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Eye wrinkles are an undeniable part of growing older. The skin around your eyes is a very delicate area prone to sagging and producing tiny creases and crevices—particularly if you like to smile. Be sure to take care of your skin the best way you can and maintain your radiant complexion with the right creams. Whether you want to lessen the appearance of dark circles, minimize fine lines or reduce puffiness, here’s are the best anti-aging eye creams of 2019:
This cream is quick-absorbing and it applies smoothly. It will leave skin under the eyes soft and will prevent puffiness. And a little goes a long way when applying it onto face. The cream is a bit thick when applied at night but when you wake up the next day, your skin will feel plumper and rested. It has minimal fragrance and it is very cooling and soothing.
This eye treatment from Kiehl’s is infused with ingredients that will help diminish wrinkles. Elements such as avocado oil and beta carotene will keep the skin hydrated. The cream is a great for those with sensitive eyes, dry skin and dark circles by keeping the skin under the eyes supple and moisturized. It feels very natural and fresh, and can be applied as a night cream but it is lightweight enough to be worn under makeup.
Indulge with this luxurious lifting serum from La Mer. This serum is lightweight and it contains a Stretch Matrix Complex along with nourishing ingredients such as kelp, that will help tighten and lift skin around the eyes. This serum is silky and hydrating, which helps minimize fine lines. The gel is also ideal for firming as the skin around the eye area will soon feel tightened.
Take care of the skin around your eyes with this eye cream from Olay. This is great for everyday wear. The gentle formula has a special color-correcting treatment to help with skin tone. It is very hydrating, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffy eyes and dark circles.
This cult favorite from Ole Henriksen helps create collagen and is packed with Vitamin C to help refresh skin and minimize lines. It is also packed with vitamin E to nourish skin, and caffeine to reduce puffiness. The Bright Eye Cream not only moisturizes but it also lightens dark circles. The texture of the eye cream is thick but creamy and soothing and has a fresh scent.
This is great for those who are prone to wrinkling in the eye area. Roc Retinol Correxion will minimize crow’s feet, puffiness and dark circles. This eye cream absorbs quickly and is quite strong and effective. In other words, a little will go a long way.
SkinCeuticals is known for its thorough research in its skincare products. This cream was designed to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and also contains sunscreen, antioxidants and peptides. It helps moisturize skin around eyes and plump up fine lines. It feels rich and moisturizing but isn’t heavy or greasy.
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CBD is everywhere: deodorant, dog chews, kitchen degreasers, seltzers, spray tans—each promising a range of health benefits. When it comes to CBD-based beauty products, CBD (an oil extracted from the hemp plant) has been praised for treating insomnia, de-stressing the mind and preventing skin breakouts. While the actual benefits of CBD are still being debated, the oil is confirmed as a rich source of vitamin D and can help with anti-inflammation.
CBD is also further encouraging a conversation among ecoconscious consumers, inspiring them to question every ingredient in their beauty products and whether or not it serves a purpose in their personal regimen. If you’re looking to explore whether cannabeauty works for you, here are the products with the best healing properties and beautifying effects of CBD.
Saint Jane Microdose Lip Gloss is the iridescent (and very relaxed) unicorn of the CBD world. It’s a versatile gloss and delivers a sheer and lightweight look, but can also be layered over a dark lipstick for an ultraglossy finish. Saint Jane says, “Calm is a superpower,” and while many of us will never quite access that superpower, we are more than happy to settle for soothed and satiny lips.
Lord Jones was there before every beauty brand added the emblem “CBD” into their marketing repertoire. It was the first CBD brand sold in Sephora as well as at SoulCycle, and the brand prides itself on being a CBD trailblazer, having developed many of their products for medical marijuana patients. This cream is particularly beneficial for reducing inflammation.
Sen is a soothing and gentle face serum that includes rhododendron, a tonic essential oil that that promotes skin elasticity. The company prioritizes the consumer’s knowledge of product ingredients. Its website includes a glossary, making the concepts of “phytotherapy” and “allostasis” comprehensible to even the most casual beauty fan. If you’re not totally on board with CBD products but looking for a fun way to experiment with them, Khus+Khus offers a sampler pack for $38.
The world would be a happier place if all massage therapists stocked their spas with this stuff. It’s best used after a grueling workout or a long day at work staring at the blue light of a computer screen. In addition to CBD, its ingredients are peppermint and menthol, making it instantly calming. Not only does it go on smoothly, it dries fast and makes your skin feel nurtured.
This Emerald CBD oil is bursting with moisture and soaks instantly into your skin. It’s tempered with a scent that nods gently toward the cannabis plant. Like many other beauty/wellness brands on the market, it’s vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free, earning it the “Clean” seal of approval from Sephora. Many consumers with rosacea have commented about its miraculous efficacy, but always recommend doing a spot-test before applying.
