Ultimate guide to luxury skincare

Becca Donaldson ·

Simone Powderly

Enjoying a daily dose of self-care through a luxurious skincare routine is something we all owe ourselves. But finding the perfect luxury skincare brand can be a challenge. There are thousands of gels, serums, and creams available, all claiming to plump, hydrate and revitalise your skin. How do you know which luxury skincare to choose?

If you’re looking for some advice on the best luxury skincare products to invest in, we’re here to help with our Reliked guide to some of our favourite products – all used and loved by the top UK beauty bloggers.

Are luxury skincare products worth the expense?

While there are plenty of affordable skincare brands available, there is some truth in the old saying that you ‘get what you pay for’, when it comes to luxury skincare products. It’s a good rule of thumb to follow. At Reliked, we bring you top skincare brands at a fraction of high street prices, so luxury skincare is in everyone’s reach.

Check the ingredients list of your skincare products and you’ll see that the luxury brands contain less water and higher quantities of active ingredients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, retinol, and hyaluronic acid, which are all designed to rejuvenate the complexion.

If sustainability is high on your list of values, then luxury beauty products are also more likely to use ingredients that have been ethically sourced. While this can drive up the cost, the purity of these sustainable ingredients is often higher, meaning you won’t need to use as much when you apply them. Responsibly sourced ingredients are beneficial for the planet and your skin. 

Which luxury skincare products should you invest in?

The active ingredients in many cleansers are fairly inexpensive – so there are plenty of cleansing products out there which work really well and cost very little. 

However, high-end creams and serums that treat specific skincare issues, such as acne or hyperpigmentation, use different ingredients – and it is here where the luxury brands win out.

If you are looking to spend your hard-earned cash on luxury skincare products, choose the ones that offer a solution to any specific skincare concerns you may have.




Ren Clean Skincare

For a high-performance skincare range that takes the best from nature’s ingredients, Ren is formulated for dry and sensitive skin.

Our go-to Ren product is the Skincare Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream, which helps to reduce dark spots and the signs of ageing while you sleep. Simply rub a pea-sized amount into your face and neck before bed and allow the jojoba seed oil to work while you snooze. The product is also one of the Cosmopolitan Beauty Award Winners of 2020.

If youthful skin is high on your beauty wish list, this Ren Clean Skincare Bio Retinoid Youth Concentrate Oil is designed to give nature a helping hand. Bio retinols are a plant-derived alternative to the retinol found in some luxury skin brands and deliver anti-ageing benefits and visibly smoother, healthier skin.





Kiehls has been listing its ingredients on its product labels since 1924, allowing its customers to make informed and confident buying decisions. It’s therefore streets ahead of many other brands. Every ingredient is inspired by nature and scientifically proven to improve overall skin quality.

We recommend trying Kiehl's Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum as a great introduction to the brand. Winner of Harper Bazaar’s Best of Beauty Awards in 2021, this retinoid serum delivers a burst of pure retinol, peptides, and ceramides to the skin to strengthen its barrier and promote skin cell turnover. If you’re not using a retinol serum, whatever your skin type, you’re missing out on an essential step in your anti-ageing skincare routine.





A firm favourite in spas and clinics across the UK, Elemis products deliver holistic skincare results that can be seen and felt. As you would expect with a luxury beauty skincare brand, all the Elemis products contain only natural ingredients that work in harmony with your complexion.

We love the Elemis Clarifying Clay Wash, which is formulated to remove excess oils and minimise the appearance of blemishes and pimples. The active ingredient is Kaolin Clay which washes away impurities, while soothing hawthorn extract locks in moisture.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is an ultra-light gel that quenches thirsty skin and increases hydration by up to 248% in just one hour*. That’s pretty remarkable!  Plant- and marine-based ingredients including Ginkgo Bilboa and Chlorella also help to improve the elasticity of the skin.




Cultured Biome

The clever product developers at Cultured Biome are experts in the care of our microbiome – an invisible ecosystem of good bacteria that live in our skin and play a crucial role in healthy skin.

Their products are designed to care for the microbiome and prevent bad bacteria and impurities from entering the dermis, while strengthening the healthy bacteria to do the all-important job of keeping your skin healthy.

A healthy microbiome is less prone to the signs of ageing and dark spots, so for those with mature skin, Cultured Biome’s luxury skincare products should be on your beauty wish list.

Cultured Biome One Serum is a multi-active formula with prebiotics to strengthen the skin’s barrier and leave it feeling smooth. It’s ideal as a moisturiser – or it can also be used as a microbiome supporting layer under your regular night cream.

Shopping for luxury skincare brands

We hope we’ve provided some insight into the best luxury skincare brands to invest in, but if you need some more inspiration, why not check out your favourite Reliked beauty influencers and celebs to see what they recommend? Choose influencers with similar skin to yours and you can confidently follow their advice.

You can always find the latest luxury skincare products at discounted prices, here on Reliked.


* Independent Clinical Trials 2021. Results are based on 38 people over four weeks.

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