$300 creams, we're so over you. These dermatologist-recommended hair and beauty products prove you don't have to blow your budget to get clearer, younger-looking skin. By Cara Litke Sullivan, REDBOOK.
What does a dermatologist buy for herself at her local pharmacy? More than Q-tips. Harnessing their vast knowledge of formulas and ingredients, these three top skin docs have discovered highly effective drugstore products with very nice price tags. No matter what skin type or tone you have, the goods you're looking for are here.
The expert: Jeannette Graf, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City
1. "My skin can be dry, so I use products that keep it dewy and hydrated. These Klorane Make-up Remover Wipes with Soothing Cornflower ($11) really refresh, but they don't strip my skin. I also love the fact that they're 100 percent biodegradable."
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2. "If you're a retinol beginner, RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream ($22.99) is for you. It gently and gradually reduces the appearance of wrinkles."
3. "Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash with NutriumMoisture ($4.99) is creamy, soap-free, and has a rich lather that leaves skin silky while still getting you clean."
4. "A terrific moisturizer, lip balm, and protectant for cuts, bruises, and scars, Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($8.49) is extremely versatile. It also shields your face from the drying effects of cold weather and wind."
5. "A little bit of the totally non-greasy Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream ($17.99) goes a long way to soothe tired eyes, hydrate skin, and reduce wrinkles."
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6. "You can use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($11.99) on your face, hands, and body. It keeps them so soft. I rinse it off with water, but if you're extra-sensitive, use it without-just wipe it off with a tissue."
7. "I love the technology in Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 85+ ($12.99): Spray it on wet skin, and you get full protection without having to rub it in!"
The expert: Mona Gohara, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine
1. "My brown skin can easily develop dark spots, so I stick to gentle products. I like Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 ($13.99) because it's non-irritating and doesn't look chalky or white when applied."
2. "Packed with antioxidants to fight free radical damage, Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex ($42) really helps to reduce the signs of aging around the eyes."
3. "There's nothing gentler or more effective than a baby sunscreen like Mustela Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen Lotion ($22)."
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4. "Used once a week at night, Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator ($9.99) will remove dead skin cells, refine fine lines, and reduce the size of enlarged pores."
5. "These oversize Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads ($7) are infused with soy to lighten pigmentation spots. I always follow with SPF."
6. "To refresh your skin without overdrying, try Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple Action Toner ($7.99). It feels great after a sweaty workout."
7. "At night I use Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM ($13.99) because it contains hyaluronic acid, which attracts moisture to the skin."
The expert: Dina Strachan, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New York University
1. "I have oily, acne-prone skin, so I don't like to pile on a lot of heavy products. Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector ($12.99) has a lightweight formula that gives a satiny finish. The Medium/Deep shade works perfectly for me."
2. "La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid ($29.99) is a powerful broad-spectrum sunscreen that doesn't feel sticky."
3. "It's milder than a prescription retinoid, but RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($22.99) is still a very effective wrinkle-reducer."
4. "The alpha hydroxy acids in Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Cream ($12.99) really minimize fine lines. Actually, I love the whole Healthy Skin line!"
5. "This is a great choice for people like me who have to wash their hands all day. Cerave Therapeutic Hand Cream ($10.99) is ultra-protective, and it won't get your computer keyboard greasy."
6. "To clean oily, acne-prone skin, Cetaphil DermaControl Foam Wash ($10.99) is the perfect pick. Its neutral pH makes it gentle enough for all skin types."
7. "I recommend Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo ($7) to people with curly or kinky hair especially, as it won't strip away natural oils."
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