What causes them? Though you might hear the word “bags” used interchangeably with “dark circles” or “puffy eyes,” these distinct under-eye pouches are markedly different from either one. This structural puffiness is caused by a combination of fat herniation and skin laxity—they’re genetic and a normal sign of aging. They can appear as early as your late-20s or 30s—but apparently none of the SELFies who complained about bags actually have them, because the docs didn’t diagnose any instances of bagginess in our photos.
What can you do? Topical retinoids may help lighten the look of dark circles, Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologic surgeon at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in NYC, tells SELF. She says that using a prescription retinoid will help “thicken the skin and increase cell turnover,” which will make the underlying darkness less visible. Experts also recommend creams and serums with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides to hydrate and stimulate collagen and elastin production, plumping up the skin and pushing it away from the pooled blood. Antioxidants including vitamins A, C, and E can help to lighten dark under-eye circles. Try Insta Natural Eye Serum ($18) which is packed with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides and caffeine. Products with caffeine can also help “wake up” tired looking eyes by constricting visible blood vessels.

The best under-eye bag treatment is, in fact, not a cream at all. It’s caffeinated black tea, and it’s better than any fancy, beautifully packaged cream that I have ever tried. Here’s the method I follow, which I found on a skin-care forum long ago: I steep two bags in warm water for a few minutes, then allow them to cool for 5 to 15 minutes in the refrigerator. When the bags are nice and cold, I plop them over my eyes and lie down for ten minutes or so. When I remove the tea bags, my eye bags are totally gone as well. It’s that easy.
Need a morning pick-me-up? Try an eye cream with a cooling applicator for a refreshing wake up call, that can also help with your baggage. Rivera likes the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Eye Treatment, which has a cooling applicator tip and is formulated with caffeine and helps reduce the look of under-eye bags. Use morning and night and gently massage the eye treatment around your eye area until it’s fully absorbed. Your skin may look brighter immediately, and your under-eye bags may look visibly reduced with continued use over time.
What can you do? Topical retinoids may help lighten the look of dark circles, Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologic surgeon at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in NYC, tells SELF. She says that using a prescription retinoid will help “thicken the skin and increase cell turnover,” which will make the underlying darkness less visible. Experts also recommend creams and serums with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides to hydrate and stimulate collagen and elastin production, plumping up the skin and pushing it away from the pooled blood. Antioxidants including vitamins A, C, and E can help to lighten dark under-eye circles. Try Insta Natural Eye Serum ($18) which is packed with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides and caffeine. Products with caffeine can also help “wake up” tired looking eyes by constricting visible blood vessels.
The only way to ensure 100 percent if the benefits of a particular wrinkle cream are real is to try the product yourself, but a good way to learn more about the various benefits your chosen skin cream promises is to read user reviews. User reviews are easy to find online, and they list the pros, cons, and results of each product, allowing you to make a more informed decision.
Pillowy under-eyes are complicated, but if baggage is a concern, two main culprits—fat tissue and lymphedema—are likely to blame, says Dr. Barbara Sturm, who specializes in non-surgical skincare treatments. The former, "appears when the muscles around the eye are weakened and tissue moves lower," Sturm explains, whereas the latter, lymphedema, is often triggered by sleep deprivation, hormonal imbalances, high sodium food and genetics. In terms of prevention, Sturm cautions against eye-rubbing and recommends sleeping face up, which reduces nighttime water-retention. For a quicker fix, we polled dermatologists for their most effective semi-instant under-eye remedies. From Preparation H to black tea, here's what really works.
According to the manufacturer, this product is a scientific breakthrough in the field of beauty and aging. It claims to offer instant results and helps make sagging skin firmer. It seems like most of the claims made by the manufacturer are true, as there is a 30-day money back guarantee on this product. It is also safe and natural aside from being highly effective.
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.
Bags under the eyes are a common development of age and a frequent complaint among patients who no longer feel as youthful as they once did. To describe what happens a bit more, normal fat that helps support the eye sometimes moves into the lower eyelid, which causes the lid to appear puffy. Additionally, fluid may accumulate in the area below your eyes, which adds to the swelling.

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.
I’ve always been bothered by my dark under-eye circles. No matter how many hours I sleep a night, they’re always there, and no amount of serum or color corrector can make them go away. Recently I was talking to a bunch of my coworkers, and we all seemed to have some version of the same complaint. We all rolled our tired eyes, remarking on how we’re perpetually sleep-deprived (it’s cool to be too busy to sleep, haven’t you heard?) and on the constant hunt for the best concealer.

