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Just when you thought you had waved good­bye to blem­ishes and er­ratic skin behaviour for­ever, along come fluc­tu­at­ing hor­mones, sleep­less nights and hec­tic sched­ules. The re­sult? A bar­rage of skin con­di­tions rang­ing from rosacea and eczema to adult acne, along­side the in­evitable signs of age­ing – grad­ual loss of ra­di­ance and a jaw­line that’s head­ing south. Don’t de­spair, we’ve road-tested the very best res­cue reme­dies – the ones that re­ally do work.

Re­duced ra­di­ance

THE LOW-DOWN When we're in our for­ties and fifties, cell turnover slows down. The re­sult? “Skin be­comes duller and less dewy,” says skin ex­pert Kerry Payne. Skin loses the abil­ity to hold wa­ter, which de­creases plump­ness – think of the dif­fer­ence be­tween a grape and a raisin. WHAT’S THE FIX? First up – ex­fo­li­ate, ex­fo­li­ate, ex­fo­li­ate. “Dead skin cells make skin look dull, so buff­ing cre­ates a smoother sur­face,” says Kerry. A dose of vi­ta­min C also bright­ens skin tone, revs up cell turnover, and re­duces pig­men­ta­tion. Look for serums or creams con­tain­ing at least 10% vi­ta­min C. We’re hooked on Ex­u­viance AF Vi­ta­min C20 Serum Cap­sules, R1 170 for 60, packed with a whop­ping 20% vi­ta­min C! ON-THE-SPOT SO­LU­TION Smooth Stila Stay All

Day 10-in-1 HD Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Beauty Balm, R555 for 40ml, over moisturiser and un­der foun­da­tion for a bronzy glow. Def­i­nitely one to keep for dull-skin days.

Adult acne

THE LOW-DOWN As hor­mone lev­els dip, adult acne can ap­pear. “Over­ac­tive se­ba­ceous glands cause acne,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Emma Wedge­worth.

WHAT’S THE FIX? Switch to a gentle cleanser to avoid skin ir­ri­ta­tion. Try SVR Se­bi­a­clear Gel Pu­ri­fy­ing and Ex­fo­li­at­ing Soap-free Cleanser, R210 for 200ml. Use a heal­ing moisturiser, such as night cream Lamelle Clar­ity Cor­rec­tive PM Plus, R670 for 50ml, with anti-bac­te­rial and anti-in­flam­ma­tory tea tree oil.

ON-THE-SPOT SO­LU­TION Vichy Nor­ma­derm Hyalus­pot treat­ment, R245 for 15ml, fights bac­te­ria and re­duces blem­ishes. Ap­ply di­rectly to spots af­ter cleans­ing, be­fore make-up. >>

Rosacea THE LOW-DOWN This in­flam­ma­tory skin con­di­tion ap­pears on cheeks, nose and fore­head, caus­ing red­ness and, in some cases, acne or se­vere dry­ness and itch­i­ness around the eyes. “With 50% of rosacea thought to be ge­netic, you are more likely to suf­fer from it if a fam­ily mem­ber has it,” says Emma. The other 50% is down to life­style fac­tors – sun ex­po­sure, al­co­hol, smok­ing and diet. WHAT’S THE FIX? As well as cut­ting out al­co­hol, caf­feine and smok­ing, swap to al­co­hol-free ton­ers, and ditch harsh foam­ing washes and abra­sive ex­fo­lia­tors. We swear by Payot Eau Mi­cel­laire Ex­press, R315,80 for 400ml. It’s al­co­hol-free, so it won’t ir­ri­tate your eyes, and it re­moves make-up with­out fuss. “Sun pro­tec­tion is key, as UV light ex­ac­er­bates in­flam­ma­tion and in­creases red­ness,” says Emma. Try La Roche-posay An­the­lios XL Ul­tra-light Fluid SPF 50+, R240 for 50ml; or Avène Eau Ther­male SPF 20 An­tirougeurs Jour Mois­tur­iz­ing Pro­tect­ing Emul­sion, RRSP R229,95 for 40ml, with rus­cus ex­tract to aid mi­cro­cir­cu­la­tion and re­duce rosi­ness. ON-THE-SPOT SO­LU­TION Treat and con­ceal on the go with Cover­derm Cam­ou­flage Con­cealer, R309 – it's infused with rose­hip ex­tract and has a high con­cen­tra­tion of pig­ments to in­stantly neu­tralise all signs of red­ness. Age­ing eye area Tackle bags, puffi­ness, dark cir­cles and crow’s feet: UN­DER-EYE BAGS This is one of the first ar­eas to be af­fected by loss of fat, col­la­gen and elastin. It’s also prone to puffi­ness, as fluid builds up in the hol­lows cre­ated by the or­bital bones. Com­bat this with gentle mas­sage, morn­ing and night, com­bined with a light­weight eye gel. One of our favourite go-tos is the cool­ing Ren Vita Min­eral 7 Ac­tive Eye Gel, R430 for 15ml, which has the added ben­e­fit of skindetox­ing gin­seng, and can be worn over or un­der make-up.

