More often than not, formulas include potent actives at levels that actually work, they are backed by proven science, and promote healthy skin all round. Read on to discover five fab doctor owned brands we know you’ll want to try…
Famed for her no-nonsense approach to beauty, leading cosmetic dermatologist, Dr Sam Bunting’s brand is no different. The go-to guru for grown-up women with blemish-prone skin who are also concerned with the first signs of ageing, Bunting channelled her expertise into creating an affordable, premium-feel cosmeceutical skincare system to tackle this common concern. So, for anyone with blemishes, bumps and clogged pores, as well as fine lines, uneven skin tone and dullness, Dr Sam’s active-packed yet gentle line is worth a try.
Our hero buy: Flawless Nightly Eye
Yes, you can use retinoids around the eyes, and this unique serum contains supped up granactive retinoid. A highly-advanced form of retinoid, it performs far better against signs of ageing than well-known retinol, retinyl palmitate, and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid. The creamy, yet light serum also contains niacinamide and vitamin C to smooth lines, brighten and restore the skin barrier function too.
Dr David Jack London
A firm believer in a 360-degree approach to skincare, renowned Harley Street aesthetic doctor, David Jack has created a simple yet effective three-step skincare regime and oral supplements line that supports the skin from the inside out.
In stark contrast to the trend for multi-step skincare routines, Dr. David Jack’s skincare offering is made up of only three steps – though you’ll need a cleanser from elsewhere – a serum and moisturiser with SPF to be used in the morning and a cream for the night. This less is more approach mirrors his overall approach to aesthetics, as this doctor who has a background in plastic surgery and burns is well known and respected for his less is more approach.
Youth-boosting, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant rich, the skincare is designed for all skin types and tones and contains three core actives. niacinamide, glutathione and a unique hyaluronic acid complex that includes a patented glycoprotein-rich synthetic vegan snail-slime. These, believes Dr Jack, treat all major skin concerns including premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, acne, collagen loss, inflammation and redness, barrier damage and changes to the skin microbiome.
Our hero buy: All Day Long Daily Moisturiser with SPF50
This protective daily moisturiser features a photo-stable SPF50 sunscreen that prevents damage from UVB and UVA rays, as well as blue light emitted by smartphones and screens, counteracting the primary causes of premature ageing. Not only that it wards off inflammation, soothes skin, reduces the breakdown of all types of collagen and boosts hydration by way of a cutting edge hyaluronic acid complex.
MZ SkinOur hero buy: Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum
Yes, the packaging is luxe and Instagram worthy, but that not where the allure ends; the formulas are equally as covetable as the pretty pink, and gold accented containers. Founded by Oculoplastic Surgeon Dr Maryam Zamani, MZ Skin formulas are results-driven buys rooted in medical science with clinically-proven actives to back-up performance claims. From serums, and eye creams, to masks, moistrisers and cleansers – formulas are ‘clean’, containing no parabens, sulfates, silicone or mineral oils, and target everything from acne and redness to pigmentation and lines and wrinkles. And like any aesthetic doctor worth their salt, Zamani believes in streamlined regimes that focus on tried and true ingredients used consistently for the best results.
A super-charged, highly concentrated hyaluronic acid serum that features a whooping five types of hyaluronic acid. These are tag teamed with snow and reishi mushrooms, brimming with anti-inflammatory benefits that help reduce redness, irritation and even scarring. So expect a stronger barrier and plump, hydrated glowing skin.
ZO Skin Health
World-renowned dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi pushes the boundaries of medical-grade skincare. With a focus on creating and maintaining healthy skin regardless of age, ethnicity, skin condition or skin type, Dr Obagi’s line is packed full of cutting-edge results driven solutions. Acne and oil control are a big focus, as is inflammaging.
A low-grade asymptomatic condition, chronic inflammation caused by the accumulation of free radical damage kick starts dehydration, sagging, uneven skin tone, and lines and wrinkles. This is because inflammaging impairs the protective barrier function, triggers pigmentation and leads to a loss of collagen elastin and hyaluronic acid. However, the brand offers exclusive ingredients to tackle these issues.
Our hero buy: ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense
Made to be used both morning and night, this light serum that’s suitable for all skin types and tones is a major game changer in the fight against inflammaging. Exclusive to ZO, the ZPOLY™ complex is a plant-derived polysaccharide complex of brown seaweed extract, prickly pear stem cell extract, mushroom, and larch tree that provides powerful prevention by minimising the expression of Caspase 1, a key protein responsible for inflammaging. It also accelerates barrier repair to fortify skin against future external and internal stressors that cause premature ageing. It also boosts hydration after a single application to immediately revive dehydrated and dull skin. And it doesn’t end there, Vitamins A and E plus ZO-RRS2® – a combination of edelweiss, white horehound and meristem cell cultures – provide powerful antioxidant protection, neutralising oxidative stress and minimising inflammation to prevent future skin damage. While enzyme extracts Micrococcus lysate, and arabidopsis thaliana enhance and shorten natural cellular repair to ensure optimum skin health, and an Omega-6 ceramide replenishes lipids and helps restore skin barrier function.
What happens when leading space scientists and a world renowned plastic surgeon – Dr Yannis Alexandrides – join forces? A best-selling skincare brand, that’s what. Loved by A-listers, 111Skin boasts a roster of impressive actives, but the one that started it all is the patented NAC Y2. A derivative of amino acid L-cysteine, it’s a powerful ingredient thanks to its high antioxidant content, helping to improve resilience, protect from environmental aggressors, brighten the complexion, and rejuvenate skin. NAC Y2 can be found throughout the entire Reparative range, but that’s not where the impressive innovation ends. Everything from ampules, serums, creams, masks and even supplements are laced with potent ingredients like vitamin C, hyluaronic acid, retinol, peptides and much more.
Our hero buy: Y Theorem Repair Serum NAC Y2
This hero serum created by Dr. Alexandrides was the inspiration behind the creation of 111Skin. Originally used to treat skin post-surgery, the restorative effects of the Repair Serum aid in reducing redness and soothing irritated skin, while providing skin with the optimum conditions for enhanced collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production. Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, and skin is left plump and rejuvenated.