Alster is a dermatologist in Washington, D.C., and a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical School.
HER EMPATHETIC APPROACH “I’m the working woman’s dermatologist,” she says. “My patients are busy and can’t be slaves to their skin care. I feel the same, so many patients just mimic what I do.”
SO WHAT DOES SHE DO? “As little as possible. And most of my routine is done in the shower,” says Alster. Her regimen: cleansing with a Clarisonic Mia brush ($119; clarisonic.com) and d.Stress Soothing Wash AM/PM, one of four products in the Skin Is In d.Sensitize Kit ($160; skinlaser.com) she created to streamline her routine. Plus, she uses the kit’s three other products: d.Fuse Anti-Redness Tone Diffuser AM/PM; d.Oxidize Anti-Oxidant Physical Sunscreen SPF 30; and d.Thirst Hydrating Complex PM.
WHAT’S WORTH THE BIG BUCKS “I don’t have time for surgery, and fillers are not my look,” says Alster. She does, however, swear by the Fraxel Re:Store laser to tighten pores and plump the skin, as well as Intense Pulsed Light, an in-office treatment that zaps broken blood vessels. “Invest in those two treatments annually, and you will have glowing skin,” Alster says. She is also an advocate of Botox and Dysport, and she injects one or the other into her brows, eye area and neck two or three times a year.
HER GUILTY PLEASURE “I am a sweets fiend. Sugar is what makes me run: gummy bears, spice drops, Junior Mints. Sure, glycation [a cellular aging process linked to sugar intake] is an issue. But the sun is worse. You have to choose your battles.”
BETTER THAN AN EYE CREAM? “My skin is more reactive now, and so are my eyes,” Alster says. Her strategy: She takes a daily 24-hour Claritin pill. “After a month, this antihistamine reduced puffiness around my eyes and made me look less tired.”
HER PRODUCT OBSESSION Newly rereleased by popular demand, Lancôme Nutrix Soothing Treatment Cream ($45; neimanmarcus.com) is Alster’s cure-all for dry skin—and she loves the smell. “Nothing else comes close,” she says. “I buy six tubes at a time and always have one with me.”