You are here

Skin Care Products Dermatologists Love

Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash

1 of 9

All photos

The Derm: Mona Gohara, M.D., associate clinical professor, Yale School of Medicine.
Why: "It moisturizes, cleanses, and protects essential lipids while adding the extra nourishing effects of jojoba oil." ($6,

Other favorite products:
1.  Skinceuticals C E Ferulic ($163,
Why: "A perfect antioxidant serum that protects the skin from the aging affects of sun and smog. It's also easy to layer under sunscreen and makeup."

2. SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($178,
Why: "This hyaluronic acid product is my new obsession. It gives you instant smoothing of the skin, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. I don't leave the house without putting it on!"

Lierac Magnificence Serum Rouge

2 of 9

All photos

The Derm: Debra Jaliman, M.D., New York City-based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules
Why: “This 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.” ($86;

Other favorite products:
1. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer ($21;
Why: “This has a great consistency, and it features hyaluronic acid, so it's not irritating to my sensitive skin. I love that it comes in a pump and is easy to use and carry around.”
2. Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream ($85;
Why: “This anti-aging cream is especially good for the delicate, sensitive area around the eyes.”

RELATED: 7 Time-Tested Tips for Effortless Beauty

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

3 of 9

All photos

The Derm: Doris Day, M.D., New York City-based dermatologist and author of Forget the Facelift. ($281;
Why: “I see the difference in my skin. Packed with growth factors, peptides, and so much more, clinical data shows that it’s effective."

Other favorite products:
1. Olay ProX Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System ($40;
Why: “I use this twice a week, and my skin feels smooth and soft. Exfoliation is an essential part of my skin-care regimen, but this doesn’t irritate my skin.”
2. Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 30 ($57;
Why: “I never go out without it. It’s so much easier to prevent sun damage than to fix it after!”

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM

4 of 9

All photos

The Derm: Annie Chiu, M.D., Los Angeles-based dermatologist.
Why: “I love this 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.” ($14;

Other favorite products:
1. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum ($281;
Why: “This is my trapped-on-a-desert-island favorite! It's got all your cutting edge, anti-aging ingredients in one bottle: growth factors; antioxidants, including a stabilized form of vitamin C; and collagen-building peptides.”
2. Nectifirm by Revision Skincare ($105;
Why: “This is an elegantly formulated product to firm, lift, and improve the skin around the neck and jawline. I use it twice daily on my jaw, neck, and chest, and sometimes I even put a small amount on my upper eyelid when I need extra lift!”

Nectifirm by Revision Skincare

5 of 9

All photos

The Derm: Whitney Bowe, M.D., New York-based dermatologist.
Why: “People often neglect their jawline, neck, and décolletage. To prevent these regions from looking saggy, I recommend using this 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.” ($105;

RELATED: The Numbers That Help You Look and Feel Your Best

Other favorite products:
1. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum ($281;
Why: “Some of my patients find it hard to tolerate a retinoid, especially in winter. This is a great alternative because it’s extremely gentle yet contains powerful growth factors, antioxidants, and peptides that smooth skin and soften the appearance of wrinkles.”
2. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($14;
Why: “This is a fantastic daily moisturizer with a broad spectrum sunscreen and soy. The sunscreen protects against UV damage while the soy corrects existing damage by lightening dark spots and evening tone and texture.”

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

6 of 9

All photos

The Derm: Heidi Waldorf, M.D., Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
Why: "It’s great for all skin types, but for dryer skin like mine, I recommend applying an additional moisturizer over it. This daily sunscreen contains chemical and physical blockers in a light, moisturizing base that is quickly absorbed. Plus, it has the anti-inflammatory antioxidant niacinamide." ($32;

Other favorite products:
1. Caudalie Premier Cru La Crème Riche ($158;
Why: “Elegant and moisturizing without feeling greasy, this cream contains a potent resveratrol, viniferine, as well as polyphenols to prevent loss of elasticity, hyperpigmentation, oxidative stress, and dryness. I use it as needed in the morning over sunscreen, at night before bed, and I keep some in a travel jar to apply on airplanes or anytime I feel dry.”
2. Neostrata Skin Active Exfoliating Wash ($40;
Why: “This gentle, non-abrasive foaming wash contains polyhydroxy acids to stimulate cell turnover, maltobionic acid for hydration, and botanicals to reduce inflammation. It removes makeup and leaves skin looking clear and feeling soft.”

SkinMedica Retinol Complex

7 of 9

All photos

The Derm: Deirdre Hooper, M.D., New Orleans-based dermatologist.
Why: “I cannot live without it! This helps me prevent acne, keep pores clean, smooth away fine lines, and build collagen." (Available in three strengths, $62-$93;

Other favorite products:
1. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum ($281;
Why: “It combines antioxidants to prevent sun and environmental damage with a growth factor to help me build collagen and keep my skin supple and firm. I use this every morning.”
2. Revision Skincare Intellishade Original Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 ($56;
Why: “Another multitasker! It offers broad spectrum SPF 45 coverage in a beautiful tint, so I can skip foundation.”

Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser Mask

8 of 9

All photos

The Derm: Emmy Graber, M.D., director of the Cosmetic & Laser Center, Boston University. 
Why: "Use it 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." ($7;

Other favorite products:
1. NeoStrata Bionic Face Cream ($58;
Why: “I use this cream at night for a bright, glowing face the next morning. Packed with polyhydroxyacids, it gets rid of the dead layer of skin cells on the surface but isn’t irritating.”
2. Epionce Renewal Eye Cream ($70;
Why: “Many eye creams don't actually do anything, but I'm a believer in this one! It makes my under-eye area look smoother and more rested thanks to a moisturizing complex of antioxidants.”

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

9 of 9

All photos

The Derm: Anne Chapas, M.D., founder and medical director of Union Square Laser Dermatology. 
Why: "I use it every morning. It's been shown to prevent sun damage.” ($162;

Other favorite products:
1. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ($32;
Why: “This is a light sunscreen that can be applied over or under makeup without leaving white residue.“
2. Neocutis Bio-Cream ($110;
Why: “A rich moisturizer, it contains compounds that improve skin texture and fine lines.”


Add a comment