Fayne Frey, M.D., is a board-certified clinical and surgical dermatologist practicing in West Nyack, New York, where she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. She is a nationally recognized expert in the effectiveness and formulation of over-the-counter skincare products, and, as a speaker, has captivated audiences with her wry observations regarding the skincare industry. She has consulted for numerous media outlets, including NBC, USA Today, and, the Huffington Post, and has shared her expertise on both cable and major TV outlets. Dr. Frey is the Founder of FryFace.com, an educational skincare information and product selection service website that clarifies and simplifies the overwhelming choice of effective, safe and affordable products encountered in the skincare aisles. Dr. Frey is a graduate of the Weill Cornell Medical College and is a fellow of both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

Don't let the water gel formula of this product fool you. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel restores moisture and helps plump the under-eye area with hyaluronic acid. This product may be beneficial with people who have oily skin. "Many moisturizers are too heavy or can cause acne [for people with oily skin], which is why I love hyaluronic acid gels," says dermatologist Dr. William Kwan.

As mentioned, having noticeable bags under the eyes is not a medical concern, but an aesthetic one that doesn’t imply a disease or a health-threatening condition.45 If the saggy skin obstructs your peripheral vision, an under-eye bags surgery or blepharoplasty could be done. This procedure gets rid of the excess tissue in your eyelids46 through an incision.


We also liked La Prairie’s packaging choice. Its completely opaque pump bottle carries an even smaller risk of exposure to oxygen and sunlight than Dr. Dennis' eye dropper, and means you can precisely measure out how much cream you need. Testers also liked the sheer appearance of the bottle itself calling it “otherworldly.” It’s sleek, minimal, and futuristic.

This wrinkle cream’s primary ingredient difference is the probiotic formula it contains. Probiotics can have a drastic impact on your body, both inside and out. Not only can it rejuvenate sagging skin and smooth wrinkles, it could even treat dermatological problems like acne, rosacea, and eczema. And it also includes other ultra-hydrating ingredients: aloe, jojoba oil, and cocoa butter to name a few.
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!

Is there any new news on the November box & that one-day bonus Sunday Riley CEO? I haven’t had any of my emails (to various addresses) returned. Last I heard (here on MSA, bless you all!) was that people who had managed to get a live person on the phone were told that shipments were lost. I haven’t received my December box, either, tho I haven’t unsubscribed because I still want that Sunday Riley if at all possible. I’m not even as much angry anymore as sad.
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!
“One of my patients gave me this sleep mask as a holiday gift last year and I liked it so much, I bought several for my girlfriends. Now that I'm headed toward my 50th birthday, I'm noticing the sleep creases around my eyes take longer to smooth out. This mask is made of mulberry silk, which is softer than cotton and produces less friction against your skin. The slippery fabric slides over your pillow, so there’s less pulling and tugging. Friction creates more pressure on the skin, which can deepen skin creases.
If you’ve fallen into the habit of sleeping with your makeup on, it’s time to correct your bad behavior. Not only can falling asleep with a full face of foundation and heavy eye makeup on lead to breakouts—which you likely already knew—it can also result in puffiness. In order to wake up fresh faced, use a micellar water to remove every trace of makeup before bedtime. Simply saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types and sweep it over your skin, no need to rinse.
“I love this anti-ager because it’s dual acting: It’s an oil- and fragrance-free moisturizer, plus it’s a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide but doesn’t leave your skin looking pasty and chalky. It's a must-wear for your face, neck, décolleté and hands. I recommend it to treat and prevent dark marks and it’s my secret weapon for fighting rough knees and elbows,” says Dr. Sonia Badreshia, M.D., clinical instructor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco.
"Caffeinated tea, which contains natural tannins, is a mild diuretic and long used by grandmothers and runway models for reducing eye puffiness. Soak two tea bags in warm water, then chill the bags for a few minutes in the refrigerator. Place one tea bag on each eye for five minutes, and your eyes will feel fresh and look brighter," says Karen Hammerman, a dermatologist in New York City.
Testers rated Estée Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum best for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Said one, "I had a very deep wrinkle between my eyes, and it's really starting to go away." Lab tests didn't show stellar wrinkle reduction with any of the serums, but the Estée Lauder proved itself a top-notch skin smoother. Echoed a panelist, "My face feels smoother, and my skin tone looks brighter. I have been wearing less blush!" If you want to spend smarter, go for the large size of our winners (the 3.3-oz. Lancôme, $150; the 3.4-oz. Estée Lauder, $160) and you'll slash the price per ounce by $44 and $18, respectively.
It is also worth knowing, however, that just because a product contains a simple alcohol, it doesn’t mean it will be drying on your skin – even if it is high up the product list. The product may be rich in emollient ingredients, or fatty alcohols. Products like moisturizers are unlikely to be drying on the skin – because they are designed to impart moisture or help your skin to retain its moisture. Gels designed for reducing acne on the other hand, and similarly toners designed for oily skin, are more likely to have a drying effect on your skin.

