How Phoebe Dynevor Wards Off Dry Skin and Breakouts From All That TV Makeup

Phoebe Dveynor has been acting since all the way back in 2006 — when she was a wee babe at merely 10 or 11 years old — but her knowledge of on-screen beauty delves even deeper than that. As you can imagine, someone with a resumé spanning so many years must come from a rather theater-savvy family. And she does; her mother Sally is known for her role on the British soap opera Coronation Street. But as Dynevor tells Allure, her mother isn’t the only one in the family with hair, skin-care, and makeup tricks up her sleeve.

“My grandma was the glamorous one in the family, but my mom has dry skin like me,” Dynevor tells Allure on the phone from the back of the car, presumably traveling to or from a set. “She introduced me to looking after your skin, and then, obviously, working [as an actor].” As she puts it, there was always “a lot of moisturizing going on” in her household. Through years of following in her mother’s footsteps and being on camera herself, Dynevor has gotten her own skin-care routine down to an exact science. 

Being on TV and all the makeup that comes with that, she explains, leaves her more prone to certain skin issues than she otherwise would be off-camera. “I think when you’re filming, they tend to last longer when you get a spot because [makeup artists are] re-applying makeup to the spot over and over again every day,” she says. And all that setting powder? Whew. “When you’re on set all day and people are re-applying powder, it’s very hard on your skin. It dries my skin out.”

Avoiding most makeup when off duty and developing a routine that can cleanse and hydrate effectively has been a saving grace for Dynevor’s skin. That’s where Sunday Riley, the founder behind the skin-care brand of the same name, comes in. The duo hit it off after having dinner in London for the first time in 2021. “The dinner was only supposed to last for an hour or so, but we ended up staying so long they literally made us leave the table and head to the bar,” Riley recalls. “I think we were there for almost four hours.”

It’s no shocker, then, that Dynevor has just been announced as the brand’s new ambassador. That first dinner convinced Riley that they had to work together because “she’s a woman whom you feel instantly connected to. The way she views the world, the way she leans in to speak with you, the way she opens up about her fears and her dreams — she’s incredibly human,” says Riley.

And when you partner with a brand, you’ve got no shortage of that brand’s products at your disposal — that said, Dynevor has a daily routine stacked with Sunday Riley staples, the first being C.E.O. Vitamin C Brightening Serum. “I have been applying vitamin C for years, and I just think it’s one of the best products you can use,” Dynevor says (and she’s right: board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler, M.D., previously told Allure that vitamin C “aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells.”)