When it comes to anti-aging products and beauty remedies, buyers are painstakingly honest about what works and what doesn’t. That’s what makes these solutions all the more impressive! Whether you’re concerned about under eye bags or dry lips, there’s a cream or trick to remedy it, and it’s been vetted. These popular anti-aging products turn back the clock quicker than the flash of a camera. Better yet, they’re affordable and easy to incorporate into your routine.
But don’t take our word for it: See the magical effects for yourself. (And read to the end to find out which viral beauty hack isn’t worth the burn.)
Target adult breakouts.
Verified Amazon reviewers tell it like it is, and they’re raving about Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Original (Buy from Amazon, $12.99). The reason? These “stickers” — made of absorbent plant-based material hydrocolloid — soothe inflammation and draw out the bacteria, dirt, and oil that causes acne. One reviewer called them “the best product ever” and also said, “They blend in with skin, making them unnoticeable … I would even wear these in public if needed.”
Looking for popular anti-aging products that also fight acne? Try something that has retinol. According to Stanford Medicine, the anti-aging ingredient not only smoothes fine lines, but has a drying effect on pimples. We love Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Max Moisturizer, (Buy from Amazon, $32.94) which is ultra hydrating and has more than 3,000 reviews.
Erase skin redness.
After 6 million TikTok viewers saw L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier Color Correcting BB Cream Anti-Redness in action, the cream sold out nationwide (Buy from Amazon, $15.92). What makes this BB cream special? It’s made with green encapsulated beads.
This anti-aging product instantly neutralize redness, as red and green are opposites on the color wheel. Plus, it naturally adjusts to your skin tone as you rub it in, creating the perfect foundation shade, says Cosmetic Chemist Ginger King. The result? Even, glowing skin in under a minute.
If you’re in the market for something to ease skin redness pre-makeup, consider a face mask. This Multi-Action Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask (Buy from StiVectin, $48) has blue algae extract and cleans out pores without irritation.
Nix eye bags.
Feel like all the products promising to eliminate dark circles are a hoax? A viral video of a 54-year-old woman applying Peter Thomas Roth Instant FIRMx Temporary Eye Tightener (Buy from Ulta, $48) proved that the cream makes droopy skin beneath the eyes vanish in three minutes! Credit goes to the clear gel-cream’s sodium silicate, says King. “The clay-like material pulls lax skin taut as it dries, creating an astringent action that rapidly tightens and flattens the area, so it looks smoother.” Just tap a thin layer of the cream under eyes, and let dry. The results last for seven hours.
Want another hack approved by internet beauty gurus? Clean the canister of an old tube of lipstick, fill it with aloe vera gel, and then freeze. Rub the frozen gel under your eyes for one minute. Anti-inflammatory aloe, along with the cold chill, constricts blood vessels to nix swelling all day. If you’re looking for a quick fix, you may want to try Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Collagen Eye Cream (Buy from Amazon, $65). It has three different types of collagen to de-puff, brighten, and smooth the eye area.
The One Not to Try: Wasabi Lips
Many of us would like fuller lips, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the internet came up with a hack. Wasabi, according to a beauty vlogger on Instagram, can create a pillowy pout. Apply a pea-size amount of wasabi onto lips, and let it sit for one minute before rinsing off. The paste spicy vapor allyl isothiocyanate is a mild irritant that temporarily swells lips, so they look fuller.
If this sounds more pain than it’s worth, we agree. We asked 100 First For Women readers and staff if they’d try this trick, and 87 percent said “no”! “While this did bring a nice pink flush to my lips, it burned pretty badly, and made my lips feel super dry afterward,” said Patty Bontekoe, FIRST Executive Editor. “I didn’t even notice a volumizing effect. I’ll stick to using plumping glosses instead!”
Managing Editor Tara Hans agreed. “I could only stand to leave it on for 30 seconds before it started to sting. My lips enlarged ever so slightly, but it went away within the hour. This is definitely not something I’d do again!”
Plump your lips.
There are better ways to plump your pucker. According to Plastic Surgeon Dr. David Shafer, M.D., lip gloss with specific ingredients can get the job done. “Topical lip plumpers work by holding onto moisture in the skin surface, which results in a localized swelling effect. This gives the lips a fuller and smoother appearance,” he said in an interview with TODAY Style.
Lip plumping glosses, like Lifter from Maybelline, (Buy from Amazon, $6.98) are affordable and have hyaluronic acid to seal in moisture. Using a lip liner, like the one in the BestLand Matte Liquid Lipstick + Lip Liner Pens Set (Buy from Amazon, $12.99), can also help to define the shape of your mouth and make it appear larger.
Hopefully, these tested tricks of the trade will keep you feeling beautiful for years to come!
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.