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.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is another solution for those wondering how to get rid of dark circles and how to get rid of bags under eyes. Eating food rich in vitamin C is helps your body produce collagen. Collagen is a protein your body produces, and one of its top qualities is that it keeps your skin—included the delicate skin under your eyes—healthy, hydrated and dark circle-free. Here are some foods that are rich in collagen-boosting vitamin C:
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Like our Editor’s Choice pick, this Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream is chock full of marine goodies that promote a more youthful appearance the natural way by increasing the oxygen levels in your skin. It also has other anti-oxidant-rich elements which fight free radicals. Specifically, the Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream contains the following organic ingredients:
This best-selling anti-aging cream from SkinCeuticals slows the loss of elasticity in your skin and keeps your collagen levels up. Formulated with 30% concentration of Pro-Xylane, 4% blueberry extract, and 0.2% phytosphingosine, this anti-wrinkle treatment helps restore the loss of visible skin firmness. It's the priciest anti-aging cream on our list, but also extremely effective, making it worth every penny.

This wrinkle cream is intended to target a common problem area for wrinkles and sagging: the neck and jaw line. In many people, these are the areas that first show signs of aging, and a product that tackles that specific area is definitely appreciated. This product uses its own Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex formulas to provide a long lasting hydration that will improve elasticity and create smoother skin.
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Hope you got all your boxes. It does hurt a little knowing you ordered a box in December through Amazon and got it early January, when I’ve been subscribed for a year through Allure and didn’t get mine till January 30 because they ran out. I know it was a popular box so they got a lot of new orders in, but they should’ve filled the old orders first. Does anyone know how long Amazon’s been selling Allure’s and other beauty boxes? I wish I’d known that when I first subscribed.
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.
A cocktail of anti-aging plant extracts—for example, pea extract (a source of amino acids that make up your skin's structural proteins), crithmum (which acts like retinoic acid on skin), and anogeissus (that supports your body's natural fibrillin production, giving your skin a supple-looking bounce)—make this cream a perfect choice if your goal is a firmer and tighter complexion.
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.
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 signed up on Dec 17, money came out of my account on Dec 18, but I still have no box. I haven’t’ even been charged for January yet and I’ve heard not a peep from Allure. I’ll be calling to cancel on my lunch break. Seems to me as they are picking and choosing who they will email and who they won’t. Going a month without hearing anything is not cool. Since they haven’t shipped anything, they can just give me my money back.
Hyaluronic acid filler injections can plump up the sunken under-eye area. Fillers are priced per syringe, typically between $1,000 and $1,400, and the results can last for a year and a half or up to five years. There are also laser procedures to destroy the superficial blood vessels that are showing through the skin, though experts say tread with caution as the wrong laser can cause hyperpigmentation (or even hypopigmentation, when the area lightens too much). Treatments range between $300 and $500, and may require two or three sessions to see results, plus annual maintenance.

"Consider your under-eyes as sensitive skin even if you may not necessarily have sensitive skin. Undereye skin is among the thinnest on the body, so any trauma or irritation can cause skin inflammation," says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "If you are using a towelette, try one that is fragrance-free, like Neutrogena Fragrance-Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, and take gentle strokes in a single direction rather than rubbing back and forth."
The consistency, in my jar, is thick like pomade/defining paste for hair. This confused me since the instructions on the label say to “shake well before each use.” I’ve used it only at night since it is so thick and greasy no matter how little I used. No more than 1 hour after applying it I noticed that it becomes grainy on my skin and when I’d rub it particles would fall off like dandruff. It reminds me of how glue from a glue stick feels after it dries on your fingers and begins falling off.
While we like to think we actually get better with age, we totally understand that there might be some pesky skin changes you want to address as the years pass. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when to start incorporating anti-aging products into your routine, so we chatted with one of our favorite experts, Genevieve Vielbig, R.N., B.S.N., C.A.N.S., to get the scoop on the best approach to wrinkle creams.
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.
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.

