Secrets of the skin­care gu­rus

They tend to the skin of the rich and fa­mous, but what are the top beauty ex­perts’ own rou­tines? We ask them to open their cab­i­nets and share their secrets

Health & Fitness - - Contents - WORDS: Becky Fletcher

What are the beauty regimes of the ex­perts who tend to the skin of the rich and fa­mous?

Have you ever won­dered what go-to prod­ucts are in the bath­room cab­i­nets of der­ma­tol­o­gists and fa­cial­ists? Whether they have the ul­ti­mate skin­care reg­i­men or oc­ca­sion­ally slip up and sleep in their make-up? We chat­ted to five top ex­perts to find out ex­actly what goes down in their day-to-day rou­tine and what they splash their cash on – you might just be sur­prised…

‘I love The Or­di­nary range (the­o­r­di­nary.com). It has a sci­en­tific ap­proach to skin­care with ex­cel­lent prod­ucts such as vi­ta­min C creams and hyaluronic acid B5 serum.’

Dr Jus­tine Hex­tall (harleymed­i­cal.co.uk) Us­ing a holis­tic ap­proach to treat­ment, Dr Hex­tall spe­cialises in aes­thetic der­ma­tol­ogy and is an ex­pert on fillers and hair re­moval.

◗ Morn­ing rit­ual: Cleanse and calm

‘Af­ter my shower, I wash with ei­ther Avène Xe­ro­calm AD

Cleans­ing Oil (£15.50 for 400ml; boots.com) or Ce­taphil Gen­tle Cleanser (£8.99 for 236ml; su­per­drug.com). When I rinse my face, both prod­ucts leave my skin feel­ing hy­drated and not in des­per­ate need of a mois­turiser, a good sign that my skin bar­rier is not be­ing dis­rupted and can con­tinue to do its job. Af­ter wash­ing, I ap­ply an ac­tive serum such as Sk­inceu­ti­cals CE Ferulic (£129 for 30ml; sk­inceu­ti­cals.co.uk). The vi­ta­min C is a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant that will pro­tect my skin from the daily chal­lenge of UV ex­po­sure, pol­lu­tion and stress. My mois­turiser varies depend­ing on hy­dra­tion lev­els. If my skin is dry and ir­ri­tated, I may use Avène

Xe­ro­calm AD Balm (£18.50 for 200ml; boots.com). I have sen­si­tive skin, so if it’s red and ir­ri­tated, I’ll use La Roche-Posay

Ros­aliac AR In­tense (£17 for 40ml; boots.com). Fi­nally, I ap­ply a sun cream. I like Avène Very High Pro­tec­tion Min­eral Cream

SPF50+ (£13.50 for 50ml; boots.com), as it’s very light re­flec­tive and will pro­tect me against vis­i­ble light as well as UVB and UVA. The ben­e­fit of light-re­flec­tive sun cream is that it gives the im­pres­sion of bright, healthy skin, which is al­ways a bonus!’

◗ Evening rit­ual: Treat and cor­rect

‘I’m very care­ful about over-ex­fo­li­at­ing as I have a ten­dency to thread veins, but I use a flan­nel to gen­tly rub away dead skin cells

and un­wanted dirt and pol­lu­tants. I like Der­maQuest Es­sen­tial Daily

Cleanser (£30.50 for 177.4ml; harleymed­i­cal.co.uk). Skin should feel calm and hy­drated af­ter wash­ing – if you are reach­ing im­me­di­ately for your mois­turiser, you may want to con­sider a gen­tler cleanser. Night­time is such an op­por­tu­nity from a der­ma­tol­ogy point of view. There are of­ten eight hours to al­low deep hy­dra­tion of the skin. Also, skin cells are re­gen­er­at­ing, so ap­ply­ing ac­tive in­gre­di­ents such as an­tiox­i­dants and retinoids can sup­port this process. I also see it as a time of cor­rec­tion, so sal­i­cylic acid can be ap­plied to spots or rich mois­turis­ers un­der cot­ton gloves for chapped hands. I love Der­maquest’s Es­sen­tial

B5 Hy­drat­ing Serum (£66 for 30ml; harleymed­i­cal.co.uk), which I some­times com­bine with an oil to make a treat­ment mask when my skin is very dry.’

◗ Beauty cab­i­net se­cret: Hy­drat­ing masks

‘I’m a mas­sive fan of hy­drat­ing masks, and favour the Eve Lom Res­cue Mask (£35 for 50ml; net-a-porter.com) and Biore Self-Heat­ing

Minute Mask (£8.39; boots.com) if I want an in­stant, pre-party glow.’ ◗ Top tip:

Don’t cleanse in the shower ‘I never wash my face un­til af­ter my shower. I re­move any soapy sham­poo or shower gel off my face, as it will dis­rupt the pH of skin and cause dry­ness.’

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