I used to not know the difference between toners, serums and moisturisers other than the fact that they're supposedly 'good' for our skin - and I'm sure I'm not alone in this. Well, it's been 5 years since my first encounter with skincare products, and while I wouldn't consider myself an expert, I do have a good grasp of my skin type and can determine which products work great for my skin.
One of the recent additions to my night skincare routine is Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. Revolutionising the beauty industry since 1982 as the first ever skincare product that focuses on repair and skin ageing, the ANR has certainly come a long way and its formula is currently patented till 2033.
What is the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II?
Quoted from Estee Lauder's website, ANR claims to be a "Powerful nighttime renewal for radiant, youthful-looking skin" and that it instantly adds radiance and hydrates the skin. It's also tested and proven to "reduce the look of all key signs of aging."
In laymen terms, it's a serum that works to effectively diminish lines, wrinkles and the likes - revealing younger looking skin that looks healthier and smoother. Personally, while I haven't been religiously using it every single night, I do find that it really does what it says. On nights that I use the ANR, I wake up to brighter and softer skin the next morning.
Texture and Scent
Boasting a light peachy-golden color, the ANR serum is of a watery gel consistency, which I really like as it gets absorbed into my skin really quickly and leaves no sticky feeling at all! That's a huge plus for me as I find that some serums I've tried can be a little too... heavy and tacky for my skin?
It's also formulated to be oil-free and non-acnegenic, which means it would not clog pores and is suitable to most - if not all skin types - including oily skin.
In terms of scent, I'm averse to products that come with a strong fragrance as I'm really sensitive to that. The ANR serum boasts to be fragrance-free but it does have a hint of citrusy scent though I find isn't overwhelming for me.
How I Use It
The ANR comes in its classic brown bottle with a golden cap and a dropper attached to it. I love that the dropper makes it really convenient and hygienic for me to dispense a reasonable amount of serum without contaminating the rest of the contents in the bottle. I usually dispense just a penny-sized amount on my palm before using my fingers to apply it to my face - after cleansing and toning of course!
Pros and Cons
- effective in brightening and softening my skin
- doesn't cause any irritation of sorts
- lightweight and easily absorbed, leaving no tackiness
- pleasant scent that is not overwhelming
- dropper makes it hygienic and convenient to dispense product
- expensive (SGD$170 for a 50ml bottle)
- would probably be more effective for individuals showing early signs of ageing (i.e. wrinkles, obvious lines etc)
In a Nutshell
I think the ANR is a great serum and my experience with it has been nothing but pleasant. I like that it's easily absorbed into my skin and has a pleasant scent. It's proven to be effective in brightening and softening my skin on a daily basis, though I probably would have to use it much more religiously for a longer period of time to experience the true effects of anti-ageing and actual 'repairing' of the skin.
The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is available for SGD$170 on TANGS SINGAPORE.
Use the code “NSYBRENDA” at checkout when you purchase the Advanced Night Repair 50ml via this link and receive a 4pcs gift set worth $100 + ANR eye mask worth $15 (limited to first 100 redemptions only).
DISCLAIMER: While the ANR was sent over for me to try, note that this is NOT a paid post, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.