Are you tired of looking like you are in need of some solid shuteye? The skin around the eyes is usually the first place to show signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles, under-eye bags, and puffiness. The good news is that there are many ways to reverse these signs thanks to potent multi-tasking eye creams, collagen-building treatments offered by dermatologists, and the right makeup. Here, in honor of BITB’s five-year anniversary, we give you five ways to make eyes standout and look younger.
Use an Eye Cream Daily
Lines and wrinkles form from years of squinting, sun damage, and the breakdown of collagen. Eye creams can help plump delicate skin and tackle a variety of issues without being harsh. One we like is vbeauté Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Crème (ARV $43), containing caffeine to reduce swelling, alpine rose botanical technology to repair cell damage, and sensytens (a muscle relaxer) to instantly fill in fine lines. Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream (ARV $65) contains decapeptide-12 to treat dark circles without irritation as well as botanicals and moisturizers to fight inflammation and crepiness. Apply eye cream along the orbital bone in the morning and evening for best results.
Conceal Discoloration and Brighten
As we age, skin loses elasticity and blood vessels begin to show through, revealing darker under-eye circles. A creamy concealer camouflages darkness, illuminates the under-eye area, and makes eyes appear well rested. “Add concealer to the inner and outer corners of eyes for an instant wake-me-up effect,” says celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. Stila All Day Concealer ($23) gives full coverage while going on smooth and stays put throughout the day. Apply Mally Beauty Lightwand Eye Brightener ($25) after eye makeup to fake eight hours of sleep. Use the creamy pencil in the inner corners of the eye to brighten, and the illuminating powder under the brow bones to make eyes appear more lifted.
Get An In-Office Treatment
While makeup and eye creams can help the appearance of aging eyes, in-office treatments will give dramatic results in little time. One of the top treatments for crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles is Pellevé, which uses radio-frequency energy to heat up tissue deep in the skin, making it contract and produce new collagen and elastin.
“Pellevé is a great treatment for people in their 40s, 50s, and maybe 60s, who don’t want to go under the knife,” says Massachusetts plastic surgeon Christine A. Hamori. “It gives you an immediate tightening of the skin, and in response, the body makes new collagen in the dermis that is more compact. If you treat the forehead to shrink it, the brow goes up and it can be significant. And better yet, it is not painful and you can go to the work or to the gym right after you have had a Pellevé treatment because there is no downtime.”
Results are noticeable after just one treatment, but a series of three treatments spaced out a month apart may be recommended. Cost can range from $500 to $800 for one treatment around the eye area.
Pump up Lashes
“Mascara can really make your eyes look awake,” says Roncal. Choose a formula that is both volumizing and lengthening with bristles that lift and separate. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (ARV $23) is a glossy formula that lifts and lengthens with short and long bristles. To get an eye-opening effect, Roncal suggests taking the wand and stroke it onto the lashes towards the bridge of the nose (instead of the outer corner). Just because it’s been around for practically forever, don’t forget Maybelline Great Lash, one of the great all time selling mascaras. A new one from Maybelline, Volum’ Express Falsie Big Eyes Washable Mascara (ARV $9.49), offers a dual-ended brush that pushes up top lashes and grabs the tiniest of the bottom lashes.
Accentuate with Liner
Choose a dark-colored creamy liner on lids to make the white in eyes pop. Roncal likes to draw some eyeliner on the back of her hand and with a small brush dip smudge it onto the top and bottom lash line. “This softer, smudgy line will make eyes appear larger.” Try Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner ($4.49) for soft, deep color. Or for pure drama, use Lancôme Artliner 24H Precision Point Eyeliner ($30) for a dramatic and long lasting vinyl finish.
Beauty in the Bag turns 5 this month, and we’re kicking off the celebration with a special 5 Fab Ways series of features. This week’s is all about creating and maintaining your most youthful face possible.
1. Wrinkle Control
Retinol and sunscreen are your best lines of defense when it comes to delaying the development of wrinkles. Up to 90% of aging changes in skin can actually be attributed to the sun, and a recent study published in the American College of Physicians’ Annals of Internal Medicine showed that daily sunscreen use significantly slows skin aging.
