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Drinking enough water and getting enough sleep can help you get rid of under eye bags but sometimes you need a little more power. That’s where creams, serums, rollers, and the like come in. The skin under your eyes is thin and fragile, so any treatment needs to be gentle but effective. The aim is to delicately plump sagging, reduce puffiness and smooth, tighten, hydrate and brighten skin.
Successful subscription-box companies, including Birchbox, Dollar Shave Club and Stitch Fix, have taken a “customer-first approach,” said Tien Tzuo, founder and CEO of Zuora, a software company specializing in subscription businesses, in an email. These companies have also created “fun, compelling subscription experiences that get smarter and smarter over time.” Part of that, Tzuo said, was the importance of a consumer brand knowing and understanding their customer.
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BONUS: Unfortunately, skin problems often strike regardless of our age. If, like so many of us, you find yourself struggling with the pitfalls of acne and wrinkles at the same time, then the Baebody Retinol Moisturizer Cream may soon become your new best friend. While it is not specifically indicated for use on acne, it contains many ingredients such as retinol and vitamin E which can reduce the severity and occurrence of spots.

This is primarily a sunscreen, but we felt the need to include it because of the damage the sun’s harsh rays can do to your skin. Many wrinkles are formed prematurely if your skin is over-exposed to the sun unprotected. This wrinkle repair cream is one that will use its 15 SPF to protect your skin from future damage, and its other ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and retinol, with begin to repair the damage already done.


"If your skin has lost it's freshness and your expression lines are starting to appear more obvious, try this. The vitamin A in this cream will help with cell turnover making your skin appear smooth, soft and fresh. Hyaluronic acid will give your skin instant and long-lasting hydration. Just remember to use an SPF during the day when using any creams, serums and lotions with vitamin A” said Cinthia Lomeli, whose celebrity clients include Sean Diddy Combs, French Montana, Cassie Ventura, Yael Grobglas and Diana Madison.

You’ll notice many of the anti-aging products that rank high up in Amazon’s best-rated section feature an ingredient called hyaluronic acid. If you’re unfamiliar with the substance, it’s a natural hydrator for the skin that’s particularly skilled at drawing in and holding moisture. Other familiar anti-aging go-tos that show up in Amazon’s top-rated products are retinol, which promotes skin cell turnover, Vitamins C and E, and natural extracts.
This is primarily a sunscreen, but we felt the need to include it because of the damage the sun’s harsh rays can do to your skin. Many wrinkles are formed prematurely if your skin is over-exposed to the sun unprotected. This wrinkle repair cream is one that will use its 15 SPF to protect your skin from future damage, and its other ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and retinol, with begin to repair the damage already done.

The Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is packed with all sorts of goodies, but its best feature by far lies in the results. Unlike other collagen or wrinkle creams on the market today that can take months to take effect, Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream has been shown to improve your skin’s firmness and reduce wrinkle depth in as little as 15 days! This is a huge advantage if you have a special occasion quickly approaching on your calendar (hello springtime wedding season!) and if you want to look your absolute best.
Bags under the eyes are a common development of age and a frequent complaint among patients who no longer feel as youthful as they once did. To describe what happens a bit more, normal fat that helps support the eye sometimes moves into the lower eyelid, which causes the lid to appear puffy. Additionally, fluid may accumulate in the area below your eyes, which adds to the swelling.
There’s no over-the-counter quick fix for wrinkles — nothing we can slather on one night and wake up crease-free the next morning. When it comes to even the best wrinkle creams, we invest in the routine and cross our fingers that 10 or 20 years from now we may look 10 or 20 years younger than we would have without them. So it’s good news that the science behind the most powerful wrinkle fighters — retinol, for one, but alpha hydroxy acids and humectants like hyaluronic acid too — says they do actually work to decrease the appearance of fine lines and signs of aging. The bad news: They don’t come cheap.
After cleansing your face and applying a layer of serum or whatever primer you’re using, it’s time to start dermarolling. Stretch your skin taut, and roll across it diagonally, horizontally, and vertically, pressing as hard as you can tolerate. I focus on my smile lines, lips, and underneath my eyes, as well as any acne scars or discolouration that needs tending to. Try not to roll over one single area more than a couple of times, and never use your roller on existing zits or open wounds. After you’re done rolling, apply another layer of serum to your face, and sterilise your device with rubbing alcohol before storing it in its case.
Mario Badescu’s Vital with Collagen and Elastin for Men is marketed specifically for men with dry skin which, let’s face it, makes sense since very few men are brought up to incorporate a moisturizer or mask routine into their daily lives. While this product is ideal for men with this drier skin type, it is unclear whether this cream was created with the combination or oily skin man in mind. Only time will tell whether this moisture-rich formula complements an oilier complexion.
I’ve purchased rollers from Amazon for as little as $16. Benjamin actually chided me a little for this; though, as with anything I purchase from that vast marketplace, I pay close attention to reviews before pulling the trigger. Still, it might be wiser to buy something from a more verified retailer, like Benjamin’s own Stacked Skincare. You’ll want to replace your microroller after a few uses.
Celluvexin is one of the top cellulite cream, delivering some of the best ingredients at a low price. Celluvexin ranks so highly because of its cellulite-fighting ingredients that have been shown individually in clinical tests to show significant results. Featuring compounds like CELU-SLIM, which breaks down fatty tissue causing cellulite, it also has natural ingredients such as kelp, green tea, and amino acids that help smooth and strengthen the skin for a firm, clear appearance. Read more...
“Although there are many factors that influence under eye bags such as genetics, allergies, medical conditions, UV radiation exposure, sleep, hydration, salt, and alcohol consumption, there is another simple factor that can influence how the skin appears around the eyes and that is how sugar can impact your skin,” says Dr. Sue Ann Wee of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC. The new year is a perfect time to kickstart a healthy diet and remove (or at least cut back) sugar from your diet.
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.

