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Estée Lauder redefines the beauty sleep.
Late Bloomer Estée Lauder redefines the beauty sleep.

Not since the original Night Repair formula hit stores have we been this excited over an overnight reparative serum. Maybe it's the impatient party girl in every one of us, but something that promises a complete recovery from the debauchery of the night before—those evident, quite literally, at face value—is, in a word, irresistible. Like Alice in Wonderland, but for skincare!

Estée Lauder's upgrade to its famous 1982-launched serum, re-christened to Advanced Night Repair upon its release in 1985, has retained its iconic status for almost 25 years. The antioxidant-rich elixir removes damage from a daily onslaught of skin stress, like sun damage, pollution, too many gin-tonics, etc., and replenishes all that skin has lost. Best of all, it does the work while you luxuriate in bed.

A follow-up application in the morning sets you up with a strong dose of protection against environmental damage and free radicals, which, as studies have shown, cause 80% of premature skin aging. In between, Advanced Night Repair provides a steady flow of hydration to the skin via its infusion of hyaluronic acid (It passed the water test, where it was applied to a hand which was subsequently wet. The water didn't slide off, and the moisture was locked in. A chorus of “oohs” and “aahs” abound.). Seeing is believing, and apparently more than two decades' worth of women have seen dramatic results as well, keeping them loyal to the formula.

The non-acnegenic formula, applied after cleansing and toning and before moisturizer, is a must-have not only for overindulgent social butterflies, but also for those who wish to preempt the ravage of time or those who've already started seeing the effects of a harsh daily life on their skin. Think of it as a giant reset button for decades of imprudence, or perhaps even an evening of wanton champagne abandon. The cure to a bad hangover still evades us, but it looks like the hangover face might already be a thing of the past.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate, P3150 for 50ml and P4500 for 50ml, at Rustan's and Marionnaud, SM Mall of Asia.

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—Eunice Lucero, Beauty Editor

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