But protection isn’t your only option, particularly if you have enjoyed a few too many hours basking in the sun’s warmth. Retinol, one of the most tried and true wrinkles reversers, is an over-the-counter cousin of the prescription only Retin-A®. It stimulates cell activity and the production of collagen, and helps to renew and exfoliate the skin. You can find it in a variety of skincare products and at different strengths. New retinol users may experience redness and flaking initially, but as your skin grows accustomed to the ingredient you can increase the number of days of application.
ZO® Skin Health Ossential® Radical Night Repair Plus ($145), with a full 1% concentration of retinol, is a powerful anti-ager stimulates new cell activity and collagen production resulting in reduces depth of lines and wrinkles.
SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex (ARV $55) includes three types of stabilized retinol with a concentration of .65% in a gentler formulation that promotes cell turnover and reduces lines and wrinkles.
2. The Weekend Fix
Laser or radio-frequency device treatments as well as peels, can rejuvenate and freshen your skin with minimal downtime—generally requiring no more than a long weekend for recovery. Sublative® with ematrix is a new protocol from Syneron that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to target multiple skin issues: lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, changing texture, and even acne scars that can worsen with age. The treatment works by heating up the dermis in a fractional manner, bypassing the outer layers of skin so the surface is not irritated. Basically, Sublative injures the dermis cells, which become strengthened during the healing process. Three to four treatments are generally required, and a single treatment costs between $500 and $750. Very little discomfort is involved, and it takes three to four days for all signs of redness to disappear.
If you are really looking for a quick option, try Ultherapy®, which uses ultrasound energy to heat columns of skin deep in the dermis right above the muscular level. There is absolutely no downtime with this tightening and lifting procedure, but complete results could take up to three months to appear.
3. Even Toned and Spot Free
Dull skin and even worse—dark spots from the sun—can but a damper on your glow and add unwanted years to your look. For decades hydroquinone has been the gold standard for reducing these and other discolorations. The strongest concentrations are available only through physician offices where you can purchase products with 4% hydroquinone and even higher. You can also try OTC products sold by beauty companies, such as Murad Brightening Fast Lightening Duo (ARV $89) and Exuviance Intense Lightening Complex (ARV $55).
While effective, hydroquinone does have some drawbacks—it can irritate the skin and for some skin tones can actually cause additional hyperpigmentation.
Thankfully, gentle and effective alternatives abound. elure™ Advanced Skin Brightening System diminishes discoloration with a natural enzyme that is derived from a free fungus. This cutting edge system can be used on all parts of the face and body to reduce hyperpigmentation without side effects. Well tolerated by all skin types, elure has been clinically proven to improve skin tone in 28 days. The system includes elure Advanced Facial Wash (ARV $35), elure Advanced Skin Lightening Lotion (ARV $150), and elure Advanced Skin Lightening Night Cream ARV (ARV $150).
Lumixyl ($120) is another alternative to harsh bleaching agents. This non-irritating solution relies on innovative peptide technology that was created by Stanford scientists. The peptide Decapapeptied-12 has been clinically proven to put the breaks on tyrosinace, the enzyme responsible for over production of melanin, the key cause of discoloration. The Lumixyl system addresses mild to moderate hyperpigmentation, including age spots, sun spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and melasma.
4. Acne Away
The sad truth is that acne can mar a beautiful complexion at almost any age. Often adult acne is inflammatory with reddened and inflamed nodules. The last thing you want to do is irritate these spots more and typical teenage acne treatments based on benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can dry out and aggravate your skin and take up to six weeks to work. One alternative is ClarityMD™ Acne Solution, which is based on solubilized bakuchio, an antimicrobial ingredient that is more potent then benzoyl peroxide, and bilabolol, a natural anti-inflammatory. The treatment’s magic bullet is a delivery system that sends bakuchiol, bisabolol, and salicylic acid into the pores to promote rapid results. According to a clinical study, just one week’s use can lead to 50% reduction in inflammatory acne lesions. And the system does not dry out skin or cause irritation, redness or peeling.
