Skin is the human body’s largest organ, and just like how the stomach may suffer from discomfort when something unhygienic is consumed, your skin will reflect your general wellbeing and can act up when it’s not being well cared of. But in addition to ensuring the skin is glowing from within by consuming the right food and beverage as well as getting plenty of high quality sleep, using the right skincare products is also important to safeguard and protect your skin so it’s just as nourished from the outside in.
Over the past few years, medical grade skincare has gained increasing attention and popularity thanks to its focus on specific medical conditions and needs, such as acne. According to Dr Ash Soni, a GMC registered Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and founder of The Soni Clinic, medical grade skincare means that there is more science behind the development of these products, which results in a higher quality, as compared to over the counter cosmetic skincare. Dr Soni explains that a common misconception is that medical grade products are harsher or stronger, which is not the case, as they actually work more effectively for patients with sensitive skin or those with certain skin issues. However, this is not to say certain cosmetic skincare can’t be just as effective for you. Here’s a list of the best medical as well as cosmetic products to invest in 2022, to help you navigate the maze of beauty and skincare.
Vitamin C Serums
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals, and promote collagen production that keeps the skin supple and hydrated. The trending ingredient can also brighten the skin by working against sun damage, evening out skin tone and reducing redness.
A personal favorite, the Obagi Professional-C Serums come at different potency and is recommended by many of the industry’s professionals. Natali Kelly, aesthetic practitioner and founder of Natali Kelly Clinic, is a fan: “Obagi develops scientifically backed formulations to promote healthy skin with over 30 years of clinically proven results. They use the highest quality ingredients in their most bio-available form, optimizing the concentrations and pH to ensure they deliver results.”
“This is my favorite antioxidant Vitamin C serum that I recommend to most of my patients.” Says Natali Kelly. “It is formulated with pure L-Ascorbic Acid to optimize efficacy, working to support new collagen production whilst also being effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and photoaging.”
One of the most popular Vitamin C serums on the market, the Good C Serum deploys Dr Barbara Sturm’s proprietary formulation of Vitamin C in an optimal concentration of 5% that’s stable, easily absorbed and gentle on the skin.
Recognized as one of Europe’s most skilled practitioners of cosmetic medicine and founder of The Prager Clinic, Dr Michael Prager developed his skincare line incorporating what he believes to be the most effective ingredients, with the star product being this anti-oxidant serum that prevents skin aging and helps to fade existing pigmentation.
Yes that’s right — SBTRCT, the brand championing high-performing, sustainable and solid skincare is launching the world’s first vitamin C serum in a bar. The new SBTRCT Vitamin C Booster with Rosehip Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, protecting against pollution and helping to reduce the impact of daily stressors.
Retinol is another shining star in the active ingredient sphere. A form of Vitamin A, Retinol is most known for being a potent ingredient that helps promote cell turnover to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and blemishes.
A concentrated facial cream with pure retinol by SkinCeuticals, the Retinol 0.3 helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, blemishes, and pores by accelerating cellular turnover.
A favorite retinoid-based product of Dr Soni, the AlphaRet Overnight Cream by Skinbetter Science features a unique ingredient that is made up of a retinoid combined with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that provides visible skin rejuvenation with little-to-no irritation, and is proven to improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and texture. Dr Sophie Shotter, UK’s leading medical aesthetic doctor and founder of Illuminate Skin Clinic, has also voiced her approval of the science-backed brand on her social media channel.
Founded by Awatif Mandour, qualified Cosmetic Pharmacist Practitioner and founder of Dermada Clinic, Dermada Skincare have been created using natural ingredients that are formulated in ways to ensure they are effective. Mandour explains: “The Overnight Retinol Repair contains Vitamin A to prevent premature aging, alongside Hamamelis Virginiana Flower Water, which also works as a barrier to improve the appearance of dry or dehydrated skin. Not only that, but it helps to counteract flaking, which is a common side effect of using retinol, ensuring the skin is smooth and hydrated after use.”
Facial cleanser plays an important role in skincare as it removes dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris from skin surfaces and pores.
Another personal favorite of mine, this CBD face cleanser by gender neutral skincare brand Fitish is effective and long-lasting with all the calming and soothing benefits of CBD.
111Skin may be known for the luxurious masks and treatments, however the brand also boasts a full spectrum of skincare products that combine top active ingredients with the founders’ in-depth knowledge in skincare and medical aesthetics. Incorporating the powerful brightening quality of vitamin C, the Vitamin C Brightening Cleanser is formulated to target and reduce pigmentation, discoloration and flushing while offering deep cleansing without drying out the skin.
A low-foaming facial cleanser for sensitive and normal skin, the science-driven formula by Haeckels offers exceptional cleansing without disturbing or removing the skins natural tonal balance.
Masks and Peels
Periodically, skin will benefit from deep cleansing, hydration or even chemical peels to refine pores, draw out impurities, increase skin suppleness, even out skin tone and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Peel2Glow is a 2-step at home peel kit that I was first made aware of by Dr Sophie Shotter. Despite its somewhat scary name “Peel”, the product is suitable for all skin types, requires no preparation and has zero downtime — perfect for beginners who want to have at-home peels that deliver radiant, bright and healthy skin – safely and effortlessly.
Technically not a mask in the traditional sense, this micro corrector by Luna Microcare forms part of a product line utilizing patented Micro Channel Patch technology and revolutionary formulations with clinically proven results. Simply peel off the stickers and patch the corrector on the dark spots/pigmentations before bed, and remove the patch the next day to reveal brightened and soothed skin.
Designed to soothe, support and strengthen stressed skin, this reformulated healing mask by 111Skin is infused with complexes that are inspired from wound-healing processes. The bio-cellulose body, initially used to treat burn victims, acts as a second skin that encourages deep penetration of ingredients.
Containing papain, bromelain enzymes, as well as glycolic acid, the Enzymatic Peel delivers both enzymatic and chemical exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. According to Natali Kelly of Natali Kelly clinic, the ZO Peel helps to smooth uneven, rough texture skin whilst improving the visible signs of sun damage: “As some exfoliants can leave the skin feeling dry and stripped, this is my go-to to ensure my patients skin remains hydrated.”
The Fresh Face Mask by Mimi Luzon is essentially a corrective and clearing mask providing active treatment for oily or problematic skin. The mask purifies, controls and removes excess oil from the skin, while exfoliating, and cleansing pores and comedones.