Maybe it is just me, but I pay $15 dollars a month as a treat for myself and am never really disappointed in the allure box. I figure I always get to try something that I may not have been otherwise willing to try (for the cost). I realized a while back, when I did start to get disappointed, that I was usually just feeding off of negative comments. Sure some things don’t work for me, others I have found to be a holy grail. I give away some as gifts but I usually always feel as though I get my money’s worth.


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.
Still have yet to get my allure January box! It shipped on the 4th and allure says they have no clue where it is.. I’ve been with them for over a year , and it’s not cool not to have answers for ur customers. This is my last box with them unfortunately until they come up with a lot better stuff then what’s in February and March and April. Nothing is making me want to stay😔

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 am very disheartened by the fact that for the last three or so months my card has been charged at random times throughout the month, I do not receive products until late the next month when promised otherwise, and I have not received any assistance from customer service as they take too long to reply and only send copy and paste replies. I have had a particular issue with allure beauty box and after requesting they reimburse my account or cancel my membership, they went ahead and processed my debit card instead. This company is untrustworthy and even though I try to get reimburse or cancel, it seems to fail each and every time.
Lee inherited the business when she took over as editor a little more than three years ago, and with a team that includes Jill Friedson, the vp of marketing across the Condé Nast Beauty Collection, the subscription service has seen significant growth since then. At the end of last year, revenue for the box increased by 51 percent year over year and is projected to increase by 68 percent by the end of this year.
Using this method, you can work out that higher SPF ratings don’t actually give you much more protection than medium SPF ratings. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% and SPF 50 blocks 98%. While these differences seem insignificant, they can still make a great difference over time, especially if you have fair skin or a history of cancer.
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.
Alcohol dehydrates your body and skin. This dehydration can cause the delicate area around your eyes to appear sunken and dark. Also, alcohol can cause bloodshot, tired eyes. Take it easy on the alcohol by having no more than one glass per day. I would suggest drinking lots of water instead. You will feel fresher, your eyes will be wide open and the skin around your eyes will glow because it’s more hydrated.
I don’t think Sunday Riley does much of anything either. Used that C cream, lactic serum, luna oil. It does nothing. I usually use much more clinical brands or spa brands that actually work, so that may be why (Skin Medica/Glymed/Revision, etc). Anything department store brand, or drugstore brand has much lower %s of active ingredient and takes much longer to show any result.
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.
HORRRRIBLEEE!!! I recieved by box with the nail polish already shattered and damaging every single product in the box so I emailed TWICE asking nicely for a replacement or for a refund and I got no reply so when I finally called after 6 days of no response the woman on the phone didn't so much as even fake apologize she just said "okay you're cancelled" and that was all. Rude and I'll be telling everyone I know. I also referred a bunch of people who signed up and then after this I got them all to cancel and will be telling everyone I can to not waste their money/time. Simple customer service skills could have gone a long way. Damaged items are an easy fix but the people they have replying to emails and phone calls are the real damaged items.

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.

