These next-gen targeted treatments promise to tighten saggy skin to lend you that sculpted Kylie Jenner look – without the need for industrial-strength warpaint. Here are five fabulous options to try the next time you’re counter-hopping
Now that I’ve come around to the idea of incorporating a so-called “sculpting” serum into my regime, it’s pretty much kid-in-candy-store syndrome: Everywhere I look, there’s an exciting new product to “pore” over, so to speak. Want virtually instant Insta-ready skin, even if you’ve been up all night? Peruse my pick of the best of the bunch on the beauty market right now, and continue fighting the good fight against gravity! Clickety-click through for more! Image: 123rf.com. Want more? Get off your high horse and try your hand (or is that hoof) at the so-called unicorn eyeliner, and load your larder with this list of face-friendly food items to give you that gorgeous glow you’re hankering after. Get your daily dose of beauty at www.herworldplus.com/beauty. Puffy of face and bleary of spirit? Kick up your achy, breaky feet and let this Clinique concoction do its thang. Packed with potent plumping agents like sweet almond and soya bean seed extracts, this comfortably creamy serum is said to buffer collagen fibres from the sagging and bagging that comes with age. I pat just the tiniest pinch into my face and neck as the first step at night, and awaken to a visage that’s visibly lifted, plump but puff-free – almost as if I’ve just had an hour-long slimming facial massage. Entirely welcome side effect: I’ve found that the massaging motions of the relaxing ritual really contributes to the overall quality of my Z’s. Indeed, this supercharged serum boasts a skin-lifting effect that’s quite remarkable indeed: At a get-together last week, my group of girlfriends actually asked me point blank if I had treated myself to a little nip and tuck. (I hadn't.) Make of that what you will! Consider this a personal endorsement: Shiseido’s new contouring concoction is quite possibly the best non-surgical option when it comes to nailing that V-shaped visage so coveted in today’s K-Obsessed world. First, a tough truth: The cushion of collagen buttressing your skin’s youthful bounce is slowly but surely breaking down from sun, stress and such. #Sad. The solution? Try the Bio-Performance LiftDynamic Serum, which is stuffed with a rosemary extract that reportedly redirects collagen-creating stem cells to sunken regions of your face – sort of like an injectable filler, sans needles. Bonus tip: Amplify your results with this easy massage method. Warm up a walnut-sized pinch of the product in your palms, then pat firmly into your face, paying extra attention to the jowl area and making sure that your hands are kneading upwards against the forces of gravity. Personal experience? I’m pleased as punch to say that massaging this serum into my face every night for a month appears to have ironed out the creases and crinkles around my cheeks and slashed the severity of my laugh lines. Better than Botox? #HappyDance! Insider industry info: A high-profile pal of mine who is shall we say, a woman of a certain age, swears by this salve, and her skin is sick, I tell you. What’s in this intensive skin invigorator? You’re getting a pampering hydrating potion packed with beautifying botanicals – think exotic galangal root extract – for a super supple and delightfully dewy finish. Fun fact: The K-Beauty giant says the richly regenerative root extract tightens the “baby triangle” texture of your skin so that it resembles the creamy taut complexion of a toddler. How’s that for skin that’s smooth as a baby’s bottom? Throw in an intriguing next-gen “water” (impress your Laneige cabin ladies by casually name-dropping “ceramide”) that’s said to maximise your skin’s moisture and you’ve got the perfect recipe for skin that’s zippy and zingy like the chewiest rice cake (this being a Korean beauty brand and all.) Besides, if it’s good enough for Laneige luminary and Korean screen legend Song Hye-Kyo, it’s probably good enough for you! Let's be upfront here: At $500 per pop, this serum isn’t “wallet-friendly” by any stretch of the imagination. (Editor’s note: Understatement of the year!) What are you shelling out for, exactly? For starters, the legendarily luxe brand’s latest offering is a power-packed poultice that promises to rescue your sagging jowls from the ravages of gravity and Old Father Time – all from the very first application. Boasting a refreshingly watery consistency, the instant “tightening” effect gets more pronounced with patience; the press copy points to clinical studies showing that an impressive 95 percent of panelists enjoyed visibly lifted and firmer skin after eight weeks of use. And because this is La Mer we’re talking about, expect an aquarium’s worth of algae thrown into the mix. There’s the posh beauty brand’s patented Miracle Broth (but of course), which for the uninitiated consists of a skin-plumping slurry of soothing sea kelp, plus two new algae actives specially synthesised for this particular product to fend off fine lines. Formulated with sleep-deprived urban dwellers in mind – everyone in Singapore, basically – this expensive elixir should be massaged into your mien for maximum mileage and the biggest bang for your beauty buck; scurry down to your nearest La Mer cabin for a helpful hands-on demo! Another day, another V-shaped face sculptor. Our obsession with petite profiles isn’t going anywhere, so we might as well roll with the best of ‘em, starting with this exquisite elixir from Estee Lauder. Up all night shuffling mahjong tiles with your kakis? The antioxidant actives and plumping peptides in this serum should make short work of post-gambling pallor. Indeed, I’ve found this to be quite the life-saver when it comes to resuscitating skin rendered lacklustre from one too many all-nighters: My cheeks are supple and springier than ever after a month’s use, and I feel like it tacks on the appearance of a good eight hours of sleep to nights when I’m hardly getting any. Wee word of caution: A little goes a long way, as the silicone-y consistency does tend to flake if you’re over-enthusiastic in your application. My ace advice to preventing this pilling problem? Give your face some time after each step to fully absorb each layer before adding the next, and you should be good to go.
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