Itâ€™s in these moments that we call on the help of an expert dermatologist. Namely, London-based cosmetic dermatologist Sam Bunting. Sheâ€™s a veritable hive of skincare advice (her YouTube channel is a testament to that) who treats all manner of complexion concernsâ€”from melasma to acne and rosacea. We asked her, â€œIf you had to choose just three skincare brands to recommend, what would they be?â€ Keep reading to see the ones that made the cut.
â€œItâ€™s a French pharmacy brand thatâ€™s my go-to for sensitive skin,â€ Bunting says. â€œThe Tolerance Extreme range is wonderful. It has a specially designed packaging system that avoids the need for preservatives in the formulation. Itâ€™s fragrance-free and non-clogging too, so itâ€™s perfect for acne-prone yet reactive skin.
This one is so much more than a face mist. The silica-rich spray promises to smooth sunburns, razor burns and even parched complexions. Use it post-cleansing and your skin will feel instantly hydrated.
Safeguard summer skin with this high-protection SPF. The feather-light formula melts down to a matte, non-sticky finish and the dose of spring water tops up skinâ€™s moisture stores.
This rich body lotion promises to help even the angriest, itchiest skin chill out. Its cooling formula is definitely worth trying for anyone who has eczema or sunburns.
â€œThis U.S. brand is my absolute go-to for sunscreens,â€ says Bunting. â€œThe products are incredibly well formulated and contain my favorite ingredientâ€”zinc oxideâ€”at good percentages. Think more than 5%.
â€œItâ€™s fragrance-free, non-clogging, and a real game-changer for acne-prone skin. Its UV Clear is particularly goodâ€”the niacinamide in the formulation means it actively helps with acne and pigmentation. And its UV Sport SPF 50 is fab for active types in summer because of its water-resistant, non-stinging formulation,â€ she says.
This ultra-frothy, creamy foam cleanser boasts a pH-balanced formula meant to gently cleanse sensitive skin. No drying, irritation, or drama required.
This one was designed specifically for very dry and post-procedure skin. The silky slip of a cream offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection in tandem with a welcome moisture boost, according to the brand.
Elta MDâ€™s facial sun cream contains hyaluronic and lactic acids to calm and hydrate sensitive skin types. It also contains plenty of antioxidants meant to absorb many of the free radicals that attack the skin every day.
â€œThe prescription-grade Nuderm skincare system has been part of my practice for many years,â€ Bunting tells us. â€œItâ€™s great for managing the changes associated with sun damage and, in particular, for treating melasma and pigmentation associated with acne. It also produces one of my all-time favorite moisturizers, Hydrate ($52), which is an extremely versatile and cosmetically elegant product.â€
â€œCossetingâ€ is the one word weâ€™d use to describe this cream. It feels as rich as the name implies and promises to plump fine lines, improve elasticity, and dial up radiance.
Bunting says this product â€œproduces a well-priced range of vitamin C serums at strengths which are known to be effective in tackling the key signs of aging.â€ This concentrated blend harnesses 10% vitamin C in its formula.
Cleansers donâ€™t get much more low impact than this one. Yes, it does its job, but once youâ€™ve washed the remnants down the sink, you would never have known it was there. Thatâ€™s the sign of a good cleanser.
Bookmark this handy list so that next time youâ€™re feeling a little overwhelmed by your skincare choices, you know exactly where to head first.
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