A team of top dermatologists from New York to Spokane, WA, tried various contenders in the anti-aging category, giving their unbiased opinions.
The results? Seven winners were deemed worthy of the magazine's "Defy-Your-Age" seal. And here's a welcome surprise: They're all $50 or less! In no particular order:
Best dark spot treatment: RoC Multi Correxion Skin Perfecting System, $50
This three-step system uses retinol, soy, and vitamin C to improve skin tone.
Best day cream: HydroPeptide SPF 30 Anti-Wrinkle Skin Enhancing UV Protection, $40
This hydrator helps protect against future damage while camouflaging redness and blotchiness.
Best night cream: Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Night, $42
Testers reported brighter skin and a big improvement in wrinkles and brown spots with this fast-working retinol cream.
Best eye cream: Avon ANEW Reversalist Illuminating Eye System, $30
A two-step regimen (collagen-boosting cream for plumper, younger skin, plus a brightening "veil" that softens imperfections with light-diffusing mica, silica, and polymers).
Best skin peel: Skin Effects by Dr. Jeffrey Dover Glycolic Peel Kit, $25
An easy, affordable way to exfoliate away dead cells and reveal smoother skin without the dermatologist.
Best lip treatment: PCA Skin Peptide Lip Therapy, $20
The peppermint oil-laced formula plumps lips while shea butter and sunflower seed oil hydrate.
Best body cream: Olay Definity Neck & Chest Daily Restoration Treatment, $25
Sun spots on the neck and chest area will be evened out gradually thanks to this daily treatment.