Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
I first discovered Estee Lauder’s iconic Advanced Night Repair (ANR) serum when my mother had recommended it to me years ago. In a sea of endless product launches and ever-advancing technology, it’s a rare and glorious occasion to be able to celebrate products that have stood the test of time! We sit down with Estee Lauders’ 3 new Advanced Night Repair ambassadors; Joanne Peh, Nurul Aini and Shu An, to pick their brains about beauty tips, self-care, and the art of managing your time like a boss.
Many women find themselves striving to “do it all”, do you have any advice on how to find balance within a hectic schedule?
JP: Not having enough time is not a good excuse. I think time is something you have to find for yourself, especially when it comes to self-care. If that means putting it on your calendar or setting an alarm, then that’s what you have to do.
NA: I’m a working mum and being in this industry, I’m always shuffling from one work engagement to another, and spending time with my kids. When I have a later call time, I wake up at 6.30am to walk my son to school in the morning. Afterwards, I go for a run, then send my daughter to school. When I’m busy, that’s the only time I get to spend with them, so I really treasure it.
SA: Actually, I don’t strive to be someone who can “do it all”. I think it is a slightly crazy, unrealistic expectation to have of anyone! Things can get a little hectic, and when they do, I start planning pockets of time for myself! And when it comes to skincare, I find stuff that helps me do the most work in the least amount of time, the Advanced Night Repair is perfect for that because it works as I sleep.
What’s one of your major self-care tips?
JP: Meditating! I’ve been receiving a lot of compliments with regards to my skin like: How come I’ve got two kids and I still look the way I do? I think the only thing that I’m doing differently now is the fact that I’ve been meditating more. You know how if you’re stressed and bothered, it will show? When you meditate, you calm yourself down. When you’re able to find that peaceful spot and are aware of your emotions, where they are taking you and how you can overcome them, then obviously, you are in a better state of mind and you’ll also look better!
NA: My family and I battle with dry skin so moisturising is the number one skin care step that I never miss out. I’ve been telling a lot of my friends, who are younger than me and aren’t using skin care products, to adopt a healthy skin care routine soon. I think, if I had done so sooner, I wouldn’t have wrinkle problems now. I know there’s no way to prevent wrinkles but why not try to slow down the ageing process of your skin if you can? Another self-care tip would be to allow your skin to breathe, rest and recover by going a few days without wearing makeup.
SA: Sleep to me is very important and I sleep as much as I can because that is when your body recuperates. I always need a minimum of four hours of sleep, if not, I can’t function! My skin looks much brighter and more radiant when I have enough sleep. Drinking water is also very important as it hydrates both you and your skin.
How would you describe your personal skincare routine?
JP: Besides my daily routine of cleansing and moisturising, I never fail to take a serving of fruit every morning. I try to take berries, because of their anti-ageing benefits. I also religiously apply sunblock every 2 hours.
NA: Ever since I got pregnant with my third child, my skincare routine has changed. I prefer quick fuss-free routines and all I need is that one product to help me hydrate and be able to protect my skin at the same time. The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair literally repairs your skin as you sleep so all I have to do is apply it on your face and neck and have a good night sleep. The next thing you know, you wake up with fresh hydrated skin and ready to start your day!
SA: Pretty simple, cleanse, tone and hydrate! I love masking as well!
What are your personal skin concerns?
JP: Pigmentation issues from constant exposure to the sun!
NA: Wrinkles and dark eye circles are my main concerns because as a working mother, I struggle with not having enough sleep every single night. I suffer from dry skin too so I always emphasize the importance of moisturising your skin.
SA: My skin gets very dry, especially when I travel or spend long hours in air-conditioned environments such as when I sleep or during rehearsals. And sometimes my skin is exposed to both hot and cold temperature extremes – I’m also outdoors in the hot sun for shoots all in the same day. So I gotta get me something that covers me for both!
How does Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair work for your unique skin needs?
JP: I’m terribly guilty of using my phone intensively throughout the day and into the night. While I know this isn’t doing my vision any good, I didn’t realise the harm it’s causing to my skin! My nightly video chats with my husband mean I’m constantly exposed to blue light, which throws our skin’s natural circadian rhythm out of sync, causing skin cells to continue to “think” it is daytime and impacting their natural nighttime repair process. Estée Lauder Research has come up with the new ANR Eye Supercharged Complex that helps to hydrate, defend and brighten dark circles. And in 21 days, I’m going to be able to reduce my Dark Eye Circles and you’re going to be on this journey with me!
NA: As an actress and a mother, 24 hours just isn’t enough for me. Let alone some “me” time. Before I started using the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, my cameramen said they usually had to put a filter underneath my face. But now they don’t have to do that anymore because it already gives me a radiant and refreshed complexion. The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair is really great for hydrating my skin, making it look fresh and bright despite my lifestyle!
SA: The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair is really great for hydrating my skin, making it look fresh and bright despite my lifestyle!
What is your favourite thing about the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair?
JP: I have a love-hate relationship with the sun. Long exposure to it is painful, causes free radicals, and it makes me tanned, but it also makes everything look beautiful on camera. To combat the stress I subject my skin to daily–like during the time I was directing “Under the Tree”, a short film that I wrote the script for as well–I use the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair to hydrate and protect my skin during the day from these aggressors.
NA: Now I don’t put on as much makeup as I used to be because I see a difference on my skin after I started using the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. If I skip makeup for two or three days, on the fourth day, my skin is super good – super nice, supple and moisturized. I’ve been doing that, and I can actually go out without makeup confidently.
SA: I love how it works as I am asleep, so when I wake up, my skin automatically feels supple and fresh. The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair feels very light and is so easily absorbed, and you can also use it in the daytime.
Of course, a solid skincare routine is something we swear by. Does Shu An have any go-to makeup tips for those days where she needs an extra pick-me-up?
JP: For starters, I love using brown mascara on my lashes because it’s not as stark as black – then thoroughly brushing it out with a spoolie brush to get rid of any clumps. This would look natural, and like I have nothing on from afar.
NA: My typical everyday makeup look consists of eyeliner, mascara, soft and natural eyeshadow, blush, and some bronzer to enhance my features. While I don’t put on as much makeup as I used to, I do pair the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair with my Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation for an extra glow.
SA: At the end of the day, I buff on a few drops of the Advanced Night Repair with a clean powder brush, or even dab it on as a highlighter for that extra glow!
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