Town & Country (UK) - - BEAUTY -

Time was, you needed a whole skincare pro­gramme based on a sin­gle brand, or your face would prob­a­bly fall apart. While the truth is that you don’t, it can make life a lot eas­ier, par­tic­u­larly with the more com­plex, der­ma­tol­o­gist-in­spired lines. Book in for a con­sul­ta­tion: the new Dr Col­bert cen­tre, lo­cated within Har­rods’ Well­ness Clinic, has a state-of-the-art ma­chine that split san im­age of your face up and maps it to an­a­lyse bone struc­ture, sub­cu­ta­neous fat, mus­cle strength and skin in­tegrity, then pre­scribes you a sim­ple, or more elab­o­rate rou­tine. Sk­inceu­ti­cals’ na­tional head of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing Linda Blahr recom­men dsa 45-minute ses­sion, in which your ski nis scanned and you an­swer life­style ques­tions to de­ter­mine which ex­ter­nal in­flu­ences, such as pol­lu­tion, stress or diet, are af­fect­ing your skin. Don’t be daunted by the huge ranges avail­able at many of the de­part­ment-store brands – most have come to ac­cept that as much as they’d like to sell you a 21-step rou­tine, you’re only go­ing to come back to them if they give you some­thing easy to use that works. Kiehl’s, for ex­am­ple, sells a stag­ger­ing 171 dif­fer­ent skincare prod­ucts, but its min­i­mum regime rec­om­men­da­tion can be as straight­for­ward as cleans­ing, ton­ing and mois­tur­is­ing, while Estée Lauder reg­u­larly of­fers sim­ple rou­tines with just two prod­ucts. Equally, the re­lief I felt at a re­cent meet­ing with Dr Bar­bara Sturm, who sug­gested I use just three of her prod­ucts, yet which were tailor­made to suit my darker skin (her cleanser and hyaluronic acid) and help con­trol red­ness on my cheeks (her Calm­ing Serum is su­perb), was pal­pa­ble. As easy as one-two-three ap­par­ently.

£38, kiehl’s

£30.45, sk­inceu­ti­cals

£173, dr­bar­bara sturm

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