I Spent a Whole Week Doing VB’s Skincare Routine—Here’s What I Thought
When it comes to beauty experimentation, I’m up for trying pretty much anything once: from the new brands I’ve spotted on Instagram to the ingredients that are trending right now. Heck, I’ve even been known to swap entire skincare routines with my grandma in the name of research. So, when I was challenged in a recent Who What Wear edit meeting to adopt the skincare routine of one of our favourite celebs—Victoria Beckham—I jumped at the chance. Especially when I realised that her morning and evening skincare totalled a massive £874. Surely, I was going to have an entirely new face at the end of the week using products that fancy?
VB has made no secret of her past skin issues—and credits celebrity facialists Sarah Chapman and Melanie Grant with helping to keep her adult acne in check and her complexion glowing. So, when Grant took to Instagram a couple of months ago to reveal Beckham’s entire skincare routine I was delighted. After all, I myself have spoken honestly about my skin journey with acne so I was intrigued to find out whether Beckham was onto something with her product selection.
Thanks to some very generous PRs and beauty brands, I was able to call in all 9 of the products that Beckham uses morning and night to put them to the test myself. (Disclaimer: without the perks of my job as a beauty editor there is absolutely no way that I would have been able to part with the amount of cash required for this experiment.) Over the last week, I’ve been religiously using this routine and I’ve definitely got some thoughts on it.
Keep scrolling to find out how I got on with my Victoria Beckham skincare swap and my honest thoughts on every single product in VB’s routine.
I was pleasantly surprised that VB’s morning skincare routine involved just 5 products—the same as mine. So far, so good as anything that would have resulted in spending extra time in the bathroom of a morning would not have gone down well with me. (To say that I am not a morning person would be a major understatement.)
I’ll take you through my thoughts below—product by product—but I have to say that I seriously enjoyed this morning routine. I had some initial reservations about using an oil-based cleanser first thing when I normally opt for something more lightweight like a gel or foam. But, my skin was clearly thrilled. After using this combination of products for a full week I found that my makeup was gliding on a lot more smoothly and I was skipping my daily application of highlighter because my skin looked naturally brighter.
The only downside? Beckham’s serum of choice contains 1% retinol—an ingredient that I’m always careful about using. (In fact, there’s only one retinol product that I can rely on to not irritate my skin.) For me, a daily dose of retinol—even at this low concentration level—is a bit too much. Towards the end of the full week I noticed that my chin and nose were becoming a little flaky and dry and I think that with continued daily use I would start experiencing sensitivity and redness.
Just like her morning routine, Victoria Beckham’s evening ritual is equally pared-back—comprising of just 6 products (including the same cleanser and eye cream that that she uses in the AM). There were some definite hits and misses for me here.
For starters, I missed the ritual of using a micellar water for the first step of my evening skincare. I know, I know—double cleansing is definitely enough but I like the feeling of applying my cleansers to clean-ish skin. I’m also not convinced that the combination of toner and serum was quite right for my skin type. And, just like with the morning serum, I found that daily use of both was a little harsh on my complexion.
However, the combination of cleansers that VB uses at night are an absolute dream—and I’m totally converted. Plus, despite being unsure about slathering such a rich night cream onto my skin before bed, my skin has never felt softer come morning.