BEFORE BED… THE EXPERTS’ SKINCARE ROUTINES
Three beauty gurus reveal why evenings are the perfect time for us to tend to both soul and skin
HARLEY STREET DERMATOLOGIST DR JUSTINE KLUK TAKES HER SKINCARE (AND A TRANQUIL BATHROOM) SERIOUSLY.
Cleansing is the cornerstone of good skin. Even if I’ve not worn much make-up I double cleanse at night. I have a fuss-free routine that I’ve perfected through trial and error, and I don’t like to deviate. I use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £4.99, followed by Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion, £10.50, which I remove with large cotton pads, partly to prevent any water from making my hairline frizzy, and partly because I like to see from the pads that all my make-up has gone. I use prescription retinoids to keep pigmentation at bay. Or niacinamide – I like Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3 Serum, £105. Occasionally my head gets turned by something new, but it never delivers the same results. I’m toying with the idea of introducing at-home needling, as growing evidence shows it can help with the absorption of ingredients. I do feel some pressure to have flawless
skin, but I’m only human – and the occasional breakout helps me empathise with my patients.
My bathroom is my sanctuary, with big windows, white walls and greenery dotted around. I’ll light a Diptyque or Jo Malone candle for an evening bath, though I struggle to relax so can’t spend hours wallowing. Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion, £14.50, treats the keratosis pilaris (chicken skin) on my upper arms. I pat it in while my skin is damp, keeping the bathroom door shut so the air stays steamy.
The last thing I do is massage Flexitol Heel Balm, £4.99, into my feet and slip on a pair of socks. I treat myself to a fortnightly pedicure and this cream was recommended to me by a patient to keep the skin soft in between – it’s brilliant.
What do you do at the end of the day? Netflix and pyjamas? Both good things, but evenings offer an opportunity to tend to skin and soul, as Gillian Davies finds out from three beauty aficionados…