Authors note: The following are my favorite anti-wrinkle creams of 2018. Many of them are available over the counter but a few will require a prescription from your physician. I update this post approx. every year, so be sure to check out if my choices change for 2019. 

5. MYCHELLE POLYPEPTIDE CREAM:  I like this product for a few reasons. First, it's totally organic so I don't need to worry about a lot of chemicals being applied to my skin. Plus, it is super gentle to my skin (especially in unscented form), which is so important given my sensitive skin.  But perhaps even more importantly than this is the fact that it works on my skin for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It is not nearly as effective as botox, but I have found this cream to noticeably reduce wrinkles and fine lines around my eyes and mouth .The cost:  About $45 @ iHerb or $40 with an iHerb code listed on this site.

4.  FINACEA:  Or any high concentration of azelaic acid cream ( at least 10%) for that matter will do.  I like Finacea because it works excellently removing age spots on my face. I was a total sun worshiper when I was younger,  so I had a lot of discoloration by the time I hit my early 30s. This product is definitely the best skin brightening ingredient on the market right now. Cost: $150 for a 50 gram tube of Finacea available only by RX.  If you can't afford this cream, there are less concentrated forms on the market, but I have found 10%-15% azelaic to work best.

2. Mad Hippie Face Cream:  I like this cream for a few reasons. 1. it has Matrixyl 3000 which I have mentioned works great for wrinkles. 2. This product is loaded with other peptides which I have found  do an excellent job relaxing my facial muscles around my eyes and thus reducing wrinkles. This product does not work as good as botox by any means, but it does do a good job reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This product is also very gentle, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin . Perhaps the best part of this is its low cost.  Cost: About $40 @ stores like iHerb or Vitacost. 

1. RETIN-A So it's probably not a surprise that rein-a lands the #1 spot. Retin-a (not the same as retinoic acid) works wonderfully for me, able to get rid of wrinkles, age spots,  and keeps my skin from sagging. The only slight rant I have with this product is that it is really harsh at first. Even in the 0.025% concentration my skin blisters at first and is red for a good week. These symptoms did go away, however, and have left behind much better skin.Cost: About $110, however  it can be purchased for less in generic form.

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