It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the surplus of anti-ageing skincare products out on the market like creams, serums and lotions that all claim to turn back the clock. When shelling out your hard-earned money, you want a formula that deliver what it promises.
To prevent disappointment, our panel of esteemed Her World Beauty Awards 2018 judges scoured the beauty market to bring you the best of the best when it comes to turning back the clock. While anti-ageing products used to focus on reversing signs of ageing by facilitating skin regeneration and hydrating the skin, the new ones get to the root of ageing by combating stress (amongst other factors) with their luxurious textures and calming scents.
Best department/specialty store all-in-one anti-ageing serum (Editors’ and Readers’ choice) – Kose Infinity Advanced Moisture Concentrate Serum ($108)
It’s rich and smooth, so you’ll want to massage it in. It takes a while to sink in, but once it does, there’s no sticky feel. Two pearl-sized drops are enough for the whole face. After a week, skin feels less prone to dryness, and signs of ageing like dullness, lines and sagging are less obvious.
Best department/ specialty store all-in-one anti-ageing serum for dry skin (Editors’ choice) – Fresh Creme Ancienne Supreme Face Serum ($370)
Skin feels softer and smoother immediately after you apply this. It feels thicker than most serums, but is still readily lapped up by skin. Sagging skin feels tighter, and fine lines look less prominent. If you have oily skin, you can even skip moisturiser or use a very lightweight one after.
Best department/ specialty store all-in-one anti-ageing serum for dry skin (Readers’ choice) – Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum ($75 for 30 capsules)
The serum equivalent of a massage oil. Even if you don’t work it in, it’s absorbed in five minutes, leaving a glossy sheen. Good for night use and on dry, fragile skin, because it has fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol to help repair the skin barrier.
Best luxurious department/specialty store all-in-one anti-ageing moisturiser (Editors’ and Readers’ choice) – Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX ($298)
This thick-textured multitasker plumps-up and softens skin, so expression lines look less obvious after a week. Ingredients derived from ginseng roots and flowers keep skin hydrated and looking radiant.
Best department/specialty store anti-ageing night cream (Editors’ and Readers’ choice) – Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Cream E ($390)
Wake up to softer, more supple skin and a refreshed look the next AM. The rich moisturiser spreads easily and is absorbed without leaving a sticky film. After one week, skin looks smoother and more even-toned.
Best department/specialty store anti-ageing mask (Editors’ and Readers’ choice) – Laneige Time Freeze Firming Mask ($63)
Intense overnight hydration is what this gives you. Skin feels softer, plumper and firmer. Fine lines look less obvious, and you look less tired the next morning. Smooth and gel-like, it glides on easily but leaves a thin film that takes a while to dry.
Best department/specialty store anti-ageing eye serum (Editors’ and Readers’ choice) – Sulwhasoo Timetreasure Renovating Eye Serum ($348)
Dry skin around the eyes feels smoother, and dark circles look reduced, after three weeks. The accompanying 24K gold-plated massage applicator feels cool and soothing, and makes the experience of using it even more luxurious.
Best department/specialty store anti-ageing eye cream (Editors’ choice) – It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream ($72)
Eyes that look less tired – that’s what you’ll get after three weeks of using this easily-absorbed, non-greasy cream. Fine lines and spots look less obvious, and skin feels more hydrated and supple. Works well as an under-eye base for concealer, too.