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I'm 44 and have under eye bags and crows feet that seem to be getting more noticeable. I have tried different creams but none seem to make much difference. Some are pretty expensive and I don't want to waste money on yet another cream that doesn't do anything. Anyone have experience with one that they really like?
Also what do you all think about mascara/eyeliner on the lower lashes. I've always done it and it looked good. Now nothing seems to look right anymore. Is it best to skip that at my age? I never applied it heavy.
Best Eye Cream: Creme de la Mer
Do not put eyeliner or mascare on your lower lashes...it makes your eyes look smaller and will make you look older.
Apply eye shadow on entire eye lid...cream/ivory color...apply eyeliner to upper lash line...smudge with smudger (I like Bobbi Brown)...apply eye shadow...apply mascare...let set...smudge eyeliner/shadow again if there are any traces of mascare on your lids.
The only clinically proven topical cream or gel that will reduce fine lines and discoloration of skin is retin-A, aka retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A. It can be purchased, by prescription, at any phamacy under the product names Revova, Retin-A micro, or just a generic version of retinoic acid. It takes appox. 6-8 weeks to see great improvement in skin clarity, softness and fine line reduction. Six weeks is about the amount of time it takes for the epidermis to completely turnover/renew itself, so hence the 6 week course of treatment. Adverse reactions are temporary redness, flakiness, mild itching. You will feel like a snake for a few weeks but the results are pretty sensational. Other salon type products, that I think are pretty good, but very expensive are the Obagi line of skin care products that is a retin-a based skin line. The other line of prescription strength skin care is the Skin-Medica line which I believe is a alphahydroxy acid line. Talk with your Doc about these products. Some Docs even sell them. But if you just want the real thing without the big price tag, Retin-A, or Retin-A micro would be just fine. Don't be afraid of the peeling, it's expected, and will resolve. Apply only to clean dry skin, at night ( retinoic acid is inactivated by light) and use a good moisturizer with a high SPF during the day. Your bright fresh new skin should be protected. Also if your skin really starts to peel, while in the shower, take a clean soft washcloth and very gently rub the peeling skin off. Gentle is the key here, because if you are too heavy handed you will cause redness, which would go away, but who needs that ? Let us know how you do. I know all about these products because I have used retin a for years and I know it works.
I heard a report on the BBC that of all the over the counter eye creams, only one was proven effective in clinical trials.
It was Boots No. 7 Protect and Perfect. The thing is it only works on 20% of people so you will never hear Boots touting the study.
I am generally not too concerned about wrinkles but the fact that my 55 year old skin no longer functioned the way it used to was starting to annoy me a bit (and I always had perfect skin, if I do say so myself!). I also have six sisters who are a bit more concerned about appearances than I am, so I thought I'd act as guinea pig and give it a try. (You have no idea how big a coup such a discovery would be for me in the world of six sister politics--especially with all the weddings we are facing.)
After using the product for one month I can report that it is definitely having a positive effect on my Northeastern US Irish/German/English/Dutch skin.
I base this not on observation of wrinkles but on the fact that my skin is getting better at keeping my pores clear. I have stopped getting blackheads around my eyes and some other long standing clogged pores have started clearing up. I think the wrinkles are probably lessening but their appearance can change just based on how well hydrated I am or the season, etc.
Now, mind you, I've been protecting my skin from the sun since I was 18 so I do not have a lot of sun damage. Whatever your age, I'm guessing you need the retin-A for that.
My advice would be to first make sure you are drinking enough water. I was in my 40s when I discovered what a difference that could make. Then, if you want to give Boots a try, get over to your nearest Target (that's the only place I've seen it) and plunk down your twenty bucks for about a month to six-week supply.
Anyone who tries it, come back and tell you what you found!