Skincare General Recommendations

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Here are a few general skincare recommendations. I’ve put three key words next to them to make them as easy as possible to navigate. If you specifically want to know about rosacea, this isn’t the post for you. Read my rosacea recommendations here instead.

By no means are these the only products I recommend, there are so many brilliant options on the market. I simply wanted to create one quick guide so that when people ask me “which skincare would you recommend for me?” we have a starting point. There are so many fantastic products I have used on myself and other people for many years. What you see below is simply a cross section of a few ideas that came to mind for each purpose. For full transparency, please bear in mind that I work with IT Cosmetics on an ongoing basis. I have included some products of theirs in the below line-up entirely of my own accord.

Example skincare routines

Basic and effective: cleanse twice a day, use a moisturiser twice a day, and apply a separate SPF every morning.
Intermediate: cleanse twice a day, use a moisturiser twice a day, apply a separate SPF every morning, and use a serum to add your desired effect (e.g. maybe a vitamin c to brighten your complexion, or a retinol if you are concerned with the first signs of ageing).
Investing more time: cleanse twice a day, use a moisturiser twice a day, and apply a separate SPF every morning. Then, identify your main skin needs, and address them using ingredients focused on those things. Add the likes of serums, oils, toners and exfoliants to your routine.

Skincare Recommendations


The Body Shop Cleansing Oil: removes make-up, cost effective, quick
La Roche Posay Effaclar H Cream: gentle, nourishing, creamy
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser: big-bottle, gel-texture, cost effective


IT Cosmetics Miracle Water: rich, hydrating, quick
Clinique Moisture Surge: hydrating, cooling, comfortable
Pestle and Mortar Balance Mist: simple, cooling, soothing


Pestle and Mortar Hyaluronic: thirst-quenching, lightweight, easily absorbed
Kate Somerville DeliKate: simple, nourishing, gentle
Murad Retinol: targets fine lines, powerful, potent
Lancome Genefique: all-rounder
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair: all-rounder


Decleor Aromessence Serum in Oil: comfortable, intensely hydrating, rich
Herbivore Botanicals: rich, calming, comforting
Zelens Z-22 oil: timeless, easily absorbed, fail safe


Origins Drink Up Mask: quick, hydrating, softening
Zelens Transformer Mask: instant, brightening, splurge


La Roche Posay: lots of options suited to different skin needs
Pixi Beauty: lots of options, affordable and effective
CeraVe: rich and simple, unlikely to irritate
Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saviour: richly hydrating, absorbs quickly
IT Cosmetics original Confidence in a Cream: all-rounder
Murad Water Charged Gel: lightweight, hydrating, no residue


Pixi Glow Tonic: brightening, smoothing, gentle
Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads: instant result, reduced-texture, radiance


La Roche Posay Anthelios: runny, easily absorbed, light
Kiehl’s Aqua Gel: lightweight, thin, hydrating

Author: missrosegallagher

Make-up artist, beauty writer, and host of Beauty from the Heart podcast.

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