Reviewed: This Serum Promised to Repair My Skin Overnight, So I Had to Try It

Updated 04/17/19

I’ve got a confession to make. You know how the end of January is when most sensible people put an end to their festive season indulgences of late nights, margaritas and all of the food? I just… kept going. By April, my skin was seriously showing the effects. Dull, uneven, spotty, reactive and with some fine lines in my forehead deepening. Just delightful.

Despite finally re-joining the real world with a more balanced diet and exercise, my skin was still looking sad. Thankfully, I’d just decided to re-evaluate my skincare routine when the beauty fairy godmothers at Estée Lauder asked if I wanted to try the new formulation of the cult Advanced Night Repair serum. The promise that it would repair my sorry skin was all the convincing I needed.

The Product

Given that this iconic product is a bit of a classic (it has been around for 80 years), it’s crazy to think that I’d never tried it before—fun fact, it’s the number one selling serum in Australia. The new Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is specifically formulated to support the skin's natural night-time repair process through deep hydration. Plus, it delivers a super-dose of antioxidants to neutralise the free radicals that wreak havoc on our faces daily.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II 50mL $150
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The Trial

To see what ANR mark II could do, I put myself on a strict but simple nightly regimen for two weeks (yeah, I’m impatient):

  1. Double cleanse, first with Bioderma Sensibio H2O, followed by Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser
  2. Apply a generous slather of Advanced Night Repair
  3. Allow to sink into the skin, then apply a rich moisturiser. Weleda Skin Food is my go-to as soon as the weather starts to cool

The Verdict

I can’t endorse the hydrating effects enough. ANR feels like liquid silk and immediately makes my face feel more supple—I’d love it for that alone.

At the end of my two-week experiment, I’m stoked to say that my skin feels transformed. It looks much less tired and dull, and every morning I wake up to plump, hydrated skin and a much brighter complexion. Plus, it’s comforting to know that I’m boosting my skin's defences against environmental damage and the signs of ageing. It's never too early to start with either.

ANR has won a permanent place in my skincare routine, as it already has with women around the world. And if this review hasn’t convinced you, maybe a make-up free selfie of my revived, glowy face will help?

Main image: Getty images.

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