Chemical peels utilize concentrated forms of AHAs, which shed and regenerate skin cells quickly. Most peels are derived from fruit acids, and you can find weaker at-home treatments that have a low percentage of acid or stronger treatments at your derm's office. Chemical peels can address problems like sun damage and those subtle, crepe-y lines around the eyes and mouth, says Dr. Lancer.
"Ceramides form a plate-like barrier between our skin cells and help restore the skin's natural barrier," says Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, co-founder of Specific Beauty Skincare. Think of ceramides as the giant padlock that holds in your skin's moisture. As you age and your skin gets drier, topicals containing ceramides can help you achieve dewier, more radiant skin.
Every day, your skin gets exposed to sun, environmental pollutants and a whole lot of other damaging gunk that causes uneven skin texture, sagging, dryness and fine lines. Vitamin C not only helps reverse free-radical damage, it also boosts collagen production. Look for daytime serums that contain vitamin C and be sure you're getting the maximum recommended daily allowance (90 milligrams) in your diet. (One navel orange contains a whopping 82.7 milligrams of vitamin C.)
In-office anti-aging treatments have evolved far beyond surgery. Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments use a bright light to burn off dark spots and decrease redness. According to Dr. Woolery-Lloyd, you can see results from IPL in as little as two or three treatments. Another treatment option is a fractional laser. "They burn columns of skin leaving healthy, normal skin in between," Dr. Woolery-Lloyd says. These laser procedures can improve fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two treatments spaced six weeks apart.