They support, fortify, renew and energise – these products are more about being “pro-skin” than “anti-age”.

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They support, fortify, renew and energise – these products are more about being “pro-skin” than “anti-age”. The aim: to keep skin healthy and help it thrive so it stays as youthful and glowing as it can be, for as long as it can be.


Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Cream, $120-$198
Restores a youthful, supple look to skin with plum blossom extract said have an antioxidant effect, increase collagen production and slow down cell ageing. Yuzu, orange, and germinated fruits and seeds firm skin while giving you an inside-out glow.
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Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask, $75
An ultra creamy formula with encapsulated retinol to retexturise, plus avocado and polyhydroxy acids that gently exfoliate skin’s outer layers.
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Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream, $102
Best for dry skin, this rich but fast-absorbing moisturiser is like a healthy Japanese diet for skin. Antioxidant-rich purple rice, plus green tea and algae, intensely hydrate and replenish ceramides for bouncy, luminous skin.
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Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Whipped Cream, $62
Its soft, whipped texture feels a treat, while its encapsulated probiotics give you supple, lustrous skin. Other goodies: niacinamide to hydrate, and hibiscus extract to smooth lines.
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Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment, $90
Repairs, moisturises and renews skin, with antioxidants, humectants and exfoliating agents like papaya. Its wow colour comes from powdered indigo root, an anti-inflammatory skin soother.


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SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion, $100-$116
Contains SK-II’s signature bio-ingredient, Pitera, to nourish skin with vitamins, minerals and amino acids, plus alpha-hydroxy acids that improve skin’s overall tone and radiance.
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Dior Capture Totale C.E.L.L. Energy HighPerformance Treatment Serum-Lotion, $113
Sinks in fast to hydrate, plump and condition skin. It promises more supple and well-balanced skin after seven days.
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Albion Flora Drip, $98-$182
Created using fermentation technology, this all-purpose lotion is packed with 7,800 active substances that address every aspect of skin beauty, from texture and smoothness to hydration, elasticity and luminosity.


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Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, $130-$186
Promises instantly fresher, more even-toned and radiant skin by sloughing away dead skin cells with lactic acid – an AHA popularly used to encourage skin renewal and reduce signs of ageing.
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Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $110-$185
Immunise skin against damaging factors with this pre-serum. Plant extracts like reishi mushroom and iris root bolster skin’s ability to defend and balance itself. Expect more resilient, problem-free skin over time.
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Farmacy Honeymoon Glow, $85
Some 14 per cent of this night serum is made up of AHAs, BHAs and flower acids that gently resurface skin while you sleep, reducing the look of pores and lines. Honey and hyaluronic acid ensure skin doesn’t get stripped of moisture.
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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, $130-$224
This first-of-its-kind product gave rise to the whole concept of “night repair” skincare. Now into its fifth iteration, the serum promises to help skin recover from daily environmental assaults even better, for fresher, bouncier skin after three weeks.
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Chanel Blue Serum, $216
Inspired by the longevity of people living in the world’s so-called Blue Zones, this serum uses a trio of nutrient-rich plant ingredients from these regions to maintain skin health by boosting its energy, metabolism, cell communication and ability to cope with stress.
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Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream, $105
It balances anti-ageing retinol with skin-soothing peptides and fruit oils to achieve brighter, smoother skin, without redness and irritation.
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Sky & Sand Australian Emu Apple Dreamy Glow Drops, $70
Delivers a brightening shot to lacklustre skin using antioxidant-rich Australian fruits. A mix of five hyaluronic acids plus lightweight plant oils plump skin and leave a healthy sheen.
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Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, $130-$230
The serum works like a daily dose of prebiotics and probiotics to help balance skin’s microbiome, the eco system of microbes that live on it. The upshot: more resilient skin that can better deal with germs, free radicals and inflammation.
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Edible Beauty No. 3 Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum, $77
It perks up drab skin with a cocktail of antioxidants derived from Australian botanicals. Kakadu plum – a rich source of vitamin C – lends a healthy glow, while hyaluronic acid plumps skin and fills in lines.
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Gallinee Youthful Serum, $98
It features a blend of pre-, pro- and post-biotics that support the good bacteria on skin, thereby improving the barrier so skin can better retain moisture and keep out harmful elements. The probiotics also encourage cell renewal.