It's hard to choose just one thing to love about Memorial Day Weekend. Its arrival means that beaches are officially open, hotdogs and watermelon will be on every menu for the foreseeable future, and you can wear head-to-toe white without having to worry about someone making a rude comment about your outfit's seasonal appropriateness. But as a beauty editor (and total skin-care nerd), the thing I'm most excited about for the start-of-summer holiday is the fact that so many dermatologist-favorite skin-care products are on super sale this weekend, because of Memorial Day beauty sales (of which there are many).
As the seasons change, so too, do the needs of your skin, so consider this the best possible time to give your entire routine a reboot. You'll want to double down on retinoids and antioxidants, swap your heavy creams for lighter lotions, add an exfoliant into the mix, and of course, make SPF a non-negotiable. To help you hit "reset" on your regimen, we rounded up the summer friendly skin-care products that dermatologists can't get enough of this time of year—all of which can now be yours for some seriously discounted prices.
Originally $39, now $32
Of all the sunscreens we know and love, this is the one dermatologists recommend time-and-time again. “It fulfills all of the criteria I prefer in a sunscreen,” Charisse Dolitsky, MD, from Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York previously told Well+Good. “It has broad-spectrum, mineral-based coverage with high SPF, it’s formulated with zinc, which offers the widest spectrum of protection against both UVA and UVB rays, its low in chemicals. Elta provides more physical, rather than chemical protection, which is safer, and well tolerated by those with sensitive skin and it doesn’t clog pores.” From now until June 1, you can snag it for only $32 at Dermstore with the code SUN.
Originally $300, now $240
In order to reap the maximum hydrating benefits from your hyaluronic acid serum, derms suggest looking for a product that’s made with multi-weight hyaluronic acid molecules. These different sized hyaluronic acid molecules allow the ingredient to penetrate skin at different levels, delivering moisture from the inside out. This luxury formula fits the bill, pairing long- and short-chain hyaluronic acid molecules with antioxidant-rich purslane extract that will protect your skin while it hydrates it. From now until May 30, it can be yours for only $240, thanks to Violet Grey’s MDW sale.
Originally $140, now $112
“Retinoids can be used year-round, but increasing strength or frequency of use is often helpful, and more tolerable, in warmer weather to combat oil production and boost anti-aging,” Michele Farber, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Philadelphia previously told Well+Good. This retinol is from Epi.logic, a skin-care line by oculofacial plastic surgeon Chaneve Jeanniton, MD. “It’s a 0.5 percent retinol, so very gentle and it’s actually time-released, which helps with some of those issues with irritation,” says Dr. Jeanninton. “And it’s coupled with a little bit of lactic acid and some squalane that makes it really lovely.” From now until May 30, you can get it for 20 percent off on Violet Grey’s website.
Originally $150, now $120
The second temps start to rise, Deirdre Hooper, MD, a Louisiana-based dermatologist starts slathering this firming cream on her arms, legs, and stomach. “When I am really good about using this product, and I’m using it daily for at least a month, I do see an improvement in my skin’s quality overall,” Dr. Hooper previously told Well+Good. “And I think that that is because of the ingredients which blend tons of topical cosmeceuticals. Most importantly, a peptide blend that is supposed to improve the skin firmness and elasticity and antioxidants and botanicals that will be anti-aging and help stave off the process of any further sagging.”
Originally $122, now $110
Speaking of lactic acid, this cult-fave serum is made with the gently exfoliating ingredient, and helps to melt away dead skin cells to give your complexion a smoother, more even appearance. If you’ve been avoiding your usual exfoliants during dry skin season (otherwise known as “winter”), this is a great way to introduce a non-irritating one back into your routine—plus, derms swear by it. Pick it up at SkinStore for 10 percent off with the code MD10 from now through May 31.
Originally $29, now $24
Greasy skin is one of the more unpleasant side effects of humid weather (along with frizzed-out hair and sweat stains), and an oil-reducing cleanser can help keep things clear. Thanks to the principle of “like attracts like,” oil-based cleansers are actually great for removing oil from your complexion, and this olive oil-infused option from the Japanese beauty brand DHC is sure to get the job done. Grab it for 20 percent off from now through June 1.
Originally $60, now $54
This lightweight lotion absorbs almost immediately into your skin, and unlike your usual thick, heavy, creams, it won’t leave a greasy film on your face the minute you start to sweat. It’s made with hydrating hyaluronic acid plus vitamins C and E, which will give your complexion the moisture and antioxidant protection it needs all summer long… without making you goopy and greasy in the process. From now until June 1, you can save 10 percent plus a free mini SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex 0.25.
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