Getting older may be inevitable, but how you look as you age is controllable.
"Genetics predetermines only about 20 percent of how your looks change over the years," says dermatologist Heidi Waldorf. "The rest is affected by daily habits, your lifestyle and products you use."
That's where Prevention magazine stepped in: Here, it unveils 12 anti-aging products scientifically proven to change your skin, body and hair for the better.
L'Oréal Paris Youth Code Day Lotion SPF 30
$21.99; on sale at Walgreens at press time
With sunscreen, hydrating ingredients and peptides that boost collagen production, this lotion is the ultimate multitasker. Women who used it had more vibrant complexions after six weeks and saw bigger decreases in the number of spots and wrinkles than those testing other products.
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum
Some anti-agers are irritating, but this serum won with a gentle combo of collagen stimulating botanicals and an extract from the West African anogeissus tree that boosts production of fibrillin, a glycoprotein that makes skin elastic and springy.
Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel
$38; Nordstrom , North East Mall
This goes on like a toner but does the job of a scrub, dissolving dead skin cells with glycolic and salicylic acids for a smoother, more even-toned complexion.
Dr. LeWinn by Kinerase Lift & Resculpt Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream
Featuring dill extract -- an antioxidant that reduces wrinkles, according to a study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science -- this cream decreased the length and depth of lines around testers' eyes up to 40 percent.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra All Night Repair Moisture Cream for Face and Throat
Many women neglect the skin below their chin, a difficult area to treat, but testers using this cream found it is possible to make a difference. The peptides, ceramides and hibiscus extract helped plump fine lines and slightly reduce their appearance.
Avon Anew Clinical Luminosity Pro Brightening Hand Cream SPF 15
Give signs of aging the one-two punch with this cream's combo of retinol and glycolic acid, which softens lines and fades discoloration.
Blistex Five Star Lip Protection SPF 30
$2; drugstores and Tom Thumb
This balm smoothes lips and moisturizes with calendula extract, glycerin and safflower and coconut oils to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Specific Beauty Skin Brightening Serum
This paraben- and fragrance-free serum has "a killer combo of retinol and licorice extract that faded brown spots, as well as anti-inflammatory ginger-root extract and niacinamide, which prevents new flecks," according to Dr. David Bank.
Super by Dr. Nicholas Perricone Superhero Body Sculpting Serum
This lotion packs anti-agers once found only in face products, such as polyphenols, to protect against environmental damage, and glycolic acid, which helps smooth rough patches.
Redken Time Reset Corrective Defense
This leave-in lotion features "a rare, superlight silicone that forms an undetectable web around strands to make them more full and shiny, while protecting against breakage and split ends," according to judge Ni'Kita Wilson.
Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Fortifying Conditioner
This conditioner protected hair from breakage during repeated grooming experiments.
Wella Professionals Age Restore Shampoo
This shampoo eliminates product buildup that can make strands dull and limp and boosts the effectiveness of products used afterward, like conditioners and stylers.