As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and becomes more fragile. Crow’s feet and smile lines are by far the most common visible effect of aging, as wrinkles are likely to form first in the areas where your skin moves the most. But what exactly is causing them to appear?
Lower oil and collagen production: As we age, our skin produced less of the natural oils that keep our skin healthy and hydrated and the healthy fats that keep it firm and filled out.
Overly dry skin: If you aren’t using a strong enough moisturizer then sometimes even if your skin’s natural oil production doesn’t decline your skin won’t be able to stand up against wrinkling and sagging.
Overexposure to sunlight: Even if you don’t think you spend a ton of time outdoors, your skin is always exposed to the sunlight every time you leave your house. This is why so many products come with a built-in SPF. The harmful UV rays in sunlight can break down the connective tissues in your skin. When these muscles are unable to support your skin, it can begin to sag, causing wrinkles and looser skin.
Fortunately, there are lots of products and cosmetics available to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines so that you can maintain a healthy, youthful complexion. However, if you have sensitive skin, then you may be reluctant just to give it a shot, as some products cause excessive irritation or redness. Speaking from experience, it only takes the one terrible reaction to a skin care product to make a person reluctant to try something new.
However thanks to the marvels of modern science there are now plenty of products out there explicitly blended for sensitive skin types! The key is knowing what causes explicitly adverse reactions in the skin care products that have irritated your skin:
1. Fragrance additives can trigger redness and irritation, or could even cause eye irritation just from the fumes.
2. Many chemical ingredients in skin care products can also trigger allergic reactions. If you experience a very similar response, such as a rash or a burning sensation, when using multiple products you can check to see if they perhaps share common ingredients.
3. Dehydrated skin can flake or peel when using products that absorb too much of your skin’s natural oil production
4. Some skin types don’t have the physical protection required to use products with stronger chemical concentration.
Before using a new skincare product, you should do some detective work to determine the specifics of your skin sensitivity to ensure that you are choosing a product that’s appropriate for your skin care needs.
The products on this list are made with natural ingredients, minimal fragrances, and gentler chemical construction to provide wrinkle-minimizing solutions for your sensitive skin. All come with rave reviews from users too for an extra vote of confidence. So if you’re looking for a solution to your skin-aging woes, look no further!
Wrinkle Creams for Sensitive Skin
Cosmedica Skincare Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
When you hear “acid,” you probably think of burning and corrosive effects, but hyaluronic acid performs the exact opposite function in skin care products by binding water to your skin cells to deliver lasting moisture throughout the day.
This moisturizing, super compound can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water! The intense humidity that this acid delivers, combined with the formula of the serum, locks moisture into your skin to enhance its resiliency and elasticity and fade away wrinkles and lines.
Still not sold on the idea of using a product with “acid” in the title? Just check out some of the user reviews. Satisfied customers note that their skin looks brighter and tighter almost instantly after using this product and that they feel like their skin glows merely.
They even pointed out that the serum efficiently lightened the dark circles under their eyes and reduced puffiness caused by dehydration or fatigue. The difference is evident if you can find reviews with before and after photos; the improvement is particularly noticeable where customers had bags or wrinkles beneath their eyes.
You can blend the serum with a moisturizer or cream of your choosing, or apply it to your skin after cleansing while it’s still damp. If you choose to use it on its own just remember to follow up with a great moisturizer!
Pros and Cons
- Delivers long-lasting moisture
- Also great for addressing dark under eye circles or redness and puffiness
- May need to blend the serum with another moisturizer for best results
Eucerin Sensitive Skin Experts Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Creme
That’s why the Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Cream is made with the product’s namesake ingredient: Coenzyme Q10. This compound is produced naturally that is key to your healthy complexion. This night cream is loaded with coenzyme Q10 to replenish your skin so that it can stay active and firm even as you age, and it also delivers much-needed moisture to your dry skin to keep it feeling smooth and fresh.
Eucerin skin care products are 100 years in the making, and this brand was a pioneer of skin care products for sensitive skin. Dermatologists trust Eucerin’s decades of success in designing products that protect, repair, and enhance your skin’s health.
