If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years—it’s that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get great skin. Compliance is far more important than cash. If I had a dollar for every person who’s asked me what product they need to have, I’d be writing this from my villa in Capri. Seriously.
The answer isn’t a hard one, and even better, the rock star ingredient I’m about to reveal is readily available at a variety of price points. So what’s the greatest anti-ager that everyone should have in their arsenal? Anything with SPF.
Don’t believe me? Just ask any dermatologist. All the pricey procedures they offer won’t do a bit of good if you aren’t caring for your skin. That means a gentle face wash, hydrating moisturizer, and of course—some SPF. Read on to learn how else they save face.
- Olay Foaming Face Wash (Sensitive Skin). This product is "soap-, oil-, and fragrance-free which makes it ideal for dry, sensitive, and acneic types,” says Craig Austin, a dermatoligst in New York.
- Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser. “This mild face wash is fragrance-free, non-drying, non-comedogenic, and contains glycerin for moisture,” says Debra Jaliman, a NYC derm and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist.
- L’Oréal Sublime SPF 50+ Liquid Silk Sunshield for Face. “I swear by the silky-sheer formula, and the 1.7 oz. size means I can breeze through airports with this in my bag,” says L'Oreal Paris Consulting Dermatologist Dr. Gervaise Gerstner.
- Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion (SPF 15). This is “a great moisturizer with SPF and alpha hydroxyl to fight the signs of aging,” says Dr. Austin.
- Elta MD UV Physical. “It’s an SPF 41, oil-free, water-resistant, and contains high percentages of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It’s also tinted so you don’t have to wear makeup over top,” says Dr. Jaliman.
- Skinceuticals Phloretin Cf Broad-Range Antioxidant Treatment. “Offers protection from free radicals and a range of other reactive molecules known to cause damage and DNA mutations,” says Manhattan dermatologist Neil Schultz.
- Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream. “A great everyday brightening cream with broad spectrum protection, vitamin C (my favorite topical antioxidant) and hydrating hyaluronic acid. At $13 it’s great price quality value,” says Dr. Schultz.
- Colorescience Brush-On Sunscreens. “Great for women on-the-go who need to reapply sunscreen but don’t want anything too gloppy,” says Omaha-based derm, Joel Schlessinger.
- Trish McEvoy Even Skin Beta Hydroxy Pads. “Excellent for gentle exfoliation. This blend of salicylic acid, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and aloe ensures it won’t irritate skin,” says Dr. Jaliman.
- NeoCutis Lumière Bio-restorative Eye Cream. “My staff always rates the best eye creams out there and this is one of their favorites,” says Dr. Schlessinger.
- Lac-Hydrin 12%. “Contains lacticare which is soothing to extremely dry skin and eczema,” says Dr. Austin.
- FixMySkin 1% Hydrocortisone Balm. “Enough hydrocortisone to treat eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and allergic rashes,” says Dr. Schlessinger.
- Aquaphor Lip Repair. “Relieves chapped, cracked, and irritated lips,” says Dr. Austin.
- St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse. “I’m not a fan of getting a real tan, so this self tanner lends a believable tint to arms and legs, and dries quickly,” says Dr. Jaliman.
- Clarisonic Mia. “This portable sonic cleansing machine is ideal for removing oil and makeup. I recommend the delicate brush head for patients with sensitive skin,” says Dr. Jaliman.