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.
Unlike some anti-aging creams that only intended for people with certain skin types (moisture-rich for dry skin, quick-absorbing for oily skin), Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty Beyond collagen cream was manufactured for folks of every skin type! Whether you have super oily skin that is prone to breakouts, dry skin that tends to flake when you skip a day or two of moisturizing, or combination skin that falls somewhere in between, this nighttime repairing cream is for you!
"With repeated use, retinol can stimulate the production of collagen, making the skin less thin and improving the dark circles. They are easy to find at the drugstore," says Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist in New York City. "Retinoids help rebuild dermal collagen and thereby contribute to vascular support in the area and the recovery of skin volume and firmness," adds Patricia Ceballos, a dermatologist in New Rochelle, New York.
Testers adored its texture, both immediately after applying, and hours later. It’s a lightweight formula that absorbs nearly instantly, and rests almost invisibly on the skin. This is particularly impressive given that La Prairie also includes a host of moisturizing plant-based oils like jojoba and sunflower seed oil. These absorbed quickly when we applied in the evening, and helped soothe our skin so our faces felt refreshed and moisturized in the morning.
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When choosing a dermaroller to purchase, you need to pay attention to the needle size. Most experts I’ve spoken to advise anything between 0.2 mm and 0.75 mm for use at home. (Benjamin advises staying under 0.5 to avoid damage.) I’ve only ever used 0.2 or 0.5, since I mainly focus on my lips and underneath my eyes, and those areas are particularly delicate.
I signed up on Dec 17, money came out of my account on Dec 18, but I still have no box. I haven’t’ even been charged for January yet and I’ve heard not a peep from Allure. I’ll be calling to cancel on my lunch break. Seems to me as they are picking and choosing who they will email and who they won’t. Going a month without hearing anything is not cool. Since they haven’t shipped anything, they can just give me my money back.

Subscribed to the beauty box via MSA in early August, inputted a different shipping and billing address and they shipped it to my billing address anyway. I called and asked Allure why would they ask for that information if they're going to ship it to the billing address regardless, and they said that there are multiple ways to sign up and usually it defaults to the billing address, even if the shipping option is specified (so why even ask for shipping if that's the case? remove the option?). I contacted them multiple times via phone to see when they would send my beauty box (to the correct address this time). I was originally told 5-10 business days. After ten business days with no box, I reached back out and this time spoke to a manager. She was understanding, refunded my money, said she would send it out again but she informed me they only ship boxes out ONCE A MONTH. it would be 21-30 days for me to receive that box.


There are different kinds of retinoids, and they vary in strength. As cosmetic chemist Kevin Gallagher explained, this strength comes with a trade-off: the stronger the retinoid, the faster it works — and the harsher it is on skin. The strongest retinoids are only available with a prescription. But that’s not to say over-the-counter formulations are ineffective. A three-month, double-blind, randomized study of 34 women showed there was no significant difference in efficacy between an over-the-counter 1.1 percent retinol cream and 0.025 percent prescription tretinoin. In short: Retinoids work.
We’ve all heard the saying that “age is just a number” but, for better or worse, this isn’t exactly indicative of how most of us feel about ourselves after we reach that “scary age” (we all have one…you know, that age when you are officially O-L-D). While it would be great if we could all age gracefully and embrace our fine lines and wrinkles as passport stamps of our past, the fact is that most of us would like to stay put at the ripe young age of 28 indefinitely if we could.
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!
Eye cream doesn't have to be costly to be effecting—take this RoC cream for example: It's not only super affordable at $23, it's made, tested, and approved for those with sensitive skin, so it won't irritate it, it also helps boost cell turnover for more youthful-looking eye skin thanks to the retinol it contains. Aside from that, it has hyaluronic acid in it to plump the thin skin around your eyes, naturally ironing out any fine lines. Bonus: Dr. Nazarian recommends this drugstore treatment to her patients, so you know it's good. Smooth a dab of the powerful formula under your eyes in the evening, and make sure to follow up with an SPF in the morning, since retinol can make you more prone to sunburns.
Peptides are the star of the show here, namely an amino-peptide complex, that penetrates 10 layers deep to help skin cells. "Peptides act as signaling mechanisms that tell the body to produce more collagen," says Dhaval Bhanusali, M.D., a dermatologist based in New York City. (As a reminder, collagen is the protein responsible for strong, firm, youthful skin, so more collagen equals fewer wrinkles. But this cream doesn't stop there; it also gently exfoliates and hydrates.
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, PEG-16, Macadamia Glycerides, Octyldodecanol, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholecalciferol, Retinyl Palmitate (Retinol, Vitamin A), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Pyridoxine HCl(Vitamin B6), Silica, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol.

I saw it advertised online and thought it would be a great way to try new beauty products without spending a lot of money on them first. I also was attracted to the ad showing some high-end cosmetics, like NARS. I liked the fact the box would contain some beauty products I'd never heard of, especially skin care products. I also liked the beauty tools that were included. However, I received a lot of products that I wouldn't use or colors outside of my palette. I would prefer it to be more customized, and I wish it had an option to be sent every other month as opposed to every month.
“It has retinol, which is a precursor to prescription RetinA, the most powerful anti-aging ingredient we know to date. It must be converted on the patient’s skin to RetinA via an enzymatic process, so the actual derived amount is much smaller. But better than no RetinA!” said Dr. Anna Guanche, dermatologist at Bella Skin Institute, Calabasas, California, whose clients include Olivia Culpo and Natalie Imbruglia.
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.
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