12 10 best antiagingcream ingredients retinol application properFind out what should be in your wrinkle-fighting arsenal.

Dr. Sheldon V. Pollack, MD, FRCPC, and Medical Director of Toronto Cosmetic Skin Surgery Centre in Toronto, shares his picks for the most important ingredients to add to your anti-aging routine.

1. Vitamins (A,E,C), Antioxidants, and Polypeptides

“All of these are important for the continuous deposition of new collagen in the skin to keep wrinkles at bay, while also reversing skin aging caused by the sun,” says Dr. Pollack.

One product that delivers all of these ingredients (and one that Dr. Pollack personally uses twice a day to look his best): Environ’s AVST (Advanced Vitamin Skin Therapy). The cost is about $100 (plus tax) for a three-month supply, and it is only available in physicians’ offices. “Those with sensitive skin should start at the first level and gradually work their way up to higher levels.”

2. Retinoic Acid (Tretinoin, Retin-A, Retisol-A, Stieva A, Vitamin A Acid)

While many men and women use prescription strength Retinoic Acids at night to keep their skin plump and smooth (Cost: about $50 for a three-month supply) Dr. Pollack finds that most patients have not been properly instructed on how to use these products, causing many users to complain of excessive dryness, redness or skin peeling.

Here’s how to apply Retinoic Acid products:

“First, Retinoic Acid should only be applied to completely dry skin. So wait 10-15 minutes for the skin to totally dry after cleansing. Second, most people apply too much of the cream. Only a pea-sized amount of cream should be used for the entire face. Place ¼ of the pea-sized amount on the brow, right cheek, left cheek and chin, and then smooth this over the entire face in a circular motion to provide a thin layer of product over the skin. If nightly application is still irritating after following these rules, then a lower concentration, or less frequent application, should be prescribed by your physician.”

12 10 retinol application giveaway wrinkle fillingTry: La Roche-Posay DERM AHA Skin Resurfacing Serum and Redermic R Corrective Treatment (Approximate value: $100), both of which contain retinol.