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

BY Ashley Magovern, M.D. · July 25, 2019

Woman using 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

  • A naturally occurring, nonabrasive exfoliant
  • Refines and evens the skin without irritation
  • Promotes new skin cell development for a brighter, firmer complexion
  • Can increase the thickness of deeper layers of skin, promoting firmness


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

2. Peptides

  • A nutrient-rich protein that assists weakened communication within aging skin
  • Directly helps to repair and halt skin damage
  • Has the ability to decrease roughness and uneven skin texture
  • Penetrates deep within the skin for accelerated results


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

3. Vitamin C

  • Protects against free radical sun damage
  • Accelerates the skin’s natural repair systems
  • Essential for normal cell growth and collagen production
  • Promotes an improvement in sun spots and discoloration


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

4. Retinol

  • A remarkably unique, vitamin A derivative
  • Accelerates cellular turnover and cellular repair
  • Promotes growth of new, healthy skin cells
  • Sloughs away dead cells that cause dullness


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

Ashley Magovern, MD - Dermatologist

Ashley Magovern, M.D.

Ashley Magovern, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist who owns her own practice, Manhattan Dermatology, in Manhattan Beach, Califo... Read More >

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