For a combo acne and anti-aging treatment, try SkinCeuticals Adult-Acne System (ARV $140). It features salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, and glycolic acid to promote cell turnover, improving acne, fine lines, and even hyperpigmentation. Clinical results include a 39% decrease in sebum and a 28% improvement in the appearance of fine lines.
5. Final Touch
Now comes the fun part for finessing the flawless face—makeup, particularly foundation. Young women can look fresh and groomed with just a touch of concealer and blush, but as we age, foundation helps disguise discoloration and add radiance. You can choose from infinite textures, coverage levels, and skincare benefits. If uneven skin tone is a concern, look for one of the new CC creams that can moisturize while camouflaging imperfections. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Specturm SPF 30 ($35) offers six shades to choose from and can be worn alone or as a primer for more full coverage.
If lines and sagging are your concern, DiorSkin Sculpt Foundation ($55) is formulated to fill in and smooth wrinkles and give a lifted appearance to the skin. Its nine shades help resculpt facial contours, smooth skin, and diminish signs of fatigue, all with a dose of luminosity.
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Labor Day typically means the “Back to School” season, and there’s no shortage of beauty products that will make mothers and kids’ life’s equally stress-free and well, beautiful. Here are some neat back to school finds to get your season of learning off to a great start.
Sweet smelling lockers and homey and fun fragrances are what make Bath & Bodyworks Scentportables a smart choice for moms and kids. The holders ($3.00-$12.50), including the animal print peace sign, will charm even the pickiest teen. Fill a holder with one of 12 scents (from Pumpkin Cupcake to Vanilla Coconut) and get ready for a lovely aroma to upgrade any school locker room, all without a plug, battery or flame.
For the Clean Hair Junkie: Licelogic Natural Haircare
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Back to school can be fun, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bug-free situation. If your little ones are having a hard time keeping their hair clean, luckily there’s help at hand in the form of a green and eco-friendly product called LiceLogic Repel Conditioning Hair Spray. The natural, pesticide free, non-toxic spray will leave hair soft, manageable, freshly scented and lice free with each use.It is free of parabens, DEA, PEG, sulfates, SLS, artificial colors or fragrances. The available scents include Lavender, Lemongrass and Rosemary Mint.
For the Clear Skin Junkie: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
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Breakouts can affect anyone, not only kids, but when back to school season hits it’s no surprise that teens get stressed and fear zits from cropping up. According to dermatologist Dr. David Bank, sunscreen is truly important because the sun’s rays can cause overactive sebaceous glands so breakouts are the result. Indeed, many teenagers attribute their zits to pizza, and think that toothpaste can clear up acne. Nothing could be further from the truth! Take a page out of Neutrogena’s good track record, and stock up on the proven Oil-Free Acne Wash and relax.
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Help direct your teen toward a subtle and healthy approach to lip color—at least until she is well, 35. Neutrogena MoistureShine Gloss offers a range of 14 shades that range from sheer neutrals to lightly pigmented mauves. There’s a shade for every skin tone, plus the formulation is very super conditioning and moisturizing. No need to suffer with cracked lips on that walk to school.
For the Hair Styling Junkie: Conair Salon Shine Dryer ($39.99)
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Part of the John Frieda Styling Tools collection, this dryer is light, portable, and efficient. It gives you a frizz-free shine and its smaller size is travel friendly too, in case your girl wants to schlep it to the gym, swimming class, and then some. If offers 1875 watts of power using an advanced high torque DC motor.
Donate a photo to stop bullying!
Unfortunately with back to school territory comes the not so beautiful territory of bullying and cyberbullying. Johnson & Johnson wants you to donate a photo to help this cause: visit donateaphoto.com to find out how to download the free Donate a Photo app and register to get started, then choose a cause, snap a #SelflessSelfie (or any other subject of your choosing!) and upload your photo. Then share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to friends and followers and encourage them to get involved, too. Donate one photo a day, every day to make a difference! One photo helps protect a child from bullying and partners like Girl Up helps a girl in Liberia go back to school. A partnership with Safe Kids ensures one photo helps a child in Mexico get to school safely.