As a dermatologist, my patients ask me all the time which products I personally use on my own skin. Granted, everyone’s skin is unique—it doesn’t make sense to use something just because I use it.
I decided to ask some of the dermatologists in our practice here at Dermatology Consultants what products they like to use. Here’s a roundup of some of their personal favorites:
Dr. Jane Moore: “CE Ferulic is a wonderful topical vitamin C serum that penetrates skin well. It helps protect the skin from aging caused by ultraviolet and infrared light. CE Ferulic also helps your sunscreen work more effectively. This, in turn, helps prevent skin cancer, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots."
Dr. Katie Barlow: "The Clarisonic, an ultrasonic brush, is gentle enough even for those of us with very dry and sensitive skin. It can be used with any cleanser and helps gently exfoliate the skin. It also removes more oil and make-up than manual cleansing, and improves the penetration of topical medications and anti-aging products."
Dr. Julie Cronk: "I love the Elta 30 SPF facial sunscreen. It is really creamy and has no unpleasant smell. My patients with dry or more mature skin love it and of course I tell them to apply it several times daily to help protect against sun damage and skin cancer. Snow reflects 80 percent of the sun's rays so it's a great gift for skiers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts this winter. "
Dr. Tina Shaffer: "Neocutis Lumiere Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Balm contains numerous factors to decrease puffiness, smooth the appearance of fine lines and really hydrate the skin. In my opinion it's the best eye cream available (yes, of course, I use it myself!). It is also fabulous for use after a facial or laser procedure and can also be used for those fine dry lines around the mouth.
And my favorite product? Every morning I apply 2 drops of Phloretin CF to my face and neck. Over the last year my complexion has become more even toned and smoother. Phloretin comes from the bark of apple trees and the product also contains 10 percent vitamin C and ferulic acid. All three are antioxidants that help repair damage from sun and pollution. It also increases collagen, decreases fine lines and protects the skin from UV damage. It's really good for acne-prone skin too. It's a bit expensive, but one bottle lasts me 7 months.
Remember, it's always best to visit your own dermatologist to discuss a personalized skin regimen, and the best products to use for your unique skincare needs.