When we asked makeup artists what their Sephora hauls look like, it was almost like getting to read their diaries. Okay, maybe not as intimate, but we got a peek at their exclusive shopping lists and what they use on their elite Hollywood clientele, so we felt pretty charmed getting the inside scoop and sharing it with you, dear readers.
Recently, we were privy to the Sephora shopping lists of another important group: top dermatologists. As much as we want to test out the most popular serums and foundations, they're not always skin-friendly, so discovering which products get the stamp of approval from those whose lifeblood is to care for the body's largest organ was a real treat.
"This cream has anti-aging and hydrating properties thanks to resveratrol and hyaluronic acid," says Karen Hammerman, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC. "Resveratrol is an anti-aging ingredient that diminishes visible wrinkles and enhances skin firmness, with the same regenerating process that allows grape vines to live up to 100 years."
"This paraben- and sulfate-free clay-based body paste fortified with active charcoal transforms into a light foam to wash away dirt and impurities," says Hammerman. "Infused with a duo of chemical and physical exfoliators, it buffs away dry patches and refines skin texture, even bumpy, unattractive 'chicken skin' caused by keratosis pilaris. It contains argan oil, honey, and vitamin E to hydrate, calm, and promote skin health. It can also be used to prep skin before sunless tanning."
"This product is perfect for those of you who hate the sticky feeling of sunscreen," explains Hammerman. "It glides on completely clear, preventing any white residue or pinkish cast."
"Start with a hydrating moisturizer for your skin," instructs Michele Farber, MD, also of Schweiger Dermatology Group. "Peter Thomas Roth's Hyaluronic Cloud Cream has a high percentage of hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture."
"Sephora sells excellent brands of makeup," says Farber, listing brands like Clinique, Yves Saint Laurent, and Bobbi Brown. "General advice is to use a noncomedogenic foundation especially if you are acne-prone and use paraben-free and fragrance-free products if your skin is more sensitive."
"For nighttime skincare, this serum is great to even out skin tone," says Farber. "Use only a few nights per week, especially if your skin is sensitive, and be particularly careful about sunscreen with this type of product."
"This product moisturizes and hydrates skin around the eyes to decrease the appearance of wrinkles and crow's-feet," says NYC dermatologist Kristina Goldenberg, MD. "I like using it in combination with Botox."
"It's very important to remove makeup at the end of each day to prevent acne and aging," says Goldenberg. "This product is easy to use and easy to pack when you're on the move."
"This product is free of parabens and the oils are a nice moisturizer, especially in combination with Retin-A to prevent or treat dryness," explains NYC dermatologist Gary Goldenberg, MD.
"This product contains chlolleragen, which has been shown to decrease the appearance of fine wrinkles and lines. It also has moisturizing properties," says Goldenberg.
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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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