Beauty Shelfie: Sam Bunting, Dermatologist

Dermatologist Sam Bunting talks us through the hero products that have earned pride of place on her bathroom shelf…

“My beauty style is deeply deeply rational when it comes to skincare – but frivolous and indulgent when it comes to everything else! I’m a girly girl except when I’m being a scientist.

As a child I devoured the pages of Vogue and developed my formative ideas about what represents beauty in the era of ‘supers’ like Stephanie Seymour and Linda Evangelista. I’ve always admired a strong but seductive female aesthetic. As far as my first beauty product goes it was probably Anne French Deep Cleansing Milk, £3.99 at Boots – the hallmark of becoming a woman. Nowadays the core mantra of my beauty routine is keeping my skin in the best condition possible – being able to go without make-up if push comes to shove is incredibly liberating. And the flipside is that make-up is so much more fun when it’s a tool for enhancement, rather than concealment.

I keep my skin in tip top shape by using a non-comedogenic cleanser like La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel, £12 at Boots, and moisturiser with a prescription retinoid to keep pores clear and lines at bay. Then to add protection, I use a broad spectrum sunscreen containing zinc oxide and a serum that’s high in vitamin C.

I’m pretty classic about scent and nails – my signature fragrance for more than a decade has been Fracas by Robert Piguet, £135 at Liberty, and I always wear Essie Wicked, £7.99 at Boots, if I wear colour on my nails. Brows frame the face so I spend a lot of time on them, using Kevyn Aucoin’s The Precision Brow Pencil in Brunette, £21 at SpaceNK, to add definition. With cosmetics, my skin has to be dewy and not matte. I use Dolce & Gabbana Creamy Foundation, £37 at Harrods, (I’m on my 3rd pot, it’s that good) and I DHC blotting papers, £4, to keep shine at bay.

When it comes to keeping my hair shiny and lustrous, I turn to Kerastase Bain Satin 1, £17.50 and Lait Vital, £20.50. I blowdry my roots for volume, then tong the ends. A spritz of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, £19 at SpaceNK gives it a bit French undone-ness (I hate looking too neat).”

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