How to Look 10 Years Younger
Need a quick fix that will take years off your skin? With so many elegant and scientifically-backed skincare formulas out there, there's no need to go under the needle anymore. Check out the cutting-edge cult products that will transform your beauty routine and make you look 10 years younger!
CORRECT DARK SPOTS
Discolorations are the bane of our existence. Whether they're acne scars, age spots, or sunspots, we can't wait for them to go away. And now there's a regimen you can use to fade them - fast! Start with Darphin Age-Defining Dermabrasion 3 after cleansing to slough away surface discolorations. Then slap on GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment 2 for some intensive brightening action.
Once you've rinsed it off, it's time for Skin Ceuticals Phyto+ Botanical Gel for Hyperpigmentation 4 , which contains potent kojic acid and arbutin to inhibit the production of skin-darkening melanin. We use it as a lightweight serum, before following through with Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 (R1641.00) 1 for moisture and the all-important SPF. Always, always save SPF for your last step, because the sun is one of the biggest culprits for dark spots.
SMOOTH OUT FINE LINES
Plump skin is totally #beautygoals, but keeping it around takes true diligence. Fortunately, there are now a whole slew of weapons to keep wrinkles at bay. For your first line of defence, use Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate 2 for its quick absorption and its plant extract ingredients. Next, follow up with Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Creme SPF 15 3 . This stuff has your all-important SPF for daytime use, and it is chock full of enzymes and minerals that encourage the production of collagen (the thing that makes skin look plump!).
For night-time, switch to Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Cream 4 , which hydrates while firming up skin with the amino acid hydroxyproline. And on lazy weekends? Kick back and relax with Guerlain Abeille Royale Repairing Honey Gel Mask 1 , which harnesses the restorative power of royal honey to keep skin texture supple and elastic.
ERASE UNDER-EYE CIRCLES
Nothing makes a person look more worn out and tired than dark, puffy eye bags. Get rid of them, and you'll be astonished as how many years younger you'll instantly look. For a quick boost, we like Clinique All About Eye Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage (R767.50) 1 , which comes with a rollerball applicator for instant cooling action. Need to further reduce puffiness? Take action with YSL Forever Youth Liberator Eye Zone Serum 3 .
Top it all off with La Prairie Anti Aging Eye Cream SPF 15 4 - it protects with SPF and minimizes darkness for a wide-awake look. Don't forget to switch to Gatineau Defi Lift 3D Eye Contour Lift 2 just before going to bed. This one gives you the lifting, smoothing overnight boost you need to wake up gorgeous!
FIRM UP NECK AND HANDS
Pro tip for looking young: do not ignore your neck and hands. Those who do may find their true age revealed by the lines on both! Instead, invest in products that will make sure everything stays firm below the chin. We like Algenist Firming & Lifting Neck Cream 1 with its alguronic acid ingredient, which provides maximum firming. Another favourite is Elemis Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment For Neck & Bust 4 , with its powerful anti-aging ingredients. If you need an all-over treatment, you can't go wrong with Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Firming Neck Cream (R1182.50) 3 . Platinum peptides make this one a sure-fire winner.
For hands, the key is to focus on the backs rather than the palms - that's where wrinkles show up first! Try Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (R405.00) 2 for long-lasting hydration and skin-lifting action.