My Favorite New Skin Care Products
I recently attended the Orlando Dermatology Aesthetic and Clinical conference back in January. I’ve attended this conference in the past and always find it enjoyable, educational, and absolutely loaded with goodies in the exhibit hall. This year was no different; I went home with quite a few bags of dermatology swag. Some of the products I came home with are tried and true favorites. Some of the products are new additions that I had never tried or heard of. I got creams, lotions, serums, sunscreens, and nutritional supplements galore. Luckily, you have me to test them out before you buy. Keep reading to learn which products were my top 5 picks for skincare!
Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector
I have been reading about the Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector for years now. It’s a hydroquinone-free lightening skin cream. It retails for $90 for a 1.7 ounce bottle. I’m usually not a huge fan of non-prescription treatments when a very effective prescription treatment is available (like hydroquinone), but the pigment corrector swayed me. The two ingredients that are going to help with pigmentation are hydroxyphenoxy propionic acid and ellagic acid. For people who are wary of using hydroquinone because of the risk of oochronosis (blue-black discoloration of tissue) or systemic toxicity (unlikely unless you’re eating hydroquinone), the Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector is the next best option.
If you’ve already completed a cycle of several months of hydroquinone, then the Advanced Pigment Corrector is good for maintaining the results you’ve achieved. You can hit your skin with the heavy prescription stuff first (hydroquinone) and then maintain indefinitely with the cosmeceutical preparation. One study of 33 patients done in the summer (when you’re at highest risk for sun exposure and causing pigmentation) found statistically significant improvement in skin tone, spot size, and overall pigmentation with the Advanced Pigment Corrector.
I know that a lot of women (and men) are already using this product, and I highly recommend it. I don’t have a lot of pigmentation, but I have noticed mild signs of sun damage (like uneven pigmentation) on my cheeks. I apply it after showering and in the morning before my sunscreen. With this product, I notice an overall brightness to my skin that I didn’t have before. I highly recommend (and Skinceuticals makes this clear on the packaging) that you apply a layer of sunscreen on top of it. The ingredients in any lightening cream can make you more sun-sensitive.
The ingredients are: aqua / water / eau, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone, glycerin, alcohol denat., butylene glycol, polysilicone-11, pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, ptfe, methylsilanol/silicate crosspolymer, hydroxyphenoxy propionic acid, ammonium polyacryldimethyltauramide / ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, ellagic acid, phenoxyethanol, inulin lauryl carbamate, pentylene glycol, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate / steareth-8 methacrylate copolymer, dimethiconol, ci 77891 / titanium dioxide, salicylic acid, chlorphenesin, faex extract / yeast extract / extrait de levure, sodium hydroxide, xanthan gum, mica, disodium edta, ppg-5-ceteth-20, citric acid
SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator
The next addition to my beauty routine came in the form of a hyaluronic acid serum from SkinMedica called HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. This serum is really pricey at $178 for a 2 ounce bottle. They call it a hydrator but the consistency and look is exactly like that of a serum. The scientific rationale for using this product rests on their hyaluronic acid formulations. SkinMedica believes that through their proprietary formula of 5 different hyaluronic acid formulations they can achieve the benefits of hyaluronic acid fillers without the need for injections. I am also skeptical of products that try to achieve what injections already do so well because most times you can’t help but be disappointed with the results.
With this product, I can’t vouch as to the long term results yet, but I can tell you that it definitely plumps up your skin instantly. This is most likely due to the silicones present in the serum that work to fill in fine lines. I also notice that my skin is instantly matte and ready for makeup application after putting on the HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator. You’re supposed to apply it twice per day and follow with sunscreen. My favorite thing to do has been to apply the Advanced Pigment Corrector first then the HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator on top right after I’ve taken a shower. Do it. Your skin will feel amazing. If you’ve got the money to buy this product, I recommend it.
The ingredients are: Water/Aqua, Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-8 Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Flower Cell Extract, Vibrio Alginolyticus Ferment Filtrate, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Whey Protein, Plankton Extract, Trehalose, Urea, Serine, Algin, Caprylyl Glycol, Pullulan, Disodium Phosphate, Potassium Phosphate, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Sodium Citrate, Sea Water, Sucrose Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Polysorbate 60, Propanediol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Silica, Decyl Glucoside, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin,Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA
Hydropeptide Active Body Scrub
The next cosmeceutical that has become an instant favorite is Hydropeptide’s Active Body Scrub. This product retails for $48 for a 6.76 ounce bottle. I picked up a full size version of this product in the exhibit hall one day and excitedly brought it home to try on my Crossfit hands. If you’re wondering what Crossfit hands are, they’re the hands of a monster. Just kidding! But my hands get really rough from doing pull-ups or lifting weights and I have calluses that I’m not proud of.
