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With all that time spent soaking up the sun outdoors, your summer adventures might have you feeling a bit fried. Thankfully, Dermstore’s perfectly timed anniversary sale, with discounts on hundreds of beloved skin-care, makeup, and hair-care products, will have you looking and feeling your best in no time. From now until Wednesday, August 17, take up to 25 percent off using code CHEERS at checkout — and Dermstore members can earn up to triple points on purchases for future rewards. Lots of tried-and-true beauty buys are included, so for your shopping convenience, we’ve rounded up some of our best-selling products that are vouched for by experts and Strategist staff alike, including a “miraculous” foot peel, our beauty writer’s go-to pimple patches, and a dry shampoo that leaves zero trace behind.
If sandal season has your feet looking a little worse for wear, Baby Foot’s got your back. Former New York Magazine literary critic Molly Young told us about this “podiatric miracle” back in 2016, reporting that it leaves your feet “as velvety and smooth as a baby’s appendages.” The shedding process is “shocking” but painless; after 48 hours, you’ll look as if you just received the “world’s most expensive pedicure,” Young writes.
Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton sprints to stock up on Bioderma micellar water whenever she runs out. “I don’t know what it is about this product, but not only does it take all of my makeup off, it actually does a great job of soothing my skin, especially after a night out,” she says.
COSRX’s pimple patches have saved Viera-Newton from herself “time and time again.” These clear hydrocolloid stickers help “suck up all that excess oil in your skin and flatten zits out in as fast as one night,” she reports. Whenever she feels the urge to pick at her skin, she just slaps one on.
This vitamin-E-infused, olive-oil-based cleanser is “refreshingly basic and extremely gentle.” Dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah says its water-soluble formula will work for all skin types.
According to Viera-Newton, Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John, uses this Embryolisse cream to prep her skin before he applies makeup. Featuring a slew of nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax, aloe vera, and soy proteins, it will help hydrate your skin without making it look greasy or slippery.
Viera-Newton advises massaging one of these Fur mitts “in circular motions on any areas where you’re prone to ingrowns (or over areas where they already exist) — you could even use it on your face if you happen to get ingrowns there as well.” After a few uses, she noticed that “inflamed areas were calmer, smoother, and less irritated.”
Or if it’s razor bumps you’re struggling with, five waxing specialists named Fur Oil as the key to combating them. “A great way to prevent razor burn is by keeping the skin around the bikini line really healthy, like with Fur Oil,” says Lara Kaiser, an aesthetician at Brooklyn’s Shen Beauty. “This is an oil you apply for a few days before or after hair removal that is anti-septic and helps soften hair and hair regrowth.”
“Dewy Dudes” Evan Shinn and Emilio Quezada say this Korres oil is the “real secret” to their glow. Quezada had stumbled across this product on sale in a Sephora and “instantly copped.” If he’s looking a bit tired in the morning, “this stuff is my absolute go-to,” he says. “A quick, radiant boost to the complexion.”
Jamie Balder, executive assistant to the creative director of Donna Karan, reports that this Living Proof dry shampoo “doesn’t come out white like a lot of other dry shampoos.” When she sprays it from root to tip, it gives her “whole head volume that is beach wavy rather than just frizzy.”
This antioxidant-rich eye cream from Neocutis is one of New York–based dermatologist Dr. Shereene Idriss’s top caffeine-based eye-cream picks. This particular cream uses a blend of hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to help soothe and protect the skin while delivering the brightening benefits of caffeine.
Or if you’re looking for something to address texture around the eye area, Neocutis’s tightening eye cream is a favorite of Dr. David E. Bank, a dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at Columbia University Medical Center. It contains a special ingredient known as growth factors, which he explains are “proteins that promote the growth, development, and maturation of cells and play a role in maintaining the firmness and elasticity of skin.”
Covered in tiny needles, this face roller helped rid Viera-Newton of persistent hyperpigmentation. Although it may look “like a medieval torture device,” she promises that it’s actually “nice and gentle.”
The NuFace is another facial gadget that may seem intimidating at first but really delivers results. dr. Michelle Henry, the founder of Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan, says it’s perfect for maintenance in between in-office treatments; if you use it every day, “it tightens and stops that sagging gravity effect,” she says. “It just keeps everything nice and lifted.”
Formulated with argan oil, plant collagen, and biotin, this Oribe shampoo is great for color-treated hair, with one hair-care expert claiming that it “rejuvenates the hair cuticle from the inside out.”
Since BHAs work to remove dead cells on the surface of your skin, Viera-Newton relies on this salicylic-acid-based exfoliating toner for busting her persistent blackheads. “This can help diminish preexisting blackheads as well as prevent them from forming in the first place,” she writes.
Former Strategist editor Margaret Rhodes (and her hairdresser) recommends this R+Co cream for anyone with dry or frizzy locks. “It’s a great everyday moisturizing treatment that sinks in really nicely, smoothes out puffy hair, and never feels sticky or heavy,” she says.
If you’re battling dandruff, celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer suggests looking for a shampoo that contains salicylic acid such as this one from SachaJuan. It combines rosemary oil, menthol, salicylic acid, and ginger extract for a soothing yet effective remedy (that also smells amazing).
This rich, super-emollient cream is recommended for people who have overexfoliated with acids or undergone chemical or laser facial procedures that made their skin extra sensitive. “It hits heavy with moisture, without the weight you feel with most creams,” says aesthetician Candace Marino. “It promotes deep hydration, decreases inflammation, and stimulates collagen and elastin production.”
Slip’s silk pillowcase has been recommended by celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian and celebrity dermatologists including Dr. Dennis Gross. It’s also a favorite of aestheticians such as Candida Lawson, who shared her love for Slip’s silk pillowcases in 2018: “I’m a true believer that they help my blowouts last longer.”
For her morning skin-care routine, Viera-Newton uses this Tula moisturizer, which features probiotics and superfood extracts to brighten dull skin and lock in moisture.
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