9 things dermatologists can’t live without

Well that's our skincare routine sorted

They’re responsible for helping us get the best skin possible, so it only makes sense to take recommendations from the best dermatologists in the industry. Want to know how they keep their skin in check? We sat down them to get all the skincare secrets you need…

Dermatologist: Dr Justine Hextall

1. A monthly facial

I recommend a professional facial about every three to four weeks. That’s how long it takes your skin to move through the full life cycle of skin cell growth so I often advise people to opt for a superficial peel or exfoliating treatment such as the Harley Medical Group Power Pumpkin Resurfacer in order to slough off dead skin and allow better absorption of active topical treatments. Regular treatments will help to keep your skin clean, clear and hydrated whilst maximising your everyday skincare regime too.

2. Anti-oxidants and vitamin B

Look for key ingredients such as anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid in your serums and creams. I often recommend the DermaQuest Essential B5 Hydrating Serum. Keep in mind that continued use is necessary to maintain results.

3. Hydration

Our skin really suffers when it is dehydrated so making sure you drink lots of water and using hydrating products is key. A hydrating oil would be very well placed here too. I love the Trilogy’s Certfied Organic Rosehip Oil.

Dermatologist: Dr Tijion Esho of Le Beau Ideal – also known as ‘The Man Behind The Faces’

4. SPF

Everyone should know by now sun protection is key to prevent the signs of ageing as well as skin cancer but what isn’t clear to most is how much to apply and when to re-apply. To ensure you have enough layers on, use about ½ teaspoon with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to coat your face, neck, and ears. Also make sure you reapply every 3 hours, this is very important.

5. Green Tea

I drinks three cups a day to safeguard my skin as well as all its many other benefits. Firstly the water hydrates your skin from within. Secondly, research suggests that protective compounds the tea contains e.g. EGCG and theaflavins can help prevent skin cancers and the breakdown of collagen, the cause of wrinkles.

6. Omega 3 Oils ( nuts about nuts ! )

Your diet has a huge impact on your skin. I try to avoid starchy vegetables and refined carbohydrates like white bread and rice. Choose foods high in Omega 3’s and fatty acids like nuts, avocado or fish to help give you that youthful glow. I always have a bag of nuts in my office drawer.

Dermatologist: Dr Sam Bunting

7. A good moisturiser 

Obagi Hydrate is simply the most fabulous, non-clogging moisturiser I’ve ever used. It keeps me dewy on flights and when I’m sleep-deprived plus it helps me manage the drying effects of retinoids.

8. Gentle make-up

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is the best skin-enhancer as it has coverage but looks like real skin and doesn’t trigger breakouts.

9. Products containing niacinamide

Elta MD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF46 My new favourite way to protect my skin from the sun. The formulation is light as air and it contains skin-loving niacinamide which reduces pigmentation and supports skin barrier function. A sunscreen and so much more.

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