Doctor's orders Skincare with a quasi-medical twist - think Dr Hauschka and Dermalogica - is booming. And now to Hong Kong's shores comes Murad. Conceived by dermatologist, chemist and professor Dr Howard Murad, who was the first in the traditional medical community to open a 'medical' day spa, the range is divided into three lines: Resurgence for menopausal and post-menopausal complexions; Vitalic, a daily energising regime complemented with supplements; and the classic brand Advanced Performance Skincare (APS). This third range combines glycolic acid-based treatments with advanced formulae to help to diminish signs of ageing and encourage healthy skin renewal. Tried and tested so far, Cellular Replenishing Serum ($420), one of the newest products in the APS line, is akin to giving your complexion a drink of water. This clear liquid feels a bit sticky after application, but seemed to plump up skin after several days' use. A select range of Murad products is available from Seibu Pacific Place (tel: 2918 1533) and Windsor House (tel: 2577 0050). Spa-style treatments for faces, eyes, necks and hands are also on offer at both venues; particularly brilliant for Asian skin is the Vitamin C Discoloration Treatment ($580 for 45 minutes) which visibly brightens and evens out the skin tone after one treatment. Cool customers New packaging and new products have recently been launched by Menthoderm. Sounding good enough to eat, Mint Gelato ($190) helps to zap zits and other pore-clogging impurities while simultaneously hydrating the skin. Available from branches of Joyce Beauty and the Menthoderm Skin Nursery (12/F, 4-6 On Lan Street, Central, tel: 2147 3298). Caviar, anyone? Mario Badescu's skin-saving products are fast becoming as popular here as they are in the United States, where they originate. The latest additions to the range, on sale at Seibu Pacific Place and Windsor House, include lightweight Collagen Moisturiser ($428), alcohol- and fragrance-free Aloe Vera Toner ($280) and Glycolic Foaming Cleanser ($328). If you are used to liquid eye make-up remover, it takes a while to get your head around the creamy Eye Make-up Remover Gel ($128), but it is as gentle and non-greasy as it claims. The Caviar Day Cream ($498) is as super rich as it sounds so is really only suitable for very dry and mature skin. Clear as water Hydration and clarity are Sisley's buzzwords for autumn/winter. To help you to achieve such skincare perfection, the company has introduced the exfoliating Gentle Facial Buffing Cream ($340), which should be applied before either the new Radiant Glow Express Mask ($570) for deep cleansing 'clogged' complexions or the Express Flower Gel ($480) for energy-depleted, lifeless skin. Once the complexion has received its requisite TLC, Sisley moves on to eyes and lips with dual-purpose Botanical Eye and Lip Contour Balm for morning application ($550) and Cream for nightwear ($790), which promise to smooth, firm and refresh said areas. From branches of Lane Crawford and Sogo. Attention insomniacs The average person needs about seven hours' sleep a night to function properly and spends about one third of their life in slumber, but good quality shut-eye doesn't always come easily. To this end, Boots has introduced its new Sleep series, which incorporates natural sedatives lavender and geranium, to help Hong Kong's insomniacs get the desired zzzs. It has devised Calm Your Mind products, including Cooling Gel ($110) to cool the body via its pulse points and Herbal Tincture ($110) to be added to water or a milky drink. There is also a duo to relax your body (Bath Milk, $130; Warming Body Lotion, $130) and a Pillow Mist and Bed Spray ($130 each) for a sleep-inducing environment. Boots products are available from Watson's.