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The gold-standard anti-aging ingredient retinol, which stimulates cell turnover to boost collagen, is the powerhouse in this serum, dispensed as a special foam for faster absorption. "This faded the dark spots on my cheeks and plumped both my fine and my deep lines," a tester said. "I got compliments on how even-toned and bright my skin was," another glowed. After four weeks of use, 76% of testers saw diminished lines and wrinkles, and we measured a nearly 10% reduction in UV spots in the Lab test, with little to no irritation.

I love the Allure Beauty Box I get every month! Iv subscribed since July of 2018 and so far just about every box has had something I'v bought. Someone of the boxes come with full size items with brands like: Sunday Riley, MAC, ISL, Kat Von D, and First Aid Beauty for example. The items allow me to try out lipsticks, face cleaners, mask, various others make up products out. For $15 a month the box is definitely worth every penny!
In addition to a lack of results, users of prescription retinoids often experience adverse side effects.  Burning and stinging of the skin, redness, peeling, and severe dryness are common complaints. Although many of these symptoms may resolve over weeks to months of use, some individuals experience persistent irritation and inflammation from topical retinoids.
You are paying for a sub box that is supposed to be a mystery with a value of $50 or more and 5 products. They don’t owe us any other spoilers or specific products, unless we sign up for a special deal like the S.R. promo or Caudalie. Lots of boxes do variations and some of them don’t release them until after it’s too late to cancel. Allure is giving variation info a full 2 weeks before the deadline to cancel. And they are giving us a bonus item…
In addition to a lack of results, users of prescription retinoids often experience adverse side effects.  Burning and stinging of the skin, redness, peeling, and severe dryness are common complaints. Although many of these symptoms may resolve over weeks to months of use, some individuals experience persistent irritation and inflammation from topical retinoids.
Fayne Frey, M.D., is a board-certified clinical and surgical dermatologist practicing in West Nyack, New York, where she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. She is a nationally recognized expert in the effectiveness and formulation of over-the-counter skincare products, and, as a speaker, has captivated audiences with her wry observations regarding the skincare industry. She has consulted for numerous media outlets, including NBC, USA Today, and, the Huffington Post, and has shared her expertise on both cable and major TV outlets. Dr. Frey is the Founder of FryFace.com, an educational skincare information and product selection service website that clarifies and simplifies the overwhelming choice of effective, safe and affordable products encountered in the skincare aisles. Dr. Frey is a graduate of the Weill Cornell Medical College and is a fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
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This wrinkle cream checked all the boxes on our ingredient wish list, but unfortunately came in the wrong packaging. Unlike squeeze tubes and pump bottles, a jar means that the entire cream is exposed to air, sun, and bacteria every time it’s used. But if you’re sold on the idea of a thick lotion or cream, it’s the closest competitor to the $530 La Prairie.
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.”
Women’s Health Editor’s Note: Dr. Frey is one of my favorite contributors. Her unrelenting passion to bring patients and consumers the most factual information is completely refreshing. Dr. Frey makes the fact-based claim that “anti-wrinkle” creams do not work using evidence that comes directly from the manufacturers’ package inserts!  ….Anna Villarreal
We're all for splurging on a so-worth-it moisturizer or serum, but the truth is that you don't need to shell out a ton of money to take care of your skin. In fact, many drugstore products are packed with some of the top dermatologist-recommended anti-agers, such as retinol, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide. These ingredients help soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles, boost hydration, and erase dark spots to make your skin look younger than its years. Below, some of the best anti-aging products you can order on Amazon—all for $20 or less.
If you need to minimize the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags STAT, cooling down the area is one solution. Cucumber slices, potato slices, gel eye masks, cold wash rags, and even cold spoons can do the trick. Whatever you choose, leave it on for ten to twenty minutes and give it a chance to really soothe the skin under surrounding your eyes. Applying something cool to your eyes is especially effective at reducing constricting swollen under-eye blood vessels.
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.
Use gentle strokes on the eye area. I like to use light pressure and plenty of serum/cream. Use light, shimmering tapping (imagine doing jazz fingers). Be sure to press the serum into the skin instead of just pushing it around. Finish up by drawing a horizontal figure 8 (or the infinity symbol!) around the boundaries of your eye area–this is good for lymphatic drainage.

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.


If you want glowing, ageless, JLo skin—but aren't ready to incorporate skin-rejuvenating lasers into the mix—follow these two very important skincare rules: 1) Wear SPF religiously—seriously, it's the best way to keep your skin looking young and healthy, and 2) Invest in an anti-aging cream and use it on the reg. These seven formulas are top-performers—you're welcome.
"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.
As mentioned, having noticeable bags under the eyes is not a medical concern, but an aesthetic one that doesn’t imply a disease or a health-threatening condition.45 If the saggy skin obstructs your peripheral vision, an under-eye bags surgery or blepharoplasty could be done. This procedure gets rid of the excess tissue in your eyelids46 through an incision.

Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, fights free radicals, a byproduct of cell metabolism in your body. Free radicals are thought to attack proteins, fats and DNA -- and break down collagen, leading to lines and wrinkles. Anti-wrinkle eye creams that include vitamin C are top in the anti-aging category because of their ability to minimize lines, while firming and brightening skin. Dermatologist formulated Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 is a top anti-wrinkle eye cream, featuring a patented anti-aging formula.


