Don't Freak Out, But This Global Cult Serum Just Got Even Better

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair SerumEstee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

Back in 1982, long before Insta-famous pink clay face masks and The Ordinary, beauty giant Estée Lauder launched the very first version of its now iconic Advanced Night Repair serum. 

In the 38 years since that bougie brown bottle first graced the bathroom cabinets of the dewiest, most fabulous women in the world, the famous serum has undergone several face lifts to keep up with modern advances in skincare science. 

And now, a brand new version has just launched with two BIG changes that make Estée Lauder’s #1 selling product (yep, it’s been their global bestseller for decades) even better. 

Keep scrolling to find out everything you need to know about the new Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum.

What Makes the New ANR Serum Different?

The two biggest differences in the new ANR serum are: the inclusion of a hot new ingredient and tweaks to the original packaging to make it more sustainable (and prettier to look at, too).

First, let's talk about the fact the famous little brown bottle has had a mini-makeover.

Formerly plastic, it's now made from high-quality, recyclable glass so you can chuck your empty bottle straight in the recycling when you run out.

The previously opaque bottle now also has a slight glow to it at the bottom, so you can see what the colour/texture of the serum looks like.

I personally prefer this new bottle colour because it makes it a lot easier to see when the product is running out, but the glass is still opaque enough to protect the formula from light and heat.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Ingredients Breakdown.

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Now, onto that aforementioned hot new ANR serum ingredient.

A quick science lesson: Estée Lauder scientists (presumably very chic French ladies in pristine white lab coats) discovered only 25 per cent of the ageing process is determined by our genes. The other 75 per cent? That comes down to lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, how much/if we smoke or drink alcohol, sleep, stress, and of course, the beauty products we use. 

This is excellent news for us, because it means how our skin looks and ages in the future is largely within our control... if we get our butts into gear and start treating it right. 

Fast-forward and Dr Nadine Pernodet, vice president of skin biology & bioactives global research and development at The Estée Lauder Companies, says her team discovered these things in our bodies called micro signalling molecules, which can basically chat to our cells and tell them what they need to do. 

Then, they found a specific molecule that’s essential to the skin’s natural repair system and can help activate its own anti-ageing processes (um, hello). 

“This micro signalling molecule helps skin increase its natural renewal of fresh, new cells and boosts its natural collagen production,” Dr Pernodet says. 

“Here in the R&D [research and development] laboratories we consider it a guardian of skin youthfulness.” 

Now, Estée Lauder scientists have found a new ingredient called adansonia digitata seed extract that boosts the micro signalling molecule in our bodies that helps the skin naturally repair itself. In short, this ingredient helps us create fresh new skin cells and stimulates our natural collagen production.

This new hero ingredient is derived from the Adansonia Digitata tree, also known as the Baobab tree, and its seeds are loaded with amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory skincare ingredients like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and nourishing fatty acids - all buzzwords we know our skin loves. 

My New Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Review.

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So, is the new ANR serum worth the hefty price tag? 100 per cent. 

I’ve always loved this serum because it’s an awesome one-size-fits-all product that’s great for people of all ages and skin types to use. You pop it on at night and wake up looking dewy, glowy and well-rested, with fine lines slightly smoothed out. 

It’s oil-free and fragrance-free and its main active ingredients - that famous adansonia digitata seed extract, peptides and hyaluronic acid - are non-irritating and aren’t too hectic.

Unlike with products containing retinol or AHAs and BHAs, it's pretty much impossible to overdo it with this serum. You can apply it every night until it runs out and you’re unlikely to experience any negative side effects. 

The texture of the serum is quite thick, but not watery. It feels like a warm hug when applied to the skin and leaves you with a nice glow. You definitely want to wait a few minutes for the product to sink in before applying your eye cream/moisturiser/night cream. 

Here I am in my robe after applying the new ANR serum. Glowy, yeah?

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While the serum doesn’t have any synthetic fragrance added to the formula, it does have a distinctive scent. To me, it smells like a deliciously floral gin cocktail (weird, but true) and I find the scent oddly soothing, but if you’re super particular about how your skincare products smell, keep that in mind. 

And yes, despite the product’s name, you can wear this serum during the daytime if you like. Personally, I like to pop the Ultra Violette Queen Screen SPF 50+ Luminising Sun Serum over the top for an extra dewy base that won’t pill or ball when you apply foundation.

Long story short, I rate this serum.

If you’re looking to invest in a great everyday serum that won’t break you out or irritate your skin, the new ANR serum is it.

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