A serum that turns back the hands of time? Estée Lauder’s famed Advanced Night Repair formula has been reversing the signs of ageing for over thirty years. Today, the beauty brand offers an even better solution. By Li Ying Lim.
In bed with Estée Lauder and the latest iteration of its world-renowned Advanced Night Repair
It was kept under wraps for quite some time but Estée Lauder has finally unveiled its biggest milestone of 2013. This month, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II makes its debut with a whole new formula. Based on more than three decades of research in DNA and chronobiology, the “little brown bottle” version 2.0 now owns more than 25 patents until the year 2021, and that is just the tip of the iceberg with regard to proving how revolutionary the latest concoction really is.
ANR, as it is fondly known by legions of fans, became the first ever serum to hit the market when it initially launched in 1982, and created a new skin repair category in the market. As groundbreaking then as it is today was the discovery of “nature’s moisture magnet”, better known as hyaluronic acid. Working in harmony with the body’s natural renewal process to rejuvenate and heal the ravages of environmental stress, the advanced formula also accentuated the importance of sufficient shut-eye for extraordinary skin.
Lack of rest has always been the bane of our existence. Research has shown that this habitual recurrence can lead to obesity, heart disease, and even cancer, but there has not been a case study that specifically showed the consequential ageing effects on the skin, despite the fact that this caveat hangs from every beauty enthusiast’s lips.
Estée Lauder tied up loose ends by commissioning an independent clinical study with University Hospitals Case Medical Center in affiliation with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Observing 60 women aged 30 to 49 years old over a one-week period, the results of the Case Western studies were hardly surprising. Common signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, and slackened skin were found to be twice as obvious on those who slept for less than seven hours, and skin barrier recovery was suggested to be slower for poor sleepers.
Backed by evidence garnered from the Case Western studies, Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II was created to effectively control damage through the natural regenerative process.
The skin’s rejuvenating prowess tends to slow down through the years, resulting in sluggish cellular renewals that can lead to signs of ageing. The smart new technology behind ANR II can reset the skin’s biological clock so that it will know when and how to repair itself. As cellular catabolysis – a natural form of purification through the breakdown of fat – peaks at night, the new ChronoluxCB Technology stimulates catabolism to remove the impurities that clog up our system and subsequently slow down cellular renewal. This is combined with the signature Chronolux technology, which resynchronises the skin’s natural reparative ability.
Ingenuity almost always comes at a price, but ANR II is a pleasure to apply and does not burn a hole in the pocket. Light in texture, the serum is absorbed instantly, leaving behind a subtle citrus scent to calm the senses. Its universal appeal should not be underestimated, what with more than 1,000 women of all ethnicities testifying to a remarkable change in their complexions within less than 31 days of use.
“Now the term ‘beauty sleep’ has a new, significant meaning,” said the late Estée Lauder at the launch of the first Advanced Night Repair. That meaning has since changed as we have come a long way from the ’80s. The brand’s indefatigable research team has successfully kept up with the times with a formula that corresponds to the needs of the modern woman.
With environmental pollution identified as the leading cause of premature ageing and weakened skin barriers, the anti-pollution technology aims to turn back time using encapsulated alkyl guanine transferase, which helps to smooth away visible damage. Reinforced by hyaluronic acid for ongoing hydration and a powerful blend of antioxidants that is proven to neutralise up to 90 percent of free radicals, this is tipped to be the highest preventive measure that simultaneously heals existing skin damage. What could be better than knowing you will never really look your actual age again?
Constance Jablonski in bed with Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, RM255 ( 30ml) & RM350 ( 50ml)
The faces of Estée Lauder. ( From left) Liu Wen, Arizona Muse, Constance Jablonski, and Joan Smalls
A test subject getting a skin evaluation at the UH Case Medical Center