“Frankincense is one of my favorite anti-aging ingredients because it’s a great antioxidant,” says Cybele Fishman, M.D., an integrative dermatologist in New York City. She loves the England brand’s facial oil in particular because it feels light on skin and has an amazing smell. “It’s spicy and woodsy rather than flowery,” she says. Your guy would even like it for himself.
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“Everyone knows sunscreen is my thing, and I always tell my patients to use SPF 30 or above,” says Monclair, NJ-based dermatologist Jeanine Downie, M.D. She loves how this one comes in SPF 30, 50, and 70. “It feels great on my skin because it’s oil free, it’s noncomedeogenic, and it hydrates,” she says. Downie slathers this on before she runs outside.
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With vitamins C and E, plus hyaluronic acid and grapefruit, New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D., likes this antioxidant-rich serum to help protect against sun damage. She also loves the added chamomile, which is calming to skin, as well as clary sage, an ingredient that balances sebum protection. “It’s good for anti-aging and as an overall brightener,” she says.
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SPF wins again. Ava Shamban, M.D., Beverly Hills dermatologist and founder of SKINxFIVE, goes for this tinted water-resistant formula that’s filled with mineral UV protectors like titanium dioxide. Added antioxidants sop up wrinkle-causing free radicals from environmental exposures. You’ll also love how this one soaks into skin and provides just enough tint to hide imperfections.
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Notice a trend here? This is the go-to sunscreen of both Fishman and Estee Williams, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. “It’s moisturizing, it layers well under makeup without caking up, and it protects my skin from skin cancer, brown spots, and wrinkles,” says Williams. You’ll also get a dose of youth-promoting ingredients like plumping hyaluronic acid and brightening niacinamide.
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Phloretin is an antioxidant that revs cell turnover and helps even tone. “CF” stands for a combo of vitamin C and ferulic acid, the latter of which helps enhance the serum’s top-notch antioxidant benefits. And with a higher price tag, you expect a product to deliver—and happily, this one does, says dermatologist Lian Mack, M.D. She notes that even her acne-prone skin doesn’t break out when using it, something that can happen with other products.
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Often hydroquinone is the go-to skin brightener to tackle discolorations and even tone, but it can be irritating. This non-hydroquinone formula revs radiance with botanicals and is great if you’re dealing with light hyperpigmentation, says Marina Peredo, M.D., a dermatologist in Smith Town, New York, and an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. You heard her, it’s time to shine bright.
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Source: Women’s Health