Skin-Care Products Dermatologists Swear By
Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50
Let's start with SPF. (The FDA is making big changes to the guidelines around sunscreen, BTW.) Ninety percent of the signs of aging—and skin cancers—come from unprotected, daily sun exposure. This is why the best dermatologist skin-care product lists always include sunscreen. Like finding a mate, finding the right SPF requires a bit of dating—if you choose the first product that smells or looks good, the relationship will most likely fizzle. But if you take the time to get to know the brand (making sure it fits into your lifestyle), odds are you'll find a match.
"My handbag never leaves home without Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50. "It's easily reapplied during the day and extremely effective."— Susan Weinkle, M.D., a dermatologist in Bradenton, Florida
SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair
Unfortunately, eye drama is unavoidable. Between late work nights, the occasional party and, well, getting older, it just happens. That's why you want an eye product that has a mix of ingredients that help build collagen, fight free radicals, and include retinols.
"SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair is the perfect fix for under eye bags during stressful times. It's my go-to product for erasing the facial signs of fatigue and stress."—Valerie Callender, M.D., a dermatologist at Callender Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in Glenn Dale, Maryland
Avene Retrinal .05% Cream
Dermatologist skin-care product picks often include retinols—or vitamin A derivatives. They are proven to increase collagen production and decrease its breakdown, reducing the signs of aging while simultaneously preventing further damage. Retinols are also a gold standard in the treatment of acne. The problem is that some formulations can be irritating, making regular use an issue. (Related: The Best New Clean Skin-Care Products)
"I love Avene Retinaldehyde. It causes minimal irritation and is effective for many conditions, including aging, acne, and hyperpigmentation."—Pearl Grimes, M.D., director of the Vitiligo and Pigmentation Institute of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Serums have earned their spot on pretty much every dermatologist skin-care product favorites list for good reason. They’re light, easy to layer, highly concentrated, and great for stubborn problem areas that need a little extra love. So they're basically the LBD of skincare.
"My current go-to is Skinceuticals C E Ferulic. It's a great antioxidant, and it has the added benefit of fighting the damaging effects of ground ozone and pollution."—Vivian Bucay, M.D., a dermatologist in San Antonio, Texas
Colorescience Mattifying Perfector Primer
Dermatologists have a love-hate relationship with makeup, as it serves a purpose, but it's also a potential irritant for acne, rosacea, or eczema (to name a few). That being said, we are living in the 21st century when, thankfully, skin-savvy options exist. (Related: How to Apply Makeup So It Lasts All Day and Night)
"Colorescience Mattifying Perfector is easy-peasy. One squirt can make you go from blotchy to polished. And if you need to freshen up later in the day, you can just reapply—no need to wash first. It spreads easily and doesn't get stuck in wrinkles and pores."—Heidi Waldorf, M.D., director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City
Lierac Magnificence Serum Rouge
Pomegranate is one of the top foods for skin due to its potent polyphenol levels.
“Lierac Magnificence Serum Rouge is the first product I put on after cleansing because it’s super hydrating. It's made with pomegranate flower, so it’s very high in antioxidants and fights free radical damage. It’s also great for fine lines because it contains peptides to stimulate collagen production.”—Debra Jaliman, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City and the author of Skin Rules
CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM
Hyaluronic acid is a dermatologist skin-care product fave for helping skin look dewy and stay nice and hydrated. It’s especially beneficial in overnight potions so it can work while you snooze.
“I love CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM because it's a light textured, easily absorbed moisturizer. It works with almost any skin type, and it contains ceramides to improve the skin barrier. It mixes beautifully with other anti-aging products, so you can layer with it.”—Annie Chiu, M.D., a dermatologist in Los Angeles, California
Nectifirm by Revision Skincare
Chin up! You can counteract aging in that tricky area between your face and your chest. (Related: The Best Skin-Care Treatments for Your Neck)
“People often neglect their jawline, neck, and décolletage. To prevent these regions from looking saggy, I recommend using Revision Skincare Nectifirm cream from the jawline to the lower chest every night before bed. It's one of the few creams that really firms the neck area over time.”—Whitney Bowe, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City
Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser Mask
Benzoyl peroxide can be found in many dermatologist skin-care product picks for those prone to breakouts. Why? It’s been proven to fight back against bacteria before it turns into acne while treating already-existing bumps.
"You can use Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser Mask as a regular cleanser, but if you need more oomph to your acne-fighting routine, it works as a mask. This wash contains a concentration of benzoyl peroxide powerful enough to prevent pimples yet gentle enough to not dry out skin."—Emmy Graber, M.D., director of the Cosmetic & Laser Center at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
Dove White Beauty Bar
Dermatologists also find favorites right in the aisles of drugstores. Here are two A-listers:
- Dove White Beauty Bar is certainly a staple, as it's the original bar designed to nourish and hydrate while cleansing the skin. Derms recommend it as the universal cleanser ($4 for two; target.com)
- Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Care Fragrance-Free Lotion contains a unique blend of glycerin, Dimethicone, and microdroplets of the Vaseline jelly—all heavy-hitters when it comes to moisturizing the skin. It has the added benefit of being light and non-greasy. ($1; target.com)