It can be confusing out there in the skincare aisles but the No7’s Derm Solutions™ Skincare Range wants to change all this. We find out how


Written in partnership with No7

We are ever evolving beings and that's what makes the world an interesting place, but when it comes to our complexion and getting it tip-top - think fresh-looking, plumped, hydrated and glowy - it needs consistency, calm and the least change possible. However, as it is constantly having to adapt and adjust to everything we put it through - environmental aggressors, stress, poor diet choices as well as frequently using products and ingredients that aren’t compatible to our skin types - it’s easy to find that it’s in a vicious skin cycle of not coping and nowhere near looking its best. Sound familiar?

Well, that’s where No7 Derm Solutions™ Skincare Range comes in. This new range has products dedicated to specific skin types and aims to stop the cycle and start the rehab so that you’re left with visibly healthier looking skin for 4 weeks that stays calm - whatever else happens around it.

There are 9 products within the range, spanning all of your essentials like cleansers, moisturisers, serums and targeted treatments, all of which have been created to maintain, care for and tackle the key visible signs of healthy skin, specific to skin type - whether that’s boosting hydration levels, reducing sensitivity and redness or balancing oil levels. Each product has been expertly formulated with the best ingredients for the specific skin concerns so that they not only care for the skin but maintain it long-term too. So you can stop asking 'what is combo skin?', 'what is normal skin type?', 'why do I have oily skin?' or 'why is my skin so dry?' because your skin will be behaving just as it should.

And No7 couldn’t have made navigating the range any simpler. The core products (cleansers, moisturiser and serums) are targeted to the most common skin types; dry, sensitive, oily and blemish prone. You simply choose the ones that are right for your skin type and let No7 do the rest. Not sure what your skin type is? Read No7’s handy guide to identifying your skin type.

Because the GTG team have different skin types and concerns, we gave a selection of the new products a spin. Here’s how we got on:

Why is my skin so dry and how to treat it?

Victoria Woodhall, GTG Editorial Director, 56

Solution:
No7 Derm Solutions™ Comforting Cream Cleanser for dry skin, £14.95
No7 Derm Solutions™ Skin Balancing Serum, £27.95
No7 Derm Solutions™ 100HR Hydration Cream for dry skin, £22.95
No7 Derm Solutions™ Bundle for dry skin, £44.95


How to treat dry skin has always been an issue for me, even more so now that menopause makes everything drier still. Dryness makes fine lines more visible, my face often feels tight and uncomfortable by mid-afternoon and if I don’t top up my moisturiser, my foundation starts to go patchy. Another of the main reasons for dry skin is a compromised skin barrier, as it’s simply not robust enough to hold moisture in. If, like me, you use high-strength actives, skin barrier damage is easily self-inflicted. Fortunately, it can be remedied and I always look for two skin barrier saviours in the form of ceramides (lipids that act as ‘glue’ to bind skin cells together) and niacinamide, which not only increases ceramide production but is a brilliant protective antioxidant. I was pleased to find that both are headliners in the Comforting Cream Cleanser and 100-Hour Hydration Cream, which I tested, and it shows. My skin feels comfortable all day. Meanwhile the Skin Balancing Serum is rammed with antioxidants that help protect the skin so I know I’m keeping any inflammation at bay.

Why is my skin so oily? 

Jemma Thompson, GTG Design and Social Media Manager, 28

Solution:

No7 Derm Solutions™ Calming Gel Cleanser for oily skin, £14.95
No7 Derm Solutions™ Skin Balancing Serum, £27.95
No7 Derm Solutions™ Lightweight Hydrating Lotion for oily skin, £22.95
No7 Derm Solutions™ Bundle for oily and blemish prone skin, £44.95


While I've come to accept that my oily skin is triggered by stress and hormones, I refuse to believe there's nothing I can do about it. My main concern has always been balancing my oily skin, supporting my skin barrier, and keeping it super hydrated and glowy. Enter No7’s Derm Solutions™ range. This simple routine is tailored perfectly for my oily skin, it’s the 2024 refresh my beauty routine has been yearning for. It uses a mix of ceramides and niacinamide which help to improve my complexion's tone and texture while breaking the cycle of breakouts. If you’re looking to boost moisture levels, evenness, and radiance without overwhelming your skin, then give these three products a whirl. I’ve been testing it out for a couple of weeks and can already see an improvement. I'm excited to see the results after a few more!

What is sensitive skin and how to treat it?

Kerry Potter, GTG Contributing Editor, 48

Solution:
No7 Derm Solutions™ 100-Hour Hydration Cream Moisturiser for sensitive skin, £22.95
No7 Derm Solutions™ Comforting Cream Cleanser for sensitive skin, £14.95
No7 Derm Solutions™ Bundle for sensitive skin, £44.95


I have the kind of skin that’s as happy as Larry in the summer but, come the winter, it can play up in the manner of a toddler when you turn off CBeebies. At this time of year, I am more prone to breakouts but my main issue is that I get blotches of angry sensitivity around my nose and my skin texture is also dry. Then there’s the wind chill chapping: I run a lot, always outdoors, in all sorts of foul weather, and while the fitness benefits are manifold, the face benefits are less so. Let’s face it, no one wants their complexion to be described as ‘ruddy’.

Derm Solutions™ Comforting Cream Cleanser and Derm Solutions™ 100-Hour Hydration Cream, are both formulated for sensitive skin and tick a lot of my skincare boxes. The inclusion of niacinamide is the biggie – this wonder active ingredient really suits my skin; calming and soothing like nothing else. The cleanser is delightful to use and the cream feels pleasingly weighty and luxe but sinks in like a dream and doesn’t pill (my pet product hate) under my makeup. Plus they're fragrance-free. Sensitive skin tantrums, be gone!

Start your own skin rehab journey by heading to the No7 Derm Solutions™ website to find out more information.