2023 is the year that we vow to take our skin seriously. And who better to take advice from than a dermatologist? We’ve gathered our favorite dermatologist-recommended skincare products so you can introduce them to your routine with peace of mind and nothing but confidence.
We know it’s annoying – especially after a night out when all you want to do is snooze – but removing your makeup is a must.
Avene Gentle Eye Makeup Remover ($18, shop here)
This oil-free formula breaks down makeup incredibly well. California-based dermatologist Melanie Palm loves it because it has the same pH balance as tears, so your eyes won’t get tingly or irritated with use.
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Balm ($36, shop here)
If balms are more up your alley, this one from Farmacy is a perfect fit. New York-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner appreciates its hydrating properties (great for damaged moisture barriers) and natural brightening effects.
After your makeup is off, take the time to thoroughly cleanse your skin of any dirt, debris, and grime with a good cleanser. Dr. Jason Emer sat down with Allure to tell them about his favorite skin-safe formulas.
Youth To The People Kale+Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Cleanser ($36, shop here)
There’s a reason why this product has won awards! It’s packed with natural ingredients and antioxidants, which help retain the skin’s glow and health without stripping it of essential moisturizers and oils.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Facial Cleanser ($15.99, shop here)
This cleanser (and this entire line) is a great pick for those with sensitive skin who don’t want to break the bank. It’s incredibly gentle, super-hydrating, and effective at removing irritants that cause breakouts and angry skin.
Drs. Debra Jaliman and Cynthia Bailey recommend using toner if you struggle with acne-prone or generally oily skin. It adds an extra step of cleansing while introducing a concentrated amount of vitamins and minerals to your face before you lock it in with moisturizer.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution ($13, shop here)
This toner has become a cult favorite among the skincare community due to its affordability (you get a ton of product with a single purchase) and its unbeatable formula. It’s also incredibly mild, so you should see results without a hint of irritation.
Biossance Squalane + BHA Pore-Minimizing Toner ($30, shop here)
If you want something with a little more punch, Bailey and Jaliman recommend this toner by Biossance. It’s alcohol-free but does a knockout job of clarifying the skin and getting rid of excess oils and debris. Those with oilier skin may appreciate this formula, but it could be a bit drying for those with dry to normal skin.
Everyone needs moisturizer – even if you have super-oily skin. Your skin needs this deep nourishment to promote healthy cell growth, preventing breakouts and hyperpigmentation. Moisturizing also teaches the skin how much oil to produce, so skipping it may leave you looking like a greaseball over time!
Drunk Elephant Polypeptide Moisturizer ($68, shop here)
You may remember this as the Sephora birthday gift years back, but let us tell you, this moisturizer is the real deal. Dr. Caroline Robinson stresses the importance of using products with ingredients your skin needs – like the peptides in this formula.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($16.89, shop here)
At less than $20, this is one of the most affordable products on this list. It’s nothing short of a classic, and that’s because it gets the job done and then some. Dermatologists Ife Rodney, Tracy Evans, and Elyse Love adore its oil-free, nourishing formula that works as well on the body as it does on the face.