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With so many skincare brands on the market, it’s hard to know where to start. With a hard-working team of skincare fanatics at Beauty Answers HQ, we’ve tried and tested some of the biggest and best brands out there, so you don’t have to.
What should I look for when buying skincare?
The main thing to consider when looking for a new skincare product is your type of skin. A product suitable for oily skin may not work as effectively on dry or sensitive skin. Another thing to consider is the ingredients, as you may want more or less of a certain ingredient depending on the results you want to achieve. It’s worth doing your research before making a purchase to be sure you’re buying the product that is best for you. We would also always recommend doing a patch test before adding a new product to your routine, just to be sure you don’t have any adverse reactions to it. Our motto: always better to be safe than sorry.
Which skincare brands are the best?
Here’s just a few of our go-to skincare brands that have been filling up the Beauty Answers HQ’s cupboards…
Hoping to become the most sustainable luxury skin wellness brand, Elemis create some of the best face and body skincare products available. Used in spa’s worldwide, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d have heard or seen the brand. Their Pro-Collagen cleansing balm is loved by beauty professionals everywhere due to its ability to cleanse and nourish skin. This is our go-to cleanser to help easily remove make-up and hydrate the skin.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 100g
Catering for a variety of skin types, The Ordinary not only produce great products, but they’re purse-friendly, too. If simple, straight-to-the-point products is what you’re looking for, The Ordinary is for you. We love their Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – it helps to counteract dark circles and puffiness – perfect for those mornings after the night before..
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Developed by skin therapists and experts, Dermalogica is the number one professional skincare brand in the UK and Ireland, so it’s no wonder its made our list. Complete with a collection of primers, cleansers, toners, boosters and more, they cater for all skin types. If you’re looking for a new toner to add to your collection then I swear by their Multi-Active Toner. It helps to hydrate and refresh the skin before moisturising.
Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
Scientifically formulated to respect, restore and strengthen the skin barrier for healthier, more radiant, younger looking skin, Kiehls started back in 1851 with their old-world apothecary. More than 170 years later, they produce some of the most raved about products including moisturisers, cleansers and serums, plus a range designed specifically for men’s skin. We love their Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash which rinses impurities without stripping the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Perfect for those with normal to oily skin.
Kiehls Calendula Deep Cleaning Foaming Face Wash
Only launching in 2006, The CeraVe brand has had a considerable impact on the market in a very short space of time. Their 3 launch products: a moisturising cream, moisturising lotion and cleanser took the beauty-world by storm. CeraVe products are developed by dermatologists and enriched with essential ingredients including ceramides 1, 3 and 6-11 and fatty acids which help to repair and strengthen the skin. Many people with eczema or acne-prone skin opt for CeraVe over other products on the market due to their exacting formulation. If you struggle with dry, rough & bumpy skin, their SA Smoothing Cleanser with Salicylic Acid is definitely the one for you.
CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser with Salicylic Acid for Dry, Rough & Bumpy Skin
The number one dermatologist-recommended brand in the UK, La Roche-Posay’s collection of sun protection is a cult favourite. Complete with products for sensitive or blemish-prone skin, plus cleansers, make-up and even products so gentle that they’re suitable for babies, it’s no wonder they’ve made our list. Our top recommendation is the Anthelios UVMune 400 invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream. Suitable for sensitive skin, resistant to sand, water and sweat, non sticky, non-greasy and high protection, it’s a no brainer.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream