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    A Dermatologist Told Us What We Actually Needed To Do For Our Skin And This Is What Happened

    What's better, lots of expensive products or a professionally prescribed routine of high-street products?

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    Always consult a doctor before trying new skin products or changing your skincare routine.

    A dermatologist is someone you only see as a last resort, right?

    At least, that's the attitude most people have in the UK. However, in many other countries it's common practice to see a dermatologist as regularly as you see your dentist.

    We wanted to see if following skincare routines individually prescribed to us by a dermatologist would work better than our current self-prescribed and rather elaborate routines.

    All of us have relatively mild issues with our skin, so our experiences will have been very different to those of many people who see a dermatologist. We wanted to see if this is something that is a worthwhile investment for those whose lives aren't disrupted by skin problems, but who no longer want to spend hundreds of pounds on products that do not work for them.

    Ben and Ellie

    Ben: I wash my face in either the morning or evening, sometimes both, using the Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Cleanser. A couple of times a week I follow that up with Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Toner, and finish off with Kiehl's Oil Eliminator Lotion. I've also recently bought the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask, which I try to do twice a week but realistically only usually get round to once.

    Total Cost: £99

    Ellie: At the moment I use a cleansing balm (Lush Ultrabland) to remove my makeup at night and then cleanse again with a simple cream cleanser and my Clarisonic. I follow up with Pixi Glow Tonic, a serum, and a heavy moisturiser. I don't do anything to my skin in the morning, because I'm too lazy and like to sleep for as long as I can. I'll also do a face mask maybe once or twice a week – usually a deep cleansing mask with charcoal or clay.

    Total cost: £181.84 (most of that is the £125 Clarisonic!!)

    Tolani and Natalya

    Tolani: My skin care routine is pretty simple. In the morning I wash my face with African Black Soap. Then I add a few drops of the Manuka Doctor facial oil into my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial cream. At night, I use the Garnier Micellar Water to remove my makeup. After this I wash my face with African Black Soap, then I use the Caudalie Yine Activ Overnight Detox oil, and finally shea butter on my dark spots. Once a week I use a face mask, I usually swap between sheet masks and the Aztec secret clay mixed with apple cider vinegar.

    Total Cost: £101.45

    Natalya: In the evenings, I firstly take my makeup off with micellar water. I then follow with a second cleanse, currently with the balm cleanser from Sanctuary Spa. ​I follow up with Pixi Glow Tonic and La Roche Posay Serozinc spray. After this, I apply the ​REN Keep Young and Beautiful Eye Cream. I follow with the Luna Night Oil from Sunday Riley. I let that soak in for a few minutes then I apply my moisturiser, which is the Argan du Maroc Anti-Ageing Cream. In the mornings, I do very little – just wash my face with water then apply the same eye cream and follow with Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30.

    Total Cost: £156.33









    Services were provided by Dr. Sweta Rai, The Harley Street Clinic, and The Platinum Medical Centre to BuzzFeed free of charge, but we were under no obligation to be positive in our coverage. You can read more about Dr Rai's skincare advice on her blog.