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As if everyone isn’t stressed enough by the prospect of long days and little sleep, there’s this: Dark circles, fine lines and puffiness show up to give away your calm, cool and collected vibes. And while you’d like to tell ’em to give it a rest already, the irony is so evident that you just go on about your day—eye bags intact.
The pros say that your under eyes are one of the first features on your face to show signs of aging, because the thin skin here doesn’t have as many oil glands. But the products to treat this issue are both confusing and pricey, so how do you parse out what’s what? Ask a dermatologist…or six. They suggest rich, emollient formulas with intense hydrating ingredients the likes of hyaluronic acid, nourishing ones like vitamin E, and even caffeine, which can help stimulate blood flow to the nix the bags.
Mona Gohara, MD
Neal Schultz, MD
“After cleansing and toning at night, apply eye cream before the rest of your skin-care products,” Dr. Schultz tells me. “The Farmacy Dew It All Eye Cream, $38, is formulated with hyaluronic acid (AKA: The key molecule that absorbs up to 1,000 times its weight in water), which plays a very important role in reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It helps control skin’s hydration and also helps regulate collagen production.”
Dendy Engelman, MD
Arash Akhavan, MD
“It has a biomimic film that makes the eyes look less tired by constricting the appearance of the bags,” explains Dr. Akhavan. “It also contains caffeine, which naturally depuffs the eyes. Apply about four to five little drops around each eye with your ring finger and massage outward—this will help push fluid out of the area.”
Karen Hammerman, MD
Dr. Hammerman likes the blend of botanicals in Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream, $75. “Apply it in the morning after cleansing,” she advises. “Quince seed, birch leaf, and starflower help refine pores and balance moisture, while acerola berries, sea buckthorn, and red clover enhance skin tone and elasticity. The shea butter softens and protects the delicate skin around the eyes.”
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