According to super-facialist Sarah Chapman, 'anti-ageing' is out. We are no longer looking for younger skin, but a brighter and more healthy complexion, with diminished dark circles. We are also seeking simplicity within our skincare: reliable, unpretentious products that simply get the job done. SPF is non-negotiable and sustainability is a definite plus. Here are the one-pot heroes that will keep skin supple, plump and protected throughout the warmer months.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Dynamic Defence SPF 15
Sarah Chapman has a 12-week waiting list at her Skinesis Clinic in Chelsea, and counts Meghan Markle and Victoria Beckham among clients (Markle visited the clinic during wedding preparations last year). For a daily dose of Chapman, try the dependable Dynamic Defence cream. This hero product is packed full of vitamins and omega-rich oils for a bright, dewy complexion, while protecting against pollution and UV rays. Complement at nighttime with the Overnight Facial Serum.
LixirSkin Good Skin Day Shaker
Slept in your make-up after a hot day by the BBQ? Repent your skin sins with the Good Skin Day Shaker, a small-but-mighty serum that yields the power to instantly depuff and smooth through a clever combination of hyaluronans and cooling algae. LixirSkin was founded by London-based French dermo-chemist Dr. Colette Haydon, out of a desire for streamlined, unpretentious products that work. The Lixirskin Vitamin C Paste is also a cult favourite, using vitamin C in its acid form to fight against free radicals and sun damage. It sold out within a week of launching on NET-A-PORTER and devoted fans include The Sunday Times Style columnist India Knight. The cool pink packaging is also undeniably chic; you’ll be itching to slide one of these sleek tubes from your handbag.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream SPF15
Charlotte Tilbury’s suitably coined Magic Cream needs no introduction. Tilbury first started using this wonder pot backstage when working on catwalk shows. Today, it is an enriching cult item, praised for its ability to instantly plump, hydrate and revive dehydrated or dull skin. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and smooths fine lines, supported by a cocktail of vitamin E, rose hip and omega-rich camellia oil. While the 100ml pot is worth investing in, Magic Cream also comes in a dinky, suitcase-friendly 30ml size.
Chenot Functional Cream
With four luxurious wellness centres across the world, the Chenot Method is favoured by the wealthy but certainly not for the fainthearted, offering an intense and results-driven detox programme within a five-star setting. The skincare range can be easily incorporated into your daily routine however, without cutting the carbs or cocktails. All of Chenot's products include the patented CHENOT COMPLEX ™, which is a potent, strengthening solution that both repairs and protects for a firm, smooth complexion.
From €100, chenot.com
Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF
Eve Lom, the king of cleansers, also does a cracking face cream too. For those seeking complete coverage, the oil-free Daily Protection SPF 50 offers unassailable defence against UVA and UB rays, while remaining light and fresh. It is made using a powerhouse of ingredients, including firming Paracress flower extract; wrinkle resistant vitamin B and six science-savvy sunscreens.