Pillowy under-eyes are complicated, but if baggage is a concern, two main culprits—fat tissue and lymphedema—are likely to blame, says Dr. Barbara Sturm, who specializes in non-surgical skincare treatments. The former, "appears when the muscles around the eye are weakened and tissue moves lower," Sturm explains, whereas the latter, lymphedema, is often triggered by sleep deprivation, hormonal imbalances, high sodium food and genetics. In terms of prevention, Sturm cautions against eye-rubbing and recommends sleeping face up, which reduces nighttime water-retention. For a quicker fix, we polled dermatologists for their most effective semi-instant under-eye remedies. From Preparation H to black tea, here's what really works.
“Brands can’t just ship the same things over and over and expect to ride the coattails of this subscription success trend either,” Tzuo said. “In addition to demanding immediate, ongoing fulfillment, customers today want to be happily surprised on a regular basis. And if brands don’t meet those expectations, they get dropped, not to mention trashed on social media. It’s that simple.”
This serum focuses on the retinol contained within, because that is the ingredient that will stimulate the collagen production and therefore tighten your skin. But the other ingredients included in this serum will have an equally noticeable effect. The hyaluronic acid will hydrate your skin for an incredible length of time and that will leave you seeing smoothed out wrinkles and plumped skin. The aloe vera and Vitamin E will protect your skin from harmful UV rays and provide antioxidants to fight off free radical damage.
The LiftActiv Supreme is a new generation of anti-aging skincare. It has been specifically designed to reduce daily aging, giving you a youthful glow all day. It helps to smoothe wrinkles and illuminate your complexion, giving you visibly firmer-looking skin in 1 month.  It has “3D Optical Correctors” which aim to blur and illuminate your skin to keep your youthful appearance all day long, reinforcing your skin against daily shocks.

Polly, I have subscribed to tons of beauty boxes and at the moment have downsized my subs to just ALLURE and BOXYCHARM. At the moment, I have so much makeup that I think I may soon pause on boxycharm but I can NOT unsubscribe without my ALLURE. I agree, I always find at least a couple of items that are useful and make me break out of my ever expanding box…plus I just love the box!

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Never start microneedling without slathering on some kind of primer first: Not only does that medium make the treatment feel less harsh on your skin, but also, when you use a great treatment, you’re literally pushing those ingredients deep into your skin for maximum absorption—up to 90% more than you would just by using your fingers and leaving it there. I typically use a serum with additional collagen-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid. (Just be sure to avoid super-reactive elements like retinol or vitamin C.)
Here’s another way your fridge can come in handy: Store a few metal spoons inside. When you find yourself with a little free time, perhaps while you’re watching an episode of your favorite TV show, grab two chilled spoons from the fridge and place them on your under-eye bags. The spoons will work in a similar manner to your refrigerated eye cream, helping to de-puff.
"It’s also the most cosmetically elegant sunscreen I have ever used. It rubs in easily, doesn’t feel greasy, doesn’t clog pores and is compatible with my moisturizer and makeup. I apply it in the morning to any exposed skin and wear it every day, no matter the weather because I never want to be caught unprotected from the sun. It’s also great to apply before a flight, as UVA rays can penetrate airplane windows,” says Dr. Amy Wechsler, M.D., assistant clinical professor in dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

