Right now, when it comes to skincare and beauty, my motto is this: speed is of the essence. With a chaotic toddler to contend with every morning, I’m lucky if I have enough time to brush my hair before I head to the office, let alone follow a full-blown skincare routine.
So, when I read about Davina McCall’s fuss-free approach to skincare and beauty, I was intrigued and dig some digging to discover the products she uses to get that flawless complexion.
And, having found them, I decided to swap in her favourites into my own routine for three weeks to see if I could get the same glowing skin without much hassle. This is what I found…
She keeps cleansing simple
This is a product I actually use myself – in fact, I’ve tried more expensive micellar cleansing waters from other brands and found that Garnier’s cost-friendly counterpart performs just as well, if not better (all the while not bankrupting you – pretty key in a cost-of-living crisis, right?)
I use it in the morning to remove any oil that’s accumulated from the night before, as well to remove my make-up at the end of the day. However, I’d always follow this with another deeper cleanse to make sure I’d captured all the daily grime (double cleansing for the win when it comes to make-up removal, people).
But Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water does the job and is super quick and easy – all it takes is a swipe with a cotton pad – so I totally get why this staple gets Davina’s seal of approval.
She preps skin from the inside out
Davina has been heard to say that she’ll have a cup of tea with collagen in it in the morning – an easy way to help smooth out those fine lines from the inside out. I’d personally never tried collagen supplements before (they aren’t the cheapest) so I was intrigued to give them a go, and opted for Vida Glow’s Natural Marine Collagen – the ones which our Acting Beauty Editor, Amelia Bell, really rates.
Here's the lowdown: these supplements are a hydrolysed collagen peptide power that’s designed to support glowing skin by increasing elasticity and smoothing fine lines. Basically, by ingesting marine collagen, you’ll be able to support collagen production in those deeper layers of skin which serums and lotions can’t reach.
You’re meant to ingest a sachet a day and, since the supplement is heat stable, it’s easy to add to your hot drink of choice in the morning. A word to the wise – it’s worth mixing it with something flavoured as drinking it neat with only water is not the one.
As to whether it worked? I can’t say I’ve noticed a massive difference to my fine lines yet, but since the brand say it takes at least eight weeks to spot an improvement, I’m reserving judgement for now and persevering.
She sticks to the classics
Davina’s under-eye concealer just so happens to also be a staple in my own make-up bag. YSL’s Touche Éclat is an illuminating concealer pen that’s pretty iconic, and for good reason – it really does make you look like you’ve had a good night’s sleep (even when you feel like death).
‘There was a stage in my life when I used to paint my entire face in it,’ says Davina on her YouTube channel. I can totally see why.
She loves a multi-tasking product
Specifically, an all-round base layer. The Trinny BFF cream is a skin perfecting cream complete with SPF30 that can be worn both on its own or under your usual foundation as a base to help reduce redness. It’s a great level of coverage – enough to have an impact and make you look smoother, but not so much that you feel you’ve got a matte foundation on.
I’ve taken to smearing it over myself on WFH days when the only time I have to face the world is for dogs walks and the nursery run, and then supplementing it with a bit of foundation around my T-zone when I head into the office.
This was the recommendation that really stood out for me. I hadn’t used any Trinny London products before trying this, but am now keen to check out the rest of the range since the Trinny BFF Cream was so good.
She keeps things natural
Case in point: the Clinique Chubby Stick – a moisturising coloured lip balm. Rather than a more ‘done-up’ looking lipstick, the Chubby Stick is great for a more subtle look. ‘It just gives a hint of colour, and it adds a very natural look to your makeup,’ says Davina on her YouTube channel.
I’d never tried the Chubby Stick before, but was pleasantly surprised by how creamy and moisturising it felt on my lips when I used it. Granted, it didn’t last long (it’s more like a lip balm, after all) but it was really easy to apply on the go thanks to its pencil-like shape. ‘You don’t even need a mirror,’ confirms Davina. A good one to have in your handbag for a quick fix on the move, for sure.
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