Puffiness and discoloration for good

If you’re one of the many women who think eye creams are just another way for the cosmetic industry to get you to buy more skin care products, dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD, PA, says you should reconsider. The skin around your eye is the thinnest layer of skin on your entire body, and therefore the most sensitive, he says. So using a cream made specifically for your eyes is crucial, especially as you age.

Skip ahead to see the 12 best eye creams now.

“Eye creams can, and often do, show results if they are used appropriately and for a long enough time,” says Beer. The trick is to find the best eye cream for your skin’s needs. If you feel like you’ve been duped by the hundreds of eye creams on the market promising to erase your dark circles, puffiness and fine lines, you probably haven’t tried the ones on this reader-approved list. Our reviewers have tested all the potions, creams, and elixirs for the delicate eye area and boiled it down to these 12 eye creams that actually work. Ready to become an eye cream believer?

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 7.4*
Why it’s great: Reviewers call this eye cream “amazing,” “very effective” and a “must-have.” One reviewer says it “absorbs quickly, isn’t greasy” and keeps her eyes looking “fresh and young.” While many reviewers acknowledge its high cost, they find that it is “ultimately worth the money.”
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.0*
Why it’s great: This eye treatment “de-puffs and soothes instantly,” thanks to the metal rollerball applicator. “It feels wonderful going on,” says one reviewer, who also claims it has “smoothed [her] skin and lightened the under eye shadows [she] had.”

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.2*
Why it’s great: Reviewers say this eye gel is “amazingly cooling, soothing and de-puffing … helps with a hangover or general tiredness showing up around your eyes.” One reviewer says that her eyes look “brighter and much younger” after using this product. For extra de-puffing benefits, another reviewer stores hers in the fridge. Overall, they say it’s a “miracle gel.”

According to our readers, these scrubs are the best face

We tend to stick to the same three skin care basics: cleanser, moisturizer and sun protection (if we remember). Sure, a lot of women do the occasional face mask or splurge on a facial, but there is one super important step many tend to forgo too often: exfoliating.

For some reason, we assume that as long as we’re using a cleanser and applying sunscreen, we’re doing “enough.” Well, as it turns out, enough is not good enough if it’s glowing, radiant skin you’re after.

According to doctors Gina and Sid Dinesh, dermatologists in Beverly Hills, California, adding exfoliation to your skin care routine helps the natural shedding process of skin and encourages healthier, smoother, more even-toned skin. Some of the big beauty benefits? Acne prevention, smaller pores, wrinkle reduction — and it even helps all those fancy (read: spendy) moisturizers absorb into the skin.

Since it can be overwhelming to sift through the hundreds of scrubs and exfoliation products out there, we’ve done the work for you. We rounded up a complete list of the best face scrubs, according to TotalBeauty.com readers. This detailed guide will help you choose the perfect scrub for your face so you can say hello to that gorgeous skin that’s just waiting to be revealed.

Tips for Get Rid of Acne

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been getting acne all over my face. I’d wake up to head to school, dust on some BareMinerals powder to “cover” my imperfections, then spend the rest of the school day avoiding eye contact with literally everyone.

I spent a lot of time (and money) testing out all the “best” skin care. The girls at Sephora knew me by name, because I’d stop in just about every month to complain that the product they recommended last month didn’t do anything for my acne. I used to get so frustrated when my mom would tell me, “Stop using so much different stuff on your face!” and me responding, “But I’m a beauty writer, mom!”

It finally came to a point about a year ago that I realized that maybe my skin care routine wasn’t the problem. I knew that I was using good products, so why the heck was I still breaking out? I mostly experienced angry, cystic pimples that hid under the skin — usually until an important day — then they’d come out to play (and embarrass the sh*t out of me).

That’s when I came across an article that spoke about how much what you take into your body has to do with the things you see outside your body. I scoffed it off mainly because I knew that I ate like a 12-year-old (and couldn’t even think about having to cut myself off of pizza and macaroni and cheese). In the back of my mind I could help but think, could this really be the issue?

In addition to using skin-care products for acne, I took monthly trips to my esthetician. My acne was always somewhat under control, but about four months ago, it went bazerk. I made a rush appointment to see her — and that’s when she started talking to me about my diet and health. Of course, I would rather have run out of there than confess to all the crap that I was eating regularly, but instead I gave her all the details that she needed. Her response: “Are you taking a probiotic?” I wasn’t — mainly because I thought they were for older people since my dad takes them (I know, clearly uneducated about this stuff).