CROW’S FEET Noth­ing (apart from Bo­tox) elim­i­nates lines around the eyes, as they are caused by re­peated fa­cial move­ment. With fewer se­ba­ceous glands, as well as less col­la­gen and elastin than the rest of the face, this area is also prone to de­hy­dra­tion, mak­ing lines more vis­i­ble – some­thing you can con­trol with Der­ma­log­ica Age Rev­er­sal Eye Com­plex, R995 for 15ml, with wrin­kle-plump­ing retinol.

DARK CIR­CLES Those of us with darker skin tones have more melanin pig­ment un­der our eyes, mak­ing the area ap­pear shad­owy, which be­comes more ap­par­ent as we age. Un­der-eye con­ceal­ers are a fast fix, and a must-try is the

Blackup Ra­di­ance Con­cealer, R390 for 1,5ml. Sag­ging jowls THE LOW-DOWN Col­la­gen and elastin, which keep the skin ‘springy’, start to de­te­ri­o­rate, and the skin­plump­ing fat pads un­der our eyes and in our cheeks shrink, with the re­sult that skin be­gins to 'go south'.

WHAT’S THE FIX? “Sun ex­po­sure, smok­ing and al­co­hol ac­cel­er­ate sag­ging, so are best avoided – or kept to a min­i­mum,” says Emma. Retinoid-based sk­in­care can help to stim­u­late col­la­gen pro­duc­tion. Start with lower con­cen­tra­tions, as retinoids can cause ir­ri­ta­tion. The Or­di­nary Retinol 1% in Squalane, from R193 for 30ml, re­duces fine lines and pig­men­ta­tion. Plant ex­tracts can su­per­fi­cially ‘lift’ sag­ging skin by tight­en­ing the sur­face.

Clar­ins Ex­tra-firm­ing Day Cream SPF 15, R950 for 50ml, con­tains po­tent oat ker­nel ex­tracts, which tone up slack skin. Hand­held gad­gets that use low-level mi­cro-cur­rents can help firm up the neck and jaw­line. The Nu­face Mini Fa­cial Toner, from R2 725,37, can im­prove jowl droop, but it does re­quire ded­i­ca­tion.

ON-THE-SPOT SO­LU­TION Daily fa­cial mas­sage can boost the skin’s ap­pear­ance. Mas­sage in The Body Shop Roots of Strength Firm­ing

Shap­ing Serum, R260 for 30ml, with toni­fy­ing gin­ger, gin­seng and rus­cus. Eczema THE LOW-DOWN Eczema is a blan­ket term for red, itchy and in­flamed skin. “Atopic eczema is found in ar­eas where the skin folds, while con­tact eczema is mostly found on hands and feet,” says Emma. Both are sim­i­lar to an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion and are caused by hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity of the immune sys­tem. WHAT’S THE FIX? First, iden­tify trig­gers and avoid them. Atopic eczema can also flare up due to stress or smok­ing. “The next step is to main­tain your skin’s pro­tec­tive bar­rier to re­duce the risk of re­ac­tion to ex­ter­nal trig­gers,” says Emma. Stick to der­ma­to­log­i­cal for­mu­la­tions that are de­signed to strengthen the skin bar­rier while re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion. Der­malex Atopic Eczema Cream, R289,95 for 100g, can be used from top to toe. Avoid prod­ucts that con­tain fra­grance and SLS (sodium lau­ryl sul­fate), a chem­i­cal of­ten used in skin washes. Ce­taphil Gentle Skin Cleans­ing Lo­tion, R205 for 250ml, cleanses with­out ir­ri­ta­tion, and comes highly rec­om­mended by der­ma­tol­o­gists. ON-THE-SPOT SO­LU­TION Reach for Mixa

Cica Re­pair Balm, R79,99 for 50ml, with skin­bar­rier pro­tect­ing pan­thenol to ease dis­com­fort on the face, body and hands, in­stantly. w&h

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