The Skincare Brands Dermatologists Swear By |
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What do you get when you combine a degree in dermatology with access to some of the best research in the world? No wrinkles, for starters. Spending their lives and careers advising the public on what skincare rules and regimes to follow, dermatologists are a wealth of beauty knowledge, with solutions on hand for myriad skin issues – including fine lines and adult acne. Want in on their secrets? Keep scrolling to discover the six brands dermatologists prescribe to their patients and even use on their own skin. You can thank us later...


Bridging the gap between beauty and science, South African brand Environ champions the anti-ageing benefits of vitamin A. Designed by a world-renowned aesthetic surgeon, the powerful formulas – spanning serums to masks – are packed with active vitamins, antioxidants and peptides to protect and rejuvenate skin, whether sun damage or acne are your skincare woes. You’ll need a short skin analysis consultation prior to purchasing (currently available at Harvey Nichols or Environ’s flagship salon, Skin3, in Swiss Cottage) and the products also come graded in levels, so you can easily upgrade when you’re looking to up your anti-ageing ante. Boasting A-list fans such as Elle Macpherson and Naomi Watts, Environ won’t disappoint.

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The brainchild of two dermatologists (the duo are the creators and patent holders of the world’s first glycolic peel and laid claim to the skin-rejuvenating powers of acids), NeoStrata’s science-backed line-up is all about exfoliation. But forget your average grain-based scrub – brimming with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), the brand’s products work hard to boost cell turnover, which in turn can solve many skin problems, including dryness, blemishes, sun damage and discolouration. NeoStrata is also one of the only skincare brands to offer AHA-based SPFs. Wondering where to start? The Smooth Surface Daily Peel, £54.78, is a beauty editor favourite, while the Skin Active range is an anti-ageing bestseller and beloved by the likes of Poppy Delevingne and Ellie Goulding.

The range is stocked on as well as in clinics and spas nationwide.



Also under the NeoStrata umbrella is Exuviance, whose results-driven, botanical-based products are forever scooping industry awards and it’s not hard to see why. The entire range is clinically proven to dramatically transform all skin types and whether you’re looking to promote a healthier skin barrier, unblock pores, manage acne-prone skin or reduce age spots, the collection has you covered. Bestsellers include the Sheer Daily Protector, £36.55, and the Deep Hydration Treatment, £46.23. 

The range is stocked on as well as in clinics and spas nationwide.

Deep Hydration Treatment, £41.89 (was £43)
Collagen Triple Boost Serum, £32.99 (was £49) 
Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50, £29.89 (was £40)



For anti-ageing products that pack a real punch, look no further than British brand Medik8. Handmade in small batches for ultimate potency, the surprisingly affordable range is specially designed for sensitive skin. Beauty junkies rave about the game-changing Retinol 3TR, £33 – produced in collaboration with a Korean super-lab, it works deep down in the nuclei of skin cells to supercharge collagen production. Also try the CE-Tetra Serum, £63, one of the most potent vitamin C serums on the beauty shelves.

Initially only available via dermatologists, the range can now be found in skin and medi-clinics across the UK as well as on



The go-to for renowned dermatologists such as Dr Sam Bunting and The PHI Clinic’s Dr Benji Dhillon, as well as plastic surgeons worldwide, Obagi’s prescription-strength products are designed to boost skin health while dramatically improving the typical signs of ageing – spanning everything from photo-damage and hyperpigmentation to fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re plagued with sun damage, freckles or age spots, make a bee-line for Obagi; try starting with the Professional C Serum, £64.50 – use before your regular moisturiser for results and then some, but for best results for serious skin woes, consult a skincare specialist for a bespoke course. 

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Based around the fundamentals of a skincare regime – prevention, correction and protection – SkinCeutical’s science-backed products take a three-pronged attack on anti-ageing. Hero products include the radiance-boosting CE Ferulic serum, £129 (it even comes in a dark glass bottle to keep it stable and at its most potent) and the hot-off-the-press H.A. Intensifier, £82.95, which supercharges the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels for a plumped-up complexion. And not to mention the brand’s award-winning range of mineral-based SPFs, beloved by A-listers the world over.

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C E Ferulic, £129
H.A. Intensifier, £82.95
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