If their trust isn’t enough, you can just look to user reviews for some additional affirmation. Among the things that users love are the non-greasy finish and how soft and smooth their skin feels after using. The most satisfied customers note that this product works just as well as far more expensive creams at only a fraction of the price!
Pros and Cons
- Great brand at a cost-effective price
- Delivers tons of moisture for super dry skin
- Best used at night, so may not apply well beneath makeup
Nurture My Body Organic Vitamin C Cream
There are a significant number of organic facial products on the market, but how many can say that they are wholly committed to maintaining an environmental commitment in every part of their processes?
Nurture My Body goes above and beyond the call of environmentalism by using utterly recyclable packaging, from the cardboard box to the blue glass jars. The product information is even printed in vegetable-based ink! Who knew that was a thing?
Impressive commitment to the environment aside, this Vitamin C Serum is made with a whopping 20 certified organic botanical ingredients including (of course) vitamin C.
The vitamin C helps to improve skin elasticity and restore your youthful glow, helping your skin to look firmer and younger, while other ingredients such as shea butter and avocado oil deliver intense moisture specifically designed to be compatible with drier, more mature skin. So even if other sensitive skin products are too high for your skin, this one can help to “build its strength” while reversing the visible aging signs of fine lines and wrinkles!
Pros and Cons
- Certified organic products, all the way down to the packaging
- Specially designed to be compatible with mature skin
- Richness of the formula may cause breakouts in acne-prone skin
Eva Naturals Retinol Moisturizing Cream
What exactly is retinol? It’s a derivative of vitamin A1, not to be confused with one of the many other derivatives that sound like the same thing (but aren’t), that helps to even out skin tone and stimulate collagen production.
Retinol is the best derivative that you can find in commercial products; it’s not as high as retinoic acid, but while it takes longer to work its magic it is much gentler and doesn’t require a prescription. In fact, this cream contains the highest percentage of retinol available without ordering prescription products.
One of our favorite aspects of this moisturizing cream is that it also doubles up as an exfoliator. While the retinol goes to work repairing and restoring your complexion, you will even be scrubbing away excess oils and dead skin cells to fight acne breakouts.
It’s not uncommon to have to fight acne breakouts while also worrying about aging symptoms, but that doesn’t mean you want to add a whole new set of products to address both issues. So if you fall into that category then this Eva Naturals creme, which both brightens and firms your complexion and works to root our pimples and blackheads, can be a fantastic one-stop-shop addition to your regimen!
Pros and Cons
- Active ingredients fight against acne breakouts AND wrinkles
- Also, performs double-duty as an exfoliator
- Not all skin types react well to retinol
- Sensitive skin may be susceptible to exfoliation
Christina Moss Naturals Organics Facial Moisturizer
They pull this off by using a proprietary manufacturing method to eliminate the need to use chemicals and petrochemicals while still guaranteeing the freshness of their product for at least six months from the date of your purchase.
This means that all of the ingredients in this moisturizer’s formula are deliberately explicitly incorporated to nourish, hydrate, and protect your face. Pretty cool, right?
Six months may sound like an excessive expiration date to you; after all, how far can 1.7 ounces go? A little bit goes a long way with this product – the cream is highly concentrated, so you should only need a small dab for each use. This is pretty incredible considering how much this cream can accomplish.
In addition to providing the additional moisture required to keep your skin hydrated and wrinkle-free, it also fights off free radicals (a significant source of premature aging symptoms), reverses skin damage from sun exposure, and manages to accomplish all of this without stripping your skin’s natural oils in the process. Even better, this product is safe for all skin types!
Pros and Cons
- Certified organic products
- A little bit of this product goes a long way
- No preservatives or chemicals, so if you only use intermittently you may still need to replace this product before you’ve used it all
InstaNatural Vitamin C Moisturizing Cream
This is great because just like our skin can become unusually dry on our hands and elbows as well as our face and neck; wrinkles have a nasty habit of showing up outside of our looks as well. This cream combats lines, dark spots, and dryness by using vitamin C to boost your skin’s natural collagen production. This also helps to bring back your youthful glow for a bright and even complexion.
This cream is fantastic suitable for all skin types but is particularly significant for dry skin for two reasons. The first is that the formula is super light, so it won’t clog your pores or diminish your skin’s natural oil production (which is essential for keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day). The second is that the formula is filled with ingredients like jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide to deliver moisture directly to your dehydrated cells and keep it there for hours after you apply.
