Saturday, March 9, 2013

Review: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum or ANR as it has come to be know is a true testament to good skincare standing the test of time for it has been on the market for a whopping 30 years. It's won a crazy amount of awards including most recently the InStyle Hall of Fame 2011. As well as receiving an accolade of rave reviews from those who have used it before. Makeup artist Mary Greenwell is alleged to swears by it. 

The science behind this serum quite complex and exclusive to Estée Lauder. After doing a little research online I discovered that the ANR is comprised of a concoction of ingredients including a trademarked technology called Chronolux. This technology assists the natural repair the skin goes through overnight, which in turn reduces the appearance of past damage and helping protect skin from current environmentally produced free radical damage. Another key ingredient used in this serum is the moisture magnet Hydrolonic Acid. This is amazing for boosting skin vitality and radiance as each molecule can retain a great deal of water. 

For reference purposes my skin is extremely dry & dehydrated which means, though I don't suffer from breakouts (thank the Lord). My skin can sometimes have a lacklustre effect to it. Also, during the colder months, I sometimes get really weird red patches of dry skin. I've now been using this product for little over a year now and I've definitely seen results. My skin is more radiant and even in tone. However, the ANR can be used for many skin types. Even combination to oily skins have seen results when using this serum. 

In terms of scent, Estée Lauder claim this serum to be fragrance free however I've found just the opposite. It does have a slight medical scent to it, to be more specific it reminds me of my A-Level biology coursework where we had to make enzymes from yeast (please tell me I'm not the only one who can smell that). Nevertheless the scent isn't offensive and after its massaged in the scent disappears.

With regard to its application, it's pretty self explanatory. It's applied in the PM as part of a nighttime skincare routine. On the official website it is advised to apply 5 drops of the serum and gently smooth the amount over the face working your way from the centre outward. 

The only down side to this serum is the extortionate pricing. The 30ml (as is pictured above) retails for £41 and the 50ml for £54. But though its quite pricey, it's without a doubt a product I will repurchase time and time again.  

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