What can you do? Topical retinoids may help lighten the look of dark circles, Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologic surgeon at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in NYC, tells SELF. She says that using a prescription retinoid will help “thicken the skin and increase cell turnover,” which will make the underlying darkness less visible. Experts also recommend creams and serums with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides to hydrate and stimulate collagen and elastin production, plumping up the skin and pushing it away from the pooled blood. Antioxidants including vitamins A, C, and E can help to lighten dark under-eye circles. Try Insta Natural Eye Serum ($18) which is packed with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides and caffeine. Products with caffeine can also help “wake up” tired looking eyes by constricting visible blood vessels.
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
When you’re dealing with a group of guys that is already skeptical of “this skincare nonsense,” results can be especially important. That’s why the pros at Mario Badescu have formulated a product that delivers real, tangible results in just a few days! Unlike other creams we have reviewed, this particular formula is designed to start tackling those fine lines and wrinkles in a fraction of the time, so you can start achieving the youthful appearance you’ve always wanted in no time.
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.
Need a morning pick-me-up? Try an eye cream with a cooling applicator for a refreshing wake up call, that can also help with your baggage. Rivera likes the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Eye Treatment, which has a cooling applicator tip and is formulated with caffeine and helps reduce the look of under-eye bags. Use morning and night and gently massage the eye treatment around your eye area until it’s fully absorbed. Your skin may look brighter immediately, and your under-eye bags may look visibly reduced with continued use over time.
"After hearing my five-year-old ask about the lines on my forehead, I decided it was time to be more proactive with my skincare. I’ve always hesitated to try new facial products, especially lotions, because I have sensitive skin that was acne prone in my youth. Now at almost 40, my skin is quite a bit less problematic, but starting to show signs of aging. I’ve been using this now for a few months and it’s working well!" —CincyMom
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!
I decided to subscribe to Allure B. Box because I thought it would be a great way to receive samples and beauty products to try out. I started Oct. 5 2018 and they charged me right away. I never heard back on shipping for that month. Oct 16 I sent an email and on Oct 18 I received a tracking email. Needless to say I received the box very late Oct. I decided to cancel, with an email, I was offered to please stay and they would do the next “4 boxes at $10 ea.” Instead of $15. I accepted, this was Oct 31. On Nov. 1st they charged my card for the Nov. box. ALL November I waited, no emails, no information. I got an email just advising a “November Round up” for those who did get the box can review the products. I sent an email no response, so I decided to call. I spoke to a rep saying she didn’t understand why I had received one. On their end it showed it had not left “the warehouse” but she’d message a supervisor who’d get back to me.
"Sometimes dark circles are caused by increased pigment, either from rubbing or from sun damage," says Nazarian. "The best treatment for this includes topical lightening agents such as vitamin C, kojic acid, and licorice extract. These ingredients help decrease skin pigmentation over time, ultimately resulting in the lightening of the dark circles." And you must wear sunscreen. "Invest in a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide," Tung says.
Vichy is considered the number 1 brand in European pharmacies, and even a dermatologist to celebrities names it as one of her favorite French skincare brands. Vichy products are highly effective and luxurious, yet an affordable product, infusing mineralizing volcanic thermal water to help improve your skin’s resilience. This is clean, safe and the properties have been respected for centuries! It promises safe, effective formulas to give you strong, healthy skin – what more could you ask for?
Fermented green tea offers numerous skincare benefits and is the key ingredient in this anti-aging cream. Antioxidants in green tea, including polyphenols, are known to help repair UV damage and force cancer-causing cells to deteriorate. “The antioxidant activity of polyphenols help protect skin cells from premature damage from environmental factors,” says Dr. Tzu. “This helps decelerate the aging process.”
Bags under eyes — mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes — are common as you age. With aging, the tissues around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids, weaken. Normal fat that helps support the eyes can then move into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling.
When you think of ageless beauty, one celebrity comes to mind: Cindy Crawford. The author of several books about anti-aging and aging gracefully, Cindy Crawford has quickly become a household name in the ever-growing beauty industry. It’s no surprise then that Cindy Crawford would come out with her own fabulous line of skincare products, including this Meaningful Beauty Beyond skin cream.
"After hearing my five-year-old ask about the lines on my forehead, I decided it was time to be more proactive with my skincare. I’ve always hesitated to try new facial products, especially lotions, because I have sensitive skin that was acne prone in my youth. Now at almost 40, my skin is quite a bit less problematic, but starting to show signs of aging. I’ve been using this now for a few months and it’s working well!" —CincyMom
Still have yet to get my allure January box! It shipped on the 4th and allure says they have no clue where it is.. I’ve been with them for over a year , and it’s not cool not to have answers for ur customers. This is my last box with them unfortunately until they come up with a lot better stuff then what’s in February and March and April. Nothing is making me want to stay😔
Awesome Box, Bad Customer Service! I gave the Allure Beauty Box a try for a year and while 8/10 times I loved the items I was mailed, the customer service and lack there of was a deal breaker for me. When they send out the 'spoiler' email it was always without a link, the tracking number came more often than not after my package arrived and after January's huge SNAFU (first they send out a mass email that they have canceled your order, then they send another that reads they have refunded your money and will be sending out a free box, but when this message is opened it says nothing of the sort, and finally an "oops" message stating the box will ship "soon" which for me was another 2 weeks. I decided to cancel my subscription, because what should be a fun, enjoyable treat was becoming nothing but stress.

Like our top pick, Dr. Dennis, The Ordinary is applied with a dropper. Our testers preferred Dr. Dennis’ angled tip over The Ordinary’s straight one, which they found trickier to control, but it was still a huge step up from dipping a finger into a jar. It’s an emulsion, which is similar to a serum, with a consistency that put us in mind of liquified lotion.
There are three different types of acids in this nighttime treatment: alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, and flower acids. The result? The perfect combination of exfoliating, pore-reducing, and skin-clarifying benefits. The addition of hyaluronic acid and honey ensure your complexion never feels stripped, just soft and smooth. Use it two to three times per week, gradually increasing the frequency.
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