This wrinkle cream checked all the boxes on our ingredient wish list, but unfortunately came in the wrong packaging. Unlike squeeze tubes and pump bottles, a jar means that the entire cream is exposed to air, sun, and bacteria every time it’s used. But if you’re sold on the idea of a thick lotion or cream, it’s the closest competitor to the $530 La Prairie.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that alcohol causes dehydration – you only need to think of your last “morning after the night before” to know that! But you may not know the effects it can have on your skin. Research has shown that drinking alcohol in excess can cause premature or accelerated aging. This can also be linked to the effects that excessive alcohol has on your blood pressure and other organs.

I appreciate this article, but want to add one comment. I don’t understand why everyone is promoting bone broth these days. The collagen that it contains is made up of amino acids that are abundant in our food supply. So the intact collagen gets broken down into the amino acids that we already have a plethora of. So bone broth or collagen supplements don’t help us get more collagen into the skin, joints or anything. Would you please explain your reasoning?
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.

EDITOR’S CHOICE: If you are looking for an effective, but affordable anti-aging cream, look no further than the LiftActiv Supreme. It is made by Vichy – the number 1 anti-aging brand in European pharmacies and is enriched with their signature mineral-rich volcanic water. It also contains a skin-boosting, plant-derived sugar and a powerful antioxidant to improve and promote your skin’s resilience against aging, without blocking your pores and causing breakouts. Vichy gives you the highest standards and has proven to produce long-lasting results in as little as 4 weeks! It sure sounds too good to be true, but the clinical results speak for themselves. This really is a luxurious, effective yet affordable anti-aging cream.
Our favorite part of this wrinkle cream is that it warns you (in the directions) to be careful of the sun while using this product. It points out that retinol makes skin particularly sensitive to the sun’s harmful UV rays and recommends that you wear additional sunscreen. That’s the first we’ve seen such a warning, and even if it’s just precaution, we appreciate the care for safety.

If you're into essential oils, you'll be happy to know there are several oils that combat under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Try mixing an essential oil with coconut oil and rubbing it under your eyes. Rose geranium, fennel, lavender, German chamomile and rosemary essential oil are hailed as the best essential oils for getting rid of under-eye bags.
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Successful subscription-box companies, including Birchbox, Dollar Shave Club and Stitch Fix, have taken a “customer-first approach,” said Tien Tzuo, founder and CEO of Zuora, a software company specializing in subscription businesses, in an email. These companies have also created “fun, compelling subscription experiences that get smarter and smarter over time.” Part of that, Tzuo said, was the importance of a consumer brand knowing and understanding their customer.
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.

This innovative formula targets Collagen I and Collagen III (otherwise known as the “Youth Collagen”) to bring back your skin’s natural elasticity and firmness. Specifically designed to combat the depth, length, and width of wrinkles, this Collagex-CE formula drastically reduces the appearance of aging, targeting collagen to improve your skin’s texture and strengthen your skin’s barrier.
A: The best “anti-aging” product is sunblock, and that should be applied to the face daily as young as possible! In individuals with dry skin a daily moisturizer, serum, and eye cream should be started in the early 20s. If the individual has oily skin, traditional anti-aging products can start in their 30s, but most likely they will be using a retinol product to combat acne breakouts, so they are already using preventative measures.

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.
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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.
This box looks amazing! They gave us that full sized Sunday Riley CEO cream last January and now this January we get a full brand new Dave oil from Sunday Riley! That alone makes the box for me. Along with the other SR product and eyeshadow stick, this is a home run all the way around. They’re definitely starting off the year absolutely killing it and beating out all the other sub boxes with this curation!
The company submitted data to the FDA from five clinical trials, which revealed moderate improvement in fine wrinkling in only 29 of 279 participants who applied tretinoin and sunscreen (compared with 3% in the control group, which used comprehensive sun protection only). Of those that used sun protection and tretinoin, 76% saw minimal improvement, no change or even worsened (compared to 88% of the control group).  All individuals within these five clinical trials had lighter skin types (Fitzpatrick Skin Types I – III.) A single study of 107 darkly pigmented subjects (Fitzpatrick Skin Types IV-VI) performed even worse. Of subjects who only used comprehensive sun protection, 49% demonstrated minimal or mild improvement in fine facial wrinkling. When compared to subjects who applied tretinoin and sunscreen only 29% showed improvement;
"If your skin has lost it's freshness and your expression lines are starting to appear more obvious, try this. The vitamin A in this cream will help with cell turnover making your skin appear smooth, soft and fresh. Hyaluronic acid will give your skin instant and long-lasting hydration. Just remember to use an SPF during the day when using any creams, serums and lotions with vitamin A” said Cinthia Lomeli, whose celebrity clients include Sean Diddy Combs, French Montana, Cassie Ventura, Yael Grobglas and Diana Madison.