The Active Body Scrub is great because it’s so abrasive. This is better than any pumice stone or drug store scrubbing cream. The main ingredient in this product is Volcanic Pumice Rock. I don’t know whether they come from actual volcanoes, but this product is loaded with rocks. You can use it on your hands and feet to your heart’s content and revel in the amazing feeling of skin that has been thoroughly scrubbed. We’ve all done a sugar scrub at one point or the other. How awesome is it to rub your hands together after that? Your hands and feet will thank you. There’s nothing better than getting home after a long week and pampering yourself. You will want to pamper yourself daily with this scrub.
If you want an added use, I ended up using this scrub on my lips. It’s probably not an approved recommendation but as long as you don’t swallow it you’re good. I have chapped lips often because I bite my lip and the inside of my mouth constantly. It’s a bad habit that I need to stop but haven’t been able to. There is nothing worse than applying lipstick or lipgloss to peeling lips. It comes out uneven and looks gross. I used to use my wet toothbrush to buff away the uneven skin on my lips, but I find this scrub is better at it. The taste isn’t even half bad.
The ingredients are: Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Volcanic Pumice Rock, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Raphanus Sativus Root Extract) (Peptide Preservative), Lactobacillus Ferment (Peptide Preservative), Propanediol, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Isopropyl Myristate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Menthol, Caffeine, Butylene Glycol, Pentapeptide-25 (Tightening Peptide), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2 (Anti-Gravity Peptide), Caprylyl Glycol, Algae (Red Algae) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (Moisture-Binding Peptide), Hydrolyzed Oat (Plumping Peptide) Protein, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isododecane, Disodium EDTA, Silica (Tahitian Black Sand), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol
Hydropeptide Perfecting Gloss
Speaking of lips, I also brought home another Hydropeptide product that has been a favorite for about 2 years now. I’m talking about the Hydropeptide Perfecting Gloss. This product retails for $38 and comes in a variety of colors. I’m a big fan of lip plumpers! I don’t have huge pouty lips, but I can fake it with a good lip plumper. Fake it til you make it right? Lip injections will give you the most dramatic, long lasting results. But they’re also extremely painful and expensive. If you’re unhappy with the size of your lips but don’t want to do injections, get a great lip plumper!
Lip plumpers aren’t everyone’s favorite cup of tea though. Some people don’t like the tingly sensation of the plumper getting to work. If it doesn’t tingle, I don’t think it’s working. Lip plumpers work by essentially irritation your lips so that they swell up slightly in response. It’s like a bee sting in a handy lipgloss canister.
Like any good lip gloss, this doesn’t leave your lips feeling sticky. Your lips will feel like they have a plump smooth layer on them. I just swiped the Perfecting Gloss on now and can feel it tingling away. There’s no appreciable flavor to the gloss, but it does smell good.
The ingredients are: Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polybutene, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Isopropyl Palmitate, Water (Aqua), Meadowfoam Estolide, Flavor (Aroma), Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline (Plumping Peptide), Lactobacillus/Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Ferment Extract (Warming Peptide), Menthoxypropanediol, Benzyl Nicotinate, Butylene Glycol, Tripeptide-29 (Plumping Peptide), Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Isomyristate, Myristoyl Tripeptide-31 (Retinoic-Like Peptide), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyhydroxystearate Acid May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Carmine (Cl75470), Tin Oxide (Cl 77491), Red 6 Lake (Cl 15850), Red 7 Lake (Cl 15850, Yellow 5 Lake (Cl 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Cl 15985), Blue 1 Lake (Cl 49020)
Last but not least, knowing me you must know that I would close out this article with…you guessed it…SUNSCREEN! The foundation to any good skincare routine is daily and frequent applications of sunscreen. The Neutrogena representative had a fabulous surprise for me in the form of the Neutrogena UltraSheer Face & Body Stick sunscreen with SPF70. This product retails for $10.99. I’ve visited the Neutrogena booth in the past and gotten their regular facial sunscreens before. I was excited to get the sunscreen stick however because I think they are so handy. I regularly tell people who are looking for an easy to use sunscreen they can keep in their car/purse/pocket to pick up a sunscreen stick. You don’t necessarily need to use your hands to rub it in (but I find that it helps). The sunscreen stick swipes on clear.
One drawback may be the strong classic smell of sunscreen in this product. This isn’t something I would recommend to a woman who wants to apply makeup after using this sunscreen. It’s great for my dad who works outside as a physical education teacher and great for taking to the beach. I always recommend that you buy a sunscreen you’re going to use. It doesn’t help if you never wear it. This product is awesome because it’s got an amazingly high SPF of 70 with both UVA and UVB protection. SPF and broad spectrum protection are the 2 main things to look for when choosing a sunscreen.
The active ingredients are: avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and oxybenzone.
That covers it for my 5 awesome new skincare products from the latest dermatology conference. I hope you enjoyed the commentary and learned something new about skin care! Let me know which products you’ve tried before and which products you think you’ll be trying soon! Comment below.
- Draelos, Zoe Diana, et al. “A Method for Maintaining the Clinical Results of 4% Hydroquinone and 0.025% Tretinoin With a Cosmeceutical Formulation.” Journal of drugs in dermatology: JDD4 (2015): 386-390.