Four of our remaining wrinkle creams advertised sunscreen built in: L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Philosophy, and StriVectin. Retinoids degrade very quickly in the sunlight, losing their potency. More worryingly, the 2010 handbook of Cosmetic Dermatology Products and Procedures suggests that retinoids may release free radicals as they degrade — molecules that harm your skin rather than helping it. Because of this, the handbook concludes, “it is still recommended to avoid UV exposure when using topical retinoids” (312). Sunblock does slow retinoid degradation, according to a 2008 study, but the retinoids still degrade to some extent. Ultimately, this wasn’t a risk we felt comfortable taking. Until there’s been more extensive research on the topic, we’ve opted to skip all sunscreen-containing products.

I signed up for allure with the SR promotion. I’d been charged for the first two boxes like everyone else. I got a shipment notice Friday, and the November box identical to spoilers was delivered today. No SR or mystery gift inside, but I’m guessing that will come separately, even though the insert said if it was my first month, the new member gift would be inside.

I’m in my 40’s. I can read and smell. I know what it is and what it’s for but it stinks and it’s full of blue dye. Stained a white pillow case. I have plenty of face and body products. This stuff is not going back on my face so I can stain another pillow case. Plus, I don’t want to smell it. It stinks! It’s packed full of vitamin C so there’s really no reason it can’t be used on feet too. At least it’s not going to waste. Have s great day!
At the most basic level, Retinoids are a class of chemicals that help promote collagen production. Usually applied topically or taken orally, Retinoids and Retinol Creams help to stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen to reverse the signs of aging that often accompany collagen loss. Chemically, Retinoids are chemically related to vitamins (usually Vitamin A), which have been found to promote collagen production.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies creams and lotions as cosmetics, which are defined as having no medical value. So the FDA regulates them less strictly than it does drugs. This means that cosmetic products don't undergo the same rigorous testing for safety and effectiveness that topically applied medications undergo. Regarding this category of creams and lotions, the FDA's main concern is safety, not effectiveness.

"I added it to my routine (Cetaphil wash, The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner, and Corsx Snail serum, on a weekly basis). This is the third week and I have noticed a huge diminishing in my uneven skin tone and acne scarring. I look younger and my skin glows after. It doesn’t burn like stronger peels and my skin only slightly reddens after." —Alexandra Snyder

This is primarily a sunscreen, but we felt the need to include it because of the damage the sun’s harsh rays can do to your skin. Many wrinkles are formed prematurely if your skin is over-exposed to the sun unprotected. This wrinkle repair cream is one that will use its 15 SPF to protect your skin from future damage, and its other ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and retinol, with begin to repair the damage already done.


I’m happy to see that there are several of you that are loving the spoilers for January. Now I loved the December box but I’m definitely not feeling the January or the February box lol. I’m not complaining because I know come March I may love the box. It’s a subscription box you can’t make everyone happy 100% of the time and you know what I accept that and I am ok with that. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
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!
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.
This retinol serum boasts that it will take care of 7 signs of aging. It says it will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, balance out and even your skin tone, reduce the appearance of age spots, even out skin texture, provide hydration, give skin a brighter glow, and minimize the appearance of your pores. That seems like a lot to promise, but one look at the reviews and you’ll know that they definitely deliver for at least some people!

A collection of ingredients go to work when you gently pat on this under-eye gel, like tightening caffeine, elasticity-strengthening peptides, botanical extracts that minimize puffiness and lessen the appearance of dark circles, and a proprietary one called Fimatrix, which smooths under-eye bloat, if you will. Sure, it's on the pricier side, but it actually helps make a difference temporarily—aka when you need it—so it's worth the cash.


One recurring theme you will notice in most wrinkle creams is an intense hydration component. That’s because most visible damage can be attributed to a dehydrated skin, and the simple act of properly re-hydrating can have a huge impact. As years go on, your skin is more difficult to keep hydrated, and the hyaluronic acid in this cream acts to repair dehydrated and damaged skin tissue.
Polly, I have subscribed to tons of beauty boxes and at the moment have downsized my subs to just ALLURE and BOXYCHARM. At the moment, I have so much makeup that I think I may soon pause on boxycharm but I can NOT unsubscribe without my ALLURE. I agree, I always find at least a couple of items that are useful and make me break out of my ever expanding box…plus I just love the box!
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.
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?

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.
“This is the most hydrating and potent wrinkle cream that is an absolute must-do with your nightly anti-aging regimen,” said Karuna Chani, a New York-based makeup artist whose high-profile clients include Caroline Scheufele, co-president of Chopard. “It’s incredibly effective because it's scientifically formulated with an amino-peptide complex that promotes cell turnover, skin elasticity and healing. After 15 years of working with all skin types, I can’t stress enough the importance of a good moisturizer to help keep the skin youthful and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
Another study shared information regarding use of a topical serum containing epidermal growth factor (EGF) and its ability to minimize the appearance of under-eye bags. Sixteen subjects were tested and all but two subjects reported improvement at their final visit. Improvement was quantified as 76–100 percent by two subjects, 50–75 percent by three subjects and 25–49 percent by nine subjects. Eleven subjects claimed that the bags under their eyes were definitely milder at the end of the trial compared to the first visit. Seven subjects reported greater satisfaction with their overall facial appearance.
Puffiness and bags under the eyes that appear in the morning may be caused by your sleeping position. Sleeping only on one side places pressure on the blood vessels under your eyes. The pool of blood that accumulates in this area makes the skin appear darker.7 According to Medical News Today, buildup of excess fluid and weakened muscles may cause dark bags under the eyes as well.8
The hero ingredient in this formula is caffeine, which is arguably the most powerful player in the eye-cream game. "Caffeine works to constrict your blood vessels under the skin, which means less fluid builds up and settles around your eyes," Dr. Nazarian explains. Think of this all-natural cream as a cup of coffee for your skin—pat the formula (which also contains vitamins C and E) underneath your eyes and watch it work to make you look (and feel!) like you're awake, while brightening and de-puffing on the fly.
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