Wonder creams for every wallet
New wonder creams to help prevent the signs of ageing have swept into the beauty market this season. Here, we reveal the best — to suit every skin type and budget . . .
Turning back time: New wonder creams promise to prevent the signs of ageing
Skin Wisdom Skin Essentials Night Cream, £3 (Tesco)
For great value, you can’t beat this rich cream which helps to stimulate cell renewal and restore skin’s elasticity while you sleep. It’s non-greasy, hydrates the skin well and leaves no residue in the morning.
Ponds Nourishing Anti-Wrinkle SPF15, £4.07 (Boots)
Ponds has stood the test of time and has many celebrity fans. And while we like our favourite products to stay just the way they are, we welcome this new moisturiser with UV protection, vitamin B3 to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and plenty of hydration. A dressing table must.
Weleda Iris Hydrating Day Cream, £9.95 (weleda.co.uk)
Specially formulated for skin under the age of 30, the Iris range helps balance the skin’s oils and hydration, controlling grease without drying out skin. Jojoba oil helps keep skin supple, while iris extract helps control balance. Or the Hydrating Facial Lotion, £9.95, which is lighter, for oilier skin.
Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse, £19 (feelunique.com)
The original Huile Prodigieuse has been a favourite with French women for almost 20 years. Now Nuxe has launched the classic oil in two new moisturisers. They contain high concentrations of antioxidants to reinvigorate skin and protect it from the elements. Crème Prodigieuse is for normal skin, while Crème Prodigieuse Enrichie has extra nourishment for dry or mature skin.
From left: Yes To Blueberries Intensive Firming Repair Moisturiser, Weleda Iris Hydrating Day Cream
Yes To Blueberries Intensive Firming Repair Moisturiser, £19.99 (victoriahealth.com)
The new range from Yes To Carrots contains the brand’s first anti-ageing products to help improve skin’s elasticity and boost collagen production. Blueberries are powerful superfruits which also help to fight damaging free radicals. This well-priced moisturiser is light yet wonderfully moisturising.
Renew You Intensive Skin Rejuvenating Programme, £29.95 (Boots)
This new 14-day regime has a choice of 19 different treatments morning and night to kick-start the skin’s rejuvenation process. There’s a choice of Intense Hydration or Pure Radiance, and treatments include masks, brightening treatments and clay tonics to draw out impurities. It’s fairly intense, but it will totally cleanse and revitalise skin.
Avon ANEW Genics Treatment Cream, £23.50 (avonshop.co.uk)
The discovery of a ‘Youth Gene’ inspired this range from Avon. The elusive gene apparently helps skin cells to act younger. The Genics range uses patented technology to stimulate this gene, helping skin look and feel firmer, reducing the look of wrinkles.
Balance Me Moisture-Rich Face Cream, £24 (balanceme.co.uk)
A concentrated, plumping day cream that’s great for dry, sensitive or mature skins. It provides a protective layer to shield skin and a blend of essential oils gives skin radiance and a healthy glow.
Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser, £34 (clinique.co.uk)
This silky night cream’s job is to promote radiance. The cream exfoliates while you sleep, getting rid of dead skin cells, as well as hydrating, so the result is bright, clean, plumped-up looking skin.
From left: Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser, Avon ANEW Genics Treatment Cream
Decleor Double Radiance Cream, £45 (decleor.co.uk)
Combining essential oils and active plant ingredients, Decleor has produced this double- boosting cream that’s set to become one of the winter’s biggest successes. The two- pump formula provides instant radiance that lasts all day in a non-oily, gloriously-scented formulation.
Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica, £45 (kiehls.co.uk)
Using one of the world’s most resilient plants, this moisturiser aims to jolt the skin’s cell vitality, which slows with ageing, back to life. It helps to trigger the skin’s own collagen and elastin production while giving instant radiance and long-lasting hydration.
Jurlique Ultra Firm and Lift Cream, £48 (spacenk.co.uk)
A fast-absorbing cream that helps to firm up and strengthen the skin. It’s thicker than others, but isn’t greasy and leaves skin feeling really hydrated.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Body Cream, £49 (timetospa.co.uk)
A fabulous winter body cream, specially formulated to prevent the signs of ageing, and containing exotic oils which create a ‘body stocking’ effect on the skin, protecting it against the elements.
Comfort Zone Renight Recover Cream, £52.95 (comfortzone skincare.com)
Containing the goji berry, one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants, this light night cream hydrates and nourishes skin, leaving it more supple and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It leaves virtually no residue and doesn’t clog pores while you sleep.
From left: Decleor Double Radiance Cream, Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Moisturiser
Laboratories Filorga Cosmésothérapie Iso-Structure, £55 (House of Fraser)
A firming cream enriched with powerful collagen-stimulating and restructuring ingredients to help combat wrinkles and loss of firmness, thus ‘reshaping’ the face. Soufflé-light and keeps skin hydrated all day.
Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, £57 (lancome.co.uk)
This light, silky serum works deep into the active cells below the skin’s surface. Lancôme is hailing it as a scientific breakthrough, as it penetrates without damaging the skin’s barrier properties, driving skin renewal.
Algenist Regenerative Anti-Ageing Moisturiser, £68 (spacenk.co.uk)
This San Francisco-based line is huge in the States and is set to become a hit in the UK. It uses restorative ingredients to rebuild firmness and elasticity and promises to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within four weeks.
Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Moisturiser, £78 (nudeskincare.com)
This moisturiser, available from 18th October, uses the Chinese Immortal Grass Complex to correct signs of ageing. The formula stimulates the skin’s own processes and boosts cellular energy, which stops healthy skin cells dying.
NuBo White Diamond Radiance Cream, £85 (nubobeauty.com)
Absolute luxury. Billed as a ‘youth-boosting elixir’, it’s the lightest, most instantly hydrating cream you could wish for. It helps with a host of ageing problems — lifting, plumping, brightening, helping to fade age spots and evening skin tone, leaving skin luminous.
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Do organic self-tanners work as well as the others? We asked James Read, Britain’s leading self-tanning guru, to try Organic’s new Heavenly Bronzing range, which includes a bronzing mist, mousse and tan enhancer.
It has been formulated with certified organic ingredients. He gives the range the thumbs-up, and particularly likes the tan enhancer, but thought it worked more like a gradual tanner than an enhancer.
‘I found this cream thick, easy to apply, non-sticky and the coconut scent reminded me of holidays,’ he says. ‘The colour is OK, but perhaps too dark for people with really light skin tones. It is also great to top-up your tan after three days — perfect for keeping the holiday glow going.’
All products cost £19.99 each from club-cleo.com.
As the world’s make-up artists gear up for fashion weeks in New York and London, the backstage must-have is Maybelline’s New York Volum’Express The Colossal Cats Eyes mascara, £7.99 (Boots).
The mascara, which went on sale this week and is flying off the shelves, has distinctive leopard-print packaging, so you won’t lose it in your make-up bag. It also has a ‘claw brush’ that grabs and extends lashes, enabling you to coat every lash.
A hot tip from Sharon Dowsett, UK make-up director for Maybelline New York, is to concentrate on your top lashes to keep the shape more feline.
‘If you do the bottom ones as well, your eyes will look more rounded and less almond-shaped and cat-like,’ she explains.