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.
Testers rated Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum best for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Said one, "I had a very deep wrinkle between my eyes, and it's really starting to go away." Lab tests didn't show stellar wrinkle reduction with any of the serums, but the Estée Lauder proved itself a top-notch skin smoother. Echoed a panelist, "My face feels smoother, and my skin tone looks brighter. I have been wearing less blush!" If you want to spend smarter, go for the large size of our winners (the 3.3-oz. Lancôme, $150; the 3.4-oz. Estée Lauder, $160) and you'll slash the price per ounce by $44 and $18, respectively.
What causes them? The main causes for dark circles are genetics and skin tone, Kenneth Howe, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology, tells SELF. The under-eye area can look purple or bluish because the skin there is so thin and translucent that you can easily see the underlying veins. It can be more apparent in people with fair skin, and those with very little subcutaneous fat supporting the area under the lower lid. Lack of sleep increases venous congestion; fluid build-up leads to pooled blood in those superficial blood vessels, making dark circles look even darker when you’re tired.
It is also worth knowing, however, that just because a product contains a simple alcohol, it doesn’t mean it will be drying on your skin – even if it is high up the product list. The product may be rich in emollient ingredients, or fatty alcohols. Products like moisturizers are unlikely to be drying on the skin – because they are designed to impart moisture or help your skin to retain its moisture. Gels designed for reducing acne on the other hand, and similarly toners designed for oily skin, are more likely to have a drying effect on your skin.
UVA rays are less intense, yet they penetrate clouds and glass and penetrate your skin deeper than UVB rays. They are present in roughly the same strength year-round. They play a major role in premature wrinkles and are the cause of deep skin cancers. They are the primary choice for tanning beds as they cause your skin to tan, but this tan is simply your body’s natural response to prevent further damage from the UV rays.
“One of my patients gave me this sleep mask as a holiday gift last year and I liked it so much, I bought several for my girlfriends. Now that I'm headed toward my 50th birthday, I'm noticing the sleep creases around my eyes take longer to smooth out. This mask is made of mulberry silk, which is softer than cotton and produces less friction against your skin. The slippery fabric slides over your pillow, so there’s less pulling and tugging. Friction creates more pressure on the skin, which can deepen skin creases.
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!
Reduce the amount of salt you use in everyday cooking. Try cutting it in half or cutting it out entirely - you'd be surprised how flavorful food can be without the addition of a lot of salt. Try cutting back the salt you use in baked goods and avoiding salt altogether at dinnertime, since your body won't have time to balance things out before you sleep.
This wrinkle cream comes in an opaque bottle and can be applied without dipping your fingers into an open tub. Because retinoids are extremely fragile and degrade easily, we appreciated that the formula used packaging that minimizes exposure to light, air, and dirty fingers. Out of the 112 wrinkle creams we evaluated, the only other product that paired great packaging with our three key ingredients was La Prairie, a $530 wrinkle cream that made Dr. Dennis’ $68 price point seem like a steal.
You may need to shop around some to find the right wrinkle cream for you. We aim to make that process a bit simpler by rounding up 50 of the best, top-rated wrinkle creams available that, according to reviewers, actually work. We’ve listed our picks below in alphabetical order for easy reference. Ratings are based on Amazon reviews and are current at the time of this publication.
Animal testing in the beauty industry is an international travesty that really shouldn’t be a part of our beauty dialogue anymore. If, like us, the idea of innocent creatures being tortured and even killed for the latest and greatest beauty products makes you angry, look no further than Baebody. This company manufactures this moisturizer in the USA and does not test its products on animals.
“It is luxurious and thick with a lovely, light scent. Apply it every night to a full face, neck and décolleté and awake to plump, hydrated skin every morning. It's a fabulous product at an amazing price point," said Marie Watkinson, a massage therapist, beauty expert and founder of the mobile spa company, Spa Chicks On The Go. Her celebrity clients include Leslie Jones, Marcia Gay Harden and Allison Janney.
Limit blue light exposure at night. Recent studies reveal that blue light emitted by electronic devices damages your skin perhaps even more so than UV. It also disrupts your sleep cycle–all in all, I notice that staring into my laptop late at night spells disaster for my eye area the next morning. Activate warm-light display on your laptop and phone after sundown. Close your electronics as early as possible at night and read a book instead, if you need to wind down!
"Caffeinated tea, which contains natural tannins, is a mild diuretic and long used by grandmothers and runway models for reducing eye puffiness. Soak two tea bags in warm water, then chill the bags for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Place one tea bag on each eye for five minutes, and your eyes will feel fresh and look brighter," says Karen Hammerman, a dermatologist in New York City.
UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn and reddening. It has different strengths during different seasons, times of day and location, but it can burn and damage your skin all year. It may not penetrate glass as much as UVA rays do, but as much as 80% of UVB rays bounce off reflective surfaces such as snow. It is also a contributing factor to premature aging from sun damage.