I’ve always been bothered by my dark under-eye circles. No matter how many hours I sleep a night, they’re always there, and no amount of serum or color corrector can make them go away. Recently I was talking to a bunch of my coworkers, and we all seemed to have some version of the same complaint. We all rolled our tired eyes, remarking on how we’re perpetually sleep-deprived (it’s cool to be too busy to sleep, haven’t you heard?) and on the constant hunt for the best concealer.
This includes the obvious: Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. If you wear heavy eye makeup, invest in a dedicated eye makeup remover to avoid tugging at the delicate skin around your eyes more than necessary. You may also want to explore eye creams, which use many of the same ingredients found in wrinkle creams, but in gentle doses intended for the very thin skin under your eyes.
The skin-care internet is full of dubious DIY remedies, but the ones that suggest black tea as an under-eye bag treatment actually hold weight. The caffeine in black tea is considered a “vasoconstrictor,” meaning that it’s capable of temporarily shrinking the size of blood vessels. Studies also indicate that the topical application of caffeine smooths skin, which is why caffeine is often found in cellulite creams. These two factors work in tandem to help your eyes look a lot less puffy.
Also known as periorbital hyperpigmentation, periorbital melanosis and dark circles, under-eye bags may appear as the lower eyelid’s bluish discoloration (vascular type) or brownish to black hyperpigmentation (constitutional type).3 The eyelid skin is the thinnest of all body parts, particularly the lower medial eyelid, which has the lowest dermal to epidermal ratio.4 This is where fat accumulates through time, resulting in the development of bags under the eyes.5
Each month’s box contents will vary, but the company states that they will all contain at least five products and occasionally six or seven. Each product will be unique, though some boxes can have different variations of a similar item. For instance, the November 2018 box include a Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask, Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet Mask, and a Lapcos Metallic Sheet Mask in Pearl.
At first glance, you may be inclined to think that the NuFACE Collagen Booster Copper Complex has fallen victim to the age-old problem in the beauty industry: artificial dyes. Its blue-ish hue can be surprising at first, but don’t be deceived; this color is a naturally-occurring chemical reaction from the copper inside the formula! This multi-use collagen cream is completely free from artificial dyes and is filled with active ingredients extracts for a more natural approach to the fight against aging.

Retinoids remain one of the tried-and-true ingredients worth incorporating into your p.m. routine (they can be rendered inactive by the sun, making it important to reserve them for the overnight hours). This treatment marks the first time adapalene, a type of retinoid previously available by prescription only, has been available OTC. Its collagen-boosting benefits make it choice for smoothing wrinkles, while its skin-clearing benefits make it a good choice for clearing pimples. "It's highly effective in keeping pores open and minimizing breakouts, and is better tolerated than most retinoids," points out Dendy Engelman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.
You are probably well aware of when your allergies flame up, as allergy season and watery, puffy eyes are inevitable for many. Try natural remedies, such as essential oils for allergies, to help manage them and catch them before they start. Also, have a small vial of an allergy essential blend handy since for some allergies can sneak up when you least expect it.
“Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can rid the skin of harmful free radicals,” says Dr. Tzu. Free radicals are damaging molecules that come from pollution, cigarette smoke and light. “Vitamin C is also an important cofactor for the synthesis of collagen [a protein that keeps skin elastic and helps skin cells renew themselves] and the structural foundation of the skin.”
I've been using the cream for about a year, and have really liked it. Honestly, I had real doubts about whether any of this stuff really worked, and let's face it: nothing really holds back time. But I have to admit: I think it has helped reduce some of the lines on my forehead, and on the rest of my face it's left my skin feeling really healthy and smooth. I've been using it as part of a routine with the night serum (which I also really like), and have been using the day serum/face moisturizer in the morning as well (the day serum may be the best of all of their products). When you put it all together, I think it's been worth the money (and I originally thought that $40 for a 2oz jar was INSANE: but what I didn't realize is that a 2oz jar lasts 4-6 months (or more), so really, the cost isn't a big deal. I just don't think men realize how to use this stuff: it's really a tiny amount each day).
I subscribed to the Beauty Box and got charged for it right away, however, it took about 3 weeks to get the actual box, in the meantime they had already charged me for the next month's box, which confused me so I emailed them to ask why the extra charge and got no response, emailed again and again no response, so I finally called them to which they told me that it was the following month's charge. How can they charge you for the next month and still not send the previous month's box? By the way, as I am writing this, I still haven't received the next box, they charged me for it on 1/7 and today is 1/28, and I was told that i was going to have to wait another 7-10 days for me to receive it, something about a product missing, so almost a month after I paid for it, still haven't got it. So after reading a lot of bad reviews about customer service and how it was difficult to cancel your membership, I decided to just that, I had to call them again because they make it very difficult for you to cancel, you can't just do it from your account online like all other boxes, you have to call them and wait on the phone for a long time and when you tell them you want to cancel, they offer you 4 boxes at 12 dollars per box. That was kind of weird to me, but even at $12 it's not worth the headache. Going back to Boxycharm, that is one of the best boxes out there.