“Brands can’t just ship the same things over and over and expect to ride the coattails of this subscription success trend either,” Tzuo said. “In addition to demanding immediate, ongoing fulfillment, customers today want to be happily surprised on a regular basis. And if brands don’t meet those expectations, they get dropped, not to mention trashed on social media. It’s that simple.”
I've been a subscriber since late summer 2018. I liked my first box & loved the December box. The boxes in between were mediocre (gave most of the contents away). Well, I've been trying to cancel for WEEKS. I have gotten nothing but automated responses AND was charged earlier than usual for the next month... You know, for a box I don't want! Upon discussing this with others? I'm not alone!

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.


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I ordered my first box in July 2018 expecting to still be able to receive the July box according to the cutoff times on their site, but of course, it ended up selling out so I had to wait over a month for the August box to ship out and then eventually be delivered. I ended up sending a cancellation email and was offered a promotional offer of 4 boxes for $10 each, I agreed to keep the subscription and waited for my next box. A few weeks later I received a letter in the mail telling me my card had been declined, I called the customer service number on the letter and was told somebody updated my credit card and when the monthly charge went in it was declined.
I agree completely. I’m pretty bent about waiting this long particularly when they took my money way earlier than ever before! 99% of the time it’s always on the 9th regardless of the day of the week in the entire almost 2 years I’ve been a loyal subscriber. This month, I was charged on the 4th. What they should have done is send out emails the day they realized the nail polish was going to be late, send the boxes the way they were and then ship the nail polish separately or in next month’s box. Their supplier issue isn’t my fault nor is it my fault that they advertised the living daylights out of this box and now can’t keep up. I do believe they are lying. If my neighbor who is a new subscriber, (this is her 1st month), got both of her boxes, where is mine? She got both on the same day, Amazon did not have the polish but the through allure did? 🤔 New customers got there’s and so did MSA but not their long time, loyal customers? Bad way to handle it
We're all for splurging on a so-worth-it moisturizer or serum, but the truth is that you don't need to shell out a ton of money to take care of your skin. In fact, many drugstore products are packed with some of the top dermatologist-recommended anti-agers, such as retinol, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide. These ingredients help soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles, boost hydration, and erase dark spots to make your skin look younger than its years. Below, some of the best anti-aging products you can order on Amazon—all for $20 or less.
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.
This is primarily a hydrating facial sun screen. The ingredients are meant to protect your skin from the sun. But in doing so that, in and of itself is a form of anti-wrinkle protection. There are a few minor ingredients that will also help with the desired anti-aging effect, such as glycerin, for example. But maintaining a hydrated skin, even in direct sunlight, will go a long way to keeping your skin’s youthful appearance.
Peptides are the star of the show here, namely an amino-peptide complex, that penetrates 10 layers deep to help skin cells. "Peptides act as signaling mechanisms that tell the body to produce more collagen," says Dhaval Bhanusali, M.D., a dermatologist based in New York City. (As a reminder, collagen is the protein responsible for strong, firm, youthful skin, so more collagen equals fewer wrinkles. But this cream doesn't stop there; it also gently exfoliates and hydrates.
Eye cream doesn't have to be costly to be effecting—take this RoC cream for example: It's not only super affordable at $23, it's made, tested, and approved for those with sensitive skin, so it won't irritate it, it also helps boost cell turnover for more youthful-looking eye skin thanks to the retinol it contains. Aside from that, it has hyaluronic acid in it to plump the thin skin around your eyes, naturally ironing out any fine lines. Bonus: Dr. Nazarian recommends this drugstore treatment to her patients, so you know it's good. Smooth a dab of the powerful formula under your eyes in the evening, and make sure to follow up with an SPF in the morning, since retinol can make you more prone to sunburns.
Anyone who works a job that has any kind of stress level knows that the constant "no sleep" situation is so real. You've probably Googled "how to get rid of bags under eyes" on more than one occasion, and you'd do almost anything (save cut off an arm) to get rid of them. And even after you've tried a million expensive treatments, they usually come back.

