As we age, our face goes through a whole host of changes. What can we do to ensure we age well and gracefully? New-to-Singapore beauty brand Yves Rocher introduces its champion skincare range Elixir 7.9 to Material World and we try its youth-intensifying serum and eye roll-on.
What happens to our face when we age? (1) It becomes drier and rougher as sebum production dips. (2) Collagen – the stuff that holds up our skin – isn’t quite as strong as it is, leading to the formation of wrinkles. (3) Our lymphatic system slows down, drainage of toxins suffers, and that explains why we look puffy in the morning. That’s it? No. You think it’s all in the face – wrinkles, spots, loss of radiance – but there are some other subtle aging signs we need to look at and they too affect how “old” others think you are:
Acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon’s eye area shows how – with age – with the loss of skin density and fat, the sockets become more pronounced.
Our eyes become more deeply set as cheekbones start to sink. Your eyes look more sunken and your sockets and lines more obvious.
The Bone Structure
Our jawline – believe it or not – starts to thin. The awesome bone structure that we have becomes less pronounced and our face looks “doughy” and soft.
As we age, our ears become bigger and longer. Gravity pulls at the cartilage of our ears, lengthening them. You might want to give heavy earrings a miss.
Men lose their hair, women gain “forehead”. Our forehead becomes broader as a result of our hairline thinning. That fashionably tight ponytail? You will want to give it a break.
It may seem like we are causing a minor mayhem here but here’s what we at Material World want you to know …
You can’t reverse the aging process. No matter what the skincare products out there may tell you, Nature trumps them all. What they can do is arrest the effects aging has done to your skin. Put simply, it means you can’t erase the wrinkle completely, but you can improve its appearance so it doesn’t look so deep and pronounced.
What Can We Do?
Besides being blessed with good genes (just look at how your mum or your grandmother ages), good habits and a healthy lifestyle are your best bet for aging gracefully.
French actress Catherine Deneuve’s lip area displays signs of wrinkles caused by her smoking habit.
1. Stop smoking
When an old man or an old lady loses their teeth, there is less stuff to keep that section of the face “filled out”. This explains the vertical lines and wrinkles around the lips – like they are eating something sour. Smoking creates those lines and hastens the rate at which you lose collagen and elastin.
2. Get the required daily dose of antioxidants and nutrients
Make sure your daily diet is filled with foods that are dense in antioxidants and nutrients. Take your vitamins. And, don’t waste it all by forgetting to use a sunscreen!
3. Start using anti-aging skincare products
We would recommend you do this even if you are in your 20s and your skin is a picture of youth and vitality. Anti-aging skincare doesn’t mean “rich, oily stuff”. The key is to find one that works with your skin type. And, we have just the thing to share with you.
Yves Rocher Elixir 7.9 Youth Intensifying Serum
Created with 7 active botanicals, this serum has garnered 9 international patents. A bottle is sold every 40 seconds worldwide. It doesn’t say it’s an anti-aging serum. Rather, the term “youth intensifying” should tell you that it is a product hoping to maximize what you’ve got.
The serum looks more like a lotion
When I first opened the bottle, I was surprised by the viscosity of the serum. Instead of being a bit runny like most serums, this one feels more like a lotion. But, don’t let the texture trick you into thinking it’s a rich and pore-clogging.
The serum disappears into the skin almost immediately, and without leaving any residue behind. NOTHING. That’s the only way I can describe how it felt on my skin. After applying it to my skin, it felt like I’ve applied NOTHING. For those of you who FEAR anti-aging products because they are “rich” and “cloying”, this serum will – hopefully – change your mind.
You can use it with your existing skincare products or with the other products in the Elixir 7.9 range.
When I tried this serum, I had just returned from a facial. The extraction process had left my skin slightly red and scabs were beginning to form. I applied the serum before going to bed, avoiding all other kinds of skincare products because I felt I needed to give my skin a break. The next morning, the redness had gone down and my skin looked smoother. The scabs also healed in no time at all.
It’s been roughly a week since I’ve started on this serum, and my skin is softer and a lot calmer. It is less easily irritated by the sun and the air-conditioning in the office. When I wake up in the morning these days, I notice my skin looks well-rested and a lot softer too. And, because it’s so light, I can use it together with another serum (like a brightening one) if I feel my skin could do with an extra dose of TLC.
Yves Rocher Elixir 7.9 Youth Energy Roll-on Eye Care
Another product in this range that I love and will absolutely recommend is the eye cream.
The practical and clever applicator design got me at Hello. I love it when eyecare products come with rollers BUT most leave me disappointed when I discover their rollers won’t stop dispensing the gel/serum/cream, making it difficult for you to enjoy an eye massage without using too much eye cream. For this eye roll-on, simply squeeze a tear-drop size of the gel-cream and then lightly massage it into your eye area with the three roller-balls at the tip.
The rollers massage your eye area WITHOUT dispensing more cream than you need.
The gel-cream is light and airy and disappeared into the skin in seconds. The metal roller-balls gave an awesome eye massage (just be careful not to exert too much force! You don’t want to end up with bruises on your eye!) that helped relief puffiness and improved circulation around the eyes.
I’m loving the serum and eye roll-on a lot and I intend to start using the day cream and the night cream as soon as my facial trial is over (this is for another story).
Yves Rocher is located at Westgate #02-16. The brand worked with Material World to promote its Elixir 7.9 Youth Intensifying Serum. The story was not vetted or advised by Yves Rocher and all opinions are the author’s own. You may read our advertising policy here.
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