Estée Lauder’s iconic serum “Advanced Night Repair’ which was launched in 1982 was reformulated and replaced by Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II in 2013. It is Estée Lauder’s best-selling product, according to the brand, in one year alone they sell up to 1,629,199 bottles, which works out to 3 per minute.

Product Claims:

“Our most comprehensive anti-aging serum ever. Advanced with exclusive repair technology – ChronoluxCB™, it is proven to significantly reduce major signs of visible aging. So effective, this powerful recovery complex supports the natural synchronization of skin’s nighttime repair process. Take advantage of the restorative power of night and see your skin look smoother, younger and more radiant. Inspired by groundbreaking research, it’s the one formula your skin shouldn’t live without.” – Product Packaging.

Ingredients: Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-75, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pantethine, Caffeine, Lectithin, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexylglycerin,Sodium RNA, Bisabolol, Glycereth-26, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Yeast Extract, Choleth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceteth-24, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hexylene Glycol, Carbonmer, Triethanolamine, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4, Yellow 5.

Price: $95 (approximately N38,000)

Size: 50ml


According to Estée Lauder, this serum “supports the natural synchronization of skin’s nighttime repair process” which is quite interesting because the skin cannot actually tell time but hey! *sips ginger tea*. Yes, your body repairs itself and recovers whilst you SLEEP, which means doesn’t necessarily happen at night. If you’re not getting enough sleep (at least 7 hours), it will affect your skin in the long run. Here are a few things that happen when you sleep: 1) The skin produces collagen, which makes the skin plumper and less likely to wrinkle, 2) The skin repairs and restores itself by regenerating new skin cells, 3) The body increases blood flow, which gives the skin a healthy glow.

One of the main ingredients in this serum is Bifida Ferment Lysate (Lactobacillus Acidophilus), which has multiple health benefits when consumed orally, but there is no research proving its merit for topical application on skin. Limited research has shown that it can prevent oxidative skin damage (same benefit as antioxidants). Although there is not enough research to prove that this ingredient has any skin benefits, this serum contains a good mix of other vitamin and plant-based antioxidants that can do the job.

Despite the slightly out-of-place “nighttime repair” claim and the absence of research to show that Bifida Ferment Lysate has any skin benefits, this is actually a good serum, a little overpriced but it is a good product. You don’t have to restrict its use to nighttime alone, as ingredients that benefit aging skin are needed around the clock.

Photo Credit: Estee Lauder USA

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