My Celebrity Life

The “Boring” Skincare Products That Work

A little disclaimer before we get started: despite the fact that my job involves testing hundreds of beauty products each year to decipher which ones are genuinely good and which are a case of the emperor’s new clothes, I am still not immune to the buzz surrounding a trending beauty product. In fact, one of the biggest joys of my job is getting to test out the most talked-about new beauty launches—you know, the ones that are currently saturating your Instagram feed – to find out whether they actually work. However, while there are plenty of beauty products that are undoubtedly worth the hype (Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, I’m looking at you) there are plenty more instances when a new release turns out to be a whole lot of nice packaging and not much else.

In fact, if you ask any dermatologist which buzzy beauty products you should be incorporating into your skincare routine they’ll be pretty unanimous in their response—forget them. Instead, there are a whole host of basic products that skin experts consistently recommend for healthy skin. Yes, they might seem a little boring in comparison to the glittery face masks and colourful under-eye patches dominating your TikTok feed but, trust me, these products always work.

Ahead, I’ve rounded up the skincare products that dermatologists always recommend to me when I ask for their expert tips. We’re focusing on the three key products that you need for healthy skin—cleanser, moisturiser and SPF—as your active ingredients and fancy serums can be layered in once you’ve got the fundamentals in place. Plus, to make things a little easier, I’ve separated each product into sensitive, normal to dry, and combination to oily categories so you can find what works for you. Keep scrolling for the best basic skincare shopping list. (Trust me—your skin can thank me later.)


Sensitive Skin

My Celebrity Life – La RochePosay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser

Turns out, a lot of recommendations on this list will come courtesy of French skincare brands like La Roche-Posay because across the Channel they excel in hard-working, pharmacy-led products. When experiencing any skin issues, dermatologists always recommend that you go go right back to basics with your products and this cleanser fits the bill. Containing just a few ingredients, it gently cleanses and removes makeup without causing discomfort or dryness.

My Celebrity Life – Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

It might not look particularly exciting but this is probably the cleanser that I am most consistently recommended by dermatologists. It’s totally free from soap and fragrance—two common skin irritants—and it works to match your skin’s natural pH level to keep it healthy and calm.

Normal to Dry Skin

My Celebrity Life – CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

A deeply hydrating cleanser is a great option containing a combination of ceramides and hyaluronic acid to leave skin soothed and protected.

My Celebrity Life – Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser

This gently foaming cleanser contains apricot kernel oil and vitamin E to moisturise and soften the skin.

For Combination to Oily Skin

My Celebrity Life – Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel
Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel

We live in a world where everyone wants glowy skin and, as such, gel cleansers are often dismissed as being too mattifying or stripping for the skin. However, as an oily-skinned person, I can personally attest to the fact that every single time I’ve visited a dermatologist they have always recommended that I use a gel formulation to cleanse. This one from French brand Avène leaves skin purified without feeling stripped.

My Celebrity Life – SkinCeuticals Simply Clean Gel
SkinCeuticals Simply Clean Gel

This gel cleanser gently exfoliates the skin while cleansing—ideal for oilier skin types who want to encourage skin cell turnover to prevent congestion and blocked pores.



For sensitive skin:

My Celebrity Life – La RochePosay Toleriane Sensitive Moisturiser
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive Moisturiser

This basic daily moisturiser is ultra-gentle and actually helps to reduce skin sensitivity over time and with continued use.

My Celebrity Life – Avène Skin Recovery Cream
Avène Skin Recovery Cream

Dermatologists consistently recommend this moisturiser for occasions when your skin barrier might have been compromised. I personally reach for this when I’ve been overusing exfoliating treatments and acids as it’s so soothing.

For normal to dry skin:

My Celebrity Life – CeraVe Moisturising Cream
CeraVe Moisturising Cream

This hydration-rich moisturiser is like a glass of water for dry skin. It locks in hydration without any hint of greasiness and is loved by derms and beauty editors alike.

My Celebrity Life – Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser

We often look to France for our basic skincare products but Neutrogena is an overlooked brand that dermatologists often recommend if you’re seeking budget-friendly products. This moisturiser has a lovely, lightweight texture that keeps skin quenched throughout the day.

For combination to oily skin:

My Celebrity Life – Paulas Choice Clear Moisturiser SPF30
Paula’s Choice Clear Moisturiser SPF30

Paula’s Choice is a brand often recommended by dermatologists for its active ingredients but this lightweight moisturising fluid contains vitamin-rich plant extracts to gently hydrate oilier complexions without clogging pores.

My Celebrity Life – Bioderma Sebium Hydra
Bioderma Sebium Hydra

A couple of years ago I was prescribed a retinoid treatment for my acne and the dermatologist recommended that I use this moisturiser alongside. It’s specially designed to offset any imbalances that your skin might experience short-term from harsher skin treatments like retinoids or Roaccutane.


For sensitive skin:

My Celebrity Life – Bioderma Photoderm Max Cream SPF50+
Bioderma Photoderm Max Cream SPF50+

Bioderma are probably best known for their cult micellar water but skin experts love this basic skincare brand for their sun protection. This one is totally free from fragrance and parabens so it’s great for sensitive skin.

My Celebrity Life – Avène Very High Protection BProtect SPF 50+
Avène Very High Protection B-Protect SPF 50+

Not only is this SPF created especially for sensitive skin but it contains microencapsulated pigments that release on application to add a little glow to your complexion.

For normal to dry skin:

My Celebrity Life – SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial UV Defense SPF50 Sunscreen Protection
SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial UV Defense SPF50 Sunscreen Protection

Science-led brand SkinCeuticals is loved by dermatologists and this high broad spectrum SPF is a brilliant option for all skin types.

My Celebrity Life – CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 25
CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 25

Skip a step and use this basic product as your moisturiser and SPF combined.

For combination to oily skin:

My Celebrity Life – Eucerin Oil Control Face Protection SPF 50+
Eucerin Oil Control Face Protection SPF 50+

I’m guilty of skipping SPF for many years due to traditional formulations clogging my pores and exacerbating breakouts. A dermatologist recommended me this oil control version a few years ago and I’ve never looked back.

My Celebrity Life – La RochePosay Anthelios UltraLight Invisible Fluid Sun Cream SPF50+
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid Sun Cream SPF50+

This SPF is so lightweight in texture that you won’t even realise you have any on. I love it for layering beneath makeup. Next up, I’m in my 30s and all of my friends swear by these beauty products.

Credit: Original article published here.

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