Though this cream isn’t too oily or greasy, you should know that this one will require a little extra time to absorb into the skin before you can apply makeup. Applying too soon will interfere with your flawless finish, so just be patient and let this cream do its thing!
Pros and Cons
- Product can be used anywhere on your body
- Especially great for dry, flaky skin (though it is okay to use for all skin types)
- Requires a little extra time to absorb into skin fully; will need to wait to apply makeup afterward
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream
It contains pro-vitamin B5, vitamin E, and several moisturizing agents to penetrate deep beneath the skin’s surface and deliver lasting nourishment and hydration. This is key to the product’s goals of balancing skin tone and strengthening the skin to prevent fine lines from manifesting. In fact, you could quickly work this product into your routine as a preventative measure against the formation of fine lines even if this isn’t something you worry about yet on a day-to-day basis.
One of the things that we love about this product, and another reason that this product can be efficiently used as a preventative anti-aging measure, is that it also contains SPF 15 to protect your face from harmful UV rays without any additional effort on your part in the morning. This is important because sun damage is a substantial contributing factor to the early appearance of wrinkles.
The lightweight non-greasy formula will leave your skin feeling softer and smoother without clogging your pores, making this cream a perfect addition to your morning routine. Just swap out your usual moisturizer and use the Healthy Skin cream in its place!
Pros and Cons
- Comes with built-in SPF to consolidate your skincare routine
- Great at filling in fine lines
- May not be super effective against deep lines or sagging skin around the eyes
Roc Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream
It sounds like that would make the formula harsher, but it is designed to make the product safer for skin types that are more sensitive to retinol.
RoC Retinol fights to overcome your wrinkles while the hyaluronic acid binds moisture to your skin cells, re-plumping your skin and preventing the future appearance of other lines. The result is a milder anti-aging formula that produces results in about eight weeks.
RoC Retinol underwent a year-long clinical study to confirm that the product is safe and effective! The results show that the benefits of this patented ingredient continue to provide benefits with extended use rather than plateauing after just a few months.
However even more impressive is that 96% of women who previously experienced sensitivity to retinoids did not experience ANY irritation or redness over the course of the study. So if you’ve used retinol products before and had an adverse reaction, don’t let that stop you from trying this one! If you’re concerned or have never used retinol products previously, you can always begin by using every other day and increase your comfort, and your skin’s tolerance allows.
Pros and Cons
- Great product to start with if you’ve never used a retinol product before.
- Backed by a one-year clinical study
- Can take up to 8 weeks to deliver results
Miracalis Anti-Aging Cream
You may think that cream with that tagline needs to be super thick, or maybe even a little greasy, but not this one! In fact, this cream is suitable for skin types across the board, including those with many types of sensitivity.
Its formula focuses on restoring your skin’s vitamin E and coenzyme Q10 levels to supply antioxidants and enhance collagen production. These ingredients also help to restore your skin’s natural protective barrier to environmental irritants, so continued use can decrease your skin’s sensitivity over time.
Your skin won’t build up its resistance overnight, however, so the formula is crafted to be hypoallergenic and safe for even sensitive skin types.
It also contains plenty of natural extracts from avocado, cucumber, sweet almond oil, and ginseng. And it’s loaded with vitamin C. The result is firmer, softer, more hydrated skin and a noticeable reduction of wrinkles.
Miracalis recommends using this product twice daily. You’ll need to give it a little extra time to set in before putting on your makeup for the day, but it’s worth the wait; your pores will be visibly smaller, and your skin will look and feel fantastic!
Pros and Cons
- Can visibly reduce the size of your pores
- Is super gentle and hypoallergenic
- Helps to decrease your skin’s sensitivity over time
- Needs a little time to set correctly before you can wear makeup over it
Each cream will have its instructions, but the basics for all of these products are pretty simple:
Just gently massage the cream onto your problem areas after cleansing, either in the morning or the evening (or both) and allow to set.
That’s it! Most can be used in place of your typical moisturizer, but in some cases, it’s perfectly acceptable to use these products as an additional step in your skincare routine instead.