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Recharge your regimen with super-powered serums designed to kick your skincare game into high gear. MARIEL GOODSON offers some tips


SUFFERING THROUGH A skincare slump? Don't let a rinse-and-repeat routine cloud your complexion's potential. Supercharge your skin with turbo-boosted serums that'll breathe new life into a lacklustre regimen, no matter what's plaguing your face.

Eye Boost: If eight hours of sleep is a pipe dream, invest in Clé de Peau Beauté's Concentrated Brightening Eye Serum, which is so potent that tired eyes look more alive after one use. The formula's Illuminating Complex also works over time to improve radiance and translucency, so dark circles feel like a long-forgotten nightmare.

Detox Boost: Living in a hot, smoggy city like Hong Kong means an uptick in oxidative damage thanks to pollution and UV rays. Enriched with red hibiscus, Dior's One Essential Intense Skin Detoxifying Booster Serum targets 100 percent of toxins both on the surface and within the cells, instantly purifying and deeply regenerating so that skin functions at its best.

Zzz Boost: Cellular renewal peaks while you sleep, so when you skimp on zzz's, your skin doesn't have a chance to repair itself properly. To put the beauty back into beauty sleep, Helena Rubinstein's Powercell Skin Rehab relies on 150 million plant stem cells to bolster the after-hours rejuvenation your complexion so desperately needs.

Moisture Boost: Dehydration exacerbates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, so Fresh's Black Tea Age-Delay Serum offers 24 hours of moisture thanks to spongy Hydropatch technology that traps and releases water molecules. If you tend to wake up to parched skin, SK-II's Mid-Night Miracle Essence touts a MoistureLock Complex containing Sodium PCA, which binds water within skin tissue to lock in hydration while you toss and turn.

Brightness Boost: To immediately perk up a dull, dreary complexion, apply Giorgio Armani's Luminessence Glow Activator, which contains five corrective activators that are clinically proven to encourage more light-reflective skin. To whiten a wan complexion, Lancôme's Absolue Precious Cells White Aura Regenerating and Whitening Global Serum uses a pearly, quick-absorbing essence that spurs epidermal regeneration for a brighter, more luminous finish.

Healing Boost: Harnessing the remarkable healing power of honey, Guerlain's Abeille Royale Daily Repair Serum mends micro-tears in the skin using a highly potent strain cultivated from the black bees of Ouessant. These micro-tears, caused by stressors such as repetitive facial expressions and UV damage, can speed up the first signs of ageing when left unchecked.

Lifting Boost: Defy the downward tug of gravity with La Mer's The Lifting Intensifier, which is infused with Blue Algae Lift Ferment to instantly tighten and support the skin's structure. Results are even more dramatic when applied in an upward motion with The Treatment Massage Tool.

Smoothing Boost: In just two short weeks, La Prairie's Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster irons out the appearance of wrinkles with a cutting-edge neuro-calming peptide that targets cells responsible for the production of collagen and elastin. Sulwhasoo's Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum enlists Ginsenisphere – a compound of four proteins crucial to the elastic membrane – to bolster the skin's matrix for a smoother, firmer effect.