For centuries people have reverted to obscure beauty rituals claiming to be the source of the fountain of youth– Cleopatra was even known to bathe in donkey milk. But to age gracefully there isn't just one secret, it takes a collection of products that will restore, protect, and regenerate your skin. To help you on your quest of turning back time, we've rounded up the best anti-aging products to introduce to your routine. From natural beauty wonders to tried-and-true favorite masks, oils, peels, treatments and moisturizers, these wrinkle-reducing and glow-inducing workhorses turn back the sands of time.

I have a hate and love relationship with this subscription —— except mainly love. I would say I have been subscribed to allure beauty box for quite a long time and honestly I think the productsXsamples I received are quite decent and they are definitely worth the money. Never have there been a time where my subscription came in really late or haven’t been delivered, the charge my account at the same time every month and I get the box also around the same time every month. I would say there are almost win and loose in every box I received — products I used and loved + products I found absolutely useless and not for me —- but honestly it still worth it cuz I would give it to my friend who may be suited for the box and they would love it. I think trying a subscription box means that your trying out a wide range of products that some u might find new and interest and some you might never purchase. But regardless, you will find something you like. Some products giving by the subscription box are brands I never heard of and I started buying from that brand because I really liked the item I received. And some brand—-well i know not to purchase from them (really rarely tho I find stuff I hate that much).
Unlike anything I’ve ever used before. It goes on thick and makes my skin feel amazing. I started using this product line about a month ago and so far everything ive tried has exceeded my expectations. The first product I used was the rapid 3 in 1 wash because it sounded so convenient. I loved it. The fact that everything is all natural is also a huge win. Brickell has some of the best customer service I’ve ever experienced. My background is in the luxury hospitality business and I feel that Brickell truly cares about their customers. I was looking for a premium brand that offers efffective products and this is definitely the stuff to get. Keep doing what you’re doing Brickell.
Retinol, more commonly known as vitamin A, is perhaps the preeminent ingredient for decreasing the depth of lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin. Dr. Brandt Glow Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream is a top anti-wrinkle eye cream, as it is formulated with time-released retinol. This helps reduce the chance of redness, peeling and irritation in the delicate eye area by delivering a tolerable yet effective dose.
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!

Like creams, serums can be easy to use and highly effective, depending on the formula. Some serums use botanical antioxidants to treat under eye bags. The antioxidants help to prevent collagen damage, maintain the skin’s elasticity and brighten skin pigmentation. Others contain hyaluronic acid or retinol. Retinol, while highly useful for fighting wrinkles and producing collagen, can be harsh on the sensitive eye area, so always test it first. No matter which serum you pick, try to choose one in a rollerball tube for an easy application that also helps disperse fluid build-up.
Truth is, your eye puffiness and darkness could be inherited. "The undereye area is one of the thinner areas and is easily neglected in basic skin care," says Paul Jarrod Frank, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City. "There is a strong genetic component to dark circles, which is out of people’s control." Womp, womp. Yes, much of the reason you have those circles is that of your parents' own thin skin (thanks, Mom). Sometimes you have them because of an increase in pigment in that area. But don't run to the doctor asking for a pricey laser or needle treatment. Below are ways to minimize the appearance of those circles that won't cost you an arm or a leg. These affordable tips go way beyond putting cucumbers on your eyes.

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.


You are probably well aware of when your allergies flame up, as allergy season and watery, puffy eyes are inevitable for many. Try natural remedies, such as essential oils for allergies, to help manage them and catch them before they start. Also, have a small vial of an allergy essential blend handy since for some allergies can sneak up when you least expect it.
Dr. Dennis Gross Brightening Solution succeeds where virtually every other wrinkle cream fails. In addition to having retinol and AHAs — bringing exfoliating and regenerative power to your daily routine — Dr. Dennis also includes sodium hyaluronate. This built-in moisturizer means you won’t have to add in a separate cream to keep your skin hydrated.
• I did not like anything in my box: Our editors work to inform you of and introduce you to the best products each month, and while Allure is the beauty expert, we understand that everyone's beauty routine is different. Some products may be a better fit to some more than others, but that's part of the fun and part of the service our editors provide: helping you learn about new products. We encourage you to share your samples with your friends, and hopefully next month's box will include products you will enjoy! There are some great forums online for sample exchanging, and we hope you reach out to other subscribers to swap for something you'll love.
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