Prepare to take your skincare regimen up a notch.

By Kristin Limoges
February 05, 2020
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With so many Instagram influencers, beauty blogs, and countless anti-aging products available online and in stores, it’s seemingly impossible to figure out which buzzed-about beauty ingredients actually work to improve your complexion. Fortunately, there's science-backed evidence behind the skin-boosting powers of ingredients like retinol, Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and of course, sunscreen.

Before you spend your savings on a new skincare routine, check out some of the best anti-aging moisturizers and serums recommended by board-certified dermatologists. We put together a list of some of the most effective and acclaimed “miracle” products that work to diminish wrinkles and age spots while hydrating and replenishing nutrients. From hardworking serums to top-rated creams, these seven dermatologist-recommended beauty products all cost less than $200.

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Macrene Actives High Performance Face Serum

Founded by Macrene Alexiades, M.D., director and founder of Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center of New York, this hyper-clean line was created to replicate the results you get from lasers and injectables. Powerful, plant-based active ingredients undo damage on a DNA level, and when used twice a day, this serum can rapidly help reduce signs of skin damage and aging.

To buy: $195; net-a-porter.com.

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No7 Laboratories Firming Booster Serum

According to Marnie Nussbaum, M.D., this peptide-boosting serum helps to maintain a refreshed appearance, since it increases fibrillin in the dermis and supports collagen and elastin growth to firm and lift the skin. It also packs major moisture by having both high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which helps hydrate deeper levels of the epidermis to smooth and plump your complexion over time.

To buy: $42; ulta.com.

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3
EltaMD PM Therapy Facial Moisturizer

This facial moisturizer contains rice protein peptides and ceramides to help repair skin while you snooze. "Peptides are the building blocks of collagen and help promote lifting and firming," says Dr. Nussbaum. After a few weeks, skin's elasticity, cell growth, and collagen are boosted—resulting in a healthy glow-up.

To buy: $34; dermstore.com.

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RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

"For the most bang for your buck, you can't beat RoC's Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream," says Kenneth Howe, M.D., a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology Group in New York City. The cream contains a potent, yet non-irritating level of retinol, plus it's less expensive than your favorite cocktail at a swanky bar.

To buy: $17; amazon.com.

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5
Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream

This deeply hydrating anti-aging eye cream is revered among derms for its ability to nourish skin with 3.8% retinol—the highest retinol percentage available over-the-counter. "It gives vitality and and resiliency to the eye area, and because the retinol is nano-encapsulated, it's extremely stable, so it delivers results quickly with zero irritation," says board-certified dermatologist and Amarte founder, Craig Kraffert, M.D.

To buy: $80; dermstore.com.

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Protocol Vitamin C Superserum

"Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidants—it's a powerhouse that preserves and maintains skin," says Dr. Nussbaum. The problem with Vitamin C is that it's incredibly sensitive and affected by external factors. Protocol's Vitamin C Superserum is different in that it's manufactured and bottled in an oxygen- and light-free environment.

To buy: $72; protocol-lab.com.

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SkinMedica Total Defense Plus Repair Sunscreen

"Sun protection is the single most important commitment you can make to keep your skin looking as young as possible," says board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, M.D. For full-coverage protection against harmful UV rays, use SkinMedica's broad-spectrum sunscreen, which contains a boost of antioxidants.

To buy: $68; dermstore.com.

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