Never start microneedling without slathering on some kind of primer first: Not only does that medium make the treatment feel less harsh on your skin, but also, when you use a great treatment, you’re literally pushing those ingredients deep into your skin for maximum absorption—up to 90% more than you would just by using your fingers and leaving it there. I typically use a serum with additional collagen-boosting ingredients like hyaluronic acid. (Just be sure to avoid super-reactive elements like retinol or vitamin C.)
Genetics do play a big role. If you’ve “always” had them or since a young age, you have probably inherited them. But other factors such as lack of sleep and lack of hydration will make them worse. Also, if you don’t wear sunglasses, your dark circles may actually be hyperpigmentation. Finally, as you age, the decrease in collagen under your thin skin will make the blood vessels more visible–hence making this area look darker.
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.
I’ve had Allure for a year. In that time frame there have only been 2 boxes that were like the Feb box looks. So I can handle that, bc all other months are freaking amazing for $15. Just wanted to mention this, but you can also SKIP a month, not be billed for it, see the next month’s spoilers here, and continue with that next months box without having to cancel and re-subscribe if you’re wanting the March box. =)
It was pretty eye-opening (wink) to learn the differences between bags and puffy eyes and dark circles, since so many of us think we have them—even when sometimes we don't. I'm quite aware that $100 eye creams aren't for everyone (ditto for $1,000 fillers and other medical cosmetic procedures!), and for my own purposes, I'm likely going to stick with my already fairly intensive skincare regimen, rather than adding new products to the mix. I will rely on color correcting makeup and concealers when I'm looking for a quick bandaid for what seems to be a fact of life for most of us.
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
“I started researching natural skin lines a few years ago when I was looking to replace my underperforming hydrating gel. That’s when I discovered this gel and serum combo. I was initially attracted to the hypoallergenic and non-toxic nature of these two products, but after I tested them, I was immediately drawn to their silky texture and smooth application — and their results.
Nope, no shipping email or info even though I was charged. I emailed customer service who, a week later, sent a canned response saying I’ll get tracking when it ships, in the mean time log into my account. Completely useless info. My account says update payment method (I paid w first box using PayPal) and I don’t want to put a credit card number in and mess anything up, especially since I already paid. Anyone else know what’s going on in this situation? Do others accounts show the order and status, such as “processing” or anything?
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Lymphatic massage the whole face. This is a huge one–I can’t stress the importance of this enough. Recently I got a Radio Frequency (RF) facial, which vibrates the skin to promote lymphatic drainage and boost collagen, and my facialist said that it reduces under-eye bags as well. Lo and behold, she was right. This doesn’t mean you have to get RF facials every night, but that you can do the self-massage routine at home to mucho effect. Your under-eyes don’t exist by themselves–they’re connected to the rest of your face. To DIY, pump plenty of lotion or cream of your choice (I use Herin Beauty Omega-3 Cream, great for repair) and dot your cheeks, chin, forehead, neck, and decolletage. Use 2-3 fingers of both hands to do circular strokes lifting up and out from the center of your face. Note: You can use firmer strokes as long as you don’t tug the top layer of your skin. Think of it as gently massaging the muscles of your face rather than skimming the surface. You’ll know you did it right if you feel a refreshed, “just-worked-out” sensation all over. 2x a day.
If you are fighting both the early signs of aging and the remnants of adolescence – i.e., breakouts, then this is a superb choice for you. The LiftActive cream is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not block your pores and lead to acne and breakouts. Plus, the mineral water can help restore a healthy pH level in your skin, meaning your skin becomes more healthy overall. By restoring your skin’s health, you may find you are more resilient against acne as well – it’s a win-win!
Rivera says that storing your eye cream in the fridge can help to temporarily reduce the look of under-eye bags and dark circles. When they’re cold, eye creams can cause short-term vasoconstriction (meaning tightening of blood vessels), which can be beneficial for those with puffy eyes or dark circles. When you’re ready to use your eye cream, take it out of the fridge and apply it in small dots around your eye until it’s absorbed.
Hyaluronic acid filler injections can plump up the sunken under-eye area. Fillers are priced per syringe, typically between $1,000 and $1,400, and the results can last for a year and a half or up to five years. There are also laser procedures to destroy the superficial blood vessels that are showing through the skin, though experts say tread with caution as the wrong laser can cause hyperpigmentation (or even hypopigmentation, when the area lightens too much). Treatments range between $300 and $500, and may require two or three sessions to see results, plus annual maintenance.
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.
Four of our remaining wrinkle creams advertised sunscreen built in: L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Philosophy, and StriVectin. Retinoids degrade very quickly in the sunlight, losing their potency. More worryingly, the 2010 handbook of Cosmetic Dermatology Products and Procedures suggests that retinoids may release free radicals as they degrade — molecules that harm your skin rather than helping it. Because of this, the handbook concludes, “it is still recommended to avoid UV exposure when using topical retinoids” (312). Sunblock does slow retinoid degradation, according to a 2008 study, but the retinoids still degrade to some extent. Ultimately, this wasn’t a risk we felt comfortable taking. Until there’s been more extensive research on the topic, we’ve opted to skip all sunscreen-containing products.
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.
