What do you get when you combine world-class erudition, a degree in dermatology, and access to the best research in the world? No wrinkles, for starters. Try these four skin-care products that dermatologists love unconditionally and use religiously.
Prescription retinoids. These vitamin A derivatives are the fastest fix for wrinkles and dark spots, “but the real reason I use a retinoid is that it throws precancerous cells into normal growth cycles so they’re more likely to go away,” says Amy Wechsler, a dermatologist in New York City. Two nights a week, she pats a prescription retinoid on her face after cleansing (once it’s totally dry), then follows that with Chanel La Solution 10 to minimize irritation. (Wechsler works with Chanel.) Alicia Barba, a dermatologist in Miami, even uses a retinoid around her eyes: “It’s not too harsh if I layer moisturizer on top.”
Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream. “It’s a great anti-ager for sensitive skin,” says Ellen Marmur, a New York City dermatologist, who turns red just looking at a retinoid. She applies this cream every night before bed.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. Vitamin C is one of the best ingredients for brightening skin and building collagen. Unlike many other vitamin C serums, “this one comes in a dark glass bottle to help keep it stable,” says Jeannette Graf, a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. Graf amps up prescription retinoids by topping them with wrinkle-smoothing peptides, like Matrixyl (found in the Olay Regenerist line). “They have the best science behind them,” she says.
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