As far as I know, the battle against wrinkles is almost always a losing one. But unless you’re ready to add botox, fillers and lasers to your anti-lines arsenal – shelling out top dollars and going under – sniffing out a good anti-wrinkle cream might be a better option.
Just before I set off to New York in May, I received a lovely package from the good people at Kiehl’s and its contents couldn’t have come at a better time. It would be late-Spring when I arrive and mid-Summer when I leave. I needed a moisturiser that hydrates adequately in 13 deg C nights, yet is light enough for when the nocturnal heat rises to 27 deg C.
Being a huge fan of the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, I was happy to be aquainted with two new ‘Powerful’ heroes – Powerful Wrinkle & Pore Reducing Cream and Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream. There’s just something about having the words ‘powerful’ and ‘wrinkle reducing’ in the same line that intrigues me.
While we are generally more concerned with visible flaws like sagging and fine lines, what most women neglect is the importance of maintaining skin’s elasticity. This is where the Powerful duo steps in – not without the help of copper PCA and calcium PCA of course.
It sounds more like hair colour when it comes to beauty speak but copper, in this case, works to stimulate the production of elastin to strengthen skin’s structure. It also serves as an regenerating antioxidant to improve skin’s barrier and reverse oxidative stress. Working in tandem, calcium regulates cell turnover and aids in collagen formation to bring about plumper looking skin that’s hydrated. The formula also contains refined apricot kernel oil to improve the smoothness of skin.
Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle & Pore Reducing Cream, $80 (50ml), Kiehl’s
My wrinkle problem is what I’d consider mild, with fine lines under my eyes and on the forehead. What I’ve been more obsessed with, are the obvious lines on my neck. And because I prefer my day moisturiser to contain SPF (who has time to go through so many steps in the morning?), I use this only at night on my face and neck.
Texture wise, it’s medium-weight and creamy, yet it absorbs quickly, making it great for Singapore’s humidity. For better hydration in an air-conditioned room, I’d slather on a little more than a 10-cent coin amount. It hydrates so well that in the morning, I can still feel a thin film of product when washing up. This is also suitable for those who prefer un-scented moisturisers.
Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream, $65 (15ml), Kiehl’s
Besides my neck, the most immediate wrinkle concern I have are the lines under my eyes. Due to my deep-set eyes, I’ve had fine lines since my teens and they only got worse with time. It’s irreversible I know, but to be able to minimise their appearance is enough to make me a happy camper.
Compared to the moisturiser, the un-scented eye cream is slightly lighter in texture but it does ensure the skin around my eyes remain properly hydrated throughout the night. It feels like a layer of moisturising armour for the eyes almost. It is fortified with the goodness of ceramides and caffeine, which help to hydrate and reduce puffiness.
I tested the product every night throughout my vacay in New York for five weeks. While it’s impossible to completely eradicate lines, what these did is give me suppler skin and a plumped-up visage, therefore minimising the appearance of fine lines under my eyes and on my face. My pores also appear less obvious, which is a big yay! To better the efficacy of my anti-wrinkle regime, I pair this duo with another one of my faves from Kiehl’s, the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, a serum I apply to my face and neck before anything else.
Now if only wrinkles looked this cute on all of us.
Have you tried the latest anti-wrinkle duo from Kiehl’s? What do you use to minimise fine lines and emerging wrinkles? Share your secrets with me below!