There’s no denying that Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Cream is a highly prized product in the skincare category. Loved by beauty editors and celebrities like Eva Mendes around the world, this potion promises to plump up tired, aging skin. But what exactly is it? Does it work? I tried it, and here’s what I think…
As a brief background, Estee Lauder (the brand) was officially launched in 1946 by Estee Lauder and Joseph Lauder. The business began with four core products and has grown into one of the world’s most iconic beauty brands. One of the brand’s most popular skincare products is Advanced Night Repair, launched in 1982. Its pioneering formulas, technologies and ingredients made it an industry first in skincare.
So what about this “little brown bottle” that is so special? Well, it’s been reformulated many times over the years – and each time, the formula has been vastly improved. The current version, Synchronized Multi-Restore Complex, is the most advanced to date. It’s enriched with skin-friendly technologies, such as the brand’s patented Chronolux Power Signal Technology, which activates the skin’s natural repair process overnight.
The product is also enriched with hyaluronic acid to keep the skin hydrated. Another advantage of Advanced Night Repair is that it continues to work overnight and lasts into the next day after application. It provides a high level of protection against free radical damage, such as the effects of pollution and blue light.
The texture of the product is a viscous liquid. It is not watery, so it does not slip off the skin or hands. It has the perfect consistency to cling to and penetrate the skin.
How I use Advanced Night Repair
The serum is very simple to use. I just apply it to clean, slightly damp skin. I leave my skin slightly moisturized as the hyaluronic acid ingredient absorbs any moisture left on the skin for extra radiance. In addition, I used the product every night during the trial period to get the best results. I always followed it up with a light colored night cream. Most night creams tend to be heavy. However, since the product itself is quite thick, I don’t think it would be a good fit for a super heavy product. Using a thicker night cream on top also runs the risk of overloading the skin. This can lead to breakouts and excessive sebum production (the substance that makes your skin oily!) The skin’s ability to absorb the oils and sebum production can be a major concern.
So, did it live up to my expectations? I tried the Advanced Night Repair for the recommended three weeks. I must admit I did see a difference during that time. The area that seemed to improve the most was my dark circle area. Although I didn’t apply the product specifically to the eye area, once it touched the skin it dispersed and nourished the area that needed it the most. My skin feels softer, looks more radiant and is overall less dull. I’m impressed!