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The 3 Best SkinMedica Products to Try According to a Dermatologist

SkinMedica TNS Advanced+, HA5 and Lytera serums

Much like career or dating advice, when you seek recommendations for beauty or skin care products, everyone will have an opinion. While your best friend and your mom likely can be trusted, for the crème de la crème of endorsements, it’s smart to turn to your dermatologist. Because they’ve not only seen a variety of conditions, but they’ve also developed solutions to fix them, they have tested and tried a slew of brands and lines, making their judgement experienced and trustworthy. SkinMedica, a professional-grade skin care line, is among the most valued brands by dermatologists. This brand, according to Dr. Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon in New York, has some of the most sophisticated formulas that can help with a wide variety of skin concerns, from fine lines and wrinkles to hyperpigmentation to dullness and dehydration. Here we sat down with Dr. Engelman to give us three of SkinMedica’s bestsellers, along with an explanation of the ingredients and properties that set them apart from the rest of the skin care solutions out there.

  1. For Aging: TNS Advanced+
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    For Aging: TNS Advanced+

    While many skin care products promise to get rid of fine lines, wrinkles and spots, Dr. Engelman says SkinMedica’s proprietary TNS technology leads the pack. She explains that the brand was the first to use HGF—hepatocyte growth factor—in their ingredients, which are highly recommended by dermatologists. This specific pick features the most advanced version of the technology yet, TNS-MR, a blend of next-generation growth factors and a skin-nourishing peptide complex that works on multiple levels to reveal smoother, more radiant skin with visible results in just two weeks.

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  2. For Hydration and Plumping: HA5
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    For Hydration and Plumping: HA5

    Regardless of season, plenty of people suffer from uncomfortable, dry skin. When our skin lacks hydration, it tends to look older and dull, lacking natural color and vitality. To battle this issue and replenish your skin’s moisture and youthful glow, Dr. Engelman suggests the HA5 line from SkinMedica. “This product utilizes five different types of hyaluronic acid for sustained release of HA for 24 hours, which works perfectly for me because I know I’ll have hydration throughout the day,” she says. “Also, patients who use HA5 also found that applying some on the lip helps with hydrating the lip, so I’m glad we have HA5 Lip for that. It works beautifully to plump and smooth lip lines.”

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  3. For Brightening: Lytera 2.0
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    For Brightening: Lytera 2.0

    One of the common ingredients for fading dark spots and accelerating healthy skin turnover is retinol—but Dr. Engelman says not everyone’s skin can take it. Since this ingredient makes you more sensitive to the sun and can be harsh or painful as it works its magic, some need something less intense to begin with. She recommends this line from SkinMedica to help even your skin tone and diminish dark spots. “It is a pigment-correcting serum that demonstrates clinical efficacy for a variety of skin types and ethnicities with continued improvement over time. The formula starts at the origin to support melanin balance that is disrupted by intrinsic and extrinsic factors, such as ethnic background, genetic makeup, hormones, UV radiation, inflammation and aging,” she shares. “The innovative formula is retinol- and hydroquinone-free, and works to support the skin’s ability to resist triggers that can cause recurring and future discoloration.”

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