Introducing: Best of Dermstore Professional Set

BY Deanna deBara · April 15, 2019

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At Dermstore, we’re committed to bringing you the very best that skin care has to offer—and this includes professional products. That’s why we’ve put together the Best of Dermstore: Professional Set.

For this first-of-its-kind set, our team of beauty experts has compiled a carefully curated selection of the most efficacious and highly recommended products in the professional skin care category. This will give you the professional-level care your skin needs to look and feel its best—even if regular visits to the dermatologist are outside your budget.

Bur first, what is professional skin care?

Before we jump into the products featured in the Best of Dermstore: Professional Set, let’s take a moment to review what, exactly, professional skin care is.

There is no singular definition for professional skin care; however, the term typically refers to skin care lines that are sold in dermatologist offices or medispas and/or from brands that place a special emphasis on research, development and efficacy.

In a recent Dermstore article on how to build a professional skin care routine, Dr. Margo Weishar of Springhouse Dermaesthetics, a Pennsylvania-based practice, said, “In my opinion, what defines professional-level skin care is a commitment to developing novel products with ingredients that are rigorously scientifically tested to produce specific and reproducible results.”

“[Professional] brands often got their start being sold in dermatologists’ offices, so they have been tried and tested,” continued Dr. Donna Hart, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Texas-based Westlake Dermatology. “They are companies that have often devoted a lot of time researching their ingredients and their delivery vehicles to ensure the most effective delivery into their target area of skin, whether it be more superficial for pigment improvement, or deeper for things like collagen promotion or anti-inflammatory effects.”

All the added time and investment on research, development and using high-quality ingredients typically translates to more effective products—so if you want to make a real impact on your skin, professional skin care is likely to give you better results than anything you’d find in the drugstore.

Products you’ll find in the Best of Dermstore: Professional Set

Alright, so now that you know what professional skin care is (and why it’s beneficial for your complexion), let’s dive right into the good stuff—exactly which products our experts have chosen to feature in the Best of Dermstore: Professional Set.

Full-Size Products

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

This lightweight sunscreen offers the best of all worlds. The SPF 46 offers protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays, while the oil-free formula is a slam dunk for even the most sensitive or acne-prone of skin types. The EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 wears amazingly well (the lightweight formulation is perfect for wearing underneath makeup) and is packed with additional skin care ingredients (like hyaluronic and lactic acid)—so not only does this professional sunscreen protect your skin, but it helps address your skin issues, too.

For best results, use as the last step of your AM skin care routine (and before applying makeup) and reapply every two hours.

Lancer Skincare Omega Hydrating Oil

Lancer Skincare Omega Hydrating Oil will definitely hydrate the skin, thanks to a formulation filled with nourishing oils like grape seed and jojoba. But this powerhouse product does so much more than that. In addition to providing a healthy dose of hydration, this oil also helps improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of pores with its chlorophyllin-copper complex and boost radiance with the antioxidant turmeric.

For best results, warm a few drops of the Lancer Skincare Omega Hydrating Oil in your hands before spreading generously over your face and neck.

Deluxe-Size Products

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

Professional-level results come from potent ingredients—and there are few products packed with as many potent ingredients as the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. This powerhouse serum is packed with antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid—which, in addition to neutralizing free radicals and protecting skin from environmental damage, also offer a host of anti-aging benefits, including brightening the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boosting collagen production.

For best results, apply four to five drops of the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum in the morning after cleansing and toning your face.

SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair

The skin around the eye is extremely delicate and is typically first to show the signs of aging and environmental damage—which is why it’s so important to protect, treat and nourish it.

The SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair packs everything you could want or need in an eye treatment into a single product. Hyaluronic acid binds moisture to the skin, giving it a plump, hydrated appearance. Vitamins A, C and E provide antioxidant protection from environmental stressors and brighten dark under-eye circles. And if that weren’t enough, peptides and TNS help to tighten and awaken the entire eye area, giving it a more youthful appearance. 

For best results, apply a thin layer of the SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair to the eye area, avoiding the upper eyelid, as the last step in your evening skin care routine.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

If you want truly hydrated skin, you need to attack it from all angles—and that’s exactly what PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum does.

This hydrating powerhouse features a host of ingredients that help skin get and stay hydrated, including hyaluronic acid to bind moisture to the skin, ceramides to repair damage and lock in moisture, niacinamide to strengthen the natural barrier of your skin and prevent against future damage, and PCA’s proprietary HA-Pro Complex to encourage production of hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.

For best results, use after cleansing in the AM and PM.

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant

All the pollutants in the environment can not only lead to your skin looking dull—but they can also lead to premature aging. Dermalogica’s Daily Superfoliant helps to fight environmental damage both on the surface and deep within skin, flushing the pores of the harmful pollutants that cause premature aging while gently exfoliating and resurfacing the skin, revealing a smoother, more radiant complexion. Thanks to the addition of activated binchotan charcoal, this powerful exfoliant also absorbs environmental pollutants, offering an extra layer of protection that will keep skin looking and feeling its best.

For best results, pour a half-teaspoon of the Daily Superfoliant powder into wet hands and rub hands together until the powder transforms into a paste. Apply the paste in circular motions to the skin, avoiding eyes, for one minute before rinsing with water. Follow up with the rest of your skin care routine, including sunscreen.

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

Cleansing is a critical step in any skin care routine. But many cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving skin dehydrated, irritated and prone to redness.

But not iS Clinical Cleansing Complex. This cleanser has all the ingredients you need to keep your skin clean, clear and blemish-free (like white willow bark, which exfoliates, removes impurities and tightens pores, and salicylic acid to fight acne)—but it’s also packed with antioxidants to nourish the skin, heal damage and protect from harmful free radicals. As if that weren’t enough, this gel formula is lightweight and works with every skin tone. Use it to cleanse your skin, remove makeup, treat a breakout or get a clean shave. The sky’s the limit with this nourishing cleanser.

For best results, use AM and PM.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel

One of the reasons people love getting their skin professionally treated is the instant change they see in their skin. But if it’s instant results you’re looking for, you don’t need to go to the treatment room—all you need is the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel.

This resurfacing face peel treatment addresses a host of skin care issues, including hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles, free radical damage, enlarged pores…just about every skin care concern under the sun. And while this product is packed with powerful ingredients (like alpha hydroxy acids and vitamin C), it’s also very gentle, making it one of the best peels for sensitive skin on the market today.

For best results, apply step one to cleansed, dry skin. Wait two minutes before applying step two.

Deanna deBara

Deanna deBara is a freelance writer based in Portland, OR. She focuses mostly on health and wellness content—and with a background in education for the beauty industry, skincare is one of her favorite topics to cover. When she's not busy writi... Read More >

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