Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II: A Review


I’m a self-confessed cosmetics junkie, and have over the years tried many, many skin care products. Some I’ve loved, some I’ve hated. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II certainly falls in the former category. It’s quite a mouthful, but it really does deliver, and then some!

What It Promises To Do

Quote for quote, Estee Lauder states the product will in up to four weeks,

Reveal a smoother, more radiant, younger look. Wake up to more beautiful skin every day.’

  • It also promises to smooth away your wrinkles
  • Give you skin that feels smoother
  • Make your skin look more hydrated, fresher and stronger
  • Transform your skin to look younger and more even

Its Added Benefits

  • Oil Free
  • Fragrance free
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Non-comedogenic

The Verdict

I have used this ‘wonder serum’ off and on over the past years, and in my opinion, it does exactly what it says on the can. It’s not exactly cheap, but not outrageously expensive either. But on my budget, I’m not always able to buy it, and hence the gaps in use. If I had the choice, I’d never be without this product.

The instructions on how to use it are very clear and simple to follow. A little goes a long way, because you only need a few drops at night. Because you only use it once a day, it really does last a good while. On that basis, I’d say it’s well worth every penny. I really like the packaging too. I like that the bottle is plastic, so you never run the risk of dropping and breaking it. From a hygiene standpoint, you have a little plunger that dispenses the product. I’m happy to say it has never broken down on me, or failed to work.

In terms of efficacy, I know different people’s skin will react differently to different products. This serum however, seems to agree with many skin types across the whole spectrum. It goes on and sinks right into the skin very easily.

Whenever I use this serum, my skin seems to be ‘happy’, and really perks up! I’ve always had horrible acne which comes and goes, and because of that, I’m very susceptible to uneven skin tone. I credit this serum with being one of the products that have helped tackle my unsightly and heavily hyper-pigmented skin. I have greasy skin as well as large pores, but I notice that the serum really helps in reducing pore size, something I’m not sure they mention in their promise. I don’t know how many people have oily but dehydrated skin? I know it sounds weird, but that used to be me! –and you guessed it, this serum magically took care of that problem for me! I no longer suffer from that, even though I’m not using the serum at the moment. My skin does look younger and fresher, although admittedly, that’s due in part to genes. While I’ve always been afflicted by acne and all manner of skin problems, people have always told me that I look way younger than my actual age.

Would I Recommend It?

In a heartbeat! I’d urge anyone who craves gorgeous skin to go out, or even take to the ‘net and order this product. Whatever you do, JUST buy it! It’s like a one-stop shop product for all manner of skin ailments, all the sins you want to magic away. It’s truly one of my Holy Grail products in my arsenal of beauty products.

Have you ever tried Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II? What were your thoughts? Do you have any skin care product that you swear buy that you refuse to be without?

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My Own

Home Remedies For Glowing Skin


Everyone wants healthy, gorgeous skin. Nobody likes to see blackheads clogging up their pores, or spots erupting all over their face. But not everyone is happy to use just anything on their skin. It could be because you have very sensitive skin, or you just don’t have the money to spend on store bought products. You may even be of the opinion that store bought products are over priced, and refuse to spend your hard earned money on them. Some women I’ve spoken to have expressed their concerns over harmful ingredients that are often used in many skin care products in the beauty industry. Other concerns are what some people have termed the unethical animal testing that’s widely used in the production of many a skin care product.

Well, whatever the case may be, there are many home or natural remedies that can save you all a pretty penny as well as allay all of the concerns mentioned above, if you choose to go down this route!

Lemon is packed full of Vitamin C, and is one of the products you can use to achieve clear and even skin tone. The citric acid contained within lemons helps in the removal of dead skin cells, while promoting rapid cell turn over to give way to fresh, glowing skin. Continued use of lemon on your face will help remove dark spots and lessen the appearance of uneven skin tone.


Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice all over your face and neck. Leave it on for anything between 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off thoroughly in lukewarm water, and apply a good moisturizer of your choice. Do this ever 2-3 days and you’ll see a marked change in your skin tone; for the better.

