Katie McBroom, beauty editor and an award-winning blogger talks to Genevieve Vielbig, R.N., B.S.N., C.A.N.S., to get the scoop on the best approach to wrinkle creams.

Q: At what age should you start incorporating an anti-aging cream into your skincare routine?

A: The best “anti-aging” product is sunblock, and that should be applied to the face daily as young as possible! In individuals with dry skin a daily moisturizerserum and eye cream should be started in the early 20s. If the individual has oily skin, traditional anti-aging products can start in their 30s, but most likely they will be using a retinol productto combat acne breakouts, so they are already using preventative measures.

Q: What are the best ingredients to look for in an anti-aging cream to combat wrinkles?

A: The top ingredients that I look for in anti-aging products are retinol, hyaluronic acid, plant based stem cells, resveratrol, and glycolic acid.

Q: Is it beneficial to use different formulas for morning and night?

A: Your skin doesn’t know what time it is, so the logic behind a day versus night regime is that the night regime doesn’t have to compete with makeup over the top of it and can be a thicker formula, while the a day regimen is typically lighter weight with less “corrective” properties.

Q: What treatments do you recommend to treat wrinkles and other signs of aging?

A: Stimulating collagen production is key in combating signs of aging. For the novice, I like to start with microneeding, chemical peels or IPL. These are all low downtime and usually affordable treatments done in a series of three to six sessions. For the individual that needs a more rigorous anti-aging treatment, I am a huge fan of laser resurfacing treatments such as Fraxel and Pixel Erbium laser. These treatments act on a deeper level and can correct texture, tone, and sun damage at a more aggressive level.

The full interview and the list of recommended anti-aging creams can be found here