March 1, 2012 Face

What Dermatologists Do to Fight Flaky Skin

When it's time to beat the itch, flakes, or [insert your choice of winter weary skin symptom], we wondered what top skin docs reached for to relieve their own pain. Wonder no more.

Tina Alster, M.D. (Washington, D.C.)

Face: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum for day time use. It’s a wonderful antioxidant that repairs skin, as well as protects it from the sun with an equivalency of SPF 8. I love to layer it under my daytime moisturizer, which contains a higher SPF. For evening, I love Celfix DNA Youth Recovery Serum. It literally repairs broken DNA strands that result from sun damage.
Hands: Lancôme Nutrix Soothing Treatment Cream. It has just the right consistency, is handily packaged, and smells great.
Body: Epionce Medical Barrier Cream. It’s packed with ceramides that provide intense moisturizing that lasts all day, but without making me feel greasy.

Noelle Sherber, M.D. (Baltimore, MD)

Face: Crème de la Mer. My go-to skin "reset" is to exfoliate with an alpha hydroxy acid mask in the shower before bed, and then to treat my skin to a generous layer of La Mer. Because it relies on high-quality oils to moisturize the skin (rather than using silicone as a filler to give the feeling of slip on skin that is found in so many creams), it absorbs deeply and repairs the skin barrier to soothe irritation. My mother started using Crème de la Mer when it launched 40 years ago at Henri Bendel, and I am now never without it.
Hands:As a dermatologist, I can't use hand cream during the day because I'm constantly taking gloves on and off for procedures, and hand cream would make a mess. So I rely on rich overnight treatments like Fresh Brown Sugar Hand Cream. The combination of sugar and glycerin, humectants and plant-based oils in is ideal as an overnight treatment for dry skin.
Body: Laura Mercier's Crème Brûlée Souflè Body Creme. Avoid any moisturizers that come in a pump; if lotion is thin enough to be dispensed in a pump, it contains too much water to be sufficiently moisturizing for genuinely dry skin. I also do what I call the "drip test"—if you hold the jar upside down and it won't drip out, that indicates it's rich enough for really dry skin. I always return to Laura Mercier's Crème Brûlée Souflè Body Creme, which passes the test, and has a soft and delicious scent.

Wendy Roberts, M.D. (Rancho Mirage, CA)

Face: La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. It's like a glass of water for dry, thirsty facial skin that some of us California girls get!
Hands: Skin Medica Ceramide Treatment Cream. It's the perfect texture to moisturize without feeling tacky, and it also contains peptides and growth factors to keep those hands fresh and smooth.
Body: CeraVe Cream on most areas. Since I'm continuously moisturizing, I like to use something that has quality but at the same time is not too expensive. For extra dry body areas that need intensive repair, I use NeoStrata Problem Dry Skin Cream.


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