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Youth Boost: Face

The product: Olay Definity Color Recapture

Now: Optical diffusers (pigments that scatter light over the face) help skin look smooth and firm.

Later: Niacinamide and glucosamine fade brown spots.

The product: Borba HD-Illuminating Light Effects Serum (borba.com)

Now: Microdiamonds reflect light for a soft, luminous complexion.

Later: Kojic acid and vitamin C even tone and boost firmness.

The product: L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Radiance Perfector Sheer Tint Moisturiser

Now: A subtle wash of colour creates a fresh-faced appearance.

Later: Beta hydroxy acid increases cell turnover to soften fine lines.

The product: Borba HD-Illuminating Light Effects Serum (borba.com)

Now: Microdiamonds reflect light for a soft, luminous complexion.

Later: Kojic acid and vitamin C even tone and boost firmness.

The product: L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Radiance Perfector Sheer Tint Moisturiser

Now: A subtle wash of colour creates a fresh-faced appearance.

Later: Beta hydroxy acid increases cell turnover to soften fine lines.

BRIGHTEN UP

Exfoliating salicylic acid and vitamin A in Dermalogica AGE Smart MultiVitamin Thermafoliant (dermalogica.com for locations) polish skin and soften wrinkles.

DEEP CLEAN PORES

Gentle microbeads in Olay Warming Deep Purifying Cleanser lift away dead cells, dirt, and makeup; green tea imparts a smooth finish.

SLIM A DOUBLE CHIN

New creams containing Ovaliss, a complex of ingredients that burn fat and inhibit the formation of new fat cells, may improve your profile.

In a recent study, topically applied Ovaliss noticeably reduced chin fat by more than 10 per cent in seven out of 25 women.

Fair warning: The other 18 saw less than a 6 per cent improvement.

Find Ovaliss in Elysee YouthSpan Resculpting Concentrate (elyseecosmetics.com) and Isomers Laboratories Neck & Chin Firming (amazon.com).

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Tried & Tested: Facial serums

ANTIPODES

Hosanna Intensive 
Hydrating Serum, RRP $47

A little amount of this serum goes a long way, and after using my skin felt softer and well moisturised. The Vinanza Gold grape seed extract in the serum is high in antioxidants and works to increase elasticity and firmness of the skin, something I noticed after two weeks of using this product twice a day.

AVALON ORGANICS

Lavender Renewal & Vitality
Facial Serum, RRP $30

This unscented and non-sticky serum was absorbed into my skin instantly and left it feeling smooth and plump (most likely because of its hyaluronic acid content). The calming properties of organic lavender, arnica and licorice root quelled any redness and left my skin rejuvenated, bright and even in tone. Full of antioxidants and omega fatty acids, it gave me a healthy, radiant complexion.

EVOLU

Facial Serum, RRP $59

At first the roller-ball action of this lightweight serum felt slightly strange to apply, however, its massaging effect on my face and neck soon became addictive. Rich in bioactive vitamins and essential oils, this facial serum gives you a potent shot of antioxidants and the botanical blend gives a pleasant smell that provides the perfect start or end to the day.

ILCSI

Grape Seed Softening 
Serum, RRP $85

Particularly good for tired, dull and dry skin, this strongly scented serum makes use of 
the high fibre, vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content of 
grape seed oil. Fortified with mineral 
water from a lake in Hungary, this all-natural organic facial serum will 
leave your skin feeling soft, smooth 
and totally revitalised.

DR. HAUSCHKA

Regenerating Serum, RRP $145

Specially formulated for mature skin, it’s no wonder why my skin was left feeling firm and tight after applying this serum. While the oil-free gel is slightly tacky on contact, it was soon absorbed into my skin providing abundant moisture. Great for sensitive skin, this serum soothes any redness or irritation.

AVEDA

Green Science Lifting 
Serum, RRP $130

This lotion-like serum has an unusual, yet delightful scent, which instantly awakens the senses, making it ideal for daytime use. Free of stickiness, it was instantly absorbed into my skin and gave it a more lifted and toned appearance. The blend of natural ingredients in the serum helps promote cell turnover as well as strengthening the skin’s barrier function.           

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