Oh, where to begin with multitasking beauty products. You could have an entire bathroom cabinet filled with an option for every skin-care woe. But why have one that fights dryness, one that makes you glow, and one that fights off breakouts when you can save money—and space!—by buying an option that does it all?
While multitaskers are great, they can be hard to shop for. When you have a specific skin type, it’s super tricky finding a single product that meets all your needs. They are out there, though—promise! And New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, chose the perfect picks for five of the most common skin types he sees at his practice. Get ready to clear some space!
The best multitasking beauty products for your skin type
1. If your skin is red and oily
Product: Aveeno Ultra Calming Nourishing Night Cream, $19
Why it’s derm-approved: “This oil free moisturizer won’t weigh you down, even if you’re oily. Plus, it contains colloidal oatmeal and feverfew extract, which protects and soothes red, irritated skin.”
2. If your skin is flaky and acneic
Product: Neutrogena Bright Boost Illuminating Face Serum, $17
Why it’s derm-approved: “Glucosamine has been shown to hydrate and plump the skin, and turmeric not only brightens but can calm inflammation in acne-prone skin as well.”
3. If your skin is dry and sensitive
Product: Eighteen B Firm + Replenish Serum, $105
Why it’s derm-approved: “The serum uses a silk protein both to form a breathable barrier over the skin and to deliver calming and hydrating ingredients. Ceramides and squalane protect the skin, and it’s a clean formula free of fragrances, parabens, and sulfates, making it a great for anyone who’s sensitive.”
4. If your skin is dry with dark spots
Product: Ghost Democracy Floodgate Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $34
Why it’s derm-approved: “Hyaluronic acid is the ultimate hydrator, binding to 1,000 times its weight in water. This serum is a multitasker, as it also contains linden flower and white tea extract, which have potent antioxidant benefits to brighten dark spots.”
5. If your skin is dull with dark spots
Product: L’Oréal Revitalift Derm Intensives Glycolic Acid Serum, $24
Why it’s derm-approved: “This serum enhances radiance with glycolic acid, which helps the skin shed dead cells on its surface. It also contains a stabilized form of vitamin C to brighten sun spots.”
No matter your skin combination, here’s the right way to wash your face:
These strips can tell you your skin type in three seconds. But no matter what you type is, there are three ingredients derms say will make anyone’s complexion happy.
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