Time can wreak havoc on your skin, and as our skin cells weaken as we age, they are less able to defend against external aggressors like UV exposure and pollution. This can leave skin looking dull and dehydrated. To counter the damage, choose a good moisturiser that offers key ingredients such as humectants (like glycerine, to attract and retain moisture), emollients (like ceramides, to soften) and occlusives (like lanolin, to protect against moisture loss).
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa, $48 (75ml) A moisturiser that also doubles as a mask: Apply a thick layer of this gel cream, leave it overnight, and wake up to well-rested skin in the morning.
Clarins White Plus Total Luminescent Smoothing Brightening Night Cream, $110 (50ml) This supposedly accelerates skin renewal to alleviate signs of stress, like dark spots and discolouration, leaving you looking radiant and rested.
Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Protective Emulsion SPF15, $350 (75ml) Led by Skingenecell 1P (an ingredient that took seven years to research and develop), this melt-into-the-skin concoction ensures optimal moisture for all-day radiance.
Boots Dermocare 24HR Moisturising Gel, $29.90 (50ml) A creamy gel formulated with hyaluronic acid, this offers minerals and pumpkin extract to lighten fine lines and improve skin suppleness.
Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Gel Emulsion, $92 (50ml) Smoother and fresher. That’s how your skin could look and feel with this aqua gel, which boasts a pomegranate nectar infusion that helps energise skin’s moisture barrier.
Benzac AC 5 Water Base Gel, $17.50 (60g) One product, three easy ways to zap those spots: It decongests pores, absorbs excess oil and kills acne-causing bacteria.
Curel Sebum Care Moisture Gel, $34.90 (120ml) Combat acne with this hydrating liquid gel that has eucalyptus extract to supposedly replenish and boost ceramide production, and strengthen skin’s resilience against external aggressors.
Ettusais Premium Amino Caviar Cream, $48 (90g) Massage the “caviar” spheres onto skin to release the amino premium 7 complex – packed with collagen boosters like royal jelly, hyaluronic acid and amino acids to nourish and plump up skin.
Ettusais Jelly Rose Water, $25 (180ml) Crammed with extracts of Bulgarian rose, camomile and rosemary, this lotion calms, nourishes and hydrates all at once.
Uriage Thermal Water, $29.90 (150ml) Spritz to hydrate skin after cleansing or makeup application, soothe sensitive, irritation-prone skin, refresh dehydrated skin or ease sunburn.
Oskia Restoration Oil, $155 (30ml) It contains a range of natural active ingredients and oils, like evening primrose, turmeric and rosehip seed to fulfil skin needs like firming.
Haba Squa Q10, $57 (30ml) This anti-ageing potion has coenzyme Q10, squalene and vitamin E, which work to reduce the look of wrinkles and sagging for radiant and suppler skin.
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Or Rouge Oil, $289 (30ml) Pamper dry skin with this saffron oil-infused anti-ageing potion that aims to stave off free radical damage and give skin a lovely luminosity.