From brand founders to dermatologists and aestheticians, waves of experts have made TikTok accounts to dispel skincare myths (glycolic acid isn't a good deodorant alternative), spread helpful skincare hacks (try SPF layering) and recommend the buzziest skincare brands of the moment. The app is also exceptionally helpful for those struggling with skin gripes, such as acne and eczema, or people looking for simple skincare guidance.
In fact, it's difficult not to stumble across someone sharing their "game-changing" skincare routine while scrolling through the app. But while a handful of methods are to be avoided, there are some real gems, including genius techniques and easily affordable skincare brands. If your current skincare routine isn't cutting it, or you just fancy a change, we've rounded up the smartest skincare routines TikTokers have shared recently — plus, where you can shop all the brilliant products featured.
Skincare routine for oily and combination skin
Posted by certified dermatology physician assistant Nicolle Finn, this morning skincare routine for oily skin can be easily adapted for the evening, too. It all starts with a foaming cleanser. Nicolle recommends La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel, £15, which lathers up on contact with water and dissolves oil fast.
Next, Nicolle suggests following with The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum, £5. Niacinamide minimises oil production (preventing breakouts), reduces the appearance of large pores and brings down inflammation or redness. Following with a high factor, moisturising sunscreen is the final step. While the Biossance product Nicolle loves isn't available in the UK, R29 rates Polaar Very High Protection SPF50+ Sunscreen Lotion, £22, which absorbs fast and doesn't leave behind a white cast.
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Skincare routine for dry or sensitive skin
Dermatologist Dr Adel shared the skincare routine she swears by for dry skin and it includes lots of gentle favourites. A great cleanser is La Roche-Posay's Lipikar Syndet AP+ Body & Face Wash, £19, followed by Naturium's Quadruple Hyaluronic Acid Serum 5%, £18, applied when skin is wet to maximise hydration. If you want a more affordable option, look to The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £7.75.
In the evening, if you're looking to add an exfoliating step into your routine, lactic acid is one of the most gentle acid exfoliators, such as The Ordinary's Lactic Acid 5% + HA, £6.75. Follow with La Roche-Posay's Cicaplast Soothing Face and Body Balm, £18, which is packed with skin-repairing ingredients to sooth and protect even the most sensitive skin.
For a morning routine, simply remove the lactic acid step and follow your moisturiser with a high factor sunscreen, such as Vichy Idéal Soleil Anti-Ageing Sun Lotion, £18.95.
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Skincare routine for skin that is neither too oily nor too dry
Dermatologist Dr Jenny Liu has the perfect routine for is skin that is neither too oily nor too dry. Cleansing twice a day (in the morning and evening) is your first step. Choose a gentle cleanser that won't strip the skin, making it feel tight or uncomfortable, such as Honest Beauty Gentle Gel Cleanser, £13.50. In the morning, Dr Liu suggests following your cleanse with a vitamin C serum to boost brightness and to protect against environmental aggressors like pollution. R29 loves Lumene Nordic C [Valo] Glow Boost Essence, £32.90. Then apply a light moisturiser followed by high factor sunscreen, or simply a moisturising sunscreen. Take these products up to your eye area for added moisture.
Skincare routine for acne-prone skin
Next up, a salicylic acid toner in the form of Paula's Choice's Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, £28.90, which unclogs pores and smooths skin texture. You can apply this with a cotton pad or your fingers if you're trying to be more eco-friendly. Follow with a lightweight moisturiser. Dr Howard recommends SkinCeuticals' Face Cream, £140, which makes skin feel soft and appear glowy; a cheaper alternative would be SVR SEBIACLEAR Hydra Moisturiser, £15. Dermatologists also advise alternating between salicylic acid and a gentle retinoid serum each evening to unplug pores but that's down to personal preference, and it's all about what your skin can tolerate.
In the morning, one cleanse will do. Paula's Choice's salicylic acid toner can be used in the AM, too, but if you're applying skincare acids be sure to follow with a high factor sunscreen, like La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF50+ Sun Cream, £19.50, as acids can make skin sensitive to sunlight.
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