Her Skincare Secrets: An Interview with Dr Sharon Wong, The UKs Leading Dermatotrichologist

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

She started her career as a Consultation Dermatologist, helping you treat anything from eczema to acne and skin cancer. But her specialty is treating hair and scalp disorders.

Fun fact: in 2017, she achieved the world record for delivering the largest hair science lecture as part of the inaugural World Afro Day. A year later, she got involved with the Get Ahead of Hair Loss charity to raise awareness.

But what does Dr Wong use on her skin? In this interview, she shares her skincare routine, the products she can’t live without and her top tips for clear, younger-looking skin:

1. When did you become interested in skincare?

I have lived with eczema since I was a baby so skincare has always been of personal interest to me from the start. I quickly realised how important skincare is in controlling the eczema and keeping flares at bay. I also experienced on many occasions just how miserable the condition can make you feel and the impact skin disease has on your overall wellbeing.

2. What’s your skincare routine like?

Simple. It’s so easy for skincare to be unnecessarily complicated.

In the morning I wash my face with a soap-free cleanser, followed by an anti- oxidant serum, sunscreen and then a tinted moisturiser before I apply make up.

In the evening I use micellar water to remove make-up, wash with soap-free cleanser, followed by a topical retinoid and then moisturiser before bed, with an additional boost of hyaluronic acid serum during winter months.

3. If you could only use three skincare products for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Moisturiser: La Roche Posay Lipikar BaumeRetinoid: La Roche Posay Redermic RAnti-oxidants: Skinceuticals Phloretin CF

4. What are your fave skincare brands and why?

All 3 brands are affordable with an excellent range of products. No fads and no frills, just quality products containing scientifically proven and well- researched active ingredients.

6. What skincare treatments do you regularly have done?

I apply a lactic acid product once a week instead of retinoid as a chemical exfoliant.

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