Because nobody wants to waste money on a jar of empty promises...
In an ideal world, none of us would worry about the visible signs of ageing and would simply be content with the (clichéd) notion of ‘growing old gracefully’. But, sadly, we don’t live in an ideal world and when the time comes, most of us will reach for anti-ageing beauty products faster than you can say, well, anti-ageing beauty products. The trouble is the market is flooded with products that claim to do so much.
When parting with your hard-earned cash for said beauty buys, you want formulas that live up to all the things they promises on the bottle – that means smoother skin texture, softened wrinkles and an overall more radiant complexion. Doesn’t seem like that much to ask, does it?
You’d be forgiven for feeling bombarded by all the lotions and potions out there that promise to turn back the hands of time; at first glance, the anti-ageing beauty products market does seem a bit overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and scoured the beauty market to bring you the trusted products that won’t let you down. So sit tight as we walk you through the Marie Claire-approved anti-ageing beauty products – trust us when we say you won’t regret buying any of them.
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30, £82, Fabled
Proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just 14 days, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is without doubt one of the most famous face creams in the country (and the world), and it’s certainly a strong contender for ELEMIS’ best ever product. The key ingredient here is Mediterranean algae which, when combined with Mimosa Absolutes and precious rose, works to smooth and refine the skin. The brand recently added ever-important SPF 30, so you no longer have to apply a separate SPF product along with your very best moisturiser. Marine Cream has rightfully achieved cult status and won’t be relegated any time soon.
Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream, £48, Fabled
The entire Extra Repair range at Bobbi Brown is well worth investing in, but it’s the eye cream that has really captured our hearts at Marie Claire. For an intense cream, it doesn’t feel too claggy, thick or greasy, but rather glides over the eye area (eye creams should be patted or smoothed onto skin, not ‘rubbed’), supporting its protective barrier and collagen levels to improve overall appearance and texture. It’s no wonder the cream receives such rave reviews and has hundreds of customers who have been loyal to to for years; it truly is one of the best eye cream formulas out there.
No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Serum, £26, Boots
This little bottle was breaking the internet long before the term became synonymous with the Kardashians. In 2007, a BBC documentary testing the wrinkle-busting power of various anti-ageing products aired in the UK. The one that came out on top? No7’s Protect & Perfect Beautiful Serum, then priced at a modest £17. By the next day, it had sold out – according to the BBC, Boots sold five months’ worth of stock in just one day. The product has since been upgraded to an ‘Intense Advanced’ version and the price has crept up a little in the last 10 years; but you can still get your hands on it for less than £30 and trust that it’s still just as effective (if not more so) as the day that famous doc aired. Wrinkles will be smoothed out and less visible – science says so.
Lancer Advanced C Radiance Cream, £70, Net-A-Porter
Dr Lancer is a trailblazer in the world of dermatology and has been known, for years now, for his ability to change the actual quality of people’s skin. This smooth water-free cream formula boosts radiance and collagen production, as well as the signs of UV damage and wrinkles. It has 10% vitamin C which, not only produces collagen but, is a antioxidant and retinol which can change the skin’s tone and smoothness by improving the elasticity and texture. It’s best to use on a cleansed face morning and evening, and you’ll really see the difference over the weeks that follow.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II, £53, Fabled
Technically a night serum rather than the best night cream, but we had to give this one a mention. Touted by beauty editors and bloggers all over the land as a must-have for your PM skincare routine, Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair is world-famous due to its unique ChronoluxCB complex that transforms your skin while you sleep. Apply at night and you’ll wake up with smoother skin, with wrinkles significantly softened and a super-soft – which is why you’ll find it in the bathroom cupboard of 99.9% of skincare enthusiasts.
Zelens Transformer Instant Renewal Renewal Mask, £95, Fabled
Cosmetic surgeon Dr Marko Lens is famous for his ‘red carpet facials’ given to a whole host of A-list clients, and so formulated his skincare range based around the notion of a flawless, celebrity-worthy complexion. The Transformer Mask is a supercharged formula packed with 16 amino acids, polysaccharides and proteins for the ultimate restoring and repairing treatment. Skin feels firmer with more elasticity and, after continued use, its radiance levels will skyrocket. Consider this mask the closest thing to getting a face lift without, you know, actually getting a face lift.
