3 Dry Skin Products Meghan Markle’s Facialist Swears By

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While on a recent work trip to the U.K., my Royally Obsessed self couldn’t help but detour to get a facial at Sarah Chapman, the skincare clinic long-renowned for gifting Meghan Markle with her radiant glow. (Markle famously saw Chapman the day before her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.) But Markle was just one of many reasons I was eager to drop by the clinic.

Chapman is a standout, not just in London, but around the world. Known for her cutting-edge skincare technology and her signature “gymnastics” massage technique that lifts the muscles and encourages drainage using just her hands, clients rave about the immediate and lasting results you get after her treatments. In fact, the morning of my appointment, I mentioned to an editor friend that I had somehow snagged an appointment at Chapman’s discrete boutique in the heart of London’s Sloane Square, and she gasped: “She changed the way I care for my skin—for good.”

While my treatment at her Skinesis Clinic wasn’t with Chapman herself, it was with one of her highly trained dermal therapists, who left my depleted skin feeling hydrated, depuffed—and, quite frankly, in a meditative state. I opted for the Skinesis Bespoke Facial to the tune of 170 pounds (about $215) and it was worth every penny. The pinching, tapping and flicking motions of her massage technique woke up my complexion, but so did my therapist’s advice for maximizing moisture. (See below.)

Something else that surprised me was that much of Chapman’s Skinesis skincare line was specifically designed to target dry and depleted skin (aka the main problem I’ve faced throughout my life.) Even more surprising: How delightful and unpretentious the entire spa experience was—especially considering the celeb clientele, which includes Victoria Beckham, Naomi Watts and Uma Thurman.

I left my appointment feeling like a new woman, but also a little bit like royalty, which was my original goal. Better yet, I had an armful of new products including three that are now perma-staples in my beauty cabinet. After weeks of use, here are the ones that continue to stand out.

sarah chapman skinesis intense hydrating booster
Sarah Chapman

Best for a Quick Hit of Moisture

1. Intense Hydrating Booster

Sarah Chapman

• What We Like: the way it reduces fine lines and melts into skin
• Key Ingredients:
hyaluronic acid, Bioecolia, a natural sugar-derived probiotic, rose water

The benefits of hyaluronic acid are vast when it comes to dry skin. It attracts and locks in moisture—plus, it plumps up and reduces the appearance of fine lines. A combo that’s especially revitalizing for depleted skin. You can mix a drop or two with your moisturizer to deliver a hydrating punch that protects your skin barrier and makes your complexion look extra radiant after each use. (My esthetician told me that this product—and its key ingredient—would be the most critical step for me when it came to reviving dry skin.)

sarah chapman comfort cream
Sarah Chapman

Best Dry Skin Recovery

2. Comfort Cream D-Stress

Sarah Chapman

What We Like: its richness, but also the fact that a little goes a long way
Key Ingredients: Sympair, hyaluronic hydrators, omega-rich oils

For dry skin sufferers, Sarah Chapman’s D-Stress Cream is designed to help with irritation, redness and treating dehydration in moments when your skin is feeling under-nourished and sensitive. In other words, apply it when you need it. (Per my esthetician, this is more of an SOS product, rather than a daily moisturizer. For an everyday cream, she suggested Dynamic Defense, which is lighter and serves as a great makeup base.)

sarah chapman overnight facial
Sarah Chapman

Best At-Home Facial in a Bottle

3. Overnight Facial

Sarah Chapman

• What We Like: delivers next day results, the rose-jasmine-tuberose scent
• Key Ingredients: vitamin A, vitamin C, Renovage

One to two drops of this lightweight serum is enough to see results after a single sleep. (Even more so with repeated use!) The vitamin A and C combo, plus a boost from Renovage, a French anti-aging complex, works wonders when it comes to soothing and nourishing stressed skin. To use, apply immediately after cleansing at night and you’ll wake up with skin that feels velvety smooth. I started with a sample of this and couldn’t get over how noticeably hydrated my complexion looked afterward so I picked up a full-sized bottle. Bottom line: It’s a powerful skincare pick-me-up and worth the cost.

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