As a part of my job as a beauty editor and journalist, I spend a big chunk of my day talking to skin experts, from aestheticians to consultant dermatologists. As a result, it’s safe to say that I have absorbed a whole lot of skincare know-how. And with that being said, I don’t believe in extensive skincare routines—partly because I’m lazy, but mostly because I have yet to find a medical expert who believes that applying more than four or five products to your face at any one time is better for your skin. In fact, over the years I have settled on just four ingredients that I know my skincare routine can’t be without.
As long as I have vitamins A (retinol), B (niacinamide) and C in my routine (topped off with a healthy layer of SPF in the morning), I’m good to go. And I know I’m on the right track because experts have taught me all that I know. Dr. Andrew Markey, world-renowned dermatologist and Beauty Pie’s consultant dermatologist in residence, says, “There are three skincare ingredients that work beautifully together to help slow down the ageing process, and conveniently, they just so happen to be called A, B and C. Once you add suncare to the ABC, you have the core of what you should be looking for in a great skincare routine.” (Dr Markey has a six-week ABC challenge that he swears by for great skin.)
You see, retinol promotes cell turnover, which helps keep my skin looking fresh and alive so that new, fresh skin comes to the surface more quickly. Niacinamide, on the other hand, keeps my pores in check and soothes any irritation, while vitamin C boosts glow and helps my skin fend off damage caused by environmental aggressors such as pollution and UV rays. Top that off with my number-one skincare must-have, SPF, which protects my skin against ageing and sun damage, and I have the perfect recipe for healthy skin.
The downside is that these powerful actives can be expensive. While single-ingredient serums might seem more affordable at first, quite often they aren’t formulated with all the hydrating ingredients that your skin also needs to maintain optimum health. Personally, I prefer my skincare products to be formulated to contain superstar ingredients that work in unison—and that’s why Beauty Pie is my go-to.
Beauty Pie offers high-end skincare for a fraction of its typical price (you can sign up for a membership starting at £5 a month to access seriousdiscounts), which means I can give my skin everything it needs without breaking the bank. Keep scrolling to discover the dermatologist-approved Beauty Pie skincare buys I swear by.
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