Researchers started exploring the link between diet and skin health, particularly acne, in the mid-1900s. Dermatology textbooks from the 1930s advised restricting carbohydrates, sweets and junk foods to improve acne. But these recommendations were based on doctors’ experiences and observations, not quality research.
Chocolate is one junk food that often gets blamed as an aggravating factor of acne. In a 1969 study, 65 people with acne were asked to eat one chocolate bar per day for four weeks. They were either given a bar that contained ten times the amount of chocolate found in a typical bar, or a bar that looked identical but contained no chocolate.
Results showed participants who ate the chocolate bars did not have more breakouts than those who didn’t eat the chocolate.
Similar results were found in a 1971 study. Twenty-seven students who reported being sensitive to dietary acne triggers ate large amounts of chocolate, milk, roasted peanuts or soft drinks for one week. No significant difference in the number of breakouts was observed between the groups.
But these studies also had some major limitations. The 1969 study was sponsored by the Chocolate Manufacturers Association of the United States of America. And both studies did not assess participants’ intake of other foods during the study period, which may have influenced their complexion.
More recently, a 2011 study including ten men aged between 18-35 found significant changes occurred in the severity of acne after a single intake of pure chocolate (100% cocoa). There was a strong association between the amount of chocolate consumed and the number of breakouts four and seven days after they ate the chocolate.
So overall, study findings show conflicting results, and clear recommendations about chocolate cannot yet be made.
But better-quality research does suggest other dietary strategies worth trying if you want to improve your skin. These include eating more fruits and vegetables as well as foods with a lower glycaemic load.
The glycaemic index (GI) is a ranking between 0-100 given to carbohydrate-containing foods to describe how quickly the carbohydrates are digested into glucose (sugar) and absorbed into our blood. The lower the GI, the slower the rise in blood glucose levels when the food is consumed. Most junk foods (candy, chips and cakes) have a high GI.
Glycaemic load (GL) builds on the concept of GI but also considers the amount of food being eaten. This provides a more accurate picture of the overall effect the food has on blood glucose levels.
Once the glucose enters the blood, a hormone called insulin moves it into our cells to be used for energy. Diets with a high GL trigger a higher response in insulin. This high level of insulin increases a hormone called the insulin-like growth factor (IGF), which has been associated with skin breakouts – like pimples.
In a 2008 randomised control trial (considered the gold standard in scientific research as it compares findings between two groups), 31 males with acne, aged 15-25, were asked to follow either a low-GL or a high-GL diet for 12 weeks. The low-GL group was instructed to substitute high-GI foods (processed cereals, potatoes and white bread and rice) with lower-GI foods (lean meats, fruits and wholegrain bread and pasta).
The high-GL group was encouraged to include carbohydrates as a regular part of their diet and wasn’t educated about GI. Those following the low-GL diet saw their acne improve and lost more weight.
A 2007 randomised controlled trial had similar findings. But because participants in both studies who were following the low-GL diet lost weight, it’s also possible improvements in their skin were due to weight loss and not the diet itself.
Fruit and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are wonderful for our bodies in many ways, but research shows they can also give our skin a natural, healthy glow – by tinting it yellow and red.
Our skin colour is influenced by three pigments – haemoglobin, carotenoids and melanin. Many fruits and vegetables contain carotenoids. These are responsible for the deep green colour of broccoli and spinach, the vibrant orange colour of carrots and oranges, and the red hue of capsicums and tomatoes.
When you eat fruits and vegetables, these pigments can accumulate in your skin, leading to a healthy golden glow. The same benefits haven’t been seen with supplements, so it’s best to get your carotenoid hit from eating lots of different fruits and vegetables.
What about milk?
Milk naturally contains anabolic steroids, growth hormones and other growth factors. In a complicated metabolic pathway, these factors lead to a higher release of insulin and insulin-like growth factor, which can stimulate the development and progression of acne.
A number of studies have examined the alleged connection between milk and acne. In 2005, 50,000 women recalled their high school diet and were asked if they had ever been diagnosed with severe acne by their doctor.
Researchers found those who had a higher reported intake of milk (particularly skim milk) more commonly suffered from acne. A 2006 study with around 6,000 teenage girls and a 2008 study with around 4,700 teenage boys showed similar results.
But no randomised controlled trials have been conducted that examine the association between milk and acne. This means whether dairy is a cause of acne hasn’t yet been established. High-quality research is needed before specific recommendations can be made.
If you are trying to improve your skin’s complexion, you could try these strategies:
reduce high-GL foods by decreasing the amount of processed, junk food you eat
add low-GL foods that won’t spike your blood glucose levels (vegetables, sweet potatoes, barley, beans and multigrain bread)
eat a diverse range of fruits and vegetables to get a healthy glow.