20 Drugstore Beauty Products Dermatologists Swear By
Get clearer, softer, smoother skin on the cheap with the affordable (most cost under $20!) drugstore finds that skin docs love.
Klorane Makeup Remover Wipes with Soothing Cornflower
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These towelettes really refresh, but they don’t strip skin, even when you’re removing long-lasting makeup, Jeannette Graf, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC, told Redbook. The key ingredient, cornflower, is an anti-inflammatory that soothes sensitive skin. Bonus: The wipes are 100 percent biodegradable. Check out these nine reasons your skin hates you.
Instrumental Beauty Sonic Touch Cleansing System
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This facial brush features silicone points that pulsate to cleanse skin and boost radiance. And because it’s so gentle, you can use it twice a day, NYC dermatologist Hadley King, MD, told stylecaster.com. Just don’t pair it with an exfoliating wash, which could potentially damage the silicone. And watch out for this other bad skincare advice that dermatologists commonly hear.
Cetaphil Liquid Cleanser Gentle Skin Cleanser
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There’s a reason this cleanser has a cult following: “It’s the gold standard for gentle cleansing,” says David Bank, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. Or try these simple natural cleansers you can make yourself.
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
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When it comes to pore strips, Bioré is the original, and—judging by how many derms recommend them—the best. Yes, they’re a temporary fix, but they’re great for degunking pores on the nose and chin, says Bank, who recommends applying them to damp skin after washing your face. Check out these other beauty secrets your skin wants to tell you.
Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex
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Want to improve the view around your eyes? Doris Day, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, uses this cream herself at night. As she told Allure, it contains retinol to thicken skin, plus niacinamide (a form of vitamin B) to even tone, caffeine to reduce puffiness, and antioxidants to protect against future damage. Check out these other tiny tweaks to your beauty routine for a major skincare payoff.
Garnier Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller
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If cucumbers aren’t getting rid of your undereye baggage, Dr. Bank suggests this targeted treatment. The rolling metal tip reduces swelling by cooling skin, while the caffeinated gel formula minimizes puffiness by constricting blood vessels. These like-magic makeup tricks can also help your eyes look less tired.
EOS Lip Balm
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To coddle the very sensitive skin on the lips (it’s the thinnest on the body), NYC dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, tells youbeauty.com that she uses this balm. Packed with olive oil, jojoba seed oil, shea butter, and vitamins E and C, it really means business when it comes to moisturizing! Or try these other DIY salves for dry, chapped lips.
40 Carrots Vitamin C Serum
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“I love antioxidant serums to help fight off free radical damage from UV rays,” says Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. “This is cosmetically elegant, easy to layer, and gets the job done.” Check out the morning habits of people with beautiful skin.
Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30
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Seeing (brown) spots? This gentle lotion contains soy to reduce pigmentation as well as high SPF with UVA protection to prevent more discoloration, says NYC dermatologist Heidi Waldorf, MD, in Good Housekeeping.
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
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When it comes to skin rejuvenation, no ingredient works better (or faster) than a retinoid. Rx versions are more potent, but this PM option delivers the vitamin-A-based anti-ager without the hefty price tag, says Dr. Bank. “It’s the go-to OTC retinol product.” Don’t miss these other dermatologists’ tricks to looking younger.