The LiftActive achieved fantastic results in the clinical trials! After 4 weeks of twice-daily use, 79% of participants agreed it made their skin their skin smoother and 85% felt their skin was more comfortable. Separately, there was found to be a 38% increase in skin firmness! Even better, it was demonstrated that with continued use, the cream gives long-lasting effects!
Nowadays, there are masks for everything. Face, hair, lips, and even eyes! If you’re wondering why all those masks are necessary, it’s because there isn’t a one size fits all product. You probably won’t want your favorite face mask getting to get too close to your eyes, right? So, you need a mask that’s specifically designed for the under-eye area. Eye masks are typically cushy, apostrophe-shaped sheets that go underneath your eyes, right where your under-eye bags happen to be.
“This is the best anti-aging product in the drugstore! It addresses most concerns associated with premature aging of the skin including tone, texture, wrinkles and discoloration by containing the right combination of ingredients. This product has been evaluated in clinical trials — in fact, one study published in the British Journal of Dermatology showed that it was as effective as Renova (an FDA-approved prescription product for the treatment of wrinkles).
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
This wrinkle cream is rated #1 on Amazon in Facial Night Creams and it also claims to be the strongest non-prescription anti-aging blend available. The ingredients are mostly what you’d expect with a few exceptions. One of which being their own proprietary formula, Fision Wrinkle Fix which they claim gives the most potent wrinkle reduction available among non-prescription grade cosmetics.
Same! I only see a reference to the refund and free box in the preview of the e-mail while I’m looking at my entire mailbox. If I open the message, the subject says nothing about a refund and free box, and the body of the e-mail just says they apologize for the shipping delay. I’m not optimistic the refund and bonus box will really happen. I think that part may have been a mistake.
This fast-acting anti-wrinkle eye cream works in two stages. The first being the claim that you will see the effects just one hour after application, tightening the skin. Then, Dior’s proprietary formula stimulates twice as much production of hyaluronic acid, creating “youth replenishing matter” beneath the surface. After one month of regular use, you should notice a big difference in the wrinkles around your eyes.
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.
“While there are many expensive skin care treatments on the market, nothing is better at preventing both skin cancer and premature skin aging than sunscreen. Studies have shown time and time again that regular use of sunscreens prevents the development of skin cancers, including melanomas, which can be potentially fatal. In one recent yearlong study, regular sunscreen use was even shown to improve the cosmetic appearance of the skin, likely because protective skin was able to heal itself. The best treatment for aging skin is preventing ultraviolet light damage to begin with. Skipping one day will not result in too much loss, but if you regularly take a pass, your skin will ultimately pay the price.
So, you slather your skin from head to toe with sunscreen, but you avoid getting your SPF too close to your eyes. It may sound reasonable, since you don’t want to deal with stinging, burning eyes. But that doesn’t negate your need for sun protection in that area. For an easy solution, seek out an eye cream that’s formulated with SPF. Additionally, make sure you wear the proper accessories. When you’ll be exposed to the sun, don a pair of large sunglasses that provide UV protection with a wide brimmed hat. Besides defending against sun damage, proper sun protection can help prevent under-eye bags.
I asked that very question of celebrity facialist and dermarolling proponent Kerry Benjamin only a few weeks ago, after it occurred to me that I wasn’t satisfied with my own explanation of “Uh, I think it boosts your collagen by making tiny micro-injuries in the skin.” I wasn’t wrong, but it was so unbelievably simplistic that even after months of putting it into practice, I was still half-convinced that there was dark magic involved. Not quite. “Basically, the skin around your eyes is very thin and delicate,” Benjamin explained as she pressed a roller into my face. “When you see dark circles, you’re actually just seeing the blood pool around your eyes through the skin. By microneedling and making those tiny injuries in the skin, you’re putting collagen production into overdrive and literally thickening that skin.” Doing so makes the blood much less visible and fills in those bags and lines, too.
“When it comes to combating wrinkles, I always recommend incorporating retinol into your skin care routine. This is an excellent way to add the effective ingredient to your daily regimen without breaking the bank. The silky formula is proven to diminish the look of fine line lines and wrinkles and it is even suitable to use under makeup,” said celebrity makeup artist Erin Guth.
While there is an element of genetics and luck associated with how your skin ages, a great deal influence on it is our lifestyle. Smoking, sunburn, drinking and having a poor diet can all greatly affect the resilience of our skin, meaning it is far more likely to age prematurely. So in addition to promoting your skin’s natural collagen productions through applying pro-collagen creams, here are some other ways you can help your skin stay resilient, healthy and youthful.
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.
“I love this product because it’s sensitive enough for first-time retinol users. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, does a lot. It minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, diminishes hyperpigmentation, blackheads and dark spots and reduces inflammation, pore size and the appearance of blemishes. The only issue is that it can be harsh on the skin, leaving it dry and irritated. But not this product!
I’ve been a subscriber to the Allure Beauty Box for almost a year now! It’s always exciting to open the box and have no idea what’s in it, and I’ve been happy with everything I have received so far! On the downside, shipping can take foreverrrrr, but that’s the only bad thing I can really think of! I’ve had no issues with customer service either. No plans on cancelling this box anytime soon!😊