I’ve always been bothered by my dark under-eye circles. No matter how many hours I sleep a night, they’re always there, and no amount of serum or color corrector can make them go away. Recently I was talking to a bunch of my coworkers, and we all seemed to have some version of the same complaint. We all rolled our tired eyes, remarking on how we’re perpetually sleep-deprived (it’s cool to be too busy to sleep, haven’t you heard?) and on the constant hunt for the best concealer.
Soothe your eyes with something cold.[1] You've probably heard that placing cucumbers over your eyes will help reduce bags, but it's actually the cool temperature that soothes the area. Cucumbers happen to be the perfect shape, size and texture to treat under-eye bags, so go ahead and slice one up - just make sure it's been chilling in the refrigerator beforehand.
I subscribed to the Beauty Box and they took the money out and for 2 weeks I didn't get any sort of confirmation. So I emailed them and 1 week later they responded with just saying it will soon be shipped out. The following month I still didn't receive it and all they said was, "Sorry for inconvenience but it was shipped and nothing we can do at this point." My friend received her box and the bag was broken and one other product and they never replaced it. I cancelled my subscription and went through my bank to get my money back because they did not even respond after that.
UVA rays are less intense, yet they penetrate clouds and glass and penetrate your skin deeper than UVB rays. They are present in roughly the same strength year-round. They play a major role in premature wrinkles and are the cause of deep skin cancers. They are the primary choice for tanning beds as they cause your skin to tan, but this tan is simply your body’s natural response to prevent further damage from the UV rays.
I got my CEO Serum last Friday. I was happy, considering that I never thought I was going to get it. I signed up for two boxes, at least through this month, because everything I’ve ever tried from Sunday Riley has worked great for my skin. I got an email this morning that confused me though – it was an update on my January box. In the preview of the gmail, it said that allure was sorry for the delay, processing a refund, and sending me a free box” but when I open the email, it says “your box should ship out next week”. Sooo which is which? I really don’t wanna get suckered out of the SR.

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. 🤞
Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are usually derived from fruits (like apples and oranges) or sugars. They are exfoliation powerhouses, and multiple studies have demonstrated their effectiveness in improving the look of aging skin. Wrinkles form for a variety of reasons, but photoaging (damage to the skin from sunlight) is a big one. Sunlight breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin — two proteins which help the skin connect and remain flexible. As they break down, the skin slowly becomes weaker and less supple, leading to drooping.
If you want glowing, ageless, JLo skin—but aren't ready to incorporate skin-rejuvenating lasers into the mix—follow these two very important skincare rules: 1) Wear SPF religiously—seriously, it's the best way to keep your skin looking young and healthy, and 2) Invest in an anti-aging cream and use it on the reg. These seven formulas are top-performers—you're welcome.
Retinoids recently experienced some stiff competition from bakuchiol. The plant-based ingredient was demonstrated to have antioxidant properties similar to those of retinol, which is what prompted scientists to investigate how it would compare, explains cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski. What they discovered was that the two have very similar anti-aging effects, but bakuchiol doesn't come with the potentially irritating side effects that are an issue with many retinoids. It's the standout ingredient in this treatment, which hydrates, fights fine lines and wrinkles, and helps fade spots and discoloration, too.
Facial primer is also a key player in the fight against dark circles. Color-correcting primers with a yellow tint are going to be your new best friend. A yellow primer can neutralize dark, bluish under-eye circles, and because the primer is so sheer, it's easy to blend, explains makeup artist Joanna Schlip. She recommends dabbing a teeny bit over dark circles (try Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in Yellow), and then spreading your foundation on top. "If your circles are very dark, you can tap regular concealer over the primer, and then layer on your foundation," she says. Bonus: Because primer contains silicone to fill in wrinkles, it'll also prevent makeup from creasing in smile lines.

Designed to be applied at bedtime, the Meaningful Beauty Beyond repairing cream is an excellent complement to your current skincare routine. Whether you’re trying to stave off fine lines in your 20’s or tackling decades-old wrinkles well into your 70’s, incorporating a great night cream like this one into your daily routine is a small favor your skin will surely thank you for later!
That’s why we love this Mario Badescu Vital with Collagen and Elastin…it was made especially for men! Stripped away from the floral scents and frilly packaging that is so common in the beauty industry, this collagen cream is a man’s no-nonsense, cut to the chase wrinkle-fighting dream. After all, isn’t it about time that the guys of the world hopped on the train towards healthier, better-looking 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.

Testers adored its texture, both immediately after applying, and hours later. It’s a lightweight formula that absorbs nearly instantly, and rests almost invisibly on the skin. This is particularly impressive given that La Prairie also includes a host of moisturizing plant-based oils like jojoba and sunflower seed oil. These absorbed quickly when we applied in the evening, and helped soothe our skin so our faces felt refreshed and moisturized in the morning.


After being a long time Ipsy subscriber I will never go back! This box gave me so many full size and/or large sample sized products I am amazed that it’s only $5 more! My pouch did not come ripped like others however I do believe they could improve the quality of the bag. The booklet shows a Beauty Blender Micro Mini set should have been in the box but I received a neon pink NCLA nail polish ($16 retail) that is not mentioned in the booklet. As for the items I think this box was a good mix of genres, from hair, skincare to makeup. Over all this box is better than a lot of others!
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