Beauty Heroes: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
What is it?
A peachy-coloured, gel-like serum, Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (ANR, to those in the know) is one of the brand’s bestsellers, and has been around since the Eighties. An anti-ageing serum designed to work while you sleep, it acts on lines and wrinkles, dullness and dryness for more youthful and radiant skin.
Who is it for?
ANR is primarily an anti-ageing product, but since it is lightweight in texture and tackles dryness, dullness and dehydration as well as the more obvious signs of ageing, there’s no reason not to use it for prevention as well as cure. Also, its non-comedogenic, oil-free and fragrance-free formula makes it suitable for oily and sensitive skin too. Those with visible signs of ageing will see the benefits most clearly.
How do you use it?
Designed to be worn every single night, ANR comes with a pipette dispenser for hygienic application. Estée Lauder’s official advice is to “apply a drop on each fingertip of one hand” and “touch fingertips of both hands together” before massaging into the skin, but for ease we’d suggest that two to three good-sized drops are enough, smoothed over the entire face after cleansing, but before moisturiser.
Why it’s a hero
Vogue.co.uk beauty editor Lisa Niven says: “I have relatively oily skin and so I really appreciate that ANR is oil-free, and instantly sinks into the skin without residue. Now I’ve entered my thirties I thought it was time to start using a ‘proper’ anti-ageing product, and this feels so much more lightweight and wearable than a lot of other options on the market, which I tend to find a bit rich. It’s definitely hydrating – those with even oilier skin might find that they don’t even need to follow it with moisturiser – but I like to follow it with a light hydrator. I do think my skin is more radiant since using it and it’s a pleasure to use, but I’m not sure it’s made a big impact on my fine lines yet. However my mum, who is in her fifties, has been using it for years and is an utter convert (plus has great skin), so I’ll happily give it the test of time.”