4 Derm-Approved, Under-the-Radar Skin-Care Brands to Shop on LovelySkin

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LovelySkin, the only dermatologist-owned and operated retailer for all things skin health, has a mandate to provide advanced skin-care solutions. For those of us skin-care lovers who relish professional-grade formulas with serious results, it’s the ideal market through which to curate your skin-care routine.

LovelySkin is founded by Omaha, NE dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Joel Schlessinger, MD who puts his professional medical opinion into each and every product on offer. (You also might find him answering a customer service email or replying to consumers who need help creating an at-home regimen.)

We asked Dr. Schlessinger to talk about some of the brands available on LovelySkin with which he has a level of direct involvement before they come to beauty-lovers like you!  He narrowed it down to a handful of must-try favorites. Ahead, you’ll find his recommendations for fuller-looking lashes, plumper skin, lusher lips, and more, from four favorite brands.

neuLASH PROFESSIONAL + neuBROW PROFESSIONAL by Skin Research Laboratories

Despite the long name, this science-backed line has a simple premise: creating the fullest-looking lashes and brows in the game. These professional formulas, with a combination of peptides, antioxidants and vitamins, help nourish lashes and brows and create the appearance of length, thickness and volume—are only available through licensed professionals.

“These products have been studied at our own clinic as well as independent efficacy and clinical testing” says Dr. Schlessinger. “My patients love the benefits for lashes and brows alike.”

Best For: Lash Enhancement

neuLASH PROFESSIONAL Lash Enhancing Serum by Skin Research Laboratories ($90)
Whether you’re seeking fuller-looking lashes for an upcoming event or seeking to compliment lash extensions, this antioxidant-rich serum will create lusher- and longer-looking lashes. neuLASH PROFESSIONAL will also upgrade dull, brittle lashes to well hydrated and lustrous ones, perfect for batting in-person or on Zoom. Most users see improvements to their lashes in as little as 3-4 weeks.

Best For: Fuller-Looking Brows

neuBROW PROFESSIONAL Brow Enhancing Serum by Skin Research Laboratories ($90)
neuBROW PROFESSIONAL has created the most advanced brow serum using botanicals, vitamins, and five polypeptides. “Whether the appearance of your brows has been hindered by a small scar or age, this lightweight serum can help you achieve younger-, healthier-, and stronger-looking brows,” says Dr. Schlessinger. You’ll notice thicker- and bolder-looking brows in as little as 4-6 weeks.

Best For: Doing It All

neuLASH/neuBROW PROFESSIONAL™ by Skin Research Laboratories® Introductory Kit ($90)
Why choose between lashes and brows? Novices—and the curious—should start out with the Introductory Kit, which comes with half sizes of both the brow and lash serums that should last you for 8–12 weeks. “This kit is the perfect way to get a taste for how healthier-looking, fuller-appearing lashes and brows can contribute to an overall more vibrant and fresh appearance,” says Dr. Schlessinger.

AFA Skincare

This dermatologist-developed skin-care line is focused on anti-aging, exfoliation and barrier repair with serious results. “The AFA line combines the unusually exceptional results of a low pH with the accelerated benefits of a professional antioxidant-rich, anti-aging line – all with virtually no irritation,” says Dr. Schlessinger. Go ahead and get your hopes up, thanks to the products below.

Best For: All-Around Skin Improvement

AFA Exfoliating Gels in Mild ($88), Plus ($94), or Max ($99)
Dr. Schlessinger describes these do-it-all skin renewal gels as “powerhouse products.” Apply after cleansing for a dose of the benefits of highly-effective exfoliation with little to no irritation. In addition to reducing inflammation, correcting hyperpigmentation and fighting free radicals, these gels also help restore the skin’s moisture barrier, which helps to plump wrinkles and keep skin hydrated and healthy. The Gels are available in three strengths—start at mild and work your way up, or stick to the style that works best for your skin type. 

Best For: Extra-Credit Cleansing

AFA Cleanser with Vitamin C and Dead Sea Minerals ($50)

Who says cleanser is just for makeup and dirt removal? This powered-up foaming, milky cleanser is formulated with vitamin C and Dead Sea minerals to gently exfoliate while it clears away dirt and impurities. It’s fragrance-free, making it ideal for sensitive skin types or anyone who wants to start and end their day on a gentle note.

