5 Things that Make You Look Older

By Meredith Stebbins, Birchbox

5 Things That Make You Look Older5 Things That Make You Look Older

It's not just wrinkles -- find what else is piling on the years.

For a turn-back-the-clock complexion, it's not just about smoothing wrinkles. Here are the skincare issues that are adding years to your skin. We've got the deets on these premature signs of aging, and the products that will make them go buh-bye.

Dark Circles: VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Eye Serum

When you're exhausted, your eyes suddenly sport matching dark circles. While concealer is a handy ally, treat the underlying problem with a brightening, firming eye serum. VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Eye Serum contains a powerful vasoactive that strengthens the capillaries under the eyes to preventing dark circles from forming.

Unevenness: FIX Malibu Immaculate Complexion Advanced Antioxidant Serum

They're called age spots for a reason. Caused by sun exposure, these dark areas are an overproduction of melanin in the skin. Sunscreen will help prevent further damage -- it's never too late to start using daily SPF! -- but what about counteracting damage already done? Enlist the help of antioxidants: Fix Malibu's Immaculate Complexion Advanced Antioxidant Serum uses a potent blend of vitamins A, C, and E to minimize UV-induced pigmentation.

Dryness: BORGHESE CuraForte Moisture Intensifier

Flakiness can make skin look sallow and lackluster. If your regular moisturizer isn't cutting it, amp up its hydrating power by combining it with a serum. We've affectionately nicknamed BORGHESE's CuraForte Moisture Intensifier serum 'super soaker' because it increases skin's capacity to hold hydration by 200 percent. The star ingredient: hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in water.

Dullness: Clark's Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream

If your complexion is less than radiant, it's probably because you aren't exfoliating enough. When dead skin cells start to accumulate at the skin's surface, they don't just make your skin look lackluster - they also keep all of your other products, like antioxidant-loaded serums and rich creams, from working. Clark's Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream is a double threat to dullness because the anti-aging formula contains glycolic acid to turn over dead skin.

Puffy Eyes: Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream


As we age, the skin under our eyes loses its elasticity and bags can form. One of the best ways to combat those pillowy areas is to pick an eye cream with caffeine. Applied topically, caffeine eliminates excess water in skin tissue, which reduces swelling. Origins' GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream has a healthy dose of the stimulant, plus Hesperidin, an orange extract that can release pent-up fluids.

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