"If dark, puffy [bags under your eyes] seem to be the morning problem, consider sleeping on your back with an extra pillow so that fluid doesn't pool overnight. Keeping your pillow protected from allergens (dust and dust mites) with a protective encasement can also help when allergies are the culprit," says Rebecca Tung, a dermatologist in La Grange Park, Illinois.
When it comes to targeting under-eye puffiness at home, New York City dermatologist Dr. David Colbert advises looking for products with gentle ingredients–chamomile, algae extract, liquorice root, hyaluronic acid and oils like argan, pomegranate, or marula. For a quick fix, Colbert's eye gel combines hyaluronic acid with aloe, horse chestnut, and mulberry to calm puffiness and minimize dark circles.
A type of eyelid surgery called blepharoplasty may help eliminate bags under the eyes, depending on their cause. During this outpatient procedure, the eye surgeon creates an incision under the lashes or inside the lower lid. The surgeon removes excess fat through the incision and sometimes removes extra skin, then closes the incisions with tiny stitches.
When shopping for a new anti-aging cream, it is important to look for a brand that stands behind the claims it is making. That’s why we absolutely love that Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty Beyond repairing cream comes with a 60-day product exchange guarantee. If for any reason you aren’t satisfied or have a problem with this cream, the delightful folks at Cindy Crawford’s beauty line will gladly swap out your old product for a new one, even if the bottle is completely empty! Now that’s customer service!
"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
Notably, The Ordinary is the only one of our finalists to have two types of retinoids on its ingredient list: a retinol and a retinoate. This means that it may be a little stronger than our other picks. And, in fact, it was the only formula where our testers noticed a light burning sensation after application. It's not unusual for retinoids to cause stinging, itching, or tenderness, and it's usually a sign to cut back on your use: Only apply the product once every two or three days while your skin adjusts, and monitor your reaction over the course of a few weeks. If your skin continues to react poorly, take it as a sign to choose a gentler formula or consult with your dermatologist for other options.
While most anti-wrinkle creams focus on tightening and sculpting the skin, the Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream restores your youthful glow by supporting the respiration and oxygenation of your skin cells. There is a reason we call oxygen the source of all life, after all: this essential element promotes re-growth of skin cells to support your skin’s natural suppleness and elasticity.
We wanted an anti-aging cream with a full arsenal of defenses, so we required our top picks to contain hyaluronic acid of some type. But we opted to bring all 8 of our remaining contenders into the office for hands-on testing — four with HA and four without. This allowed us to check out drugstore runners-up like RoC, which are a lot cheaper and easier to find than brands like La Prairie (and can be paired with a face moisturizer containing HA).
Under-eye masks or patches directly target your bags with hydrating ingredients, antioxidants and retinol. This pampering treatment reduces inflammation and stimulates collagen growth for refreshed and youthful-looking eyes. It’s also an excellent way to relax after a long day! Follow the instructions on the pack but as a general rule aim for 20 minutes with patches on. After removing you should see immediate results.
Another study shared information regarding use of a topical serum containing epidermal growth factor (EGF) and its ability to minimize the appearance of under-eye bags. Sixteen subjects were tested and all but two subjects reported improvement at their final visit. Improvement was quantified as 76–100 percent by two subjects, 50–75 percent by three subjects and 25–49 percent by nine subjects. Eleven subjects claimed that the bags under their eyes were definitely milder at the end of the trial compared to the first visit. Seven subjects reported greater satisfaction with their overall facial appearance.
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As is the case with most of the body’s natural processes, collagen production naturally slows down a bit as we age. When collagen levels drop, the elasticity of our skin (and the other parts of our bodies that depend on this vital protein) soften and become more fragile. Decreased collagen levels can lead to everything from wrinkles and fine lines to increased bone fragility and de-pigmented hair color (that’s where those stubborn grays and, if we let them, eventual white hairs come from!).
Night creams are a wonderful option for a not-morning person. Remembering to do your entire skincare regimen at 5:30 am just doesn’t always happen. But if you keep cleansing face wipes and this by your bed, you can remember to take care of your skin as you’re falling into bed. This cream uses a patented, controlled release technology that allows your skin to be replenished while you sleep. And the moisturizer will last well into the next day.