After using a wrinkle cream, “patients sometimes break out and think that means they’re allergic to the product as a whole as opposed to just one ingredient,” says Dr. Ford. The most likely culprit in these anti-aging products, she says, is actually vitamin E, an irritant that also showed up a lot in our review on the best lip balm. So before you bag wrinkle creams altogether, look for products that don’t contain vitamin E, commonly listed as tocopherol. If you find that you’re still having a bad reaction, Dr. Ford advises that you try a product that has just one of the powerhouse anti-agers.
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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If you are fighting both the early signs of aging and the remnants of adolescence – i.e., breakouts, then this is a superb choice for you. The LiftActive cream is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not block your pores and lead to acne and breakouts. Plus, the mineral water can help restore a healthy pH level in your skin, meaning your skin becomes more healthy overall. By restoring your skin’s health, you may find you are more resilient against acne as well – it’s a win-win!
According to WebMD, collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin. So while some of the products we have reviewed contain collagen as one of their ingredients, this will likely work more towards helping your skin to retain its moisture, which can still have fantastic anti-aging benefits. However, as well as providing and helping your skin to retain moisture, pro-collagen creams can encourage your skin to increase its natural collagen production – firming it and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. These pro-collagen creams can be very successful, and some even promise results within a few weeks!
Bags under eyes — mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes — are common as you age. With aging, the tissues around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids, weaken. Normal fat that helps support the eyes can then move into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling.
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.
But we weren’t done. To ensure safety and efficacy, we also preferred wrinkle creams that came in tubes or pump-tops rather than tubs or jars. Chemist Jennifer Reid explains, “Sticking your fingers directly into the product can introduce bacteria, and open tubs also expose a large surface area of the product to oxygen.” Like UV rays, oxygen can degrade the effectiveness of our key ingredients. But bacteria is a whole other mess.
Even though its damage-blocking superpowers sound great, vitamin C can’t replace SPF, so be sure to wear a sunscreen along with this moisturizer during the day. This specific cream is loaded with extra skin-saving ingredients like aloe vera, two forms of vitamin B, and CoQ10. Store this bottle in a cool place and away from direct sunlight, which may weaken ingredients.
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.

This vegan formula combines vitamin C (Dr. Idriss's go-to antioxidant for fighting under-eye swelling) with ultra-soothing aloe vera and a blend of hydrating components (like hyaluronic acid and sunflower oil) to coddle the delicate skin under your eyes. Plus, unlike thick creams that feel heavy or oily, this lightweight formula absorbs into your skin with ease.
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