The #1 Anti-Aging Body Product, According to Dermatologists

I'm a skincare fanatic. My medicine cabinet shelves (and my closet, and my drawers…) are bursting at the seams with serums, toners, and moisturizers, and I take my time each night to thoughtfully treat my face and neck with hydrating and pore-cleaning products. But the skin on my body? That doesn't get nearly as much love. I cleanse it with body wash and use some in-shower lotion, but that's the extent of my bodycare. Writing out my negligence as it pertains to my neck down spotlights the hypocrisy and the illogical nature of my routine, and my only explanation is laziness. As a 27-year-old, I'm not currently noticing signs of aging on my body like I am on my face, so I'm not as proactive about preventative care—out of sight, out of mind, I suppose.

But here's the thing: As we age, our skin goes through two different and major forms of aging: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging refers to aging that occurs internally, such as thinning of the epidermis (the top layer of skin), as well as a process called elastosis where changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin's strength and elasticity. The sebaceous glands also begin to produce less oil, which leads to dry, crepey skin. Extrinsically, our skin is aged via the environment and lifestyle choices, such as smoking and sun exposure. And while we can't technically prevent intrinsic aging, there are several science-backed ways we can put up a shield to external factors thanks to the help of hardworking products. So to find out which fountain-of-youth potions will best help keep our body skin looking smooth, we turned to a few top dermatologists for their thoughts.

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