brighter, healthier, fresher-looking complexion.
SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier , $98.00 Buy
Some retinoids are too expensive, others are too drying, but we have good news for you, Goldilocks: This one, which hydrates like a lotion and costs less than $10, is just right.
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, $9.80 Buy
The potent brightening power of glycolic acid and vitamin C now comes in the most convenient form ever. Slip a few in your carry-on when you're on the go, stash them at your desk for the ultimate pick-me-up when you're heading from work to a night out, or use them while watching TV for the laziest skin treatment ever — the choice is yours.
Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel, $44.00 Buy
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