Gone are the days when everyone could tell which celebrity made a visit to the plastic surgeon’s office under the guise of a holiday – the side-by-side comparison of the before and after photos is like a game of Spot the Difference for kindergarteners. But with rapid advancements in technology, more lifted facial contours, firmer-looking skin and that desirable V-shaped face which makes you look more youthful are actually achievable without you having to go under the knife. Sure, it’s unlikely you are going to achieve the kind of next-level de-ageing seen in Robert Downey Jr and Samuel L Jackson in the Marvel movies, but hey, anything that makes us look remotely younger is welcome, right?
Here are the products and treatments to help you get that non-surgical facelift and subtly lifted facial contours, depending on how much difference you want to see.
1. For a subtle lift
Your face is not sagging, but you sometimes experience puffy cheeks due to late nights or experience a little water retention or just have a rounder face in general. To achieve that subtle lifting effect on your facial contours to help you get a more V-shaped face, try the new reformulated Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift. The fifth and latest iteration of this firming and lifting serum has organic agropyron extract and organic oat sugar which are said to provide an immediate lifting effect, and zerumbet ginger extract to help reduce puffiness. The agropyron extract also works with caffeine to reduce fatty tissue.
Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift,$122 from Clarins
Another product on our list is Lancer’s Lift Serum Intense: Stem Cell Recovery Complex, which has a, well, stem cell complex derived from sea plants and grape stem cells, combined with cassava root extract to provide a firming and lifting effect. It is also infused with 24K gold that is said to help combat free radicals from environmental aggressors to prevent premature skin ageing.
Lancer’s Lift Serum Intense: Stem Cell Recovery Complex, US$254.73 (S$350), from Net-a-Porter