As much as I like nice things, I don’t like the hefty price tags associated with them. It’s mostly true that you get what you pay for, but from experience, that’s not always the case and when it comes to skincare and makeup. Enter Advanced Night Repair Serum, priced at £72 for a 50ml bottle *gasp* I know, I know… Still sends chills down my spine too, which is why I opted to try a smaller size, before jumping in both feet first.
I got the Estee Lauder Stay Young Start Now Collection on feelunique.com and inside the box was a 7ml bottle of the Advanced Night Repair Serum, a 5ml pot of the Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II and a 15ml pot each of the DayWear and NightWear Plus creams. The quantities may not sound like much, but they were enough for about five weeks of everyday use, which is pretty impressive because I don’t use anything sparingly. Both the creams were okay, but I wouldn’t go out of my way,
or my pocket, to purchase the full sizes, so the focus of this post is really the serum and the eye cream.
What is it for?
Estee Lauder claim that the serum is an oil-free formulation, suitable for all skin types, intended to target multiple signs of aging, dryness and dehydration, lines and wrinkles, dullness, loss of radiance and visibly prevent aging. The last one is a tough one to test out, but the other claims can be observed over time.
What’s in it?
The key ingredients that I noticed include Bifida Ferment Lysate, which claims to have antioxidant properties which help to DNA repair*, Tripeptide-32, also attributed to skin repair, Sodium Hyluronate; a salt of hyluronic acid which helps to keep skin hydrated, Tocopheryl Acetate which is converted to Vitamin E; a natural antioxidant, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate which prevents UVB sun damage and reduces the appearance of scars, Squalane; a natural emollient and Bisabolol, a natural anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory agent.
I’m very skeptical about the DNA repair claims, which Estee Lauder call ‘Chronolux Technology’ because the science behind it doesn’t add up. I can’t see how something you apply on the skin surface could penetrate all the way through, into the dividing skin cells and have a profound impact on your DNA, which is in the cell nucleus… My point is, it’s a bold claim and they haven’t made any papers available to back it up.
*DNA damage is what causes aging so, repairing DNA would effectively slow down aging and make you look younger.
How do you use it?
The serum comes in a bottle with a pipette, and I use about half of the pipette to cover my whole face. It has a slightly runny consistency with a pale grey-ish colour and almost smells like natural yoghurt and it absorbs very easily without leaving a sticky residue. The eye serum is a lot thicker and creamier and a few dots massaged in with my ring finger are more than enough to cover my undereye area. Just before going to bed, I apply the NightWear Plus cream on top for extra hydration through the night.
Does it work?
To be completely honest, I didn’t want this serum or the eye cream to work at all. I didn’t want to like it, nevermind love it, and I wanted enough reason to never think about it or consider it again because it’s expensive! My experience however, was the complete opposite and I’ve noticed that my skintone is even more even, and looks radiant, from what people have said. My under-eye area is usually quite creased and I noticed a difference there too, as well are the fine lines that are starting to show on my forehead. Using this at night made a noticeable difference in the morning and the general texture of my skin is much smoother. I’m tempted to go for the full size bottle but there is a more affordable dupe (Missha Time Revolution Night Repair) of this product available, which I might try out first.
The skincare industry is riddled with junk science and for the average person (myself included) it can be hard to determine what actually works and what does not. There are studies to support certain ingredients however, most of claims are theoretical and haven’t been proved to work outside the lab. What I think works is having a skincare regimen, you can adhere to. There’s no real need to spend a fortune (unless you have a fortune to spend of course) as there are almost always cheaper alternatives to high-end products. All that said, this product worked extremely well for me and I would recommend it if it’s within your means. It’s definitely worth trying a trial size before taking the plunge, especially if you are a skeptic or have sensitive skin.