lining up to put wrinkle-busters to the test
The manufacturer claims Natrolox ($820) can reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 50 per cent in 30 days. The skin feels hydrated after application, and it also gives a tightening, skin-firming effect. But our testers weren't convinced that their lines were reduced by half.
The range claims to improve the appearance of normal, dry and sensitive skin at any age. Our testers used a combination of Lineless and Laser in a Bottle (Laser Tight $1,300 and Laser Relief $980), which contains Qusome, a patented delivery system that is said to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. It delivers a noticeable tightening effect, and those testers who hadn't had Botox said they saw an improvement.
The Botocare line (concentrated serum $1,200, mask $1,250, cream $1,900) promises to limit the mimic-muscle contraction and visibly reduce wrinkles, using hexapeptides. The range is made with plant extracts, and is alcohol- and perfume-free. Our testers thought it tightened the skin, and that the mask was effective at softening surface lines on the forehead. After two weeks, however, crows' feet around the eyes were still apparent.
Originally for stretch marks, StriVectin-SD (cream $1,550, eye cream $650) is said to improve the appearance of age spots and dark circles under the eyes as well as reduce the appearance of stretch marks/wrinkles. After using the eye cream for a month, dark circles were reduced and there may have been was a slight reduction in fine lines. One tester stopped using it after developing dry, red patches under her eyes.
All the above products can be found at Harvey Nichols, Landmark, Central, with Strivectin-SD also at Lane Crawford stores and Botocare at Retreat at the Firm, 15/F the Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central.