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With spring just around the corner, it’s time to free up some space in your bathroom closet for the new season’s beauty products. Those ready to swap barrier-repairing creams for bikini oils should head to Dermstore: From now until March 10, you can get up to 20 percent off many rarely-for-sale skincare, haircare, and beauty tools as part of the “Beauty Refresh Sale” – just use the code “REFRESH.” We’ve already discovered many Strategist-approved favorites among the deals, including Rio Viera-Newton’s go-to blemish patches, hairstylist-recommended dry shampoo, and beauty editor-loved eyelash serum. Plus, select brands like Ilia, Supergoop, and Olaplex offer double points to members, so we recommend stocking up. After all, it is common knowledge that buying sunscreen makes summer come faster.
Strategist beauty columnist Rio Viera-Newton credits these CosRx pimples for saving “hair from [herself] over and over.” The flexible, clear hydrocolloid circles help to “soak up all that excess oil in your skin and flatten blemishes overnight,” she writes.
With a stamp of approval from five different dermatologists, we named EltaMD’s UV Clear the best overall facial sunscreen. In addition to being fragrance-free and noncomedogenic, EltaMD’s sunscreen is especially effective because it’s rich in antioxidants that help protect against skin-damaging free radicals, says Patricia Wexler of Wexler Dermatology.
Tula’s hydrating moisturizer is one of Viera-Newton’s most essential skin care products for cold weather, especially for those with dry and sensitive skin. “It’s nourishing without being sticky or clogging pores, and it penetrates deep to leave skin looking brighter and even healthier,” she says.
Our top dry shampoo, hairstylist Benjamin Talbott, tells us that Klorane’s powder formula is great for those with “severely oily scalps” because “the oat milk acts as an astringent to dry up excess oil while adding softness to the hair.”
“Hooked,” says actress Taraji P. Henson of Peter Thomas Roth’s hyaluronic acid-infused eye patches. She used them all during filming rich and has been using them ever since. “I can literally see the difference: I see the bags under the eyes getting smaller in the morning.”
“If you ask a bunch of beauty editors what the best eyelash serum is, chances are they’ll recommend GrandeLash,” writes Viera-Newton. She credits the serum for helping her grow her traumatized eyelashes in four weeks.
This salicylic acid-based exfoliating toner from Paula’s Choice is loved by Viera-Newton, former Cut beauty editor Ashley Weatherford, and multiple beauty gurus like Hyram, Sacheu, and Gothamista). Viera-Newton suggests applying it “to clean skin in areas with congestion or breakouts (usually the T-zone), avoiding sensitive areas.”
If you’re looking for a vitamin C serum with real radiance, the PCA Skin C&E Advanced serum contains 20 percent L-ascorbic acid, along with pure vitamin E and other antioxidants that help with aging and free radicals. Dermatologist dr. Elizabeth Tanzi loves how the lightweight serum “integrates easily into a skincare regimen” and doesn’t “cause irritation.”
This DHC cleansing oil is olive oil based, infused with vitamin E which is rich in antioxidants and fragrance free. This DHC cleansing oil is refreshingly basic and extremely gentle. Dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah is particularly fond of the water-soluble formula that makes it extremely easy to rinse off.
Strategist associate editor Louis Cheslaw first heard about this R+Co styling paste from hairdresser Mark Miguez. “The soft hold lasts all day without being sticky or harsh,” reports Cheslaw. “I can even run my hand through my hair without messing up the style, and at the end of the day it’s all worked out so I can go to bed au naturel.”
While admittedly pricey, we’ve named this Augustinus Bader product one of the best night creams out there because it’s great for the “laziest nights, when you don’t have time to slather on a million serums, but still get all the anti-aging benefits.” want.” The “super-repairing” formula is said to visibly reduce all signs of aging while brightening, tightening and plumping the skin by hydrating and repairing the moisture barrier.
Makeup artists everywhere — from Hung Vanngo to Pat McGrath — swear by this French moisturizer. The milky texture is suitable for all skin types, making it a perfect, no-nonsense foundation.
The Jen Atkin-approved Briogeo hair mask contains argan, avocado and sweet almond oils to deeply nourish your dry or damaged hair, keratin for increased shine and biotin for strengthening. As a bonus, it is also free of sulfates, silicones and parabens.
Recommended to us by several writers and dermatologists, the NūFace device helps de-puff and tighten the face and neck by zapping your skin with waves of energy.
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