Temple Spa Palm Balm, £19, Harrods
The first thing you need to know is that this stuff is so good that you’ll find it on board the Orient Express. We could leave it there, but if that alone doesn’t sell it to you then know that this brightens and smooths out the skin of your hands, as well as working to even out complexion (so long, age spots). Described as a ‘multivitamin cocktail’, it contains essential oils of bergamot, lemon and lavender, as well as extracts of jojoba and aloe vera, to restore and soften the skin, and forms a protective barrier to prevent further skin damage. It’s pretty much a time machine in a tube and truly one of the best hand creams out there – rough hands, be gone.
Murad Hydro-Glow Supplements, £50, John Lewis
If you’re looking to combat the signs of ageing then it’s definitely worth adding one or two skin supplements into your daily routine; Murad’s new Hydro-Glow supplements work by ‘hydrating your skin from within’. Now for the sciencey bit: The key ingredient here is Glucosamine, which works to up water levels and create a bank of hydration in skin cells, while also boosting collagen and hyaluronic acid levels – in short, creating very hydrated and healthy skin. With a 30-day supply in the box, you’ll be glowing in just a few short weeks.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Ageing Treatment Boosting Cleanser, £39, Beauty Expert
This clever little cleanser works to enhance the effects of your other anti-ageing beauty products by prepping the skin for treatment. Pretty great, no? It’ll dissolve make-up and grime that builds up throughout the day while also getting rid of any surface pollution to prevent environmental damage – and best of all, it won’t leave your skin with that uncomfortable, tight feeling.
Espa Nourishing Cleansing Balm, £40 Espa
Everyone knows how important it is to clean your skin at the end of the day and it’s especially important if you want to fight the signs of ageing. It’s all about the ingredients in this cleansing balm. There’s Rose Geranium, which calms and irritation (irritation is one of the biggest anti-agers as it breaks down collagen and elasticity) and Rose Damascena, which actually helps with skin tone and firmness. Yay!
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Serum, £26, John Lewis
Any fan of Kiehl’s loves their Midnight Recovery complex, without question, and the brand has since branched out to put its power into a serum for the eye area. The superhero ingredients here are lavender and evening primrose, as well as Butcher’s Broom to de-puff. Apply at night time for firmed-up eyes and softened crow’s feet come morning. You’ll look and feel fresh as a daisy.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, £25, Fabled
Whether it’s a late night, commute getting to you or you simply just didn’t get anywhere near 8 hours of Zs, wrinkly under eye bags and dark circles can happen to us all – regardless of our age. The under-eye mask market is totally saturated, but one buy that stands out from the crowd are these Skyn Iceland firming gels. In the resealable pack comes eight pairs of the gels that, in just 15 minutes, take away dark purplish shadows, take the edge off wrinkles and lift the entire under eye area, which is particularly delicate. They’re truly nothing short of incredible, and great value for money.
No7’s Laboratories Line Correcting Booster Serum, £38 Boots
This product caused quite the stir when it launched in early 2018. And when we say a stir, we mean one unit being sold every two seconds and a waiting list of 17,000+. The reason behind the hysteria was the outstanding clinic trial claims – it’s said to reduce wrinkles by five years. Some have even compared (and preferred) it to Botox. No7 are no strangers to being at the forefront of anti-ageing; their 2007 Protect and Perfect serum was another huge sellout for the brand. So what’s so special about this serum? Well, it has 7 x more Matrixyl 3000 Plus™ in it’s formula than any of No7’s others. Don’t worry, we know that sounds complex, but all you need to know is that it’s made up of super duper peptides that work really effectively at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Olay Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment, £19.99, Boots
Retinol is an anti-ageing hero that’s exploded in popularity over the last year or so. The best retinol products can transform skin texture and tone, essential for someone keen to prevent and combat the visible signs of ageing. Olay has long been held as one of the most trustworthy names in anti-ageing skincare, so it’s no surprise that they’ve joined the retinol ranks. Their new Pro-Retinol Eye Treatment is also packed with niacinamde, a hydrating and regenerating ingredient, and pentapeptides, which protects the skin against free radicals and minimise the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles.
Rest assured that these beauty heroes are worth the pennies.
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