Pro Picks: The Skin-Care Savant

Dermatologist Tina Alster has tried it all. Here, what she thinks really works

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Dr. Tina Alster

Tina Alster, MD, has practiced dermatology for the past 20 years and has consulted for many top skin-care brands. Currently based in Washington, D.C., Alster is a clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center and the founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery. To put it simply, she knows her stuff. Here, she shares the skin-care products she deems the best of the best.

Tina Alster

Eye Remedy University Medical Ion-Infusion Eye Renewal System

“Of all the skin creams and anti-aging products I have tested over the decades, this is the biggest beauty breakthrough. In just 40 minutes, the treatment helps to firm, tighten and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles."


$149; click to purchase

University Medical Ion-Infusion Renewal System

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum

"The science behind this antioxidant product is impeccable. It was based on a Duke University patent. The formula is light and nonsticky and can be easily layered under sunscreen and makeup."


$144; click to purchase


Elta Physical Sunscreen SPF 41

"This is a nonchemical sunscreen that doesn't irritate my skin. Its tinted formulation is a great makeup base."


$27; click to purchase

Elure Cream

"This two-step skin lightener is available through physicians. It reduces the appearance of brown spots without hydroquinone (which can be irritating). And best of all, the results are quick—usually within two to four weeks."


Ask your dermatologist for more info or visit


Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash

"It's inexpensive, it cleans my skin without leaving a soapy film, and it never leaves my skin feeling dry or itchy."


$9; click to purchase

Nectifirm Neck Lifting Cream

"I love this because it works to visibly tighten neck skin!"


Available in dermatolgist offices; see for more info.





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First Published April 25, 2011

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