A skincare expert reveals her favourite product to tackle rosacea

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Everyone has that one beauty item they can’t live without. Here, we ask experts in the beauty business to share their secret weapon…

What’s your ride or die beauty product?

From an unsuspecting hair product that helps to get rid of tangles to an eyeshadow palette that never budges; everybody has that one product they can’t do without.

So, we asked some of the beauty industry’s leading experts about the one secret weapon in their beauty regimes - plus, their tips on how to use them. Here’s what they said…

  • Irene Forte, founder of Irene Forte Skincare, shares her tip for tackling rosacea


    “I’ve been obsessed with Pietro Simone Skincare’s Smoothing Scrub, £75, since [Simone] introduced me to it. I tend to get a bit of a rosacea and because of that, I have a few small bumps on my cheeks but I find that this scrub visibly clears it up. It contains three acids (lactic, mandelic and malic), along with the enzyme subtilisina, which together give a chemical peel effect to the skin minus the irritation. I’ve been using it one to two times per week for about six months now and I can’t travel without it.”

  • Ama Quashie, session manicurist and founder of Ama salon


    “My eyes have become sensitive over the years and lots of face creams would make them sting after a few months of use, no matter how careful I was to avoid them when moisturising. A make-up artist I was working with recommended Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, £20 for 75ml, which I’d seen on set. It’s the one moisturiser I know I can use that will never agitate my eyes while keeping my face dewy and supple. It’s also paraben-free, which is important to me. I apply it in the morning after I’ve washed my face and let it dry naturally.”

  • Dr Ewoma Ukeleghe, founder of Skndoctor London clinic


    “I love the wash-off Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish in Mocha, £29.95. I discovered it by chance about a year ago after a very lengthy Google search for body make-up suitable for darker skintones. I’m particularly self-conscious of the ‘strawberry appearance’ on my legs, including keratosis pilaris and dark hair follicles. But this product makes me look airbrushed and is dark enough for my skintone without a grey or ashy tone in sight. Exfoliate and moisturise thoroughly first then apply it with a self-tanning mitt for even coverage. It’s perfect for a night out or special event.”

  • Debbie Thomas, skincare expert and founder of the D. Thomas Clinic in London


    “I always use a vitamin A (retinol) product as I believe it’s the key to age management. Retinol is reparative but also preventative, meaning it’s not just about fixing a spot or reducing wrinkles – it’s primarily about prevention and keeping your skin healthy. I love Medik8’s r-Retinoate Intense, £210. The formula is eight times more powerful than other retinols, but with less irritation. I always advise using a vitamin A product every third night and stepping it up after a month if all goes well.”

  • Chanice Sienna, founder of BAMBROWS


    “I don’t wear a lot of make-up day-to-day but I do feel good when my eyebrows are groomed, so I’m always on the hunt for good brow products. I discovered Glossier Boy Brow in Clear, £14, two years ago, and I love it. The consistency is buildable and perfectly suited to all brow hair types. It’s also affordable and small, making it easy to carry around – and it lasts a long time. Brush it through brows in both directions to create a backcombed effect. This instantly adds texture to the hairs and helps them look fuller. Then brush the brows upwards to give them a groomed but natural finish.”

  • Make-up artist Hannah Martin shares her beauty kit essential


    “I can’t live without cream eyeshadow sticks. I’ve used lots in recent years but nothing excited me more than discovering the Beauty Pie Wondercolour Cream Eyeshadow Stick in En Taupe, £5.60*. The shade is just a little warmer than my natural lid colour, making it perfect to use as a base; it helps any powder I press on top stay put. If I’m in a rush, I scribble it on the bottom of my eyelid and blend it out with my ring finger. It’s easy, lasts all day and instantly makes me feel pulled together.”

  • Dr Sobia Ali, skin health doctor at Dr Nestor’s Medical Cosmetic Centre

    “I can’t get enough of Medik8 Retinol 10TR Advanced 1% Vitamin A Serum, £40. I find lower concentrations of retinol can’t give the same kind of noticeable results. However, for higher strength concentrations such as this, you should visit a skin health doctor before using. I discovered the benefits of it several years ago, during my medical training. Retinol is a highly effective, topical form of vitamin A. I love using it because it stimulates the production of collagen, improves skin’s elasticity and creates a smooth, plump and even complexion. It’s a multitasker that works incredibly hard.”

  • Nataliya Robinson, facialist and founder of Quantum Botanika


    “I first heard about Uriage Xémose Universal Emollient Cream, £14.29, because French dermatologists had been raving about it. It contains 10% shea butter – amazing for dry skin – as well as Uriage Thermal Water from the French Alps, so it’s loaded with mountain minerals that strengthen the skin barrier. Apply liberally to irritated areas of skin and let the formula work its magic overnight. You’ll benefit from it working alongside your body’s restoration process and you’ll see the results in the morning.”

  • Pamela Marshall, facialist and founder of clinic Mortar & Milk


    “The best product I’ve ever used on my skin is Exuviance Skinrise Bionic Tonic pads, £34. They contain polyhydroxy acids (PHAs), molecules small enough to pass the outermost layer of skin to work their magic deeper down. These clever water-loving molecules exfoliate the skin and deliver a moisture boost where it’s most needed and are paired with lactobionic, an antioxidant which reduces redness and irritation for sensitive skin. I swipe these pads over cleansed skin in the morning for an instant lit-from-within radiance.”

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