Best For: Professional-Quality Masking

AFA Micro Exfoliating Masque ($66)
This clay mask acts like a magnet to draw dead cells, excess oils and impurities out of the skin. “Regular use improves sun damage, evens skin tone and texture, minimize the appearance of pores, and helps firm skin,” says Dr. Schlessinger. Feel free to dip into this jar of rare clay once or twice per week for an at-home facial that offers you clear-skin goodness.


LovelySkin isn’t just a retailer, it’s also a medically based, dermatologist-developed skin-care line. The line is centered around high-quality, professional-grade ingredients that treat skin conditions from acne to wrinkles.

“When I started to consider which products I wanted to offer as my signature line, the first and foremost area of importance was results,” says Dr. Schlessinger. “Results are the one thing that often are not obvious with skin care products. Because of our unique, medical-grade actives, we offer a unique and effective line that packs a punch while also being gentle in nature as to repair, not damage, the skin barrier.”

LovelySkin offers a full suite of products for every step in your skincare routine, but Dr. Schlessinger narrowed it down to four must-try items.

Best For: Acne-Prone Skin

LovelySkin LUXE Clarifying Gel Cleanser ($10 and $40)
Formulated with medical-grade salicylic acid, 2-percent glycolic acid and a proprietary blend of seven antioxidants, this cleanser is designed to zap acne before it starts and clear existing breakouts. It is available in two sizes for a deep clean at home or on-the-go.

Best For: Workhorse Exfoliation

LovelySkin LUXE Microdermabrasion Polish with Triple Sphere Technology ($76)
“This polish offers both environmentally-friendly physical exfoliation and non-irritating chemical exfoliation to quickly reveal brighter, healthier skin,” says Dr. Schlessinger. Simply massage into skin for 30 to 60 seconds two or three times per week and you’ll begin to notice an improvement in the appearance of pores and more luminous, radiant skin.

Best For: A Hero Serum

LovelySkin Vita-CE With Ferulic Acid ($80)
“Vita-CE With Ferulic Acid is clinically proven to reverse signs of aging, increase collagen production and provide incredible antioxidant protection,” says Dr. Schlessinger. This serum attacks signs of aging from all angles, working to promote skin elasticity, correct hyperpigmentation and sunspots, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also neutralizes free radicals, which will help protect against environmental and UV-induced skin damage—especially relevant now if you spend plenty of time absorbing blue light from your screens. 

Best For: All Things Under-eyes

LovelySkin LUXE Brightening Eye Cream ($90)
A brightening eye cream should be a part of every skin-care toolkit. LovelySkin’s new formula uses the latest ingredients, including SNAP-8 peptides, hyaluronic acid and Persian silk tree extract to strengthen the collagen in your undereye area, thus tightening that sensitive skin. Under-eye puffiness is reduced by horse chestnut extract and if darkness is your main concern, this cream is ready to come to the rescue with optical technology that works to diffuse light and instantly brighten.


Good skin is a family affair thanks to Dr. Schlessinger’s son Dr. Daniel Schlessinger, with whom he co-created a line of 1-percent hydrocortisone healing balms for lips, face and body. “This line offers unique results for a variety of skin conditions including eczema, dry skin, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and poison ivy,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “These products are useful in so many situations and the perfect addition to a medicine cabinet or overnight bag.”

Best For: Seriously Chapped Lips

FixMySkin 1% Hydrocortisone Healing Lip Balm in Unflavored or Vanilla ($11 each)
With winter upon us, now is the perfect time to stock up on a lip balm that will actually get the job done. This Healing Lip Balm is medicated with 1-percent hydrocortisone, a topical steroid that acts as an over-the-counter treatment for smaller areas such as lips, fingers, and facial areas like the eyes experiencing dryness, over-exposure or other irritation.

Best For: Eczema, Cracked Fingers and Dry Skin

FixMySkin 1% Hydrocortisone Healing Body Balm – Fragrance-Free ($16)
This conveniently sized (.5 oz) balm belongs in your bag, ready to be pulled out in case of skin concerns like eczema, psoriasis, dryness, itchiness, flakiness, or whatever irritation on a larger area needs some extra TLC. Just like its sister lip balm, it’s formulated with 1-percent hydrocortisone to help soothe everyday accidents and irritations without a greasy mess. It’s also fragrance-free, so it won’t further irritate skin.

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