There are some really innovative developments in dermatology and plastic surgery as of late, and it’s not just limited to procedures. More and more doctors are bringing their own product formulations—which were once available only to their patients—mainstream to luxury retailers like Dermstore, Barneys and Net-a-Porter. Below, 11 really effective professional-grade products you can now pick up without a prescription or doctor visit. Your skin will thank you.
FIXMD Activate Eye Cream ($80)
This trio of plastic surgeons bring their expertise to a new line designed to fix every path that leads to aging via products that work to address cell damage caused by a variety of factors, including DNA mutation, glycation, photo-damage and free radical formation that lead to loss of elasticity and collagen production. The eye cream contains multiple peptide actives that soften wrinkles formed by muscle contraction, plus botanicals and plant extracts that provide antioxidant and anti-glycation protection. A light-diffusing finish helps to give the area an immediate brightening boost while active ingredients work to provide long-term benefits.
Created by: London oculoplastic surgeon, Maryam Zamani, MD
One of the most unique products around, this multitasking cream acts as both a brightening mask and a daily cleanser. The formula is blended with alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes that slough off dead skin, brighten the complexion and provides a deep cleansing and exfoliation. While the formula is nourishing enough to use every evening as a quick daily cleanser (it’s great at removing makeup), the most beautiful results come from applying it as a mask a few times a week and letting the product sit on the skin for five minutes before washing off.
Created by: New York dermatologist Dennis Gross, MD
Dr. Gross brings his signature cult-classic alpha-beta peels to an innovative new product that gradually tans skin, giving it a beautiful glow, while providing anti-aging benefits at the same time. Glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids help to speed up cell renewal and reduce visible signs of aging, while hyaluronic acid provides time-released hydration for a refreshed appearance all day.
Created by: Munich dermatologist, Timm Golueke, MD
German dermatologist Dr. Golueke developed this all-in-one solution for aging skin after finding research that showed fern extracts contain unique substances that can address both genetic and environmental factors that contribute to skin aging. Fern extracts have been proven to have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, inhibits pigment formation and helps to stop the loss of collagen and elastic. A cocktail of oils (sea buckthorn, wile rose, African Voacanga, coconut) and highly-concentrated active ingredient vitamin C round out this formula to deliver a product that produces visible results after even short-term use.
Created by: New York dermatologist Neal Schultz, MD
Dr. Scultz’s on-the-go product addresses one of the most common problems he gets asked about—how to shrink pores. A blend of ingredients anchored by glycolic acid help to clean out debris from deep in the skin. Tea tree oil and pumpkin seed extract work to clarify and maintain healthy skin, leaving your pores looking tighter and overall complexion smoother.
Created by: Louisville, KY plastic surgeon Gregory Brown, MD
ReVive founder, Dr. Brown is known for creating skin care that gives your skin a beautiful, healthy radiance, and the brand’s newest launch does not disappoint. This exfoliator completely transforms the texture of the skin, refining and polishing away surface imperfections while infusing the skin with nourishing ingredients like green tea and shea butter. The product is performance-driven enough to give skin visible improvement after just one use, but gentle enough not to irritate.
Created by: Seoul dermatologist Dr. Gun Y. Ahn
Founded by a popular Korean dermatologist, this clinical-grade, results-driven line has finally made its way to the U.S. The vitamin-C powered Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel is a best-seller in Korea, as it has the power to gently remove surface imperfections to reveal an instantly brighter complexion. The gommage exfoliator gives you that satisfying feeling of having “dead skin roll off,” and doesn’t irritate even the most sensitive skin, thanks to a slew of anti-inflammatory ingredients like honey and soothing floral extracts.
Created by: West Palm Beach, FL dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD
Dr. Beer’s unique, hydroquinone-free brightening serum uses a medley of botanical and fruit extracts to help lighten skin discoloration, redness and spots. Powerful antioxidants help to reduce environmental stress so you can maintain your results for longer.
Created by: New York Dermatology Group
This signature face cream developed is designed for 24/7, all-year-round care. It contains proprietary peptides that stimulate the production of collagen and vitamin E, algae, grape seed, ginkgo leaf, ginseng and camomile to tone, nourish and soothe skin. Although packed with active ingredients, the formula is exceptionally light, making this an easy choice for daily use.
Created by: London plastic surgeon, Yannis Alexandrines, MD
There’s an unexpected technology in this complexion-perfection mask: carbon dioxide. The product uses two components to create carbonic acid, which drives active ingredients and CO2 deep into the skin, causing a reaction that produces nourishing oxygen. As the mask dries, it creates a protective barrier that seals in ingredients, allowing it to work on the skin. As a bonus, once the 40-minute treatment is complete, the crystallized mask is so satisfying to peel off.
Created by: Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon, Paul Massif, MD
An overnight skin-fix, this sleeping mask developed by Dr. Nassif (of Botched! fame), contains a stable form of vitamin C to help brighten and even out the complexion. Lactic acid and other moisturizers keep skin hydrated, so you wake up looking healthier and more refreshed.