Hope you got all your boxes. It does hurt a little knowing you ordered a box in December through Amazon and got it early January, when I’ve been subscribed for a year through Allure and didn’t get mine till January 30 because they ran out. I know it was a popular box so they got a lot of new orders in, but they should’ve filled the old orders first. Does anyone know how long Amazon’s been selling Allure’s and other beauty boxes? I wish I’d known that when I first subscribed.

Lymphatic massage the whole face. This is a huge one–I can’t stress the importance of this enough. Recently I got a Radio Frequency (RF) facial, which vibrates the skin to promote lymphatic drainage and boost collagen, and my facialist said that it reduces under-eye bags as well. Lo and behold, she was right. This doesn’t mean you have to get RF facials every night, but that you can do the self-massage routine at home to mucho effect. Your under-eyes don’t exist by themselves–they’re connected to the rest of your face. To DIY, pump plenty of lotion or cream of your choice (I use Herin Beauty Omega-3 Cream, great for repair) and dot your cheeks, chin, forehead, neck, and decolletage. Use 2-3 fingers of both hands to do circular strokes lifting up and out from the center of your face. Note: You can use firmer strokes as long as you don’t tug the top layer of your skin. Think of it as gently massaging the muscles of your face rather than skimming the surface. You’ll know you did it right if you feel a refreshed, “just-worked-out” sensation all over. 2x a day.
This wrinkle cream is all-natural with no fillers, parabens, or harmful fragrances or dyes. The Aloe, green tea, shea butter, and jojoba oil will act to protect your skin and soften the fine lines while the hyaluronic acid will provide long-lasing hydration. The retinol will stimulate collagen production and make your skin tighter over time. And if it doesn’t – there’s always the money-back guarantee!

We wanted an anti-aging cream with a full arsenal of defenses, so we required our top picks to contain hyaluronic acid of some type. But we opted to bring all 8 of our remaining contenders into the office for hands-on testing — four with HA and four without. This allowed us to check out drugstore runners-up like RoC, which are a lot cheaper and easier to find than brands like La Prairie (and can be paired with a face moisturizer containing HA).


"Best face care product I have ever used! I tried this on a whim because my dry sensitive skin (prone to oily patches and large pores) was even drier than usual and nothing I had was helping....I didn't want to get into winter and have the dreaded flaky skin, especially on the rare days I wear makeup. Anyways, this lotion exceeds all my wants in every way. It is lightweight, non greasy, absorbs very quickly, and lasts all day." —supersjh

Have you heard of a neti pot? This is an ancient remedy that you can do as part of your daily routine to help combat those puffy eyes. Originating in India in Ayurvedic medicine, a neti pot looks like a small teapot and can be found at most health food stores or online. It can help flush out all that extra moisture in your sinuses from seasonal allergies, colds or infections. 


Find anti-wrinkle creams that provide the supple, smooth skin you desire. While most anti-aging creams are for your entire face, some eye creams are specifically formulated to minimize the fine lines and nourish the skin around the eyes. Try the anti-aging cream formulas that include ingredients to restore elasticity, stimulate collagen production or firm sag-prone areas. There are even anti-aging hair products designed to shield your hair from the effects of the environment. Select the anti-aging product that will help you smooth, soften and hydrate your skin.
Best for normal, dry, sensitive, and combination skin, this lightweight anti-aging cream isn't the type that's going to make you look shiny all day. After applying, it leaves you with a nice matte finish — and meanwhile, it's doing some serious wrinkle-fighting with key ingredients like vine resveratrol for firmness and micro hyaluronic acids for volume.
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