Top Dermatologists Share Their Holy Grail Skin-Care Products
M.D. Skin-Care Picks
We love a celebrity skin care rec (see: Meghan Markle's $10 cure-all and SJP's must-have $30 moisturizer), but at the end of the day, it's always helpful to go straight to the source: dermatologists. After all, they went to med school to figure out how to treat every condition under the sun, and have dedicated their careers to making skin look its best. (And, you know, and are often the ones who suggested the celebs' products in the first place.) Bottom line: They know exactly what to look for in a skin-care product, and if they have a favorite, it's definitely worth stealing. No need to grill your doc or rifle through anyone's medicine cabinet, though. Below, eight derms on the one product they love most.
Celavive Perfecting Toner
Jennifer Lee, M.D., medical director of REN Dermatology & Laser Center, who's partnered with Celavive, loves the brand's Perfecting Toner. She uses it morning and night to prep her skin for other active skin care products, she says. It contains Celavive's Olivol Botanical Blend, a combo of lentil, watermelon, and apple extracts for hydration and visible reduction of fine lines.
LIVAD Vitamin A&D Cream
To buy: $90; amazon.com
Janet Prystowsky, M.D., a New York-based dermatologist, designed a moisturizer called LIVAD that she uses in the a.m. In addition to imparting her skin with vitamins A, D, and E, she mixes it 50/50 with Strivectin to helps the peptides work even better for wrinkle reduction, she says.
Sente Bio Complete Serum
Unlike many retinoid products, Sente bio complete serum isn’t irritating, says Pamela Norden, M.D. of Krauss Dermatology. It's formulated with retinol but also hydrating ingredients, she says. “It contains heparan sulfate which allows both the retinol and other products—like sunscreen and growth factors—to better enter our cells and become more effective.” The superstar serum builds collagen, hydrates, and prevents fine lines, she says.
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer
To buy: $24; amazon.com
Since he lives in sunny Florida, Adam Plotkin, M.D. of Palm Beach Dermatology Group, avoids the commonly subscribed Retin-A. Instead, he uses RoC’s products with retinol (the OTC form of retinoids) which is 85 percent as effective as Retin-A, but doesn't make skin more sensitive to the sun, he says.
Alastin SPF 30+ Sunscreen
Tonya Kormeili, M.D. a Santa Monica-based dermatologist, relies on uses Alastin SPF 30+ sunscreen for sun protection. It delivers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and contains vitamin C as well as a soothing trio of green tea, cucumber, and aloe leaf extracts.
Mod Skin NYC Revolution Serum
According to Arash Akhavan, M.D., founder of the Dermatology and Laser Group, Mod Skin NYC Revolution Serum “leaves skin plump and dewy.” It has immediate and long-term anti-aging benefits since “it’s packed full of moisturizing hyaluronic acid which helps keep collagen synthesis up and retains skin moisture, and CPL Peptide Complex, which naturally protects skin from free radical damage,” he says.
Revision D.E.J. Eye Cream
To buy: $97; amazon.com
For the winter months, Julie Russak, M.D. a dermatologist based in New York, relies on Revision D.E.J. Eye Cream. “I feel an instant lift and hydration to my eyes after applying it,” she says. Tied for first place is the SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque which she applies any time she needs to calm down irritation (think: right before walking out of the gym or after a day on the slopes).