While I’m happy to skip the primer, eyeliner or blush on a daily basis, the one area of my regime I never gloss over is skin care. You can apply all the makeup (and use all the photoshop) in the world, but if the canvas beneath isn’t luminous and hydrated the tell tale signs will still be there and shine through. This isn’t about ‘turning back the clock’ or seeking out the skin you had as a teenager, but helping us to all look and feel our best while ageing gracefully. With the advances in science enabling us to treat our skin effectively and ensure it has all the ingredients it needs to work efficiently, there’s no excuse for anyone to look exhausted – or to sit back and let nature take its course. I’m a firm believer in a comprehensive skincare regime and the benefits that using an eye cream, serum, day and night treatment can bring to the complexion, and a number of weeks ago No7 challenged ten bloggers to put it to the test and see what difference it could make to them.
One of the big things I’ve learned over the years is that skincare
products really are #BetterTogether; that is, using a serum alongside an
eye cream, moisturiser and overnight treatment will provide far better
results than relying on a standalone product. At the start of the year No7 revolutionised its entire Lift & Luminate
range (targeted at 40+ skin and including Day, Night and Eye Cream) to
help women’s skin look at its absolute best. (Read my original feature here.) This new and improved blend of ingredients
helps women achieve even better anti-ageing results that really deliver,
especially when using all four of the products together; the range has been proven to help tackle
the most common signs of ageing to deliver maximum results – wrinkles
are visibly reduced, skin appears lifted and is noticeably firmer, while
skin tone is more even. When clinically tested 88% of women saw even better results when they used the new day cream with the Lift & Luminate
serum – proving without a doubt that doubling up will give you even
better results in as little as two weeks.
I’m not quite old enough to put this to the test myself, so my mum kindly stepped in to try it for me over a number of weeks and has been pleasantly surprised by the results. Of her overall impressions, she said: “The eye cream is quite thick and creamy, but sinks in well and definitely helps to reduce my morning puffiness a little. I love the serum; it makes skin feel really smooth and applies beautifully, so much so I could use it alone without makeup as it provides a really nice base. The day cream is really creamy, but it’s not heavy so absorbs quickly to leave my skin feeling moisturised, while the really rich night cream is beautiful to apply before bed.” My mum isn’t great at sticking to a regime and using multiple products in a day, so the No7 Lift & Luminate range has definitely helped her to get into a regime and understand the benefit using more than a little moisturiser can bring. She’s thoroughly enjoyed testing all four products (and I know she’ll come back asking for more when she’s done!)
What’s interesting is the results she’s seen to her overall complexion, rather than focusing on individual fine lines and wrinkles. She said: “I’ve actually been told I don’t look as tired, so I presume the illuminating qualities are showing through! I’ve yet to notice any ‘lifting’ qualities yet, but maybe when I’ve used it a bit longer I’ll start to notice a difference. Overall though my foundation applies better and the end result is much smoother, while my face still feels soft and moisturised at the end of the day. (A big difference for me.)” For me the key difference in her skin is the overall appearance – rather than looking a little tired, she looks refreshed and subtly glowing (as well as younger than her 57 years.) And of the packaging? “I really like the pots, which makes the range seem higher end – and something I’m proud to have on my dressing table.” So my mum is a big fan of the Lift & Luminate range, but what about the other bloggers that have been putting it to the test?
Alex, I Heart Beauty: “I mainly look for products that will look after my skin over the long term and slow down the rate that it ages. I genuinely belief that the Lift & Luminate range will do that and can recommend it without hesitation.”
Tracey, Fighting Fifty: “If you are aged 40+ and are looking for products to actively work on fine lines, pigmentation and skin texture, while hydrating and protecting the skin, then the No7 Lift & Luminate range is definitely worth trying.”
Kate, Kate Louise Blogs: “My verdict? Well, if you wanted to try just one product, I’d say go for the eye cream, but the results I’ve had overall have come from using the range as a whole. So I guess that means I’m firmly in agreement with No7 – skincare really is #BetterTogether!”
Sareta, Kikki Blah Blah: “The No7 range all worked fabulously together to achieve the results that they said they would and what I hoped that they would do…bonus! Thanks No7, you’ve turned this lazy skincare lady into a fan for life”
Jo, Slummy Single Mummy: “I know that I’ve enjoyed using the No7 products because I’m still using them. I haven’t come to the end of the trial period and given up, which I thought I might do, because I genuinely like how they make me feel.”
You can check out their thoughts in their full posts below… But overall, Lift & Luminate is definitely a winner in my book – and we’ve certainly proven that we’re #BetterTogether too.
Kate Marten katelouiseblogs.com | Tracey McAlpine fightingfifty.co.uk | Alex Garman Iheartbeauty.net | Jane Cunningham britishbeautyblogger.com | Louise Woollam getlippie.com | Lisa Barrett glowology.co.uk | Fritha Strickland tigerlillyquinn.com | Jo Middleton slummysinglemummy.com | Sareta Fontaine kikiblahblah.com
No7 Lift & Luminate TRIPLE ACTION Day Cream £24.95, Night Cream £24.95, Eye Cream £17.00 and Serum £27.00 is available now online and via Boots stores nationwide.
No7 skincare is also currently on 3 for 2 – even better!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Boots; all opinions are my own.