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Get firm with skin
by Cynthia Loh

Give your skin all the help you can to make sure it looks smooth and supple, from head to toe. Here's some skincare to help you keep skin firm and youthful-looking! And what's better - no Botox necessary.

For Eyes

Good Skin Labs' Eyeliplex-2
Anyone who has suffered from fine lines around the eyes and dark circles under their peepers know it's not easy to find a product that works.

The Eyeliplex-2 works using two gels - one for day and the other for night. Both contain 124 ingredients to moisturise, lift, tighten and protect the delicate skin around eyes. Extracts of cork oak help to fill in wrinkles while sweet almond extract serve to tighten skin in the day gel, and the night gel has a passionflower extract to reduce the appearance of dark circles and malachite, caffeine and a Vitamin D derivative to support skin's natural recovery process.

Retails for S$82 at all Guardian Health and Beauty stores.

For Neck

L'Oreal Paris' Revitalift Face, Contours and Neck Moisturizer

I remember spotting this sophisticated-looking woman in a cafe. While she obviously was no young lass, she did a wonderful job of keeping her face crease-free. BUt when I glanced at her neck, I couldn't help but notice that she hadn't given the same consideration to her neck as she had done for her face.

The moral of the story? It's not a good idea to neglect your neck, especially if you have invested so much time and care in your face.

L'Oreal Paris' Revitalift Face, Contours and Neck Moisturizer is formulated to target loose skin around the neck and firm up facial contours. It has two times more elastin to support skin structures, and vitafibrine to achieve deeper firming and redefinition for the face and neck.

The cream's texture is not heavy, but upon application, I could feel my skin firm up almost immediately. It felt a little more sticky than your normal moisturiser, but the skin on my neck felt taut as a result, although the fine lines did not disappear instantly. It will take a while to see visible results.

Ensure you use massage techniques to help your skin absorb the formula better. Massage the cream into skin along face contours and neck in an upward motion, and pinch skin lightly around where the cream was applied to help tone the skin.

Retails for S$34.90 at all major department stores.

For Face

Clarins Extra-Firming Tightening Lift Botanical Serum

If you're feeling a little more generous, you may like to consider Clarin's Extra-Firming Tightening Lift Botanical Serum. Made entirely from plant extracts,

the serum helps to refine skin texture and tone. Oat sugars firm skin without pulling, and Inca Peanut and Hibiscus seed proteins smooth skin and restore skin's softness.

Being a serum, it's best applied before your daily moisturiser. You can feel the results, as skin feels instantly firmer without that 'tight' sensation.

Pores are also refined, and it promises to help reduce dark areas caused by uneven skin.




For Lips

Make lips kissable with Clarins' Extra-Firming Lip & Contour Balm
Even lips can suffer from ageing. From the same extra-firming range from Clarins is the Extra-Firming Lip & Contour Balm. It contains Vitamin E-rich raspberry seed oil and shea butter to nourish lips and encourage cellular renewal and a MaxiLip Complex that boosts collagen and hyaluronic acid to make lips look fuller.

Pair it with the Extra-Firming Lip & Contour Gentle Exfoliator, which has triglycerides and micro-sugar crystals to soften impurities and exfoliate, and liquorice root raspberry seed oil to soothe lips and keep them from dehydration.

While the balm felt a little too rich for day wear, it was perfect for use at night as you sleep.

And the best part of this combo? It leaves your lips with a sweet-smelling scent of raspberry.

Prices unavailable.

For Body

L'Oreal Paris PerfectSlim Lifting Pro
If you don't know by now, cellulite can appear in women of all ages. If you have a poor diet, bad circulation, fluid retention or a sedentary lifestyle, the chances of you developing cellulite becomes higher.

And as you age, your skin becomes thinner and the fatty tissues under the deeper layers of skin get distributed unevenly, resulting in even more cellulite appearing.

The latest home kneading massager and serum to combat cellulite is L'Oreal Paris Perfect Slim Lifting Pro. We like this one because it comes with a dual action massager that can work on different parts of the torso.

The Gentle Power massage can be used on calves and inner thighs, while the Power Intensive massage is for thighs, hips, buttocks and the tummy area. Upward strokes with the massaging teeth are supposed to activate micro-circulation and promote tissue drainage to prime the skin for removing cellulite.

The anti-cellulite serum is applied after massaging and contains caffeine for its drainage effects and pro-elastin htat helps to firm skin.

Retails for S$39.90 at major deparment stores, supermarkets, Watsons and Guardian.

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