Dermatologist must-buys

We were surprised on a visit to a new dermatologist last year to find that her recommendations left out all the major beauty brands.  Instead, they were medical-grade brands that she told us worked effectively without the additional ingredients (like perfumes) that many beauty companies add in.  We’ve tried all of these and they really do work, plus whilst some of them are expensive, they are on the whole a lot cheaper than the more pricey luxury beauty creams we already had in our bathroom.

The key recommendation given was that we should be using a retinol at night, a vitamin C serum in the morning with a moisturiser and without fail, an SPF during the day – and no, the 30SPF in our foundation wasn’t enough.  (Please do bear in mind that we are in our 40s and that if your skin is sensitive, you might need to patch test these products first). Here are our top picks:

We found this Medik8 Retinol very gentle but effective (we could use it every night but actually we put it on around 3 out of 7 nights a week), £135 from LookFantastic

The most expensive of this group but it really does give us smoother, fresher-looking skin. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Vitamin C for normal skin, £140 from LookFantastic

OR try the cheaper Medik8 Vitamin C-tetra Serum which still has great results too, £35 from LookFantastic (take 10% off with the code BEAUTY10)

Elta MD suncream is sheer, light and really does feel like it disappears into your skin.  If you don’t like the feeling of wearing sunscreen, then this is definitely for you. £42 from Amazon

OR the fluid Heliocare suncream – another very light but does-the-trick everyday suncream, £25 from Amazon


A favourite with dermatologists, this moisturiser from Obagi has no irritants and is hypoallergenic, £45 from SkinAddict

OR this soothing prebiotic moisturiser from their brilliant Toleriane range. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive Moisturiser, £16.50 from LookFantastic (Save a further 10% with the code BEAUTY10)

Dermatologist must-buys
— Francesca
10th June 2020

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