Skin Picks of Top Docs

Four top-notch dermatologists—Gervaise Gerstner, Lisa Airan, Jeanine Downie and Mary Lupo—share their own must-haves for scoring enviable skin.

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Gervaise Gerstner, M.D.: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50+

"It comes in four formulations and all are silky sheer. For day-to-day, I love the face product (L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield for Face SPF 50+, pictured), but I also use the sprays for my legs and arms, if I'm going to be outside. All are so light and sheer that I don’t feel sticky. And they contain antioxidants to fight off free radicals—an extra bonus in sun protection and anti-aging regimens." $12; Click to buy

Photo courtesy of L'Oréal

Gervaise Gerstner, M.D.: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

"Contains beetroot for maximal hydration. I do this mask once or twice a week, and especially before a big event. It leaves my skin super moisturized and glowy." $55; Click to buy

Photo courtesy of Tata Harper

Gervaise Gerstner, M.D.: Estée Lauder Idealist

"I use a pump of this under my makeup everyday. It gives the complexion a dewy my skin is 28 and not 38!" $58; Click to buy

Photo courtesy of Estée Lauder

Gervaise Gerstner, M.D.: L’Oréal RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser

"Takes off my makeup without over-drying my skin." $7; Click to buy

Photo: Courtesy of L'Oréal

Gervaise Gerstner, M.D.: Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream SPF 15

"My daytime moisturizer; it is the perfect consistency. Made from grapes harvested from the famous French vineyard that produces the product line as well as treatments now available in the US at the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa at The Plaza Hotel in New York City." $68; Click to buy

Photo: Courtesy of Caudalie

Lisa Airan, M.D.: Clarisonic Pro Skin Cleansing System

"It provides deep cleaning on a daily basis without irritation; great for makeup removal." $195-225; Click to buy

Photo: Courtesy of Clarisonic

Lisa Airan, M.D.: Retin-A Micro 0.04% Gel

"Good for preventing acne, helping skin turnover and also helps fine lines and wrinkles." $160; by prescription.

Photo: Courtesy of Retin-A Micro

Lisa Airan, M.D.: Crème de La Mer The Concentrate

"Very good in the winter when skin is dry—and also great under makeup." $275-375; Click to buy

Photo: Courtesy of La Mer

Lisa Airan, M.D.: Oil of Olay Total Effects Cream Cleanser + Blemish Control

"A very good product for rosacea-prone skin—like mine! The added salicylic acid helps to control cysts while the original blend of Total Effects is not irritating to sensitive rosacea types of skin." $8; Click to buy

Photo: Courtesy of Olay

Lisa Airan, M.D.: Tom Ford Makeup Shade & Illuminate

  1. "A great product for shading and highlighting to draw attention to the areas you want to highlight without adding color! It creates the illusion of higher cheekbones." $75: Click to buy
Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford

Jeanine Downie, M.D.: Skin Medica Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+

"It’s lightweight, rubs well into dark skin, will not clog your pores and makeup glides right over it." $45; Available through physicians’ offices, click for locations

Photo: Courtesy of SkinMedica

Jeanine Downie, M.D.: Dior One Essential Ultra-Detox Treatment-Mask

"It improves the texture and tone of skin, is hydrating and speeds the recovery period for acne. Very gentle and good for all skin types." $95; Click to buy

Photo: Courtesy of Dior

Jeanine Downie, M.D.: Tazorac 0.5% Cream

"This prescription retinoid is a perfect spot treatment for acne.  A thin film all over your face also builds collagen." $250; By prescription.

Jeanine Downie, M.D.: Vivité Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

"It contains 12% glycolic acid, 2% salicylic acid and antioxidants. This improves acne, razor bumps and skin tone and texture with repeated use. It’s also good for thicker skin on elbows, knees and heels." $39; Available at dermatologists’ offices, click for locations

Photo: Courtesy of Vivité

Jeanine Downie, M.D.: Skin Medica TNS Essential Serum

"This dual pump serum evens out skin tone and decreases fine lines and wrinkles. It is not irritating and has powerful antioxidants and growth factor in it." $260; Available through physicians' offices, click for locations

Mary Lupo, M.D.: Renova

"I use this religiously at night to keep skin texture smooth
." $215; By prescription

Photo courtesy of Renova

Mary Lupo, M.D.: NeoCutis Lumière Bio-restorative Eye Cream with PSP

"The best for me that I have ever tried." $80; Click to buy

Photo: Courtesy of NeoCutis

Mary Lupo, M.D.: Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel

"This two-step, adjustable, at-home exfoliation 
system rivals microdermabrasion." $68; Click to buy

Photo: Courtesy of Philosophy

Mary Lupo, M.D.: Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

"My gentle cleanser of choice. I use it regularly." $10-49.50; Click to buy

Photo: Courtesy of Philosophy

Mary Lupo, M.D.: Theraplex FT Exfoliating Emollient

"Combines exfoliation and moisturization to 
soften my much abused feet." $21; Click to buy


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Share Your Thoughts!


Julie Shifman08.14.2012

I have fallen in love with the Indie Lee line of skin care products. they are all organic/natural and wonderful for aging skin. Plus Indie herself is an inspirational woman.

Maricia Johns07.31.2012

Take a look at this article on BB Creams. They are suppose to help with aging skin.

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