“I have dry skin, but I also tend to break out if I layer on a night cream that's too rich. This product provides the perfect solution — I simply take a quarter size of my night cream, add a few drops of this serum, and smooth it onto my face, neck and cheeks. Whatever’s left goes on my hands. It basically supercharges my moisturizer, giving me more hydrated skin without clogging my pores. I tell people using these two products together freezes my skin in time,” says Dr. Whitney Bowe, M.D., a New York-based dermatologist.

If you need to minimize the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags STAT, cooling down the area is one solution. Cucumber slices, potato slices, gel eye masks, cold wash rags, and even cold spoons can do the trick. Whatever you choose, leave it on for ten to twenty minutes and give it a chance to really soothe the skin under surrounding your eyes. Applying something cool to your eyes is especially effective at reducing constricting swollen under-eye blood vessels.


Exercise is a natural way to reduce the signs of aging and can promote a youthful glow to the skin, but the area around your eyes will benefit from special facial exercises. Licensed aesthetician and author of The Yoga Facelift, Marie-Veronique Nadeau explains that yoga for the face involves slow exercises of the facial muscles to help tone and tighten them. (1)  Using light pressure from your fingers as resistance, the exercises involve various facial expressions and pressure.

"It’s also the most cosmetically elegant sunscreen I have ever used. It rubs in easily, doesn’t feel greasy, doesn’t clog pores and is compatible with my moisturizer and makeup. I apply it in the morning to any exposed skin and wear it every day, no matter the weather because I never want to be caught unprotected from the sun. It’s also great to apply before a flight, as UVA rays can penetrate airplane windows,” says Dr. Amy Wechsler, M.D., assistant clinical professor in dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
In addition to a lack of results, users of prescription retinoids often experience adverse side effects.  Burning and stinging of the skin, redness, peeling, and severe dryness are common complaints. Although many of these symptoms may resolve over weeks to months of use, some individuals experience persistent irritation and inflammation from topical retinoids.
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.
Nowadays, there are masks for everything. Face, hair, lips, and even eyes! If you’re wondering why all those masks are necessary, it’s because there isn’t a one size fits all product. You probably won’t want your favorite face mask getting to get too close to your eyes, right? So, you need a mask that’s specifically designed for the under-eye area. Eye masks are typically cushy, apostrophe-shaped sheets that go underneath your eyes, right where your under-eye bags happen to be.
If noticing some fine lines sent you straight into a frenzy of Googling anti-aging solutions, you're in the right place. These picks include preventative solutions (like retinol-powered all-stars), formulas for fast results (thanks to elasticity-boosting ingredients), and even some all-natural products that'll help prevent and smooth the appearance of wrinkles.
We've raved about Mad Hippie's budget-friendly vitamin C serum in the past, but their Antioxidant Facial Oil shouldn't be overlooked either. Powerful ingredients like organic argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, and sea buckthorn berry extract are packed in the vegan formula. Apply a few drops with the vitamin C serum (followed by sunscreen, of course) for a moisture-rich combo that will leave skin silky smooth.
Whenever you find yourself shopping around for a new wrinkle-fighting and age-defying Super Product, one factor stands out above the rest: results. Sure, we all love a sweet-smelling formula or a list of ingredients comparable to our favorite salad but, at the end of the day, does any of that really matter if you’re still plagued by crow’s feet and fine lines?
"I've been using this product since my early 40s. I am now 53 and am told I look like I'm in my 30s. It really is the best retinol serum I've ever used. It is a retinol product, so it may sting a bit at first as your skin gets used to it. If that happens I recommend using once a week at first and then stepping up of the frequency until you're able to use it on a daily basis. I have very sensitive skin and this process worked for me." —T.Long
I got that email too. But the weird thing is I only see the bit about the refund and bonus box when the email is minimized in my inbox. When I actually open the email it just says they’re updating me on January. Given how freaking terrible their customer service is I’m half convinced the refund and bonus are a mistake and that won’t actually happen.

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