5 Easy Anti-Aging Tricks

A youthful gaze is like the perfect yoga body: it makes you look rested, balanced and like a pro at tuning at stress. So what conditioning techniques keep your eyes in prime shape? We turned to the gurus-a.k.a. the country's top dermatologists-to learn the most trusted and tested methods for minimizing puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles.
By Kari Molvar

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To De-Puff Eyes

Cool It: "Keep a tube of aloe vera gel in the freezer. Let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes then squeeze out a few cool, icy drops onto your fingers and massage your under-eye area gently in both directions. The aloe acts as an anti-inflammatory and the massage helps reduce morning swelling." -Dr. David Colbert, founder of New York Dermatology

Do The Tea Trick: "Apply cold compresses using soaked, chilled tea bags, which will help shrink blood vessels fast." -Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC

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To De-Puff Eyes

Try Spooning: "Soak a teaspoon in ice water and nestle the back of the spoon on puffy lower lids with a little pressure-the cold will decrease the puffiness." -Dr. Amy Wechsler, New York City dermatologist

Do A Milk Soak: "Under-eye puffiness is usually worse in the mornings, so as soon as you wake up, before doing anything else, hold a cold washcloth over your eyes. This helps shrink the tissues. For an all-natural remedy, soak a cotton ball in cold (unsweetened) soymilk, squeeze out the excess, and hold the damp cotton ball to your puffy eyes. Soymilk contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients, and doesn't contain any preservatives or other chemicals that may irritate your skin." -Dr. Jessica Wu, Los Angeles dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face.

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To De-Puff Eyes

Roll With It: "Try an under-eye roller treatment like Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Serum or Aveeno Smart Essentials Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment. Both of these contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients to strengthen the under-eye skin, and are delivered with a cool metal roller ball to further shrink swollen tissues." -Dr. Wu

Go Easy On Salt: "I tell my celeb patients who have a late night event then have to be on set early in the morning: No salty food starting at dinner the night before, and sleep on an extra pillow to minimize water retention and fluid build-up." -Dr. Wu

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To Minimize Dark Circles

Seek Out Vitamin C:
"Look for an eye cream with ascorbyl glucoside, a potent vitamin C derivative that lightens dark circles and reverses aging dyspigmentation. Also, if you have volume loss under the eyes, light can get trapped in the folds and give the impression of shadows. In the case, try a filler like Restylane to smooth out the skin." -Dr. Colbert

Strengthen With Retinol: "Dark circles can be caused by the under-eye skin getting thin over time, so the underlying muscle is visible. I often prescribe Renova to build collagen and help thicken the skin around the eyes. If you have sensitive skin, start with an over the counter retinol-containing product." -Dr. Wu

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To Minimize Dark Circles

Sleep More, Rub Less: "It's important to get enough sleep which is a major contributor to under-eye circles. Also, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, take your antihistamine medication everyday to minimize circles caused by rubbing your eyes. These are two easy steps that people often forget about." -Dr. Tanzi



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