The royal with the CHEAPEST skincare routine revealed - and it’s not who you’d think

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The royal family member with the cheapest skincare routine is revealed - and it's not who you'd think.

The Queen has the cheapest skincare routine in the royal family when compared with the likes of Kate Middleton (opens in new tab) and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab).

Looking fabulous at 95 doesn't have to cost the earth and with the Queen looking beautiful (opens in new tab) during her first day back at Windsor Castle recently, dermatologists at Vera Clinic (opens in new tab) have looked into the royals' skincare routines to reveal who's is the most expensive.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle has been revealed to have the most expensive royal skincare routine that costs an estimated £619.97 - although Meghan's favourite drug store mascara (opens in new tab) is SO cheap.

Kate Middleton comes in second, with a routine costing just over half of Meghan’s (£312.68), whilst Her Majesty the Queen has the cheapest skincare - costing a modest £64.99.

But what is exactly in their beauty bag that is costing a fortune? Well, the most expensive product found to be in Meghan’s repertoire is Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum (opens in new tab) priced at£68 a bottle.

Meanwhile, the most expensive product the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly uses is Heaven by Deborah Mitchell’s Silver Bee Venom Mask (opens in new tab), costing a hefty £86.50.

And the Queen's most expensive product is Molton Brown Bath and Shower Gel (opens in new tab), costing around £32.

What is the Queen's skincare routine?

At 95 years old, Queen Elizabeth must be doing something right to maintain her youthful appearance. Whilst she doesn’t partake in facials or face massage like her granddaughters-in-law, the Queen swears by moisturising twice a day with a layer of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, as well as keeping her skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

The Queen

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Overall monthly routine cost: £64.99

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Dermatologist Mehmet Göker has praised her routine, saying, "The Queen’s religious use of Eight Hour Cream will definitely contribute to her soft, youthful appearance at 95 years of age. A heavy-duty moisturising cream is definitely the way to go for older skin."

What is Kate Middleton's skincare routine?

Kate Middleton is said to swear by Karin Herzog products - with her rose hip oil reportedly being a vital part of her skincare routine. She is also thought to have regular bee venom facials from popular English beautician Deborah Mitchell. A flannel and Nivea Moisturising cream are more modest parts of her skincare routine.

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Overall monthly routine cost: £312.68

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Mehmet Göker recommends Kate's use of SPF to combat wrinkles and explains why you don't always have to spend a fortune. He explained, "Although it can be tempting to splurge on expensive moisturisers to keep wrinkles at bay, more often than not the cheaper brands do just as good a job!"

"Kate swears by Nivea moisturiser as her day cream, and uses more expensive serums and masks to complement this. She also uses the Karin Herzog SPF protection on her face daily, which is vitally important for protecting skin from sun damage; not using SPF will ultimately result in sunspots and wrinkles."

What is Meghan Markle's skincare routine?

Meghan Markle is thought to swear by a few key products to keep her skin looking in tip-top condition, and similar to Kate Middleton, her products range from budget to super-expensive. Tea tree oil is said to be one of her must-haves, along with cheek and jawline massage and facials by Nichola Joss which promise to "sculpt your face from the inside out".

Meghan Markle

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Overall monthly routine cost: £619.97

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Mehmet Göker explains why Meghan's cheapest item - £4.99 tea tree oil - is most beneficial out of her more luxurious beauty buys.

“Meghan has a huge range of products in her cosmetics cupboard, ranging from budget to hugely pricey," he said.

"One of the most widely useful products, in my opinion, is the tea tree oil - coincidentally, the cheapest thing in there. Tea tree oil can be used for drying out spots due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It’s also thought to calm skin redness, swelling, and inflammation. It can be used for fading acne scars, soothing dry skin, and eczema, as well as speeding up the healing of wounds and cuts."

And if you want the benefits of Nichola Joss youthful skin without the hefty £350 price tag, Mehmet explains a simple way to access the face massage techniques for free.

He said, "The Nichola Joss facial, on the other end of the price scale at £350, is a fantastic way of honing your facial muscles, and reducing water retention and face puffiness. However, at that price tag it isn’t accessible for many; you can do the face massage techniques on yourself though!"

"Nichola has kindly shared her face massage techniques on Youtube for you to copy - I personally recommend her morning oil massage,” he added.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.