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My Skincare Routine: Dr Anjali Mahto from the Skincare Bible

My Skincare Routine: Dr Anjali Mahto from the Skincare Bible


Get the chance to meet Dr. Anjali Mahto at the HBC Summit, happening in London on May 19th 2018. Check the full line up here.

I’m Anjali Mahto – I’m a consultant dermatologist, author of “The Skincare Bible”, blogger for the Huffington Post, spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation and executive committee member of the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group.

 I hold a degree in Pharmacology in addition to my medical qualifications.

Over the years I have been involved in teaching, presenting at both national and international medical conferences, and providing peer-review in medical journals.  I have an interest in acne, rosacea, and skin aging.

Being a life-long acne sufferer,  my work aims to bridge the gap between traditional medical dermatology, beauty and cosmetic medicine.

My morning routine

I’m self-employed so luckily I have some control about the time I start work.  I’m usually up at 7.30am on the days I have morning clinic.  On the days I start work a bit later I usually go to a HIIT class which starts at 9.30 at Centric 3 Tribes in north London.  I’m definitely someone that likes the snooze button so I set two alarms.  The first goes off 15 minutes before I know I have to get out of bed and get into the shower.  I am not a morning person – I never have been – so I really struggle, particularly this time of year when it’s so cold and dark.  

I usually use the 15 minutes between alarms to slowly wake up and then do a quick scroll of social media (Twitter and Instagram – I’m not much of a Facebook user).  

I always shower in the mornings and always wear makeup before leaving the house.  If I’m going to the gym, it‘s usually a bit of NARS creamy concealer to hide my acne scars and any spots.  If I’m going to work, it’s a much longer routine.  

  • Wash my face in the shower with either Jan Marini Bioglycolic oily skin cleanser or Neostrata glycolic foaming cleanser
  • Moisturiser (La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo plus) and/or sunscreen (heliocare 360 gel oil free)
  • Primer – The Ordinary or Smashbox oil-free – I find this particularly useful to smooth out acne scarring on my cheeks
  • Foundation – 50/50 mixture of Vichy dermablend 3d and NARS velvet matte skin tint to get the right colour and coverage
  • NARS creamy concealer
  • Eyes – I always go big on the eyes – I use pencil eyeliner above and below the lid (Benefit BadGal waterproof eyeliner – have used this for years – stays put and doesn’t smudge!) and mascara (Loreal False Lash telescopic) – and several coats of it!

My evening routine

During the week I always try to get ready for bed – brush my teeth and take all my makeup off (I use Bioderma Sensibio micellar water then a foaming cleanser – Jan Marini or Neostrata products from the morning) before 10.30pm.  I apply a topical retinoid once or twice a week before bed and on the retinoid-free nights use the ordinary 10% lactic acid with HA.  I also use the Sarah Chapman eye recovery cream before bed.  I do a quick scan of social for ten minutes then it’s lights out.  If I’ve managed to get into bed early then I might read for 15 minutes.

I need a minimum of 8 hours sleep and I do my absolute best to make sure I get it!

I wouldn’t recommend my night-time skincare routine for everyone.  My skin is acne-prone and quite resilient so it tolerates all these products without any problems – for many people it could lead to irritation and eczema!

The biggest beauty myth:

Pores do not open and close!  

They do not have muscles around them to allow them to contract or change their size.  It is possible to minimise their appearance with skincare, chemical peels or laser treatments but you can’t change their absolute size.

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Three go-to products:

Jan Marini Bioglycolic oily skin cleansing gel

I use this product usually morning and evening to cleanse my skin.  It contains a high percentage of glycolic acid for an over the counter product.  Glycolic acid has a number of benefits in skincare.  It acts as a chemical exfoliant and is good at decongesting skin that is prone to breaking out.  Glycolic acid will also help remove pigmentation or staining from any old acne spots.  Lastly, it has anti-aging properties and can help improve the support structure of the skin reducing fine lines as we age.  As far as I am concerned, it is a fantastic multi-purpose ingredient.  High percentages of glycolic acid can cause redness and irritation in people with sensitive skin so for most people you don’t just jump into this product and its use gradually needs to be built-up.

Heliocare 360 gel oil-free SPF 50

This is one of the few sunscreens I have found that does not block my pores or cause me to break out.  It has a light tint and sits under make-up well as well as being an SPF 50.  We know that sun-exposure is responsible for around 80% of the factors we associate with premature skin ageing – think fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation.  Taking preventative care of our skin and using regular sunscreen can help reduce some of this damage.

The Ordinary Retinol 1%

Retinols are vitamin A-based products that can help reduce fine lines and pigmentation as well as having anti-acne properties.  They are a useful part of everyone’s skincare routine from about your mid-20s onwards when your skin starts to lose definition.

Get the chance to meet Dr. Anjali Mahto at the HBC Summit on the Doctors with Influence panel, happening in London on May 19th 2018. Check the full line up here.