Before it was a punchline for terrible jokes about pirates, scurvy was a very real threat for a very long time. Hippocrates was the first one to be like, "Hey, what's this?" in his day; the ancient Egyptians knew about it, too, and documented its symptoms in hieroglyphics as early as 1550 BCE. At one point, during the three hundred years now known as the Age of Sail, it was assumed that 50% of sailors on any given voyage would perish of the disease. Gums rotted. Teeth fell out. Skin turned sallow. Good men died. Iconic 17th-century explorer Admiral Sir Richard Hawkins called scurvy "the plague of the Sea, and the Spoyle of Mariners." It was... bad.
And, after all that death and failed international passages and lost teeth, a cure emerged: vitamin C. Literally, a lemon. Some orange juice. Guava, if you can get it. Lightly-fried seal meat, if you're gonna be in Antarctica for a while.
Vitamin C is not only arguably the most delicious vitamin, found in high concentrations in tart, lovely things like Kakadu plum and acerola cherries (and who knows — seal meat might be a really nice dish, too); it is also the vitamin most to thank for the continued existence of our civilization as we know it. It helps support the immune system. It's a natural antimicrobial. And, as a potent antioxidant, vitamin C is also very good at brightening the skin.
Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, explains that, when used topically, the essential nutrient both promotes healthy collagen production and interferes with abnormal pigment production, effectively cutting the lifespan of dark spots short. And it's especially useful under the eyes, where a number of variables — rubbing, fluid retention, lack of sleep — can contribute to hyperpigmentation and the appearance of dark circles. In fact, because it's fast-acting, it's perfect for non-believers who want to see real appreciable results from their eye cream, not just potentially reduced fine lines and wrinkles in 8-10 weeks.
So don't make the same mistake as the British Royal Navy, which failed to provide lemon juice to its sailors on a regular basis for over 40 years after the simple cure for scurvy was first discovered. Add vitamin C to your routine today.
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The abridged version of what's inside this little bottle also reads like a recap of every ingredient a dermatologist has ever recommended you look for in an eye-cream formula (vitamin E, shea butter, ferulic acid, caffeine, sodium hyaluronate, vitamin C, collagen...) plus a whole lot of things you've never heard of but are nice to have around, like mineral-rich bamboo stem powder, omega-3 fatty acids from wakame seaweed, and the excellent anti-inflammatory arnica.
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It takes two to tango, and five different forms of vitamin C to make up this rich, highly-concentrated eye cream, a pea-sized drop of which is enough to cover the whole eye area. Peptides, vitamin E, and potent antioxidants work to treat existing fine lines and dark circles and strengthen the delicate skin while also preventing future damage — all in perfectly hygienic airless-pump packaging, which is a dream come true for anyone who gets heart palpitations just thinking about sticking their grimy fingers into a jar over and over again.
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Using eye cream in the morning might sound like a recipe for greasy eyelids and creased concealer, but this brand-new formula results in nothing of the sort. The matte cream goes on silky smooth with a serious blurring effect, so you'll look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed immediately — only about two weeks before you'll start to see long-term brightening results from the red grape seed extract and vitamin C.
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Zero bananas were harmed in the making of this eye cream; it is merely inspired by the pale-yellow powder known as banana powder, which makeup artists, Kardashians, and everyday people with plenty of time on their hands dust liberally to set their concealer and correct dark purple and blue tones under the eyes. With a pearly, lightly tinted finish ideal for daytime use under makeup, this collagen-rich cream leaves skin sunny and well-rested — and, if you're wondering, smells nothing like a banana.
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Fresh-squeezed OJ isn't something you'd want to put near your eyes, but metaphorically, this is the next best thing. Instantly refreshing, packed with antioxidants and energizing ginseng, and so lightweight you can even tap it over the under-eye area to refresh throughout the day, this gel-cream is perfect for traveling, by air or by sea...