According to Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests, instant wrinkle smoothers do work—temporarily, at least. And lucky for you, they do their best smoothing on forehead furrows! Look for ingredients like GABA, which relaxes muscle contractions, or oat-kernel extract, which provides lift by forming a film over skin. Apply in the morning—after serum, but before moisturizer and makeup. Results last up to 8 hours. TRY: Skyn Iceland Angelica Line Smoother ($65 for 1.5 oz; 7yearsyounger.com/shop), which is a cream with GABA.
Pick the Right Cream
“A retinol cream is the gold standard when it comes to building collagen, which is what helps soften fine lines,” says Patricia Wexler, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. But if you find retinol to be too harsh, consider creams containing peptides or ceramides—they stimulate collagen in a gentler way. “Just keep in mind that all collagen builders take a month of diligent use before you notice results,” she says. A few more specifics on how to work these ingredients into your regimen:
- For Daytime: Look for a multitasking, SPF-infused moisturizer with retinol and hyaluronic acid, which is a potent hydrator to help plump and replenish skin. Use a quarter-size amount before applying makeup. TRY: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30 ($18.69 for 1 oz; 7yearsyounger.com/shop)
- For Nighttime: Collagen builders will do their best work at night, when your skin naturally repairs itself. So before bed, use a pea-size amount of an anti-aging night cream that contains retinol. TRY: RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream ($16.99 for 1 oz; 7yearsyounger.com/shop)