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4 Dermatologist-Approved Ingredients You Need in Your Skin Care Routine

Woman applying dermatologist-approved anti-aging products

In the pursuit of healthy skin we are continually confronted by various products, remedies and more—and they all claim superiority. But when it comes down to it, it’s all about the ingredients, right? A particular product can claim as much as it wants to be a cure-all, but if you know your ingredients you can quickly sniff out the imitators from the true powerhouses. With that said, we wanted to share with you four of the big-time players in the world of skin care as recommended by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ashley Magovern—and just why they should be at the top of your ingredient list.

  1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids
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    Alpha Hydroxy Acids

    What Dr. Magovern says:

    “From sloughing away discoloration associated with acne to helping improve the look of fine lines and dark spots, alpha hydroxy acids have stood the test of time for their ability to refine the surface of the skin, effectively providing the firming and smoothing effects we so often seek.”

    Her pick: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

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  2. Peptides
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    Peptides

    What Dr. Magovern says:

    “Peptides are regularly used in anti-aging products for their ability to stimulate the production of new collagen. This process is critical because it helps the skin maintain its youthfulness and ability to appear firmer, taut and smooth.”

    Her pick: SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex

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  3. Vitamin C
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    Vitamin C

    What Dr. Magovern says:

    “Shown to be a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is readily turned to because it is well-tolerated and easy to use. It has been shown to protect skin cells as well as the skin’s support structures from UV-related damage, which leads to collagen production and the improvement in the appearance of sun-damaged skin.”

    Her pick: iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus

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  4. Retinol
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    Retinol

    What Dr. Magovern says:

    “As an amazing multitasker, retinol has the ability to balance oil production and unclog pores to improve acne, help normalize the way the skin turns over in patients with psoriasis, and even treat stubborn wrinkles to promote an improvement in skin tone and radiance.”

    Her pick: PCA Skin Retinol Renewal

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Medical Director of Dermstore, Board-Certified Dermatologist

Ashley Magovern, M.D.

Ashley Magovern, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist who owns her own practice, Manhattan Dermatology, in Manhattan Beach, California. She loves all aspects of dermatology, including both the medical and cosmetic components of the discipline. She has a passion for skin care, believes in the importance of a good home routine and loves educating people on how to come up with an individualized plan. She is the medical director for Dermstore.