Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DWe asked three MDs with their own skin care lines to brag about their standout skin-renewing solutions. The catch: They also had to recommend a stellar product from a competing doctor's line.
Susan Taylor, MDAssistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University
Rx for Brown Skin Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum
"This serum improves uneven skin tone-a top aging concern for women of color--by lifting away dead cells with alpha hydroxy acids, lightening dark spots with soy, and softening rough patches with hyaluronic acid."
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Specific Beauty Night Treatment Complex
"Created by dermatologist Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD, this product contains retinol to smooth the skin and licorice to minimize discoloration."
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DNeil Sadick, MD
Clinical professor of dermatology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Sadick Dermatology Group PM Reversal Serum
"To get younger-looking skin, you need to build collagen, stimulate elastin, and encourage cell turnover. This serum does all three--with retinol, peptides, and two different alpha hydroxy acids."
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Obagi Professional-C Serum
from $48; lovelyskin.com
"Vitamin C is a great complexion-protecting antioxidant--when it's potent and stable, as it is in this formula. It can also be irritating, so I like that this serum comes in several concentrations--I start patients at 5 percent and work up to 20."
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DMichelle Copeland, MDAssistant clinical professor of surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Michelle Copeland Skin Care Emerge Facelift Cream
"There are 14 active ingredients in this cream--peptides and antioxidants like resveratrol and coenzyme Q-10. In just a couple of weeks, it can make your skin feel firmer and your fine lines look less noticeable."
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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Sun Protection SPF 45 Cream
"The sun is the number one enemy of healthy skin; I always tell my patients to use a sunscreen with zinc oxide, like this one, which physically blocks both UVA and UVB rays."
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