Ageing is inevitable for us all; despite what the media and beauty industry should have you believe, it’s nothing to be scared of and in fact should be celebrated as a privilege. However, that doesn’t mean that most of us don’t want to delay the signs of ageing as much as possible and keep our complexions looking fresh. I for one am all about the lotions, potions and practices that will help to smooth out fine lines and keep my skin looking plump – and I’m always on the lookout for something new to try. Clinique’s new Fresh Pressed Clinical Daily + Overnight Boosters claim to deliver the freshest, most potent day-and-night anti-ageing system to deliver results equal to a leading prescription for lines and wrinkles. That’s a bold claim. But can these little vials really provide such a noticeable difference, and why should you be using Vitamin C and Retinol within your daily regime?
You may be familiar with Vitamin C as an ingestible supplement, but it also works on the skin’s surface to brighten, even tone and smooth skin – as well as improving elasticity, stimulating collagen synthesis (and therefore reducing the appearance of fine lines,) boosts the skin’s immune system and repairs damage caused by environmental factors such as pollution. There a thousands of different moisturisers and serums out there that feature Vitamin C, but it naturally degrades when exposed to oxygen so few are actually capable of delivering the benefits it provides. That’s where Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Boosters are different.
Each of the little vials is sealed for freshness, and when the seal is broken it’s recommended you use the bottle within seven days to maximise its impact; for ease of use, the fresh formula can also be mixed with your usual moisturiser to ensure you get the daily pleasure and hydration you already love. The Vitamin C is applied during your morning routine, while the Retinol (Vitamin A) is applied in the same way before bed.
Retinol is an extremely effective cell-communicating ingredient that has the ability to tell almost any skin cell to behave like a healthy, younger skin cell – as well as encouraging the production of new skin cells. This is hugely beneficial for those of us experiencing the first or latter signs of ageing, as Retinol can help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, increase collagen production (essential for that youthful ‘bouncy’ texture that we lose over time,) improve the texture of skin and help to overcome discolourations caused by sun damage.
They work by prompting surface skin cells to turn over and die rapidly, making way for new cell growth underneath. Retinol also functions an antioxidant that can interrupt the free-radical damage process that causes wrinkling and other signs of aging – meaning it’s not only great to overcome damage, but to prevent it occurring in the first place. That’s why I’m such a huge fan and have been using it for the last three years.
So how did I get on with these little vials of fresh goodness over the course of a couple of weeks? First of all I love the fact they’re so easy to use and can be mixed with any other product that takes your fancy, which removes the added expense and faff that so often come with potent formulas; although these aren’t exactly cheap (they start at around £15.00 a bottle but get cheaper the more you buy) they’re a much more affordable way to inject a surge of targeted goodness into your routine – especially as you could easily mix them with a £3.00 moisturiser.
The formula is super light and easily mixed or layered, leaving no determinable sensation on the skin (often Vitamin C and Retinol can feel tingly or cause redness.) Even for the most novice of skincare enthusiast, this is an easy to use and enjoyable way to boost your regime – and the results will undoubtedly be visible. For me though, after the seven day period I didn’t see a huge difference; my skin was a little softer and smoother, but this is definitely something you’d need to stick to for a good month in order to see the maximum impact. In fact these work beautifully as a monthly seven-day boost to skin, or a month long treatment when your complexion is looking a little tired.
I love the concept and I love how portable they are (great for those of us that travel a lot!) The fact that they slip into any regime is a real bonus too, making the addition of fresh Vitamin C and Retinol avialable to everyone – even if your budget doesn’t stretch to professional treatments or regular facials. In my opinion this is a great tool for anyone over the age of thirty, and one I’m sure I’ll be re-visiting time and time again.
Do you use Vitamin C or Retinol within your skincare regime? If not, is it something you’d now consider?
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