There are times in the year, when our skin is looking a little worse for wear and can use with some rapid repair. And no, a heavy coverage foundation is not a long term solution. But after a particularly hectic and stressful period at work, or even a vacation in the sun (minus the sunscreen), there are some conditions that a simple slap-on mask cannot amply treat anymore. That's why Estée Lauder has concentrated the power of its fast-working and revolutionary Advanced Night Repair into Intensive Recovery Ampoules.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Recovery Ampoules

Used as a sort of super booster for two weeks, apply one precision dose capsule each night after your usual serum, to help treat stressed out skin. This will help the skin fight irritation and also soothe any redness or dehydration and strengthen itss barrier function. And because prevention is always better than a patch-up job, you can also use it a pre-treatment for the week leading to a period of stress. Like vitamins for your skin, build up your skin's immunity to stress, and continuing using these capsules for another two weeks after for optimal results. Your skin will have remarkably better resilience, standing up to stress and environmental factors that contribute to ageing much better.

$196 for a bottle of 60 ampoules. Available from August at Estée Lauder counters and stores