Aging zaps essential oils, which leads to super-dehydrated skin. Plant oils and extracts can bring the moisture back. Estée Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Crème ($38; esteelauder.com) uses Haberlea rhodopensis, a flower native to Greece and Bulgaria, while Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Protective Crème, below ($56; sephora.com), employs jisten. Dr. Sebagh Rose de Vie Sérum Délicat ($250; barneys.com) taps virgin rose muscat oil, Marie Veronique Organics Anti-Aging Oil ($70; mvorganics.com) contains essential oils of carrot seed and cistus, and Perricone MD Cleansing Treatment Bar ($38; perriconemd.com) is a moisturizing soap packed with olive oil.
Photography by John Lawton