I love this product! Definitely my HG.
Iím 33 years old and have combination skin. I am frequently mistaken for being younger and still carded for alcohol purchases because my skin is so great, and I credit this in large part to Advanced Night Repair. I do suffer from hormonal breakouts in the chin area, but those breakouts are significantly less frequent and disappear much faster since I began using ANR.
I use this religiously every night after cleansing with my Clarisonic, before applying my nighttime moisturizer. Iíve been using ANR for almost a year, and the difference in my skin now and my skin a year ago is very visible in photographs.
It's a great serum for the skin that just started showing signs of aging or for preventative care. I apply it every night on a clean skin and see results instantly my skin is glowing and feels great, all the mimic wrinkles that seems to start showing on my forehead are gone. I dont have any problems with it so far and will repurchase if it continues to deliver:)
A definite staple product!!
I have been using this at night for over a month and absolutely love how I look in the morning. Very refreshed and awake! Goes on very velvety and absorbs quickly into the skin. I know Paula Begoun suggest that the concentrate is even better, but I love this product and can't imagine what else the concentrate will provide. I may check it out, but I am committed to this one long term and invest in the 3.4 oz bottle @$125.00. Yeah EL!!
UPDATE 9/26/12: I repurchased my second 3.4 oz bottle in August, almost exactly 1 year after the first bottle....this is such a great product and I use it in rotation with the Concentrate. Using the concentrate as the seasons change for the 21 days and then going back to the this as a regular staple. My skin has really evened out and could not be smoother to the touch. Absolutely look forward to my night time routine with this product.
It shaves YEARS off of your face!! The key is to use it BEFORE You start to show signs of ageing. The best thing about this product is the Hyaluronic Acid. Best Ingredient Ever. People who can use heavier creams won't find this as impressive since it is a serum, but My skin feels soft and plumped up I'm assuming from the caffeine,which is good for the outside of your skin. helps plump up wrinkles,cellulite ect... It literally takes any moisture and traps it in your skin, leaving it soft and supple. The serum prevents 95% of future damage to your skin. I like that it has tons of antioxidants that are supposed to "neutralize" the toxins your skin is exposed to during the day, which should prevent aging It blocks free radicals from the sun, smoke, whatever else, from damaging your skin. This stuff is a miracle worker, but it DOESN'T WORK OVERNIGHT! A bit of an HG for me. It evens out your skin tone, plumps up fine lines and wrinkles When I first tried it, it kinda broke me out. I was told by everyone to keep using it, just stick with it. So I did and I have been using this for over a year and must say I will continue using it. It is expensive to me but worth it. My EL girls are so nice and give me samples. This and Double wear are my favs. Top of the line. It has a cinnamon medicine scent to me Also, Estee Lauder was one of the first big companies to stop animal testing which is great! for a person with oily and acne prone skin and a few minor wrinkles (who can't use heavy creams) this is an HG for sure! I had lots of super teeny tiny lines under my eyes and cheeks, most likely from over drying my skin with acne products, and when I used stuff my skin plummped up and my little lines were plumped out and no longer noticeable also. And I was concerned with these smile lines I was getting. They were like pre-wrinkle wrinkles and this made them fade significantly. I like to use this before I apply my makeup since I use my Differin at night. I know this is for night but it plumps my skin and makes it so supple and youthful and I just look better over all and ready for my day!!
I'm now in my mid-thirties. I used to smoke. It started to show about age 31, when I couldn't help but notice I always looked tired in the morning, no matter how much sleep I'd gotten. "You're not tired. You're old," my older sister explained. I bought a bottle of this brown stuff, then, because it was expensive, which felt important in a magical thinking way, and because it was much recommended by magazines and it didn't seem like a trendy thing but very dowdy and I figured if it was dowdy it had to be doing something not to be discontinued after all this time. I had no idea if it was doing anything, actually. I just kept using it before bed, like I just kept brushing my teeth. Then I went away on a trip for a week and I forgot to take it. Two days into my trip, when I looked in the mirror one morning, I stopped breathing briefly. My face looked like unfolded origami. I cursed every delicious cigarette and every warm bask in the sun. When I got home, in what I felt was an advanced state of decomposition, I carefully washed and exfoliated and aspirin-masked and then slapped the brown stuff on followed by my usual basic moisturizer. A few days on, I looked plausibly like a woman who could still bear children. After a week, I got catcalled by one of those unemployed guys who hangs out next to the bakery. I glared at him, yet I confess I felt relief. I think this stuff does something. What or how, I cannot tell you, but I am not leaving it behind again.
