I use my dermaroller once a month. Some people recommend using it more often (or less often, if you’re using bigger needles), but I like this frequency—it’s enough for maintenance without feeling too harsh on my skin. Sometimes, if it’s been a particularly stressful month or if I’ve been traveling, I’ll see those familiar shadows start to creep up again toward the end, but it’s nothing my go-to cream concealer and upping my water intake can’t help. (And that is a sentence I could have only dreamed of uttering so airily just a year ago.)
If you want to dip your toes in the tide of anti-aging products, a good place to start is by seeing what other people have tested and liked rather than trying to sort marketing claims from fact, and gimmicks from necessity. Combined, Amazon’s five best-selling anti-aging products have racked up nearly 8,000 five-star ratings, which is a decent-sized sounding board for your skin-care concerns.
I decided to try out Allure and I really regret it. I made my subscription purchase on December 31st hoping to get the January box. I was charged twice at their "first-time subscriber" rate. Then a couple days later I was charged the full price of a box on top of that. I emailed the same day I made my order and heard nothing back within 48 hours. I then emailed again. Nothing. Finally I called in. I was informed that one of the charges was refunded (though my bank account still doesn't reflect this). I was also told that of you sign up at the end of the month they will charge you for both that month and the next month.
This vegan formula combines vitamin C (Dr. Idriss's go-to antioxidant for fighting under-eye swelling) with ultra-soothing aloe vera and a blend of hydrating components (like hyaluronic acid and sunflower oil) to coddle the delicate skin under your eyes. Plus, unlike thick creams that feel heavy or oily, this lightweight formula absorbs into your skin with ease.
Retinoids recently experienced some stiff competition from bakuchiol. The plant-based ingredient was demonstrated to have antioxidant properties similar to those of retinol, which is what prompted scientists to investigate how it would compare, explains cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski. What they discovered was that the two have very similar anti-aging effects, but bakuchiol doesn't come with the potentially irritating side effects that are an issue with many retinoids. It's the standout ingredient in this treatment, which hydrates, fights fine lines and wrinkles, and helps fade spots and discoloration, too.
"All day long our skin is exposed to a constant barrage of sun, free radicals, pollution, and more," says Boston-based dermatologist Emmy Graber, M.D. "The overnight hours are when it finally gets a reprieve." So while you can definitely use antioxidants (along with sunscreen) in the a.m. as added protection from all of these damaging environmental factors, you can also make the most of this bedtime reprieve by using an antioxidant-rich night cream. In this formula, the lotus plant packs a powerful antioxidant punch (also helping to hydrate and improve radiance). The whipped consistency is a nice change from many other night creams, which can often be thick and heavy.
Cynthia is the assistant editor and frequent contributor. She’s originally from California, but has lived in many countries including South Korea, China and Germany. She currently lives with her husband in Minnesota. Cynthia is passionate about helping families find the best advice for family life and safety. Cynthia also has experience in early childhood education and holds a TEFL-C certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been writing about family-focused topics, advice and trends since 2014.
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