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You depend on their advice, tips, and tricks for smooth, clear skin. But have you ever wondered what dermatologists trust to use regularly on their own skin? We asked a group of dermatologists which types of products and ingredients they trust most, and here's what they had to say.
Serums are lightweight liquids that are smooth, easy to layer, and come with a high concentration of ingredients focused on your skins particular needs, such as dark spots or fine lines. They are delivery systems designed to penetrate your skin and deliver potent ingredients. Some of the most effective serums contain balanced amounts of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and retinol.
2. Eye Creams
No one, not even dermatologists, can stand bags under their eyes. After all, the eyes are the focal point of the face. To keep puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles at bay, the best eye creams are light on the sensitive skin around the eyes and boost cellular renewal to reverse the signs of aging.
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3. Fragrance-Free Moisturizers
Although they may not leave you smelling like a bouquet of roses, but a moisturizer free of fragrances is less likely to cause rashes and irritation. Fragrances can really wreak havoc on your skin. Even if you don’t see any redness or irritation, they are still at work deep underneath the skin. Fragrances cause collagen to break down and hinder skin’s ability to heal. All of this can be taking place in the lower layers of skin without any obvious signs on the surface.
4. Vitamin C
This antioxidant warrior is great at erasing wrinkles and providing healing power to your skin. In the right dose (22%), vitamin C is excellent at combating sun damage, age spots and dullness. It can diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, as well as give you a tighter, toned, and healthier looking complexion without harsh chemicals or toxins.
5. Glycolic Toners
Toners are great at removing excess makeup and oil left behind even after cleansing. Throw in glycolic acid — a.k.a. the perfect exfoliator — and your pores open up, priming your skin to absorb any rejuvenation products you may be using, such as night creams or overnight face masks. Pair it with a cleanser packed with antioxidants and botanicals to clear your skin of anything that will disrupt serums and moisturizers from doing their job.
Retinol, derived from vitamin A, is a natural way to prevent and reduce fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production. Actually, most dermatologists never go to sleep without it. Retinol has a tiny molecular structure that lets it penetrate your skin, activating collagen and elastin. The result? If used in the right concentration, hydrated and youthful looking skin.
Peptides are links of amino acids that produce the anti-wrinkle protein collagen and function as unique moisture-binding agents. But don’t just look for them alone when hunting for skincare products. They work best in conjunction with other anti-aging ingredients. They are at their strongest combined with retinols and antioxidants. They all work well together to keep the skin healthy — and get the job done without irritation.