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7 Skincare Products Dermatologists Say They Couldn't Live Without

  • Colorescience


    Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50

    Let's start with SPF. Ninety percent of the signs of aging (and skin cancers) come from unprotected, daily sun exposure. This is why every dermatologist has a favorite 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 ($64; "It's easily reapplied during the day and extremely effective." —Susan Weinkle, M.D., dermatologist, Bradenton, Florida

  • The Beauty Place

    TNS SkinMedica Eye Repair

    Unfortunately, eye drama is unavoidable. Between late work nights, the occassional 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.

    "TNS eye repair ($64; 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., Callender Dermatology and Cosmetic Center, Glenn Dale, MD


    Avene Retrinal .05% Cream

    For most dermatologists, retinols—or vitamin A derivatives—are a must. 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.

    "I love Avene Retinaldahyde ($61; 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


    Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum

    Confession: Serums are the favored children amongst dermatologists. They are 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 CE Ferulic ($163; 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., dermatologist, San Antonio, TX


    Colorescience Primer

    Dermatologists have a love-hate relationship with makeup. We recognize it as a preference for many women, but it's also a potential irritant for acne, rosacea, or eczema (to name a few). That being said, we are living in 2016 when, thankfully, skin-savvy options exist.

    "Colorescience primer ($49; 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, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City

  • Target

    Drug-Store Must-Haves

    Dermatologists also find favorites right in the aisles of corner 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 clea ]]>

    • 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. ($2;


Mona Gohara, MD

Oberlin-bred feminist, Yale-trained dermatologist, mother, Virgo, and lover of all things Broadway, tulle, and 80's. Favorite TV show: the Mindy Project because beauty and brains are a wonderful thing. 

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