Unlike some anti-aging creams that only intended for people with certain skin types (moisture-rich for dry skin, quick-absorbing for oily skin), Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty Beyond collagen cream was manufactured for folks of every skin type! Whether you have super oily skin that is prone to breakouts, dry skin that tends to flake when you skip a day or two of moisturizing, or combination skin that falls somewhere in between, this nighttime repairing cream is for you!
The least expensive of the top trio of eye creams, Eau Thermale Avène Rétrinal Eyes Eye Contour Care was just as moisturizing as our gold winner and earned kudos from satisfied testers for its nongreasy, fast-absorbing formula. However, dermatologists recommend that if dark circles are your primary concern, invest in a good concealer. Topical lotions are ineffective at treating them.
The skin-care internet is full of dubious DIY remedies, but the ones that suggest black tea as an under-eye bag treatment actually hold weight. The caffeine in black tea is considered a “vasoconstrictor,” meaning that it’s capable of temporarily shrinking the size of blood vessels. Studies also indicate that the topical application of caffeine smooths skin, which is why caffeine is often found in cellulite creams. These two factors work in tandem to help your eyes look a lot less puffy.
Take your pick: Both Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream and Eau Thermale Avène Rétrinal Eyes Eye Contour Care delivered similar youth-boosting results. The Perricone product nabbed the honor of best wrinkle-fighter, improving lines by an impressive 29% in lab tests. Consumers also saw noticeable results: "Love, love, love this eye cream. I can see a huge difference after using this for a month. My fine lines and crow's feet have improved."
Hyaluronic acid (HA) gives you short-term benefits while you wait patiently for retinoids and AHAs to kick in. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, and works by drawing water into the cells, making skin look plumper and more full of life. And hyaluronic acid is the latest and greatest humectant out there, each of its molecules capable of holding 800 to 1,000 times their weight in water. That’s a lot of plumping power. Even more effective than HA is sodium hyaluronate, a derivative that has smaller molecules, making it better at sinking deeply into the skin.
The only way to ensure 100 percent if the benefits of a particular wrinkle cream are real is to try the product yourself, but a good way to learn more about the various benefits your chosen skin cream promises is to read user reviews. User reviews are easy to find online, and they list the pros, cons, and results of each product, allowing you to make a more informed decision.
Luckily, there are a slew of skincare products on the market right now that work to fight the peskiest of under-eye bags—no matter their cause. According to Shereene Idriss, M.D., of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York, anyone looking to de-puff swollen eyes should opt for creams and treatments that contain caffeine, green tea extract, or antioxidants like vitamin C for the best (and fastest) results. "These ingredients work to constrict the superficial vasculature, which results in less swelling," she says.
And they wanted in—or really, I wanted them to want in. I would do those fitness supplement–peddling Ponzi schemes proud with my insistence that my friends, family, and co-workers try dermarolling themselves. But then again, it’s probably easier to convince someone to try a protein shake than roll hundreds of tiny needles into her face. That’s fair.
We decided to call in the experts. First, we lined up in a conference room and took pictures of our tired-looking eyes—first thing in the morning, and makeup free. Then I called up a couple dermatologists and asked them to review the photos and tell me what we were looking at. I’m not saying that we needed to be diagnosed or that we had “problems” that needed to be “fixed.” But we knew we had these things that bothered us, and we wanted to learn about what we were working with, and what tricks we could use to minimize their appearance. The dermatologists I spoke to explained what makes eyes puffy, what causes dark circles, and what so-called bags even are. They pointed out the telltale signs in our photos, and gave their expert recommendations for how to treat them.
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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.
If your eyes are swollen and puffy, try a cold compress. Not only can this help reduce puffy eyes, it can be very relaxing which adds to a youthful appearance. You can achieve this by using chilled spoons on top of your eyes, slices of cucumbers, or even chilled, dampened tea bags with a drop of lavender essential oil added. The cool temperature is what makes this home remedy effective.
Alas, under-eye bags are not a feature that improves with age. Now, many people get dark circles when they have a bad night’s sleep–occasionally, but not severely. I’ve had a combination of under-eye bags *and* dark circles since college. If you’re wondering what that even looks like, imagine curtain valances (the half-moon drapes that top your curtains). Thank you, Dad.
Dr. Tzu says retinol helps increase collagen production and normalize differentiation of the top layer of skin. Clinically, it’s used to smooth the skin, even out discoloration, and unclog pores. But you’ll want to be mindful of retinol’s tendencies to amplify the skin’s sensitivity to the sun and be sure to always wear plenty of SPF when you use retinol skincare products throughout the day.
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.
While there are a lot of terrific options for sale to choose from, our all-around top pick for the best anti-aging wrinkle cream is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Featuring natural ingredients from the sea and a lightweight, grease-free formula, this pro-collagen cream packs a tough, wrinkle-fighting punch without the harmful chemicals of other products on the market. We particularly love that it is paraben free and that users can see real results in as little as two weeks!
According to the Mayo Clinic, under-eye bags are a common issue that many people experience as they age. Since the skin around your eyes is generally thinner than the rest of your skin, it’s more prone to showing signs of aging like under-eye bags, sagging skin, and dark circles. What’s more, the tissues and muscles around your eyes tend to weaken as you age, meaning the delicate skin in that area can become more susceptible to visible wrinkling and sagging. And that’s not all! As you age, the fat around your eyes, which supports the area, can start to sink, which can also contribute to under-eye bags.
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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