The Skin Nerd: Products that won't have you spending like Beckham

Victoria Beckham attends the Portrait Gala 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

What is it about Victoria Beckham that makes her such a beauty icon exactly?

Personally, I have great respect for her and I know that many feel the same way, but it is difficult to pinpoint why we want to delve into her skincare kit more than we’d have the same urge towards Geri Haliwell, for example.

At 45, Victoria Beckham doesn’t try to look outlandishly young for her age, at least when we consider she is solidly a part of the celebrity realm and not one of us normal humans.

In the last decade, she has consistently nailed elegance, balanced carefully between classic and contemporary. Her excellently maintained skin is a massive contributor to this specific aesthetic, in my opinion.

Unlike some, Victoria is actually quite forthcoming with what is in her skincare routine, and has been for decades. Cult brands such as Dermalogica and Biologique Recherche have been mainstays in Victoria’s routine for some time, and thankfully, she has recently revealed her full current routine.

However, as one may imagine, it isn’t the most accessible, coming in at just under a cool €1,000.

My belief when it comes to skincare is that the ingredients you’re getting on to your skin are what is important, not the price of your products, and there are plenty of much more affordable options if you feel like duping Mrs Beckham’s routine.

According to her facialist, Melanie Grant, Victoria starts her day with a cleansing oil, specifically the Purity Solution Nourishing Cleansing Oil from Australian brand Cosmedix. The key ingredients of this cleansing oil are argan oil, olive oil, neem oil and moringa oil, natural oils that are rich in skin-beneficial vitamins such as vitamin E, fatty acids and provide the skin with antioxidant protection.

This cleansing oil doesn’t break the bank at $35 (approximately €30) but you will struggle to get your paws on it in Ireland.

The Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil, on the other hand, is €20 and quite widely available, and contains sweet almond oil and grapeseed oil.

These oils aren’t the same oils but still have all of those fantastic fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidant benefits.

Vitamins A, C and E are core skin vitamins that reduce inflammation in the skin, assist with concerns like premature ageing and pigmentation and are potent antioxidants by nature, and this is no secret to Victoria. She follows up her cleanse with the iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum (approximately €120), which is packed with the aforementioned vitamins.

After using the CosMedix Eye Genius eye cream ($70), Victoria applies the much-hyped Augustinus Bader The Cream ($205).

The Cream is perhaps one of the most unique products in her routine, considering it contains a patented ingredient created by Professor Bader called TFC8 or Trigger Factor Complex, which is said to trigger the skin’s own renewal systems.

Professor Bader’s lifetime worth of work and research in the medical field led to the discovery of a method that can bring on the body’s stem cell healing process, so we can assume that the TFC8 technology is based on this, in some respects.

Although I’m personally not aware of any other product that contains this elusive ingredient, Environ’s Focus Care Colostrum Gel (€47, available from and selected salons nationwide) works to introduce growth factors to the skin which help to soothe and strengthen the skin and bring about healing.

Her morning routine is topped off with a broad spectrum SPF 50 that is formulated specifically for her but in my opinion, any high factor SPF that protects from both UVA and UVB damage will do the trick and should be worn every single day.

All in all, Victoria has a very well-rounded skincare routine that hits on all of my own personal nerdie skin cornerstones. Unlike Posh herself, I’d give it the verdict of imitable, if you feel so inclined.

The Nerdie Pick

IMAGE C A C E Hydrating Antioxidant Serum.
IMAGE C A C E Hydrating Antioxidant Serum.

As you may guess from its name, the IMAGE Vital C Hydrating Antioxidant Serum is your skin’s daily multivitamin filled with vitamin A, C and E, as well as a polypeptide complex, green tea extract and healing centella asiatica.

It’s fantastic for brightening the skin, preventing accelerated ageing daily and makes the skin feel super plump.

It works with essentially all skin types, even sensitive skin, except for those who would suffer from congestion, and can be mixed in with other serums or creams to cut the time it takes to carry out your skincare regime.

IMAGE Vital C A C E Hydrating Antioxidant Serum, €67.00, at and selected salons nationwide.

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