I couldn't tell if my skin was any better (or worse) after abt 2 weeks of use, so yeah, meh.
did not realize how good this product was until lately. my skin has been doing weird things for months and will not tolerate anything. thought i was going to be good with vaseline as a simple cure but that lasted 2 days. went back to this and weird red bumps started clearing up. still get little strange things but this has been keeping them from lasting 3 weeks and irritating skin around them. this seems to work great and even though not as moisturizing on its own some days have to make do. always knew this was good but now more impressed. edit- using Avene Cicalfate along with ANR just once a day now. the Cicalfate works wonders fast and gives me more moisture.
Update- 10-18-13 after using this product for so many years they have changed the recipe and made it stronger! returned my newest bottle as it made my sensitive skin burn. the SA at Macy's then told me about this change happening about 4 months ago. usually they hype this kind of thing. again, why do companies fix what is not broken?
Can I profess my love for this product here?
I have hereditary fine lines and dark areas around my nose and mouth area that ages me. I also have rather deep fine lines around my eye area, usually exacerbated by fatigue caused by lack of sleep (aargh those essays and exams!).
I cleanse, tone and then use this serum all over my face. Seriously good stuff here. It fades my acne scars quite well and makes my face a whole lot brighter upon application. Also, with this simple routine sans the moisturizer, my oily skin no longer has dry patches (yes, this serum hydrates your skin) and breakouts are far less often. Even if I do breakout, it's usually just small pimples that go away after a day--a dab of Dalacin T. will do the trick. *touches wood so that I will not jinx my complexion*
This baby is more like a preventive measure. Well, it's never too late to start a proper skincare regime. This works for both me and my mom--my mom swears by this stuff. 3-4 drops per night--it's so simple and fuss-free. Though I'm using up the sample bottle that my mom gave me, with my next paycheck, I'm going to head down to the Estee Lauder counter and get a 50ml bottle for my own. I ever thought of getting Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate but since ANR is an all-rounder and does not break me out, this will be it!
I dare not call it my HG because I believe that there are even better stuff out there, but I usually do not try skincare products because of my acne-prone skin. Still, this has become one of my most trusted beauty sidekicks, and I see myself repurchasing this quality product for a long long time to come.
Estee Lauder, do NOT discontinue this. You've got a WINNER here.
UPDATE 14th APRIL 2012:
Onto my second 50ml bottle of ANR! I had a really bad skin reaction after a threading session as the beautician did not apply rosewater to soothe my irritated skin (normally she would, but it was a different beautician that time, ugh!) and my skin flared up, with angry little whiteheads popping up all over my face. My complexion was in a disaster, and I stopped using ANR for a while because I ran out of it. I bit the bullet and repurchased it and immediately, I felt the soothing sensation on my skin, and a month later, though angry hormonal acne are still there, my skin is much more "repaired" and healthier, though there is still a lot of immunity to be built up! FYI, my skin is really in need of repair due to harsh chemical treatments back in 2010 till early 2011. There IS a huge difference in my skin's texture and immunity when I use ANR and when I don't. I will continue to repurchase. I will update whenever necessary.
I really love this product, it is gently hydrating and restorative but I see it more as an insurance policy. I always have some on hand. Brilliant!
I work for Estee Lauder..out of all their products I have tried..this one is my favorite!!!..at night i cleanse, then use my toner and then I apply this serum and then i use my acne spot healing gel from clinique...i swear this is making my breakouts less often, and my acne scars are fading a lot faster than when i was using just the even skintone illuminator from Estee...i dont even use the illuminator anymore..this is the best repair product they have! when they say it is the "number one repair serum" they are not lying!!..i only sampled it before, but once i run out of my samples i will be getting this in my gratis!! looooove it!!!, i choose this or even skinton illuminator for repairing my acne scarring!!!!!!!