These Are the Best SkinCeuticals Products, According to Dermatologists

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When it comes to medical-grade skin care, few rival SkinCeuticals. Their lineup features an impressive array of top-quality topical vitamin C products, potent antioxidant treatments, moisturizers, broad-spectrum sunscreens, alpha hydroxy acids and more rooted in efficacious ingredients backed by science. It’s why consumers overwhelmingly rave about their results and why I’ve never met a dermatologist who hasn’t recommended one (or more) SkinCeuticals products—it’s simply really good skin care.

When it comes to dermatologist-recommended brands, SkinCeuticals is always at the top of the list. But with so many effective options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. And because SkinCeuticals is pricey, the last thing we suggest is buying a product on a whim or without doing your due diligence first. Allow top dermatologists to walk you through your research with a roundup of the SkinCeuticals products they love to see in a skin-care routine.

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C E Ferulic ($182)

“The medical grade skin-care line we recommend most to patients is SkinCeuticals. We appreciate the science that backs the products and find the line has a wide variety for every skin type and issue. One of our favorite skin-care products is C E Ferulic. Its patented antioxidant combination not only protects against environmental damage, but also helps improve photodamage, loss of firmness, fine lines and wrinkles while brightening the skin. Nicknamed ‘liquid gold’ by our patients, it is considered the gold standard in daily vitamin C treatments.” —Pittsburgh plastic surgeon Leo R. McCafferty, MD

“This powerful vitamin C serum protects the skin from UVA/UVB, infrared rays, and all other environmental stressors that cause damage to our skin. Its protective benefits last the whole day while giving skin an added glow. Over time, C E Ferulic stimulates collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It has also won an array of awards and has been featured in countless medical journals. The proof is definitely in the science!” —Fresno, CA dermatologist Kathleen Behr, MD

“This is my favorite vitamin C serum, with 15-percent L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C can be very unstable and it oxidizes quickly, making the serum not effective. This formulation is stabilized, so it lasts longer and does not have a burning sensation when applied as opposed to many other formulations. The addition of vitamin E and ferulic acid adds extra anti-aging ingredients, and both are helpful for environmental damage, such as fighting free-radical formation in the skin that can contribute to skin cancer and loss of collagen.” —San Francisco dermatologist Tracy Evans, MD

“SkinCeuticals was developed at Duke, where I trained in dermatology, and C E Ferulic is my favorite vitamin C serum. I also like the Phloretin CF serum.” —Houston dermatologist Jennifer Segal, MD

“This is the most scientifically studied stabilized vitamin C and L-ascorbic acid, and the formulation is very elegant and nonirritating for sensitive skin.” —Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew Elias

Size: 1 oz | Key ingredients: vitamin C, vitamin E, ferulic acid | Best for: all skin types

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Triple Lipid Restore 242 ($150)

“Triple Lipid Restore provides 24-hour hydration, which is key for mature, 50-plus skin. Skin hydration levels greatly diminish as we age. It also contains lipids, fatty acids, cholesterols and ceramides to give dry, dehydrated or mature skin a plump, radiant glow. It helps texture and pores look more refined as well.” —Dr. Behr

“Moisturizers is a category that I generally advise patients to not splurge on. However, if you are going to splurge, this is the product you want to be purchasing. Its patented lipid ratio of 2-percent ceramides, 4-percent cholesterol and 2-percent fatty acids intensely nourishes skin and repairs the moisture barrier.” —Riverside, RI dermatologist Tiffany Libby, MD

“Triple Lipid Restore restores essential skin lipids, including ceramides, natural cholesterol and fatty acids, that naturally diminish in the skin as we age. This lipid loss contributes to visible signs of aging and compromises our skin’s natural protective barrier, so Triple Lipid is very restorative for older patients experiencing these changes.” —New York dermatologist Julie Russak, MD

“This moisturizer is great for maintaining the skin barrier and promoting collagen and hydration, and I like that it is rich but not heavy.” —Melville, NY dermatologist Kally Papantoniou, MD

“This moisturizer from SkinCeuticals is great for people over 50, as it replenishes the ceramide barrier!” —Delray Beach, FL dermatologist Dr. Janet Allenby

Size: 1.6 oz | Key ingredients: ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids, vitamin E | Best for: aging, normal and dry skin types

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Simply Clean ($39)

“I frequently recommend SkinCeuticals Simply Clean for regular cleansing. It is gentle enough to be used after laser procedures and also provides nice exfoliation.” —Richmond, VA plastic surgeon Ruth Hillelson, MD

