• Pioneering ingredients like pentapeptides, hexapeptides and super antioxidants that claim cutting edge results, minus the needles and scalpels.
• New-breed cosmeceuticals, superceuticals and surgiceuticals that shorten the gap between skincare and pharmaceuticals.
• Hi-tech hippies – the scientists who soup up natural ingredients in test tubes at the lab.
The buys1.Priori Smooth Lines ($190) was the first bioengineered superceutical to use the breakthrough antioxidant idebenone to pulverise free radicals.
2.Skin Doctors Relaxaderm ($69.95) is a cosmeceutical that uses the ‘faux-tox’ hexapeptide Argireline to help relax muscles and reduce expression lines. Zero injections required.
3.Lumedia Facial Brightener ($148) peps up black tea ferment and fruit extract with hi-tech man-made ingredients. The mission: to recapture the glow of ‘baby skin’. Available from October 15.
4.Erno Laszlo TranspHuse Topical ($228) fuses plant and Shiitake mushroom extracts with state-of-the-art fillers and a muscle relaxant to help modulate facial lines.
5.Prevage Eye Anti-Ageing Moisturising Treatment ($150) adds the antioxidant punch of idebenone to brightening haloxyl, smoothing algae and collagen-boosting peptides.
6.Gatineau Melatogenine Futur Plus ($250) features hexapeptide serilesine to boost elasticity and the patented melatogenine molecule to hold up the ageing of epidermal cells.
7.Cosmedicine Hydra Healer ($120) features lab-cultivated cross-linked sodium hyaluronate to attract and bind moisture into the skin.
8.Nivea Visage DNAge Zone Action ($24.95) works to protect DNA from damage and stimulate cell renewal with an active blend of folic acid and creatine.
9.Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum ($34.95) contains a pentapeptide complex called matrixyl to help slow down the signs of ageing at a cellular level.
10.Jan Marini Age Intervention Regeneration Booster ($299) applies telomerase enzyme therapy in the hope of stabilising the telemores that cap the DNA and determine how fast we age.
Hairstylist & colourist: Shane Henning @ Noddys on King
Photographer: David Gubert
Make-up: Sarah Tammer