Better Than Botox; BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL; OUR Pick of the Skincare Products That Are Tried and Trusted Performers

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Byline: ELSA McALONAN, with her team of experts, tells you the truth about the latest beauty products ...

No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum, 30ml, [pounds sterling]18.50, Boots and

IT'S two years since it shot to fame on BBC2's Horizon, and it is still Britain's bestselling skincare product, proving you don't have to spend a fortune to get results. Its skin-firming pro-retinol complex, with lip-peptides and white lupin extract, helps repair UV damage. It feels soft and silky, and claims to help reduce the appearance of pores while smoothing lines and wrinkles in just four weeks.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Protective Recovery Complex, from [pounds sterling]34,

THIS night-time super serum is Estee Lauder's top-selling product in the world. Most of the ingredients have been kept secret, but we do know it contains the powerful antioxidant vitamins C and E plus bifidus extract. These help the skin's natural ability to heal itself, encouraging UV and environmental damage repair. Its amazing results have made it a favourite with beauty editors.

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Treatment Cream, [pounds sterling]29.35, Boots and

THIS is the one they call 'The American Dream Cream' after it beat several antiageing products, including some of the world's most expensive creams. It is Olay's first supercream, containing their most concentrated aminopeptide formula ever. It is specially formulated to target the skin around the eyes, neck and jawline. Users say it really does help to improve facial fine lines and sagging skin.

StriVectin-SD Eye Cream, [pounds sterling]59, Harvey Nichols, nationwide

CONTAINING pentapeptides to help promote collagen renewal and smooth fine lines around the eyes, this has the same formula as the original face cream, but without the aromatic oils. Apply twice a day to rejuvenate the eye area. Testers say you can see a difference within a week.

Nivea DNAge Cell Renewal Anti-Age System Day Cream, [pounds sterling]16.09, Boots nationwide

THE premium grade ingredients and science behind DNAge make this one of the most effective and affordable anti-ageing ranges. …