The eyes may be the window to the soul, but if you don't take care of them they'll also speak volumes about your age—and how late you stayed up last night. Before you know it, crow's feet, dark circles, and other cosmetic facts of life can leave you looking older and less fresh than you feel.
Fortunately, these and other trouble spots around your eyes can be cleared up—and prevented—with some simple fixes. We asked Los Angeles dermatologist Jessica Wu, MD, to share her secrets for keeping your eyes looking their best.
Choose an eye cream that contains brightening agents and anti-aging ingredients like vitamin C, such as Clinique Even Better Eyes.
If you've always had shiners, you may have very thin under-eye skin, which reveals the muscles underneath. To build up collagen there, use an over-the-counter retinol product, like Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair eye cream.
Ease flaky redness with a soothing lotion like Aveeno Eczema Therapy, which contains colloidal oatmeal to lock in moisture.
If that doesn't work, an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream might, but use it for only a couple of days or on a doctor's order (cortisone can contribute to cataracts). If the rash persists, see your dermatologist—you could have an allergy.