When it comes to creating highly effective skincare products, there are a host of brands that are leading the pack. Think years of research, trademarked ingredients that don’t exist in any other products and smart formulas that are perfectly balanced for max results. You might not be able to get in to see these skincare experts in person, but thanks to their innovative products, you can now try these Dr. founded, science-led skincare brands at home.
Dr. Barbara Sturm
The mastermind behind the cult vampire facial, Sturm unsurprisingly boasts a healthy waitlist for her one-to-one consultations. Good news then, that you can get a taste of her skills at home. Inspired by her in-clinic treatments, her products are just as innovative, from the Anti-Pollution Drops that work to target digital pollution to the Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum that is specially formulated to take care of the precise skin concerns that are experienced by people of colour.
Time with Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh is hard to come by, which is why his high-performance line is becoming a firm favourite in the beauty world. With an emphasis on creating youth-giving products, ingredients are well formulated and carefully balanced for maximum results that can be tailored to your skin type. Go for the Deep Exfoliating Mask to buff away dead layers of the skin, follow with the Skin Perfecting Mask for a deep cleanse, and layer on a healthy dose of the Luminous Glow Cream to firm, soften and leave the complexion radiant. Lastly, his clever Vitamin C Powder can be added to anything from serums to moisturisers.
One of the OG K-beauty brands to gain a cult following, Dr. Jart+ is all about looking after your skin health. Created to first and foremost strengthen the skin barrier, it features potent ingredients that work hard. Something of a TikTok sensation, their most hyped products include their Cicapair Tiger Grass Repair Serum, which features a blend of herbs and minerals to soothe, calm and moisturise, the Cyro Rubber Moisturising Hyaluronic Acid Mask, which has gained traction on Instagram for its unique appearance (and formula that works), and their newly launched Ceramidin Cream, which is infused with ceramides to help defend against moisturise loss.
From The Cream to the just-landed The Serum, Professor Augustinus Bader has formulated a series of products with a true cult following. Putting into practise his world-leading stem cell research, he’s formulated a clever ingredient called TFC8 – aka Trigger Factor Complex – a patented molecule that makes skin cells work to repair and restore. So high-tech are his formulas, that The Cream is said to be able to solely replace any other skincare products in your regime. Genius.
With roots on Harley Street, Dr Yannis Alexandrides’ 111 Skin has found itself a strong celebrity fan base, loved by the likes of Margot Robbie, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Bella Hadid. Renowned for his sheet masks, innovative formulas and unique techniques, expect products with big claims – and big results. Top of your list? The Sub Zero De-Puffing Energy Facial Mask, that works to reduce puffiness and fatigue, and the product that started it all, Y Theorem Repair Serum NAC Y2. Originally created to treat trauma after surgery, it’s formulated to provide skin with the optimum conditions for enhanced collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production.
While working with burn victims, Revive founder Dr. Gregory Bays Brown had the idea to apply a bio-engineered molecule, Epidermal Growth Factor (EFG), to help damaged skin heal quicker. Fast forward five years, and he was applying his learnings to the world of skincare. The result? Products that dramatically reduced sings of ageing and increased skin renewal. Today, his expertise spans everything from neck creams to eye masks, with the brand’s OG Moisturising Renewal Cream still proving a firm favourite thanks to its ability to gently exfoliate, retexturize and intensely moisturise the skin.
Suffering from a burn in a lab accident, Dr. Max Huber was inspired to create a product that would transform the look of his skin. The result was Crème de La Mer Moisturising Cream. Using giant sea kelp, Huber created the secret ingredient behind the brand’s success: Miracle Broth™. The formula has now found itself into everything from oils to serums to foundation and stayed at the top of the skincare game.
Masterminded in a tiny lab in the back of his dad’s pharmacy, Elliot Isaacs’ Medik8 is the result of five years of backpacking and a degree in biochemistry. The mission? To create a simple but effective range that incorporates his research findings: vitamin C + SPF by day, vitamin A by night. Amongst his most popular products is the Crystal Retinal 3, which features a next-gen vitamin A retinaldehyde, proven to improve effectiveness compared to retinol, without any additional irritation. While the Sleep Glycolic works overnight to transform dull, congested skin with minimal irritation.