In a couple of months, I will stop filling out surveys. Not because they’re annoying and I don’t think I’ll ever win anything for my efforts. No, because before I’ve even got beyond the first page, I’ll be ticking the age box and I will be ticking a whole new category. You know the one. The one that means you’re more middle aged than young and nubile. Not that I remember being nubile …
Anyway, this fear of survey box ticking has coincided with an inordinate amount of anti-ageing products landing on the Styling You desk.
ARE YOU ALL TRYING TO TELL ME SOMETHING?
Sorry, for the capitals but, please, it does feel like I can’t turn around anywhere these days without reminders about ageing, anti or otherwise.
Now, you know Stylers, that the “anti” bit is all a bit of a marketing tool. It’s designed to strike a bit of fear into us (oh, ok it works) but the fact is we are all ageing. We can’t stop the ageing bit but we can slow down some of the results of it.
(And if you’re 20 or 30, then listen up for a sec … wash your makeup off every night and wear sunscreen every day. There. You can go back to what you were doing and come back and check this post in 10 or 20 years.)
Skin, and specifically the skin on our face, is where the tell-tale signs that we’re not 23 anymore start to appear.
What you might see in the bathroom mirror:
lack of plumpness
uneven skin tone
I can tick every one of the above. Welcome to the naughty 40s. The decade where you start to pay for your past sins. Thankfully advances in skincare mean that I can make a vain (vain being the operative word) attempt to stay ahead of the game.
And yes, I’ve “tried” Botox . Saying, I’ve “tried” it is so celebrity of me, isn’t it? Truth is I’ve “tried” it twice a year for the past four years.
I realise this acknowledgement opens the floodgates for me to be shot down for my choices but after “trying” it for a newspaper feature in my former life as a journalist, I became unapologetically hooked. My face still moves and I love that I look less tired, when in reality I want to crawl up under my desk and take a very long nanna nap.
I’ve also tried an injectable lip plumper. And in this case it really was a once off. It bloody hurt and I’ve opted to leave it out of the budget priorities … for now. Never, say never … especially as a beauty writer. Guaranteed it will come back to bite you on the bum (or remove fat from your bum to plump up your sunken, ageing face).
Leaving injectables and other non-invasive cosmetic stuff aside for another blog post, I can tell you that there is absolutely no use forking out the dollars for any of that stuff if you’re not looking after your skin at the same time. Which leads me to these 10 products, which have been on rotation in my bathroom since January. Each brings something of note to the anti-ageing table.
Finding what works for YOU, however, is a matter of matching up your main skin concerns, getting great advice and giving a solid regime a good go. That means sticking at it for at least six weeks.
1. Sin-Care Booster Serums Relaxation Sensation 50ml $69 The Sin-Care range tackles skincare from a slightly different angle. This serum is designed for skin under stress (or the owner of the skin being under stress and fatigue) which can definitely make you look older. www.sincare.com.au
2. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lift and Firm Makeup SPF 15 30ml $78 This is skincare (plumping technology) combined with a luxe cream foundation. Yes, it does actually give your skin a lift and sense of firmness. Coverage is great too. On counter April 18.
3. Clarins Vital Light Day Illuminating Anti-Ageing All Skin Types Cream 50ml $120 This one’s all about working on the uneven skin pigmentation. It’s a beautiful, quick-absorbing cream. Key ingredients are Cochlearia (to firm the skin); Waltheria (boost collagen production and improve light refection) and Spergularia (reduces pigmentation).
4. Comvita Replenishing Night Moisturiser 50ml $55 Comvita Skincare uses Hunixa Manuka honey as its key anti-ageing ingredient. I’ve used Manuka honey to calm a sore throat before so can see how it would work in skincare. Loving this night cream which promotes the production of collagen for firm, toned-looking skin. Exclusive to David Jones. www.comvita.com.au
5. Olay Professional Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Protocol $99 This all-in-one, solution in a box includes three products – Age Protection Lotion SPF 15, Wrinkle Smoothing Cream and Eye Restoration Complex. It’s a three-pronged approach to better skin in 28 days. Scientists mapped young skin versus old skin to come up with these formulas. www.olayprofessional.com.au
6. Kiehl’s Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler 20ml $68 You won’t find any parabens or silicones in this baby but you will find sodium hyaluronate filling spheres to tackle wrinkles and fragmented hyaluronic acid to build collagen. There’s an immediate difference on application and over time it does do what it claims. Working a treat above my lips. Available at selected David Jones stores and Kiehl’s stores.
7. RoC Retin-Ox Wrinkle Correxion Night 40ml $54 This is a workhorse for using while you’re sleeping. Includes intelligent biopeptide, pure retinol and hyaluronic acid to increase collagen production and plump the skin. www.rocskincare.com.au
8. Jan Marini Age Intervention Gentle Cleanser 120ml $44 Love this cleanser. It’s a non-foaming cream cleanser that is hydrating and gentle enough to use as an eye-makeup remover and after microdermabrasion, IPL or fraxel treatments. www.janmariniaustralia.com.au
9. Dr Lewinn’s Anti-ageing Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30+ 50mL $39.95 Love the light texture and the sheer coverage this gives, which works for me on weekends. Green Tea extract is the key ingredient as is the UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection. www.drlewinnssynergise.com
10. Prevage Eye Ultra Protection Anti-Aging moisturiser eye SPF 15 15ml $150 This product (and its sister product Eye Advanced Anti-aging Serum) has been formulated with idebenone technology which has been shown to address wrinkles, lines, crows feet, puffiness, dark circles and crepiness. I love the texture of this cream, the SPF for protection and the spatula it comes with to massage it into the eye area. Have definitely noticed improvement around the eyes.
Have you tried any of these products? What’s your secret (or not-so-secret) anti-ageing skincare regime?
* I’ve used the English spelling of “ageing” throughout this post, except where product names have used the US spelling, “aging”.