9 skincare products skin experts think are so good, they use them in their own routines

These hardworking formulas are expert-approved

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As a beauty editor and someone who has always been slightly obsessive about skin health (something that I’m sure those with acne can relate to) one of my favourite parts about my job is getting the chance to chat to experts in the world of skincare. From dermatologists and GPs to chemists and product developers, I love having the opportunity to pick the brains of people who are leading the way in their field. And while the access to all of that expertise is invaluable, there’s something that I’ve been wondering for a while: what skincare products do dermatologists genuinely rate enough to use on their own skin?

Of course, much like with beauty editors, recommendations are deeply personal—and so just because a skin expert uses something in their own routine, it doesn’t mean it will work for your skin, whether you have rosacea or eczema. But, even so, the journalist within me never passes up the chance to get a little personal. Ahead, I speak to five skincare experts to get their genuine recommendations. Consider this your dermatologist-approved skincare shopping list. 

1. The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum

2. Skinceuticals C E Ferulic 

3. Medik8 Crystal Retinal Serum 

4. Skin Proud Serious Shade Lightweight Hydrating SPF50+ Sun Serum

5. Harborist Balm-Gel Cleanser

6. SVR Sensifine Nutri-Baume 

7. CeraVe Moisturising Lotion

8. La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream

9. CeraVe Blemish Control Gel

Mica Ricketts

Mica Ricketts is a freelance beauty editor and contributor to Marie Claire. She has written for titles including Refinery29 and Who What Wear UK, and also works with beauty brands on content messaging and marketing copy. She was previously Who What Wear UK's beauty editor. As someone that has tried basically every acne product on the market, she has a particular passion for debunking skincare myths and finding products that work. Plus, with two small children at home she is all about time-saving beauty routines that boost glow and disguise dark circles.