3 Drugstore Skincare Products Dermatologists Use on Their Own Skin
While we'd love to fill our bathrooms with expensive, designer skincare products, our reality often has us headed to the corner drugstore. But just because these products are inexpensive and widely available doesn't make them any less covetable—just ask dermatologists Shari Marchbein, Estee Williams, and Joshua Zeichner. The three shared their token drugstore products that are a regular part of their skincare regimen with Allure, alerting us to the best corner store finds in the process. Read up on what's actually in a dermatologist's medicine cabinet below.
Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 50
"I am the queen of bargain beauty, and I truly believe there are some incredibly high-quality skincare products that can be found at your local drugstore. Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 50 ($24) is an incredibly lightweight and oil-free moisturizer with sunscreen, and it has been my go-to for over a decade. It provides excellent moisturization while blocking 98% of the sun's harmful rays. I wear it under makeup every day of the year."
— Shari Marchbein, MD, board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine
Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser
"I recommend Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser ( 9) for anyone with dry or sensitive skin—be it from rosacea or eczema or medications like isotretinoin (Accutane) and Retin-A, which cause dryness. For the health-conscious, it has very few ingredients and does not contain fragrance, parabens, or dye."
— Estee Williams, MD, board-certified medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatologist and clinical professor in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center
Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion
"With advancements in cosmetic chemistry [and] technology, you now can get as much hydration with a lotion as you previously could have gotten only from a heavy cream. Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion ($3) forms a protective seal over the skin to protect the skin barrier, allowing it to repair itself and prevent loss of hydration."
— Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City