Size: 6.8 oz | Key ingredients: hydroxy acids, chamomile, aloe | Best for: normal, oily or combination skin

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Retinol 0.3 ($78)

“I love the SkinCeuticals 0.3 Retinol. I use it and so does my wife, who has super sensitive skin and can barely tolerate anything. You’ll see noticeable results in skin and texture four to six weeks after use. I have all my laser-resurfacing patients on it afterward to maintain their results.” –Miami facial plastic surgeon Miguel Mascaró, MD

Size: 1 oz | Key ingredients: retinol, bisabolol, boswellia serrata extract | Best for: sensitive skin types and people new to retinol

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Tripeptide-R Neck Repair ($135)

“For neck and décolleté, this neck cream includes a super slow-release retinol and tripeptide concentrate. It is a corrective tech-neck product that helps reduced collagen-denaturation and works on the horizontal neck lines, but is  gentle enough for the delicate skin of the neck.” —Beverly Hills, CA dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD

“Skinceuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair is a great daily-use retinol designed for that thinner neck skin. Retinol is a crucial element of every skin-care routine, as it speeds cellular turnover, the skin’s process for producing and revealing newer, healthier, and more youthful-looking skin. Retinol can be irritating and hard to adjust to at the levels required to see visible skin improvement. But this formula is gentle, safe and effective. It requires little-to-no adjustment period and our patients, especially those with sensitive skin, love it!” —Palo Alto, CA facial plastic surgeon Sachin Parikh, MD

Size: 1.7 oz | Key ingredients: retinol, tripeptide concentrate, glaucine complex | Best for: mature skin

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Silymarin CF ($182)

“Before this one came out, acne-prone patients really had to minimize their use of vitamin C. Silymarin CF is better tolerated, and there’s just enough salicylic acid—a very popular acne ingredient—to help pores stay clean and help keep acne under control.” —Birmingham, AL dermatologist Dr. Sarah Sawyer 

Size: 1 oz | Key ingredients: vitamin C, silymarin, ferulic acid, salicylic acid | Best for: oily and blemish-prone skin

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Phloretin CF ($182)

This powerful antioxidant serum (and lighter version of the OG C E Ferulic) blends phloretin, pure vitamin C and ferulic acid to improve the appearance of discoloration, fine lines and uneven skin tone. It’s also Dr. Russak’s top pick for reversing sun damage.

Size: 1 oz | Key ingredients: vitamin C, phloretin, ferulic acid | Best for: normal, oily and combination skin types

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Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen ($42-$72)

Dr. Hillelson reaches for this sheer, tinted sunscreen as the perfect skin-protecting gift for friends and family. In addition to broad-spectrum sun protection, Physical Fusion enhances skin tone and boosts radiance without leaving behind any oily or white residue.

Size: 1.7-4.2 oz | Key ingredients: 5% zinc oxide, 6% titanium dioxide, artemia salina, translucent color spheres | Best for: all skin types

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Micro-Exfoliating Scrub ($35)

“Exfoliate only weekly to reduce over-dehydrating the skin and agitating skin barrier,” Davie, FL dermatologist Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, MD says. “If you do prefer a scrub, make sure it’s gentle and designed for dry skin, such as SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub.”

Size: 5 oz | Key ingredients: hydrated silica, glycerin, aloe leaf extract | Best for: dry, normal, oily or combination skin

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Retexturizing Activator ($90)

“This serum contains 20-percent glycolic acid, which is much higher than most other products like it. Additionally, it works as a bifunctional serum to exfoliate and hydrate skin, and it does not dry out the skin. It is also excellent for very young patients, and gives them tight, glowing skin, especially with daily use. For adult patients, it helps to erase fine lines and occasional blemishes. The serum can be used by patients who are also using topical retinoids, especially tretinoin and various retinols. In fact, topical retinoids help to achieve more even and better results.” —Saddle Brook, NJ dermatologist Frederic Haberman, MD

Size: 1 oz | Key ingredients: kombucha, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, glycolic acid | Best for: all skin types

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Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen ($42-$72)

Recommended by Aventura, FL dermatologist Bertha Baum, MD, and Miami dermatologist Deborah Longwill, MD, this physical sunscreen does the important work of sun protection without leaving your pores clogged. The formula is designed with a sheer, matte finish that won’t weigh your skin down.

Acne prone skin needs oil-free formulas and a physical block SPF instead of a chemical block to reduce clogging pores,” Dr. Longwill explains.

Size: 1.7-4.2 oz | Key ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, artemia salina | Best for: all skin types

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