Want gorgeous, radiant skin that glows, even without cosmetics? No matter where you are in your journey right now, you can have this experience, too. All you need is to find the right skincare products to help bring your natural beauty out – and that means turning to the experts for a little advice.
We just happen to know one of those experts first-hand. Iconic’s Dr. Devani knows just how important it is to practice good skin care using the right skincare products – and to share it with the world when you find something that truly outshines the competition. In fact, it can be the difference between daily struggles and loving the skin you’re in!
But this expert isn’t keeping her knowledge a secret. Instead, she’s sharing her can’t-live-without skincare products list with all of you right here. Ready to fall in love with her favorites and see if they’re right for you? Let’s dive in.
EPIONCE LYTIC GEL CLEANSER
Epionce has a lengthy history of putting out skincare products that quickly become “secret weapons” in the skin care industry. The Lytic Gel Cleanser is no exception. This incredibly lightweight and gentle cleanser deeply cleanses skin, pulling away excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells without overstripping. Skin feels soft and supple afterwards, not dry – and that’s important for people who are extremely sensitive.
But that’s really just the beginning of everything this product has to offer. Ingredients like menthol and willow bark quickly go to work to relieve redness from common conditions like acne, eczema, and even psoriasis. EpiK complex sends signals to skin to find harmony and balance in sebum production while also regulating PH to support better self-healing. It’s also sulfate-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free, too.
This a pretty full rack of features for such an affordable cleanser. Truthfully, though, Lytic Gel shines best in its ability to treat skin delicately. It almost never causes additional redness or irritation – and that makes it gentle enough for daily use.
IS CLINICAL ACTIVE SERUM
iS CLINICAL specializes in creating clinical-level skincare products that show real results for patients – often in as little as a single treatment. That’s also true for iS CLINICAL Active Serum; you should be able to see a noticeable difference in your skin after using it for only a few short days. Still, this is a product you’re going to want to keep on hand.
Active Serum’s star-quality status comes from the ingredients within this nearly-magical formula. Willow bark fights acne to resolve blemishes, while arbutin and mushroom extracts brighten and even out tone. Sugar cane extract gently exfoliates skin to strip away old, dead skin cells and encourage healing. Bilberry extract comes in behind to rehydrate after all that TLC.
All of these ingredients also come together to provide other remarkable benefits, even when you apply just once a day. iS CLINICAL Active Serum can also help erase fine lines and wrinkles, add volume, plump, and smooth out surface issues. A few patients even report that cosmetics go on, and stay on, better after they use it.
If there is any drawback to this formula at all, it’s only in the fact that it has a consistency very similar to water. It might take you a moment or two to get the hang of applying it on your own face and neck – but that’s hardly worth quibbling over!
SKINBETTER SCIENCE® EVEN TONE-CORRECTING SERUM
If you’re struggling with melasma, age spots, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, or even just plain uneven tone, you’re going to LOVE this skinbetter science® product. Even Tone Correcting Serum targets all of these issues, and more, in one easy-to-use and delightful little package.
Here’s how it works. Ingredients such as alpha-arbutin, arginine PCA, d-glucosyl gallic acid, and hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate work together to break up spots and reduce age-related yellowing. They also brighten skin to make it appear more youthful and radiant at almost any age.
Other ingredients seek to soothe, repair, and restore balance. Linoleic acid delivers a deeply-penetrating dose of moisture that triggers your own skin’s ability to create ceramides. This can help to restore a lost moisture barrier and soften dry, crepe-like skin while also adding volume.
But what skinbetter science® Even Tone Correcting Serum really wins points for is the fact that it contains absolutely no retinol or hydroquinone. This lessens the risk of undesirable side effects (e.g., redness) and allergic reactions.
SKINBETTER SCIENCE® ALPHARET® EXFOLIATING PEEL PADS
Another winner from skinbetter science® with a slightly different objective: AlphaRet® Exfoliating Peel Pads. This triple-hitter formula contains glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids to exfoliate away debris, gently remove old, dead skin cells, and shrink excessively large pores. Skin very often appears brighter and more youthful even after the first application!
The key in this product’s powerful nature lies in how well it exfoliates without any scrubbing, scratching, or damage. Too many people turn to harsh over-the-counter scrubs for exfoliation instead; these can create microtears that might contribute to fine lines and wrinkles over time. But AlphaRet® Exfoliating Peel Pads aren’t harsh – they rely on chemical exfoliation instead. So, this is much less of a concern.
We also have to hype up the ease of use, here. Unlike some at-home peel products, these pads are just about as easy to use as a regular old cotton pad. There’s no fussing with ingredients, mixing different formulas together, or trying to decide if you’re using too much product (or not enough). Just grab a pad before you hit the hay up to three times per week, and apply the product directly to your skin. Easy!
So what’s the catch? Because AlphaRet® does contain a retinoid, you shouldn’t use it without consulting with your provider first. This is just a precaution to ensure you don’t encounter any redness or irritation along the way.
SKINMEDICA® TNS ESSENTIAL SERUM
SkinMedica® is another well-known company with a great reputation for excellence in the skin care world. All of their skincare products are dermatologist-created and backed by real-world research – and that means you can trust them to perform at a clinical level.
What Dr. Devani especially loves, however, is the SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum. This is an easy-to-use, all-in-one serum that specifically targets signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, and uneven tone. It brightens, adds radiance, and even enhances skin texture to let you truly shine from the outside in!
TNS Serum also contains a “secret ingredient” – growth factors. These complex substances trigger the body’s natural healing and self-rejuvenation cycle, speeding up the production of collagen and new cells. That’s important because growth factor production slows down once you reach the age of 30.
Other ingredients, including hydrolyzed silk and dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline help to soften, firm, and add structure to skin. Ergothioneine and ubiquinone (CoQ10), both of which are antioxidants, also benefit skin by eliminating free radicals. These universally beneficial effects work for almost any skin type.
COLORESCIENCE® ALL CALM® CLINICAL REDNESS CORRECTOR SPF 50
Struggling with redness or irritation? Maybe you suffer from rosacea or redness related to acne breakouts. Either way, you need something that’s gentle enough to avoid triggering your symptoms further, yet strong enough to help resolve them at the same time. While that might seem like a bit of a big ask, the Colorescience® All Calm® Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50 absolutely fits the bill.
How this miracle product works is simple. What seems like a simple sunscreen at first glance actually contains a thick, foundation-like formula with an ever-so-slightly greenish tinge. When you apply it to your face, it absorbs in and color corrects redness in key areas, like the cheeks, nose, and forehead.
All Calm® also contains a few ingredients that specifically soothe and relax cranky skin, too, including BioSolace complex, magnolia bark, and vitamin E. You can trust it to help rehydrate skin without going overboard. Plus, it’s rated at SPF 50, making it a strong and effective product for people who spend a lot of time in the sun.
Some patients are a little shocked when they first see how dark this product is inside the tube. But have no fear – it is actually incredibly subtle and absorbs in readily. It definitely won’t leave you feeling “green” around the gills as long as it’s applied right!