If you're into essential oils, you'll be happy to know there are several oils that combat under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Try mixing an essential oil with coconut oil and rubbing it under your eyes. Rose geranium, fennel, lavender, German chamomile and rosemary essential oil are hailed as the best essential oils for getting rid of under-eye bags.
Skin tone doesn’t matter; season doesn’t matter; and being indoors most of the day doesn’t matter — you are still exposed to UV rays, which break down collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, accounting for 80 percent(!) of wrinkles. The best wrinkle creams work to combat those effects by boosting collagen production, but they don’t have to work so hard if sunscreen is helping them out.
"I apply the serum every morning — its powerful antioxidants brighten my complexion and help prevent UV and environmental damage. Then comes the gel, which contains hyaluronic acid, which gets ‘set’ over the smaller molecular nutrients and vitamins in the serum. The combination leaves my skin glowing, radiant and perfectly prepped for sunscreen, the final and most important step of my skin care routine,” says Dr. Jessica Weiser, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist.
More than 8,000 5-star reviewers swear by this bestselling anti-aging serum with powerful vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, two of the most essential ingredients for preventing fine lines and boosting collagen production. Even better, the plant-based formulation means no additives or fragrances—just healthy, all-natural ingredients like aloe, jojoba oil, and witch hazel.
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.
In a previous Health interview, dermatologist Jessica Krant MD, recommended this product for those looking to start using a retinol product, explaining that "the ingredients are of good quality and I have never had anyone complain about any skin reaction or difficulty managing this retinol." It packs hyaluronic acid to boost moisture while also erasing fine lines.
One of the best items to invest in is a good anti-aging cream or moisturizer. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends beginning with a sunscreen and moisturizer to help offset premature skin aging. Once you find a product that works for your skin type, the AAD also advises taking advantage of its consumer hotline (check the product label) to ask questions about whether the product you’re considering is hypoallergenic and doesn’t cause acne.
Like retinoids, peptides encourage the skin to regenerate. But they work even more slowly than retinoids, and are a more recent discovery with fewer clinical trials to support their efficacy. Their main draw is their gentleness: This is why, when we reviewed the best eye creams, we looked at a number of peptide formulas. But the skin around the rest of the face is less delicate than the very fragile eye area, so this isn’t a precaution most people need to take with a wrinkle cream. We opted to focus just on retinoid-based wrinkle creams.
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