The 3 Skincare Products Beauty Editors Can't Be Without

According to experts, more often than not, it’s good to keep your skincare routine stripped back and simple. Using just a handful of seriously efficacious products morning and night, as opposed to a complex 10-step regimen that risks confusing your skin’s natural functions, is all your complexion needs. In simple terms, as a rule, the less you smother your skin, the better.

As a beauty editor, however, this simple rule can be hard to abide by. With what feels like hundreds of different products landing on your desk to test and trial each week, it’s all too easy for your complexion to fall into turmoil. It’s safe to say, therefore, that we beauty editors know a thing or two about hero skincare products. In fact, every single beauty editor I know has a small selection of products they reach for day in, day out, in order to give their skin some sort of familiar routine. And usually, it’s these hero products that have the power to save our overworked complexions.


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I certainly have my daily constants when it comes to my skincare routine, and, ever nosy, I thought it might be worthwhile to chat with my fellow beauty editors to see what heroes they swear by, too. Keep scrolling to discover the top beauty editor–approved skincare products.

Elle Turner, Deputy Beauty Editor, Glamour UK


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Keeks Reid, Contributing Beauty Writer, Cosmopolitan UK, and Digital Editor, Hairdressers Journal


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Lucy Partington, Beauty Editor, Stylist Magazine


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Shannon Lawlor, Freelance Beauty Editor and Who What Wear Contributor


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Jacqueline Kilikita, Beauty Editor, Refinery29



Alexandra Friend, Senior Beauty Editor, Red Magazine and Good Housekeeping


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Giselle La Pompe-Moore, Freelance Beauty Editor and Who What Wear Contributor


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Gabrielle Dyer, Freelance Beauty and Health Writer 


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Next up, 14 beauty editors on the affordable products that rival expensive buys.

Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous. Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics. While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best. When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.