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Derms Say These Are the Moisturizers They Personally Use

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We’re all ears when it comes to hearing every last detail regarding what kind of treatments, cutting-edge devices and age-defying skin care dermatologists think really work. So, we had to ask: What moisturizers do these skin-health experts—the ones who have access to everything—personally stockpile?


Fort Lauderdale, FL dermatologist Dr. Matthew Elias keeps it simple with CeraVe moisturizers, tagging them as “efficient and effective.”

Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion

Louisville, KY dermatologist Tami Buss Cassis, MD also counts herself as part of team CeraVe, and adds a body must-try, derm-tested to the list: “In the winter, creams and oils all-day long are the only way you’ll keep your skin in line! This winter, I’ve started using Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion ($44) and I absolutely love it.”

Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer

Campbell, CA dermatologist Amelia K. Hausauer, MD notes she has “several favorites” when it comes to moisturizers but, in general, recommends creams over lotions because they have a lower water content—aka thicker consistency and more effective moisturization. “What is sitting on my shelf at the currently: Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer ($72). I personally am dry and need to be basted in moisture, so I like layering. Glycerin and dimethicone contribute to its rich consistency while lineoleic acid, phospholipids, and triglycerides provide emollient and barrier support effects. It also contains oat and silver mushroom.”

Avene Tolerance Control Recovery Cream

Davie, FL dermatologist Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, MD calls this lightweight moisturizer “excellent” for acne-prone and sensitive skin types—even going as far to say she loves it. “It has an ingredient complex that calms the skin-nerve sensitive and irritation within a few seconds. It’s very soothing for dry and irritated skin.”

Drunk Elephant LaLa Retrocream With Ceramides

Another must for Dr. Hausauer: Drunk Elephant LaLa Retro Cream With Ceramides ($60). “This is a dermatologist favorite for luxe, deeply hydrating products,” she says. “I love the whipped texture and the clever pump design that is less likely to be contaminated than a traditional tub.”

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