“It is luxurious and thick with a lovely, light scent. Apply it every night to a full face, neck and décolleté and awake to plump, hydrated skin every morning. It's a fabulous product at an amazing price point," said Marie Watkinson, a massage therapist, beauty expert and founder of the mobile spa company, Spa Chicks On The Go. Her celebrity clients include Leslie Jones, Marcia Gay Harden and Allison Janney.
As the best performing non-retinol, Boots No7 Lift & Luminate Night Cream also earned the distinction of being our testers' favorite night cream. "I've received compliments from friends, family, and coworkers about the glow in my face," said one volunteer; others lauded its texture and long-lasting moisturization. Back at the lab, it nabbed impressive scores for firming, moisturizing, and improving spots.
“No!” I said, shocked—I’ve always personally thought that injectables and plastic surgery of any kind are just not for me, and she knew that. But indignity gave way to glee as I realised that my newfound microneedling habit had hit a new stage of success. I had purchased a dermaroller on Amazon a few months earlier, after getting a treatment at a dermatologist’s office and watching my might-as-well-be-tattooed dark circles and puffy under-eye bags disappear—and stay gone in the weeks that followed. I seriously doubted that I would get anything approaching similar results at home, but if nothing else, pressing tiny needles into my face seemed like a pretty badass thing to try, a funny story to tell either way. I’ve never been happier to be so wrong.
I have not received my box yet either. No tracking yet…nothing. They did take their payment for the box they made sure of that. Allure really dropped the ball in January. I did receive the email about late shipping and I spoke with Customer Service twice but they could not provide me with any shipping info they just advised me that I would be getting the January Box. I love Allure but Customer Service is always their downfall. So maybe in March I’ll get my January Box who knows lol

One of the biggest bombshells is in the package insert for Renova, an FDA approved tretinoin cream used for the “mitigation of fine facial wrinkles in patients who use comprehensive skin care and sunlight avoidance programs”. The package insert clearly states “RENOVA® (tretinoin cream) 0.02% DOES NOT ELIMINATE WRINKLES, REPAIR SUN-DAMAGED SKIN, REVERSE PHOTOAGING, or RESTORE MORE YOUTHFUL or YOUNGER SKIN.”
Also in the formula is Vichy’s signature Mineralizing Water. They consider this volcanic water to be a “miracle of nature”, and it’s easy to see why! It is rich in as many as 15 minerals and can give strength to your skin’s natural moisture barrier, which helps your skin protect itself against potential damage. Not only is it completely natural, but it is also impossible to recreate it scientifically. This mineralizing Water is a key ingredient in all of Vichy’s skincare products.
There are other, cream-free ways to get rid of under-eye bags as well. For one, watch your salt intake. Consuming sodium encourages your body to retain fluids, thereby making you look more puffy all over. (This phenomenon even has a name: “sushi face”). Light massage, either with your fingers or a jade roller, could help as well. Not only does the massage stimulate blood circulation, but a refrigerated jade roller incorporates a “cooling effect” that clinical trials suggest might help with under-eye bags.
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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.)
Skin tone doesn’t matter; season doesn’t matter; and being indoors most of the day doesn’t matter — you are still exposed to UV rays, which break down collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, accounting for 80 percent(!) of wrinkles. The best wrinkle creams work to combat those effects by boosting collagen production, but they don’t have to work so hard if sunscreen is helping them out.
Amazon had some sort of sale so I signed for a few subscriptions to see if anything was worth it. After the first month, the only one I kept was Allure. I'm a serious skincare person and a terrible make-up person but the box had a nice blend of both -- enough make-up for me to play with and some good skincare stuff/brands I hadn't seen. The second month I got an envelope in the mail and it's a single Kat Von D lipliner -- I'm not a fan of her make-up line and thought 'yep, this is it, subscription boxes suck' and canceled. Tonight, I got home and there's a proper box with some great make-up and two different face oils to try (and seriously, no joke, I was googling face oils today). So I signed back up and am now writing this review.
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