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.
Mine supposedly shipped yesterday. I’m so excited for it! I went ahead and ordered it because I had seen several people unbox it on YouTube. The value of the products is unbelievable for January. My theory is that allure had so many unsatisfied customers and cancellations from all the issues last year that they’re going to work really hard to bring those customers back this year. I think their goal is to make things right again and I predict some really good boxes in our future. I could be wrong but let’s hope not. 🤞
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies creams and lotions as cosmetics, which are defined as having no medical value. So the FDA regulates them less strictly than it does drugs. This means that cosmetic products don't undergo the same rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness that topically applied medications undergo. Regarding this category of creams and lotions, the FDA's main concern is safety, not effectiveness.
For another retinol-free night cream, try Vichy LiftActiv with Rhamnose Night, a moisturizing powerhouse — and the only cream to score decently in the lab for reducing brown spots, minimizing pores, and improving texture. It also increased firmness by an impressive 28% after two months, an effect that didn't go unnoticed by panelists: "After a few weeks, you definitely could see a difference; the fine lines were disappearing and my skin firmed up," said one. Keep in mind that these creams tend to be more moisturizing than their retinol-based counterparts — a good bet if your skin is especially dry.
"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.
No matter how old you are, we bet that one of the last things you want to show up on your pretty little face—right up there with fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots—is a set of bags under your eyes. Ugh, be gone, puffiness! If this is something you’re dealing with, you’ve probably searched high and low to find out how to get rid of under-eye bags. Sadly, there’s no magic solution that’ll completely get rid of the puffiness under your eyes—but there are some skin care products and tips you can add to your skin care routine to help reduce the look of under-eye bags. Of course, it’s also important to understand what can cause under-eye bags in the first place. Keep reading to find out about the most common reasons behind noticeable under-eye bags, plus learn multiple ways—15, to be specific—to help minimize their appearance.
There are different kinds of retinoids, and they vary in strength. As cosmetic chemist Kevin Gallagher explained, this strength comes with a trade-off: the stronger the retinoid, the faster it works — and the harsher it is on skin. The strongest retinoids are only available with a prescription. But that’s not to say over-the-counter formulations are ineffective. A three-month, double-blind, randomized study of 34 women showed there was no significant difference in efficacy between an over-the-counter 1.1 percent retinol cream and 0.025 percent prescription tretinoin. In short: Retinoids work.
As you can see, my under-eye bags and darknesses (“Hello darkness my old friend….”) haven’t completely disappeared. Instead of obsessing over getting them perfect, I’m going to embrace this quirk. If every weirdness was wiped out of one’s face, one would look so robotic and character-less, right? I’m okay with my under-eyes giving me some personality–as long as they don’t rise up in mutiny again, haha.
Allure has really been cranking out the spoilers! I really appreciate that, it gives me something to look forward to. I’m in love with January and will use everything in that box, plus I’ll order an extra. February is not as exciting, but still really good! I’ll definitely try the mascara with all of you raving about it and I’m excited to try a clear brow gel since I never have. I always find at least one really good product in Allure every single month. I can’t say the same about my other subs.
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