Skip to main contentSkip to footer

When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission. Read our full commerce guidelines here.

Princess Diana's skincare secrets: How the royal would care for her skin today

The princess reportedly suffered from a common inflammatory skin condition

princess diana
Georgia Brown
Georgia BrownSenior Lifestyle & Fashion Writer
Share this:

The ongoing response to the fourth season of The Crown proves that Princess Diana is just as iconic today as she was when she was alive. An icon before her time, the Princess of Wales continues to influence fashion and beauty trends almost two decades on from her tragic passing.

RELATED: 5 things you need to know about dealing with Rosacea

As someone who experiences breakouts and redness myself, I was surprised to learn from reports in The Telegraph and Good Housekeeping that Diana suffered with rosacea - a common inflammatory skin condition that affects 1 in 10 of us.

The condition that affects my complexion can leave skin on the face and neck blushed or inflamed when certain triggers cause the blood vessels in the dermal layer to flare up.

READ: The Queen's royal skincare products are surprisingly affordable

princess diana skincare

The princess owed her glowing complexion to a dedicated skin routine

It's therefore no surprise that Princess Diana took great care of her skin, especially if it was prone to sensitivity, bumps and breakouts.

Speaking to Stylist in 2012, Diana's make up artist Mary Greenwell said: "Diana would always make sure she took her make up off at the end of the day and make sure she always had a clean face before applying make up".

SEE: The beauty products Kate Middleton uses to look fantastic on Zoom calls

MORE: All the beauty products Meghan Markle has said she loves

According to Greenwell, the Princess took great care of her skin, committing to a traditional cleanse, tone, moisturize approach. "She’d be now using serums and definitely using sun block every day," she added.

There is no permanent cure to rosacea, however, with the right treatment symptoms can be kept under control. If you're seeking a gentle skin routine to keep your redness at bay, we've compiled the ultimate list of sensitive skin-friendly products, as approved by HELLO's! Junior Lifestyle Writer, who also experiences flare ups with the condition.

Darphin Intral Daily Rescue Serum

darphin serum loves

Darphin Intral Daily Rescue Serumwas £110, NOW £77, Darphin


If you are prone to redness, this high-potency soothing serum is a must. It feels fresh and soothing and instantly helps calm, soothe and reduce the appearance of redness. It features micro-water technology and an exclusive Calm Complex to help protect against irritation caused by pollution and environmental stressors. It supports the skin’s natural moisture barrier, helping prevent future skin irritation - and it's currently on offer. 

Save 30% on Darphin's bestsellers until June 27; offer applied automatically. And you can also save 20% off everything else at by adding code SUNSHINE20 at checkout

Paula's Choice Calm Nourishing Gel Cleanser

paulas choice cleanser

Calm Nourishing Gel Cleanser, was £20 NOW £17, Paula's Choice


Face wipes and harsh exfoliators can make rosacea-prone skin extremely irritated. This lightweight cleanser is great for removing make up and debris at the end of the day. It's powerful enough to cleanse the skin, but gentle enough to be used without causing any extra irritation.

Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier


Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier, £14.95, Boots


Hypochlorous is the one ingredient you need if you have skin that's prone to redness and breakouts. It's ideal for sensitive skin and will help flare-ups recover quickly. Spritz onto the skin morning and night after cleansing to soothe redness, calm irritation and keep inflammation at bay.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Oil-Infused Serum

fresh rosehip oil

Rose Deep Hydration Oil, £52, Cult Beauty


If you're looking to recreate Princess Diana's glow – this product is the answer. Created to deliver both deep hydration and nourishment, rosehip oil is perfect for ultra-dewy skin that’s plumped with moisture.

La Roche Posay Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF50+

la roche posay spf

Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid, was £18, now £13.50, La Roche Posay


Whether you have rosacea-prone skin or not, wearing an SPF is an absolute must. Not only does it prevent ageing, but sunburn can be extremely damaging to the delicate skin on the face.

This ultra light option from La Roche Posay won't burn or irritate your skin if it's prone to sensitivity.

HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.

More Skincare And Fragrances

See more