Potato contains potassium, sulphur, phosphorous and chlorine and has a mild bleaching effect and can help those who are grappling with dark patches and/or moderate hyper pigmentation.


Squeeze some potato juice into a bowl. Apply liberally all over your face and neck, and anywhere else you’d like to treat. Leave it on as long as is convenient for you. Rinse off in lukewarm water when ready and moisturize liberally. Repeat as often as you like. The good thing about potato is that it’s very kind on skin, and has no stinging or tingling sensation that’s likely to irritate those with sensitive skin.

Sandalwood has been used for centuries as a beauty staple in many an Indian household! It’s not surprising that most Asian ladies have such beautiful, glowing skin. Paired with turmeric, the two make for a very powerful facemask that will help you banish pimples as well as uneven skin tone.


Mix sandalwood and turmeric powder into a paste. To bind, you can use a little almond oil, rosewater, milk or witch hazel. Apply the paste to your face and leave for as long as you desire. Then massage for a few minutes, before rinsing off thoroughly with lukewarm to cold water. This method is safe to use very other day or even on a daily basis for smooth, glowing skin.

Honey is a natural humectant and draws moisture into your skin, preventing it from drying. It also enables your skin to retain moisture within the skin layers, keeping it hydrated and staving off the dreaded wrinkles. Honey applied to skin will also leave your skin soft, smooth and glowing.


Apply raw honey liberally to freshly washed skin and let it sit on your skin for however long you feel comfortable with. Rinse off with tepid water and moisturize with a moisturizer of your choice. This simple mask is gentle enough to apply once a day.

Baking soda is cheap as chips and has so many different uses, including as a very effective skin care product. It effectively balances your skin’s pH balance and can be used to address skin ailments such as pimples. The fine powder makes it a very gentle exfoliator that can also buff away all the dead skin cells, to reveal fresher, glowing skin.


Mix baking soda with a little milk, apple cider vinegar, rosewater, witch hazel or whatever you know works for you. Blend into a smooth paste and lather onto your face. Let the paste sit on your face for as long as is convenient to you, and then thoroughly rinse off in tepid water. Follow with a moisturizer of your choice.

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The Bes Face Scrub by Skin Type


We all crave youthful, glowing skin and will go to great lengths to nurture and achieve it. One thing your skin will benefit from is through use of the right facial scrub in order to exfoliate and rid it of dead skin cells, which give it a dull, lackluster appearance. Below are some of the benefits of exfoliating:

  • Removes dead cells from the skin, revealing fresher and glowing skin.
  • It encourages skin cell turnover, brightening your complexion.
  • Stimulates the growth of new skin cells, leading to fresh and more even skin tone.
  • Helps with blood circulation, which in turn promotes healthier skin
  • Sloughs off dry, flaky skin to give you a smoother look
  • Effectively removes dirt and sebum from the skin’s surface and pores
  • Exfoliating skin makes it easier for your skin to absorb skin products. It also helps makeup go on and ‘sit’ better on your skin

Having said that, not all scrubs are good for your skin, and some could even lead to redness, irritation, or even full-blown breakouts. You need to be careful in choosing the right facial scrub that is most ideal for your skin type. Below are some pointers to help you in doing so: 

Normal Skin

People with normal skin do not have as many complications with their skin, as is the case with other skin types. In fact, it means you’re able to use more products than any other skin type, without aggravating it.

For normal skin types, a scrub that contains multiple buffing agents, and can be used every day, is ideal. If you have never used face scrub before, you may want to use your chosen scrub every other day, before progressing to using it daily.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is perhaps the skin type that needs exfoliation the most, as it’s prone to flaky skin. The scrub serves to slough off dead skin cells, thus reducing flakiness. If your skin is dry, you need to be careful not to go with a harsh scrub, to avoid causing further dryness and stripping your skin of its natural oils. The ideal scrub for dry skin is one that moisturizes and hydrates skin as it buffs away the dry layers. Look out for ingredients such as honey, as it draws moisture to skin. Start off by exfoliating once or twice a week and thereafter, lather on a good moisturizer.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is the most difficult to deal with! I should know because this is my skin type. It’s also the type most likely to be prone to blockages and breakouts, as it generates a lot of sebum that then clogs up your pores. When looking for a scrub suitable for oily skin, look for a deep cleansing one that will purify your pores; to guard against clogging, which will ultimately lead to blackheads and spots.

