5 Esthetician-Recommended Beauty Brands

Jun. 8, 2020
Alongside dermatologists there are very few people who know so much about the skin and the products we should use on it as well as estheticians. They’ve seen everything from acne to roseacea, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea, so they know exactly what products and brands to recommend for every skin type and concern.
Scroll down to learn more about the brands used by the pros.
Paula’s Choice
Founded by skincare expert Paula Begoun back in 1995 and known for having a serious, clinical approach to skincare, Paula’s Choice is still as popular as ever. It receives glowing praise from esthetician Lily Njoroge (@caveofbeauty) who recently recommended the Clinical Niacinamide 20% Treatment. “As soon as I incorporated this into my routine, within about 5 days, I noticed my texture felt smoother as I was cleansing,” says Lily. Now, 5 months later, I practically have NO texture. My pores are barely visible most days and my hyperpigmentation is 90% gone.” With hundreds of products to choose from packed with ingredients like retinol, peptides, and niacinamide, it’s easy to see why estheticians are impressed.
The Inkey List
With innovative formulas and affordable price points, brands like The Inkey List might seem too good to be true. That is until they get the seal of approval from professionals like esthetician Sean Garrette (@seangarrette). His top recommendation is the Hyaluronic Serum. “I’m super picky about the hyaluronic acids serums I use,” says Sean. “I hate when they’re too thick, too sticky, and too expensive (lmao). This hyaluronic acid serum is truly incredible. It has a thin serum texture that absorbs into the skin quickly and easily and doesn’t leave the skin feeling tacky or sticky." It's one of the brand’s bestselling products and has received hundreds of five star reviews on Sephora.
An esthetician favourite and multi-award winner, NIOD’s products are based on the latest innovations in skincare and ingredient technology, designed to provide non-invasive solutions to long-term skin conditions and concerns. The range is small but has already amsassed rave reviews from professionals and consumers alike. According to esthetician Sean Garrette (@seangarrette) he was drawn to the brand because of their ability to “take complicated and obscure ingredients and turn them into incredible products”. A particular favourite for Sean is the Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex which he describes as “one of the most advanced hyaluronic serums that i’ve ever tried - it’s formulated with 15 different types of hyaluronic compounds." We’re sold.
With its fuss-free branding and no-nonsense formulations, CeraVe tops many an estheticians list of recommended brands. It makes sense because the products are developed by dermatologists. The range is extensive and the products are great for anyone on the lookout for gentle, hardworking, and affordable skincare. What’s more, they’re packed with ceramides in order to be suitable even for people with skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea. Esthetician Ashley White (@skinclasshero) is a big fan of the brand’s Resurfacing Retinol Serum, describing it as a ‘superb affordable option... ideal for those looking to accelerate the fading of post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, improve skin texture, diminish the appearance of pores and manage excessive oiliness”. Sounds like a winner.
Renee Rouleau
It's no surprise that celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau’s top recommendations include her own range of products, which she designed to provide her clients with an escape from one-size-fits-all skincare. According to Renee, the bestsellers are the “Anti Bump Solution for painful, hormonal, under-the-skin blemishes that appear on the face, chin, jawline or back” and the “️Rapid Response Detox Masque for taming overly sensitive, reactive and breakout-prone skin”. All of her products are formulated to be lightweight and contain high levels of active ingredients, so you’re pretty much guaranteed results.
Now that you know what the skincare experts recommend to their clients, it’s time to restock your skincare routine.
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