Dermatologist-approved products to add to your skincare routine: Dr. Dennis Gross, SkinCeuticals, and more

Dermatologist-approved products to add to your skincare routine: Dr. Dennis Gross, SkinCeuticals, and more

Professional opinion

Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @crfashionbook
Image: Instagram | @sahar_reviews
Image: Instagram | @skinceuticals

The advent of social media has led to a better-informed consumer, one made aware of everything from clean beauty to unsavoury behaviour exhibited by big names within the industry. It is a movement that shows no sign of stopping, with a rising amount of beauty brands adopting further transparency when it comes to product formulations, ingredient sourcing, and the like.


As promising a sign this might be, there is still no denying that the knowledge we harbour is of no match to a professional — especially in matters of skincare. For such matters, we defer to a dermatologist. And while some are lucky enough to manage multiple visits and consultations, others (aka us) have tighter purse strings that make it impossible to do so frequently. Sigh.

Luckily, compromise arrives in the form of hard-won information from notable dermatologists themselves. Below, all we have gathered on derma-approved skincare products to give a whirl, from the most efficacious cleansers to protective sunscreens.

Cleanser: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil

Oil cleansers tend to be the favoured pick due to its gentle nature, making it an ideal for sensitive and reactive skin types. Dr. Dendy Engelman, director of Dermatologic Surgery at Metropolitan Hospital, agrees. "You can draw out sebum and bacteria using a gentle oil cleanser [such as Elizabeth Arden's] with lukewarm water," she continues. "It eliminates impurities without drying out your skin." This is especially so due to this cleansing oil's nourishing formulation that comprises essential lipids such as omega 3, 6, 9 and vitamin E.



Exfoliator: Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Wine Pads 

Liquid exfoliators may be all the rage now, but that's not to say that physical exfoliants aren't just as effective. Those looking for less-harsh options may opt for the likes of Neogen's Bio-Peel Gauze Wine Pads, which contains a unique three-layer pad technology that penetrates deep into pores to clear out pore-clogging debris without causing damage or irritation to the complexion. According to Dr. Sejal Shah of Smarter Skin Dermatology, this can be credited to the natural occurring alpha hydroxy acids in Neogen, which are known to exfoliate while also build thickness in the deeper layers of skin. 



Serum: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic 

Already a cult favourite among those in the beauty community, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is a popular option among professionals too. It is at least, where Dr. Shari Marchbein, dermatologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at NYU is concerned. "It's my personal go-to because it contains a potent triple combination of antioxidants, including vitamins C, E, and ferulic acid — this helps dramatically with the improvement of fine lines, skin firmness, and overall brightening."



Moisturiser: Dermalogica Barrier Defense Booster

"I like this moisturiser by Dermalogica as it comprises oat kernel oil, which is chock-full of healthy cholesterol, linoleic acid, ceramides, and sterols," says Dr. Melissa Levin, founder and dermatologist at Entière Dermatology. Not just that, this bad boy also reinforces the skin's natural protective-barrier (hence the name), thus helping seal complexions from environmental assault such as harmful UVA and UVB rays.



Sunscreen: Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturiser SPF 50

The lightweight, non-greasy formulation makes for a perfect fit in Singapore's climate. Dr. Joshua Zeichner, dermatologist and director of Mount Sinai Hospital explains that both protection and hydration properties makes it a personal favourite; its one-of-a-kind antioxidant blend containing vitamin E also helps to prevent further environmental damage to skin.



Mask: Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask

This two-step mask is unique in both texture and results. Texture-wise, it is a combination of both gel and power, forming a cooling, soothing mass when mixed. Result-wise, differences are apparent after singular use, as professional-grade algin and hyaluronic acid work double-time to give firmer, radiant, and more supple skin than before. Word on the street is that it a hot favourite used in facials and aesthetic procedures over at highly raved about clinic, Dr. Dennis Gross Dermatology. 


Spot Treatment: Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Spot Treatment

Skincare doubles up as makeup with Dr. Barbara Sturm's latest offering. This spot treatment comes tinted for maximum convenience, allowing for application over makeup where an active complex of tea tree oil, zinc oxides and maclura biovaflanoids works to diminish the appearance of blemishes, breakouts, and redness. A clear formula is in the works, too, and will be set to join the three available hues sometime soon. 


Primer: Dr. Sebagh Vitamin C Brightening Primer SPF15

Formulated with the purpose of ensuring skin looks 'camera-ready', Dr. Sebagh's primer works to achieve this through radiance-boosting vitamin C, moisturising hyaluronic acid, as well as added UV filters that shields skin with SPF15. Fine lines and wrinkles are also filled, while excess sebum is absorbed to ensure a luminous, radiant glow.