You also want to look for scrubs that minimize oil production. Salicylic acid is a very good ingredient to watch out for. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. With oily skin, you need to be careful not to exfoliate, as it can lead to over production of sebum, which would then cause further problems. Always apply a non-greasy moisturizer afterwards.

Sensitive Skin

Many people with sensitive skin tend to very wary of exfoliating because they fear they might cause or worsen the situation, as their skin doesn’t always agree with a lot of cosmetic products. This skin type is very easily aggravated. But if you have this skin type, you can still exfoliate, you just have to look for gentle scrubs and/or ones that contain enzymes. These are ideal for sensitive skin, as they gently break down the bonds that hold together the dead skin cells. If you have this type skin, you’re best off easing your skin into exfoliating, so try using a scrub once a week until you’re confident your skin can take it.

Do you exfoliate your skin regularly? What product works for you?

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Supplements and Diet For Flawless Skin With A Glow


Ask any woman and they’ll tell you they’d love to have flawless skin with a glow. Yes, we’d all like that without the hefty price tag that comes with the skincare products and beauty procedures that the industry churns out at an alarming rate. Yet we all seem to have lost sight of the fact that the very best beauty care or nourishment we can treat our skin to is through diet, what we put in our bodies. After all, you are what you eat!

A diet rich in high-quality proteins such as salmon and calcium-rich foods including yogurt is a great way of nourishing your skin from inside out. You would do very well to include a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet, because they’re packed full of protective antioxidants that your skin will thank and reward you for!

In as much as a good diet is good for great skin, you still need further help to you fight the free radicals your skin is subjected to on a daily basis. These free radicals are your number one enemy as they play a huge role in escalating wrinkles, fine lines, and other effects of ageing. Your best bet is to couple a good diet with supplements that promote optimal skin health and beauty.

Below are some of the best, recommended supplements to help you nourish and feed your skin in your quest for flawless, glowing skin and a more youthful appearance:

Vitamin D

Many people have insufficient levels of this important vitamin.

Vitamin D is believed to protect the skin from sun damage and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Kudzu extract

An ancient Chinese and Japanese vine extract that helps support collagen production and the skin’s natural support structure, improving skin tone and firmness.


Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid pigment that gives salmon its distinctive colour. It’s packed full of antioxidants, helping protect the skin from the free-radical damage linked to ageing.


Tocotrienols are a specific form of vitamin E with potent antioxidant properties. A combination of tocotrienols and astaxanthin has been reported to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and discolorations while smoothing and moisturizing the skin.


Spinach is a rich source of Lutein and is important for good eye health. Recent studies suggest that the antioxidant properties of lutein may support healthy skin lipids and increase hydration in the skin.


Lycopene is a red plant pigment found mainly in tomatoes and contains impressive antioxidant properties. Lycopene has been shown to improve skin color and radiance, and reduce the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.

Alpha lipoic acid

Alpha lipoic acid is the universal antioxidant, working with both the fat- and water-soluble parts of cells. The antioxidant properties of alpha lipoic acid have been reported to help reduce signs of skin photoageing.


The mineral calcium is vital to the health and strength of all of your bones, including your facial bones. Firm facial bones ensure that your skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle easily.

Vitamin C

In addition to its antioxidant properties, which have been reported to protect the skin from free-radical damage, vitamin C is vital for normal collagen production and the skin’s natural support structure.

Kiwi seed extract

Kiwi seed extract improves radiance, reduces the appearance of fine lines and dark circles, and improves skin moisture.

Armed with all this information, you should be able to enjoy gorgeous, glowing skin should you choose to go down this route. Do you already use any skin supplements that work really well for you?

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