‘I’m a Dermatologist, and This $20 Moisturizer Is the ‘Holy Grail’ for Transitioning Skin From Winter to Spring’

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We're at that funky time of year where the weather is ready to shift to spring, but winter is still hanging on strong. For example, yesterday in New York City, the high was 70°F, and the low was 33°F. When the temps are all over the place, it can be tricky to choose your skin-care products—you also don't want to be partway through your day and realize your moisturizer isn't cutting it. Luckily, Elyse Love, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in NYC, knows the perfect transitional moisturizer—the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer ($20).

"This is such a hard time for everyone's skin," says Dr. Love. "Everyone is so excited for spring fashion, they're ready for spring beauty, but we're not quite there. This a great product for that transitional time."

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That's because it's a gentle moisturizer that works great for all skin types, meaning that if your skin is feeling a little dry one day and sticky and sweaty the next, this moisturizer will hold you down through the changes.

"La Roche-Posay Double Repair is like one of my holy grail, tried-and-true skin-care products that I find that almost all of my patients are happy with," says Dr. Love. "It's one of those skin-care products that work great for oily skin and work great for dry skin."

It's made with hydrating glycerin and three types of ceramides, which are lipids that keep your skin moisturized and your barrier strong. However, it's lightweight and non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores. Plus, it includes niacinamide, an antioxidant that helps soothe your skin while protecting it from environmental stressors like pollution, which can accelerate signs of aging.

What's more, it includes the brand's signature thermal spring water, which provides prebiotic benefits to help rebalance the skin microbiome. It's also rich in minerals that have soothing and antioxidant properties.

"It's one of those holy grail products that I get really excited to find as a dermatologist because I'm always looking for the best product for each person, but it's nice when there are products that overlap for different people," says Dr. Love. Consider us sold.

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