I REALLY hope it’s a new Wander mascara! I’m getting the Unlashed in my GBP this month. If I receive any of the other extra items other than the Mally lip gloss I’ll be much happier with the February box. I never seem to get lucky with colors on lippies (still trying to laugh about the awful pale lilac/white Smash is lippy I received, I think from Boxy.)
One of the biggest bombshells is in the package insert for Renova, an FDA approved tretinoin cream used for the “mitigation of fine facial wrinkles in patients who use comprehensive skin care and sunlight avoidance programs”. The package insert clearly states “RENOVA® (tretinoin cream) 0.02% DOES NOT ELIMINATE WRINKLES, REPAIR SUN-DAMAGED SKIN, REVERSE PHOTOAGING, or RESTORE MORE YOUTHFUL or YOUNGER SKIN.”
The anatomy of your facial features also plays a role. A prominent “tear trough” or nasojugal groove, extending from the inner corner of the eye diagonally toward the cheekbone, can cause shadowing and make dark circles more apparent. This trough can appear or deepen with fat loss that often comes with age and can start around 25—or you can just thank bone structure and genetics.
Four of our remaining wrinkle creams advertised sunscreen built in: L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Philosophy, and StriVectin. Retinoids degrade very quickly in the sunlight, losing their potency. More worryingly, the 2010 handbook of Cosmetic Dermatology Products and Procedures suggests that retinoids may release free radicals as they degrade — molecules that harm your skin rather than helping it. Because of this, the handbook concludes, “it is still recommended to avoid UV exposure when using topical retinoids” (312). Sunblock does slow retinoid degradation, according to a 2008 study, but the retinoids still degrade to some extent. Ultimately, this wasn’t a risk we felt comfortable taking. Until there’s been more extensive research on the topic, we’ve opted to skip all sunscreen-containing products.
It can be tempting to layer on lots of cream, especially if you’re excited about trying out a new product. But everyone's sensitivity to retinol and AHAs is different, so it’s best to be cautious until you know how well your skin will tolerate the product. Dr. Ford recommends a graduated approach: “We tell our patients to begin using retinol on Mondays and Thursdays for a few weeks, then up it to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a few more weeks, and eventually you’ll just be taking weekends off. Some people can tolerate these products every day of the week.”
We’ve said it before, and we will say it again: when it comes to anti-aging creams, vitamins matter. That’s why we love that the Mario Badescu Vital with Collagen and Elastin for Men is overflowing with intense anti-oxidants and Vitamin A to nourish your skin and restore its natural, youthful glow. In fact, this collagen cream can be used daily, or overnight to achieve great results.
This wrinkle cream is intended to target a common problem area for wrinkles and sagging: the neck and jaw line. In many people, these are the areas that first show signs of aging, and a product that tackles that specific area is definitely appreciated. This product uses its own Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex formulas to provide a long lasting hydration that will improve elasticity and create smoother skin.
A type of eyelid surgery called blepharoplasty may help eliminate bags under the eyes, depending on their cause. During this outpatient procedure, the eye surgeon creates an incision under the lashes or inside the lower lid. The surgeon removes excess fat through the incision and sometimes removes extra skin, then closes the incisions with tiny stitches.
The anatomy of your facial features also plays a role. A prominent “tear trough” or nasojugal groove, extending from the inner corner of the eye diagonally toward the cheekbone, can cause shadowing and make dark circles more apparent. This trough can appear or deepen with fat loss that often comes with age and can start around 25—or you can just thank bone structure and genetics.

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While we like to think we actually get better with age, we totally understand that there might be some pesky skin changes you want to address as the years pass. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when to start incorporating anti-aging products into your routine, so we chatted with one of our favorite experts, Genevieve Vielbig, R.N., B.S.N., C.A.N.S., to get the scoop on the best approach to wrinkle creams.
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