Skincare: what the dermatologists use
July 22, 2014 | By:
These four leading skincare experts certainly know a thing or two about beauty, but what’s on their own bathroom shelves? They each reveal their five go-to products. By Fiona Embleton

Our expert panel of dermatologists reveal what they really put on their skin. Photo from Corbis


Dr Sam Bunting

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A cosmetic dermatologist with a private practice on Harley Street specialising in both medical and cosmetic treatments (tel: 020 7467 8493; drsambunting.com). She is also a presenter on TLC’s Extreme Beauty Disasters.

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel, £12

“This is packed with thermal spa water and hypo-allergenic. It gently but effectively removes make-up and excess sebum, without disturbing the barrier function of my skin. So my face never feels sensitized or looks red and taut afterwards.”

Retin-A (on prescription)

“If you take skincare seriously in your 50s, use a cream containing retinoic acid. It’s the highest strength retinoid (vitamin A derivative) and can only be obtained on prescription but it’s proven to improve the look of wrinkles and successfully treat adult acne. I want to prevent lines and breakouts at the same time, so this is my desert island product. I use it overnight and apply sunscreen during the day as it can make skin more sun sensitive.”

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF50 Sunscreen, $30

“This is my best new find of the year. It’s matte, non pore-clogging and mineral-based. The high percentage of zinc oxide alone makes it worth the extra effort as this ingredient gives brilliant protection against ageing UVA rays. It sits really well under make-up, too. MD Solar Sciences also offers a tinted version for lazy weekends when you want to skip foundation. It’s available for shipping from the US.”

Dolce and Gabbana Creamy Foundation in Classic, £35.50

“Simply amazing! I like my skin to look dewy, and this foundation achieves that but still has excellent coverage for disguising any imperfections. It’s the first foundation I’ve used right down to the very bottom of the beautiful glass jar with the intention of buying more ASAP!”

Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil in Dark Brunette, £21

“Adding definition to my brows with a pencil may be a subtle tweak but it makes a big impact. Try it and see the lift it gives to your face. This brow pencil is the perfect shade to match my brow hair and has just the right texture to build up brows stroke by stroke for a really healthy, youthful look.”

Dr Frances Prenna Jones

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A cosmetic doctor and facialist to Kate Moss, with a practice located in Mayfair, central London (tel: 020 7499 3848). She offers all forms of clinical, holistic and therapeutic treatments.

Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Airbrush Foundation in 02, £36

“I have this foundation on standby for days when my skin needs a lift. It always leaves my face looking fresh not cakey – which is key for me when choosing foundation. I don’t use a brush to apply it – I prefer using my fingers as the heat from the massage helps the formula melt into my skin for more natural results.”

Frances Prenna Jones Formula 2006, £95

“I’m a huge advocate of choosing products with antioxidants, especially if you live or work in a city. They’re the best way of protecting against skin-dulling, ageing pollutants. In the morning, I put on this antioxidant-rich toner, apply sunscreen on top and that’s it!

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Nude Kate, £23

“It’s the perfect everyday nude. The formula is moisturising and contains the same light-reflecting pigments you find in foundation to blur away fine lines.”

Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly, £2.29

“I apply it around my eyes before going to sleep to fight dehydration lines. For me, it’s more soothing than traditional eye creams, which can cause irritation and puffiness. And it gives the dry, delicate skin here a massive injection of moisture.”

Blink Eyebrow Pencil in Cinnamon Spice, £13

“I love this eyebrow pencil because it’s wax based, meaning it’s really easy to apply in fine strokes. It also comes with a brush so I can blend it into my brows without any tell-tale pencil lines.”

Dr Tracy Mountford

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The founder and medical director of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic on Harley Street (tel: 01753 646660). She has over 26 years’ experience in advanced non-surgical rejuvenation techniques.

bareMinerals Mineral Veil in Tinted, £20

“I use this very fine powder as the finishing touch to my make-up. It mattifies but still gives my skin a lovely sheen and absorbs any oil. I like how the warm shade brings a subtle touch of colour to my fair skin.”

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, £8.99

“Skin gets drier with age and many cleansers can strip the skin of its naturally hydrating oils. I really rate this soap-free cleanser for daily use because it’s pH balanced and won’t dehydrate your skin.”

Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, £67

“Lashes get sparser with age but I’m a big believer that eyelash extensions look too contrived on women over 50. Instead, I use an eyelash conditioner to help stimulate the growth of my natural lashes. The look is so much more natural and flattering – and it means I only need to tint my eyelashes to create a perfect finish.”

Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in No11 Tangerine, £33

“The colour actually looks really subtle when on and gives my face an immediate lift. The pigment is stunning and the texture immediately feels luxurious and hydrating.’”

Obagi Elastiderm Eye Cream (prescription)

“Eyes are where the signs of ageing really show up so it’s really important to treat this area with a separate cream to ensure under-eye lines don’t deepen. I love this eye cream because it contains elastin, so when you smile your skin snaps back more efficiently rather than sagging and looking crepey.”

Dr Susan Mayou

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Consultant dermatologist with a special interest in paediatric and cosmetic dermatology. She is co-founder and secretary of the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group and is currently Consultant Dermatologist at London’s Cadogan Clinic and Cromwell Hospital (tel: 0808 250 6827).

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Natural, £28

“As a dermatologist I shouldn’t have a real tan so I stay out of the sun. This next-to-natural bronzing powder looks exactly like the real thing and gives my fair skin a bit of colour in the summer months.”

Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara in Black, £22.50

“My all-time favourite volumising mascara, thanks largely to the super-sized brush. I love how it gives me thicker, fuller-looking lashes for evenings out.”

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution Skin Cleanser, from £4.50

“This is a wonderfully refreshing, multi-tasking all-in-one cleanser, make-up remover and toner. Best of all, it’s fragrance and alcohol-free so even those who experience high colour and sensitivity will be able to use it. The solution is no-rinse so I use it to soak a cotton pad, then cleanse my face and eyes morning and night.”

La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Dry Face Cream, £15.50

“This is such an effective moisturiser for dry skin – and all for a really purse-friendly price. Even though it’s thoroughly hydrating, the texture is fine and doesn’t feel greasy on my skin.”

SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Acid, £129

“All anti-ageing regimes need a protective antioxidant serum. This has one of the most powerful blends out there: a combination of vitamins C, E and ferulic acid. The hydrating texture is also perfect for dryer, ageing skin types.”

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