The first step to ensuring one’s skin remains as wrinkle-free as possible over time is to keep it hydrated, stay out of the sun (we know! it’s the same old, same old) and use prescription-strength tretinoin and retinoic acid. Because seeing is believing, here are a handful of creams formulated with high potency active ingredients, no matter your budget or skin type.

By  Christine Elizabeth Laprade




Wrinkle Warrior Pink Plumping Mask by Kate Somerville ($75)

The skincare giant genuinely cares about the condition of your skin and their LA clinic is a hit amongst A-listers. Kate Somerville Skincarewas founded almost 20 years ago and is now backed by the beauty industry and skincare experts alike. The philosophy of the self-described “skin health expert” is quite simple: “The Kate Somerville Skincareline believes that in order to truly achieve a healthy skin complexion you have to protect, hydrate, feed, stimulate, and detox the skin”. No wonder their formulations have earned them numerous awards throughout the years.  Our newest favorite product, Wrinkle Warrior Pink Pumping Mask, has a gel-like consistency and a pink tint that leaves the skin both dewy and glowing. Insanely hydrated, without being sticky or greasy. This fantastic pre-makeup hack aims to plump and smoothe any visible fine lines while quenching the skin. Kate developed this mask with the intent of delivering a super boost, super quickly. Enriched with an HA complex (three different sizes of hyaluronic acid penetrate 3 different layers of the epidermis), in-between sized molecule (to decrease the appearance of deep wrinkles), red algae (long-lasting moisturization) and apple fruit extract (which increases skin hydration).






 V-Line Lifting Cream by Valmont ($390)

A marvel issuedfrom an innovative quest with 2 very specific actions in mind:  target wrinkles while smoothing and rejuvenating the face. The luxurious V-Line Lifting collection includes a Lifting Concentrate and a Lifting Eye Cream, all of which work in perfect symbiosis with its sister line, The V-Shape Filling. The revered Swiss anti-ageingexpert has combined their proprietary complex, AWF5, to Lift-Tens (anatural biopolymer with tensing and lifting effects), a state of the art molecule by the name of Triple DNA (retains  10,000 times itsweight inwater) and other highly potent key ingredients that help to densify the skin over time. Valmont has over 30 years of experience in Swiss cellular cosmetics and is highly praised for strictly harvesting macro-moleculeswith astonishing regenerative power. Available at .Double Peeling Radiance Mask by Lierac ($60)

Oxidative stress is the name of the game when it comes to premature ageing. Lierac’s new line, Supra Radiance, was specifically formulated to reactivate skin radiance, correct fine lines and wrinkles while protecting the epidermal from external aggressors. This skincare line is essentially a cocktail of detoxifying & active ingredients that instantly smoothe the skin while renewing it and speeding up cell turnover. The Double Peeling Radiance Mask caught our eye because of its uniqueness and also… because it does work, and quite spectacularly so! It gives the skin an instant glow, leaves it softly exfoliated and luminous, while the imperfections are blurred, for a flawless finish! How did they do it? Worth every penny.



Blue Therapy Red Algae Uplift by Biotherm ($84)

“Younger naturally” is the leitmotiv behind this rosy cream and stellar line. Formulated for women who’d rather age gracefully without the use of plastic surgery, and with no other than legendary supermodel Christy Turlington as the face of their campaign,  this cream is infused with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and all the goodness from the marine world. Red Algae is a superstar in the beauty industry and praised for its powerful properties. The superfood of the sea offers phenomenal benefits to anyone’s skincare, namely because of the high concentrations of nutrients and amino acidsit contains. Hello, total cell regeneration! The velvety rose lifting creamis a delight to apply and smells heavenly. This cream has legions of fans online, judging its reviews.



New Age Uplift Energizing Serum by Marcelle ($33,95)

An entirely new line of anti-aging skin care has taken over the shelves recently and this serum has been making waves with beauty editors all over the country! The first anti-ageing line to be officially recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Associationis also completely paraben-free, hypoallergenic and perfume-free!

This energizing serum has alotto offer. Infused with 4 different hyaluronic acid molecules (scientifically-proven to improve moisture-retention and smoothe fine lines), Marcelle’s HALift-4x Complex plumps and lifts facial contours while moisturizing the skin. With ingredients that work, New Age Upliftis one of the best budget skincare currently on the market and this affordable hyaluronic acid serum has proven us right. Also available: A day and a night cream ($33,95 each) and an eye care cream ($33,95).


Express Multi-Action by IDC ($79,99)

We’re told this bestseller routinely sells out! This multi-tasking all-around formula can easily replace 3 beauty creams alone, on top of boasting a 25% concentration formula, which is rather impressive. Can be used day and night, this multitasker acts as a serum, an eye contour care and a moisturizer. At the heart of the formula: REGEN(16), a Nutrient-rich complex that addresses no less than 16 signs of skin ageing! Working moms, lazy beautistas, rejoice! This little wonder is also suitable for the face, décolleté and the eyes. Express Multi-Action  cannot be faulted, as it’s also cruelty-free and smells lovely.



Secret Sauce by IT Cosmetics ($88)

The extremely aptly named quirky little jar was actually developed in collaboration with some plastic surgeons. For the record: IT Cosmetics is solution-oriented (their brow pencils are phenomenal) and aims to do the work of a plastic surgeon with makeup. That’s not all: the brand was initially launched by a news anchor, Jamie Kern Lima, and recently got purchased by skincare powerhouse L’Oréal! Enough said.

Taunted as a Clinically Advanced Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Secret Sauceis a weightless moisturizer, with clinical studies confirming that 94% of its users noticed their skin becoming smoother and radiant. The jar is iridescent, for it is infused with a “drop of light technology concentrate”, hence the instant luminous effect.  Goodbye, lacklustre, dull skin! What we really like: the ingredient list. Think diamond powder, a fermented complex, vitamin C and liquorice root.  The end result: a soft focus effect which masks imperfections, and a lit-from-within subtle glow.  Enriched with the trifecta of anti-ageing ingredients as well: collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, etc. Excellent on dry skin (less is more), cloud-like texture yet deeply, deeply moisturizing. Unscented. Available at  itcosmetics.caand Sephora