After the facial, I went home and performed an in-depth Google search on probiotics and acne and was surprised to see that many other people had great results with their skin after they started taking probiotics. And if the Internet says something works, how could it not?

Ingredient More Important Than Sunscreen

You wear sunscreen every day (or, OK, most days), and you’re proud of it. After all, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, up to 90 percent of preventable aging is caused by UV exposure — and that means smoking, diet, and sleep barely matter by comparison. For the last few decades, everyone from dermatologists to beauty editors has been stressing the importance of SPF. “Wear sunscreen and you’ll look younger” has been our motto.

But here’s the thing: We were wrong. SPF is not enough to protect you from sun damage. Sunscreens block UVA and UVB rays, but those rays only account for seven percent of solar energy. New research finds that infrared radiation, which makes up 54 percent of solar energy, also causes aging — and it might even be worse than UV rays. While there is no product that can totally guard you from infrared radiation, studies show that antioxidants in skin care may help.

More and more dermatologists and skin care experts now recommend wearing an antioxidant serum and a sunscreen — and many of them believe the antioxidant is the more important half of the duo. “I rarely wear sunscreen anymore,” said Stuart Leitch, assistant vice president of marketing at SkinCeuticals, while sitting at a table of shocked beauty editors. “I get more protection from my antioxidant serum.”

Skip ahead to find out more about the antioxidants you should be using.

Leitch explained that he does wear SPF when he knows he’s going to be outside — and most dermatologists still suggest sticking with the combination of an antioxidant serum followed by a sunscreen. The problem, however, is that most patients skip that antioxidant step because there’s so much confusion about antioxidants: What are they? What do antioxidants do? Does it matter which one you choose? We’re answering these questions and more — because adding an antioxidant to your skin care regimen might just be the most important thing you do to fight aging.
This is the scary part. You probably know about UVA and UVB rays — and that broad-spectrum sunscreens will protect you against both. UVA rays are responsible for aging — they break down collagen and elastin, which keep your skin looking young. UVB rays damage the top layers of your skin, causing sunburn. Both UVA and UVB can cause skin cancer.

However, these rays make up only seven percent of solar energy. What makes up the rest? We won’t bore you with a scientific dissertation about wavelengths, but here’s what you need to know: New research shows that infrared radiation A (IRA) penetrates even deeper into the skin than UVA rays. It damages skin cells and causes sun damage and aging by producing free radicals, as explained in the paper, “Sun Protection Should Protect From IRA Damage,” (May 2012) by Nadim Shaath, PhD, chairman of chemistry at SUNY-Purchase. Why are free radicals so bad?

Anti Aging Serums on Ulta

If you have wrinkles or dark spots that you’d like to get rid of, you probably think you have to drop major dough on expensive beauty products to make any headway. The good news is, you don’t have to sacrifice your bank account to see real results — it turns out there are plenty of anti-aging skin care products that won’t completely wreck your credit score.

Serums are one of the most potent types of skin care products, and you can find plenty of anti-aging options for under $25 right at Ulta, the giant beauty retail chain. Click through to see which inexpensive anti-aging serums Ulta shoppers love the most for combatting fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and more.
Why it’s great: Vitamin C is one of the most potent anti-aging ingredients, as it protects skin from daily aggressors and brightens tone. “This is a wonderful vitamin C serum, and it actually works!” writes one Ulta.com reviewer. “I have been using it for two weeks and there is a very noticeable glow and evenness in tone to my skin. I use it in the AM and before bed, under my daily moisturizer. The serum is very light, not greasy or irritating, and a little goes a long way.”
Why it’s great: Is there anyone who likes the look of large pores? This serum is jam-packed with sake, which tightens pores and makes skin look less greasy. “After it absorbs lightning fast, your skin feels smooth, silky and fresh,” writes one Ulta.com reviewer. “It immediately looks like you’re wearing a matte, blurring or soft-focus primer, and the results are lasting.” Adds another, “I have very oily skin that still gets acne sometimes. I have old acne scars, and overall redness on my cheeks, which is the area I usually break out on. This product has made makeup application so much better. I use it after I tone and moisturize, and before my primer. It instantly makes your skin feel like silk, and it has reduced the redness in my skin SO MUCH!”