What makes a skin care brand “premium”? We define it as a brand that not only offers something innovative, but delivers on its promises. These brands are selling trust and efficacy, above all. A simple nighttime serum or lightweight sunscreen can make all the difference in the world, but the first step in finding those life-changing products is to start with a trustworthy brand. We took a look at our most popular and effective skin care brands to make your shopping a lot more productive and much less stressful. Check out the top 10 below.
Why We Love: This skin care line is designed to combat the visible effects of aging. Working to improve the overall health of our skin, SkinCeuticals features highly effective formulations in products that range from moisturizers, sunscreens and serums to alpha hydroxy acids and super antioxidant treatments.
Shoppers’ Choice: C E Ferulic
Reviews Say: “I bought the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic because my dermatologist recommended it and it’s great! It’s given me a smoother and brighter complexion. It’s also helped significantly with my acne, and I am using it as a preventative measure for aging. I am 31 and this is a great product if you are looking for an anti-aging regimen.”
Why We Love: The brand is not only dermatologist recommended, but dermatologist founded. Co-founder Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick created the SkinMedica brand to promise healthier and youthful skin to his clients. These superior products utilize rejuvenators such as vitamins E and C, retinol, tea tree oil and salicylic acid.
Shoppers’ Choice: TNS Essential Serum
Reviews Say: “This is the best product I have ever purchased for my face. After about six weeks, my skin is incredibly smooth without the use of a scrub. My tone has evened out. This is worth the price. This product is all you need along with a moisturizer. Don’t waste your money on other side products for a multitude of different purposes, this does everything!”
Why We Love: Another leader in the anti-aging realm, Obagi not only offers effective rejuvenators and serums, but features regimens that work together to achieve younger-looking skin. With results ranging from diminished fine lines and wrinkles to balanced skin tone and normalized oil production, you can’t go wrong with this brand.
Shoppers’ Choice: Professional-C Serum 20%
Reviews Say: “I have very dry skin and use this daily under my moisturizer! It has been great for brightening and keeping my skin smooth and soft all day long, and it also has anti-aging properties. My skin glows more and looks smooth! I love this product and would recommend it!”
Why We Love: One hundred percent organically grown isn’t just a selling point for food; it’s what sets this skin care brand apart. Éminence Organic Skin Care is an all-natural skin care line suitable for all skin types that uses hand-picked fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables and pure spring water. The company also strives to be the greenest on the market!
Shoppers’ Choice: Bamboo Firming Fluid
Reviews Say: “I have used quite a few face serums through the years, and I have to say this is by far the best. I have been using this product for over a month and I love how my skin looks and feels after applying this serum. It is completely absorbed unlike other serums that just sit on top of my skin. It isn’t harsh and doesn’t cause my skin to feel dry after use. In fact, I don’t even need to use a moisturizer if I choose!”
Why We Love: The remarkable rejuvenating properties of spring water in France have been healing, soothing and restoring skin through Avène products for more than 200 years. This is practically our only shot at a modern-day fountain of youth, so count us in!
Shoppers’ Choice: Retrinal 0.1 Intensive Cream
Reviews Say: “I have used other products containing retinol and my skin was too sensitive so I had to stop using them. This product is the only product that didn’t irritate my skin. I can already feel a difference in my skin after using it for about 2 weeks. My skin feels so soft and my fine lines have almost disappeared! This is now my new best friend.”
Why We Love: Bridging the gap between medical science and modern skin care, PCA Skin pairs leading professional treatments with advanced daily care to provide effective solutions for all skin care concerns. No matter what your problem areas are, you can be sure to find a powerful, targeted solution in this line.
Shoppers’ Choice: Collagen Hydrator
Reviews Say: “It absorbs right into your skin – delightful! It’s thick, but you don’t need to use much and it’s like a drink for your skin – just disappears with no residue. It feels really nice!”
Why We Love: Because who doesn’t love anything with elephant in the name? Inspired by the elephants that love to eat the fallen fruit from the marula tree, Drunk Elephant utilizes clean ingredients for a more luminous complexion. No parabens, fragrances or irritating elements. It’s a win-win-win.
Shoppers’ Choice: C-Firma Day Serum
Reviews Say: “This is probably the 2nd or 3rd vitamin C serum that I’ve tried. For the price, it is like liquid gold and I love the formulation and packaging. This is not runny like water, which is how others are formulated. One pump dispenses the perfect amount for my face. I have noticed dark spots lightening up over time!”
Why We Love: Dermalogica holds science, education and results to the highest standard when it comes to skin care. The no-nonsense line of clinically advanced body and skin care products has been seen in spas, salons and dermatologists’ offices for more than 30 years and is free of common irritants and breakout-causing ingredients.
Shoppers’ Choice: Daily Microfoliant
Reviews Say: “I have sensitive skin and have always struggled to find a good exfoliator that did the job without shredding my skin! This is gentle enough for everyday use, which I love, and it leaves my skin feeling great. No redness or sensitivity! Love, love, love!”
Why We Love: This unique brand is perfect for anyone struggling with skin that has been damaged by trauma or time. NeoCutis’ products promote the growth of new skin, speeding the healing of cuts and burns while simultaneously eliminating the process that leads to scarring.
Shoppers’ Choice: Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream With PSP
Reviews Say: “I have used this eye cream for over 5 years. It reduces fine lines, but more importantly keeps lines around the eyes from ever appearing! Start using young and never stop. I am often asked what I use to keep wrinkles away!”
Why We Love: Jan Marini, herself, believes that any skin condition can be measurably improved. Her line features potent formulations to battle everyday conditions such as sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles and acne scarring. We believe her to be true to her word, delivering a proven program that results in clearer, smoother and healthier skin.
Shoppers’ Choice: C-ESTA Face Serum
Reviews Say: “Lovely feel, smell. Makes my face look smoother, tighter and refreshed. I use it twice daily and a small amount is all that is needed. The one product I don’t think I could do without, as I have noticed a difference with only one month’s use!”