The problem

Fine lines and wrinkles are caused by a combination of environmental assaults (including sunlight, smoking and pollution) and internal aggravators. Dr Mammone notes that internal factors are psychological stressors that hinder the skin’s ability to repair itself. ‘Our lifestyle has a significant impact on how quickly we may age [and] there’s a distinct biological pathway where mental stress contributes to visible ageing,’ he says.

The solution

Your time-fighting toolkit should contain an anti-oxidant-rich cleanser and exfoliant, a collagen-stimulating serum, and a mask to boost firmness. Always consider moisturising options that contain broad-spectrum protection and choose an active nigh cream to assist with repairing the day’s damage while you sleep. Key ingredients to keep in mind are hyaluronic acid and vitamins A and C.

The buys

1. Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream, $39.95

2. Elixia Crystal Derm-Exfoliator, $69.95

3. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 10 Total Repair SPF 15, $35.95

4. La Prairie Cellular Hydralift Firming Mask, $220

5. Avon Anew Genics Treatment Concentrate, $79.99

Fast fixes

Give your complexion a boost with make-up artist Elsa Morgan’s expert tips and tricks

If blemishes are a concern, consider mineral make-up, like Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Natural Mineral Loose Foundation, $77.50, to conceal and heal.

To reduce redness, avoid illuminating products. Go for mattifying buys, such as Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer, $49, instead.

Shy away from a bold lip (which can draw attention to stressed skin) and concentrate on emphasising your eyes.

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