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Step away from the scalpel. The latest crop of firming skincare salves ensure you don’t have to go under the knife to take a few years off your face.

WHAT GOES UP MUST come down. And unfortunately Newton’s infuriating laws of gravity have some pretty undesirable effects on your face. After spending umpteen years on Earth, that perpetual tug drags skin downwards, stretching collagen and elastin fibres so they’re less able to bounce back into place like they did in your youth. Heap UV exposure, smoking, smog and stress onto the dog pile and you’ve got a perfect storm for premature ageing.
But before you book an invasive procedure with your favourite plastic surgeon, consider these high-powered topical solutions, which can strengthen your skin from within.
Chanel Le Lift Crème: This “intelligent” face cream is infused with extracts from edulis root, which contains anti-ageing molecules boasting potent antioxidant and cell proliferation properties. The unique extract targets internal chemical switches known as microRNA, which control the production of crucial building-block proteins such as collagen, so skin looks smoother and more elastic.
Dior Capture Totale Huile Sérum Haute Nutrition: You know how limp and lifeless you feel on days when you don’t drink enough water? For bouncy, buoyant skin, you need to quench its thirst with a product that balances moisture levels. Capture Totale Haute Nutrition restores and fortifies the complexion’s natural lipid barrier, making it more resistant to external stressors. At the same time, Dior’s exclusive Longoza Cellular Complex works from within to bolster stem cells, which are more susceptible to damage when skin is dry.
La Mer The Treatment Lotion: Likened to “liquid energy”, this rejuvenative lotion helps recharge your skin’s internal batteries. A Revitalizing Ferment features 73 marinederived minerals that optimise cellular functioning, as well as hardy algae that have adapted to the extreme conditions on the ocean floor. In clinical trials, The Treatment Lotion improved hydration by 70 percent, resulting in a plumper, more youthful looking texture.
Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Night: While you’re catching zzzs, your skin is doing anything but resting; it’s ramping up cellular renewal to make up for all the damage you did during the day. Estée Lauder’s Resilience Lift Night enhances this process by infusing skin with vital nutrients required for collagen and elastin synthesis. With continued use, you’ll wake up to more defined, sculpted facial contours. Not bad for a night’s work.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask: One part mask, one part night cream, this miraculous multitasker makes use of your skin’s increased capacity for absorption when you’re fast asleep. Caviar extracts firm and tone; sunflower seed oil replenishes moisture levels; and papaya enzymes gently exfoliate for a smoother finish. After just one use, skin looks more refreshed.
Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Reviva-Plasma: Targeting wrinkles, loss of firmness, and radiance, this powerful serum tightens skin with a reverse-emulsion formula using dipeptides while boosting brilliance with optical diffusers. After applying the serum, massage it in using Lancôme’s recommended “facial stimulation” technique, which was devised to improve microcirculation and product penetration. It’s like a workout – for your face.
Helena Rubinstein Re-Plasty Age Recovery Day Cream: If you do decide to go under the knife and have a surgical face-lift, you’ll want to protect your investment. Skin that has undergone a cosmetic procedure is far more vulnerable than an untouched face, so the Re-Plasty Age Recovery Day Cream was designed to act as a band-aid of sorts. Brewed with a blend of restorative ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, D-panthenol, vitamins C and E and the patented Acti-Plast solution, this healing day cream soothes hypersensitive skin.
Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream: The eye contour is prone to sagging since this delicate area is 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. Send in reinforcements by applying Shiseido’s cutting-edge eye cream, which is imbued with a yeast-extract complex that supports hyaluronic acid production. After just one week’s use, 70 percent of clinical-study participants said their eye area felt firmer.