Beauty Editors On The Preventative Skin-Care Products They Always Recommend

In our experience, being a beauty reporter also means being the person your friends come to at the first sign of a little wrinkle or dark spot. We're always more than happy to pass on what we've learned on the job, even if some of our answers have to come with a disclaimer. (As in, "I'm not a dermatologist, but...")

But a few recent queries got us thinking: Why should the insider track on all our favorite skin-care solutions be limited to our besties alone? And what fountain-of-youth products do other beauty editors suggest to their nearest and dearest in the name of gorgeous skin?

So we hit up our cohort of editors from coast to coast to find out what hero skin-care products they can’t shut up about. See their number-one draft picks, ahead.

<p><strong><a href="https://www.instagram.com/saratan/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sara Tan" class="link ">Sara Tan</a></strong></p><p>West Coast Fashion & Beauty Editor, Bustle</p><span class="copyright">Photo: Richard Tamayo</span>

Sara Tan

West Coast Fashion & Beauty Editor, Bustle

Photo: Richard Tamayo
<p>“One of the best parts about my job is getting the chance to try different kinds of treatments and services. One of my favorites? An oxygen facial, a procedure that basically blasts pressurized oxygen (which helps to kill bacteria and hydrate your skin instantly) along with different kinds of serums to penetrate deep into your epidermis. This results in a gorgeous glow and healthier skin.</p><p>Typically, you have to go to a spa or clinic to receive the service, but Kate Somerville was able to create DermalQuench, a product that mimics the facial, but can be used at home (and every day). She has two versions, both of which contain hyaluronic acid and good-for-your-skin botanicals, but the one that I use also has retinol, a must-have ingredient to battle pesky wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation. You shake the can, press the actuator, and out comes a very cool, foamy liquid that you can then massage into your face. <em>Et voilà</em> — an anti-aging facial in a can.”</p><strong>Kate Somerville</strong>, $98, available at <a href="https://www.sephora.com/product/dermalquench-liquid-lift-retinol-advanced-resurfacing-treatment-P404232?skuId=1778331&om_mmc=ppc-GG_1165716884_53825913820_pla-418255021866_1778331_257731948262_9067609_c&country_switch=us&lang=en&gclid=CNn99c21xNsCFYveswodYHUNtg&gclsrc=ds" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link ">Sephora</a>

“One of the best parts about my job is getting the chance to try different kinds of treatments and services. One of my favorites? An oxygen facial, a procedure that basically blasts pressurized oxygen (which helps to kill bacteria and hydrate your skin instantly) along with different kinds of serums to penetrate deep into your epidermis. This results in a gorgeous glow and healthier skin.

Typically, you have to go to a spa or clinic to receive the service, but Kate Somerville was able to create DermalQuench, a product that mimics the facial, but can be used at home (and every day). She has two versions, both of which contain hyaluronic acid and good-for-your-skin botanicals, but the one that I use also has retinol, a must-have ingredient to battle pesky wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation. You shake the can, press the actuator, and out comes a very cool, foamy liquid that you can then massage into your face. Et voilà — an anti-aging facial in a can.”

Kate Somerville, $98, available at Sephora
<p><strong><a href="https://www.instagram.com/hmuir/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Heather Muir" class="link ">Heather Muir</a></strong></p><p>Beauty Director, Real Simple</p><span class="copyright">Photo: Sarah Kehoe.</span>

Heather Muir

Beauty Director, Real Simple

Photo: Sarah Kehoe.
<p>“During a recent HydraFacial, the facialist, <a href="https://theskinsaviour.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Graceanne Svendsen" class="link ">Graceanne Svendsen</a>, recommended this cream for my 30-something, combination, redness-prone skin. Miraculously, the stars aligned and I actually had the jar in the Real Simple beauty closet, so I popped it into my bag and have been using it both morning and night ever since.</p><p>Its texture is super luxe and creamy, and it's packed with antioxidants (stable vitamins C and E) and moisturizers, including sodium hyaluronate, which can hold up to 40 times its weight in water on the skin. It absorbs quickly yet leaves my skin feeling super supple and lines less noticeable. Bonus: It serves as a nice canvas for makeup (no pilling!)."</p><strong>SkinMedica</strong>, $129, available at <a href="https://www.skinmedica.com/products/moisturize/dermalrepair" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SkinMedica" class="link ">SkinMedica</a>

“During a recent HydraFacial, the facialist, Graceanne Svendsen, recommended this cream for my 30-something, combination, redness-prone skin. Miraculously, the stars aligned and I actually had the jar in the Real Simple beauty closet, so I popped it into my bag and have been using it both morning and night ever since.

Its texture is super luxe and creamy, and it's packed with antioxidants (stable vitamins C and E) and moisturizers, including sodium hyaluronate, which can hold up to 40 times its weight in water on the skin. It absorbs quickly yet leaves my skin feeling super supple and lines less noticeable. Bonus: It serves as a nice canvas for makeup (no pilling!)."

SkinMedica, $129, available at SkinMedica
<p><strong><a href="https://www.instagram.com/nyksprads/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nykia Spradley" class="link ">Nykia Spradley</a></strong></p><p>Beauty Writer and Brand Consultant</p><span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Nykia Spradley</span>

Nykia Spradley

Beauty Writer and Brand Consultant

Photo: Courtesy of Nykia Spradley
<p>"There's no doubt in my mind that daily sunscreen use is the single thing you can do to stay looking young. But as a woman of color (who loves the sun), finding one that didn't cause a bunch of other beauty issues — ahem, chalkiness and a white cast — was not easy. Many black women that I've talked to don't even think we need sunscreen, but we absolutely do! This product was a complete game-changer in my daily routine. Hopefully it'll keep all the fine lines and wrinkles away for a long time."</p><strong>Glossier</strong>, $25, available at <a href="https://www.glossier.com/products/invisible-shield" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Glossier" class="link ">Glossier</a>

"There's no doubt in my mind that daily sunscreen use is the single thing you can do to stay looking young. But as a woman of color (who loves the sun), finding one that didn't cause a bunch of other beauty issues — ahem, chalkiness and a white cast — was not easy. Many black women that I've talked to don't even think we need sunscreen, but we absolutely do! This product was a complete game-changer in my daily routine. Hopefully it'll keep all the fine lines and wrinkles away for a long time."

Glossier, $25, available at Glossier
<p><strong><a href="https://www.instagram.com/carlycardellino/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Carly Cardellino" class="link ">Carly Cardellino</a></strong></p><p>Beauty Director, Cosmopolitan.com</p><span class="copyright">Photo: Robin Black</span>

Carly Cardellino

Beauty Director, Cosmopolitan.com

Photo: Robin Black
<p>“I’ve been loving the Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial. Ever since I started using it — one of Cosmo’s freelance writers put me onto it! — I have not had one breakout. Not. One. Sure, it’s on the pricier side, but if you’ve tried every single anti-acne formula and <em>still</em> are dealing with pimples, try this and then @ me when you become obsessed.”</p><strong>Allies Of Skin</strong>, $120, available at <a href="https://us.alliesofskin.com/products/promise-keeper-blemish-facial" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Allies of Skin" class="link ">Allies of Skin</a>

“I’ve been loving the Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial. Ever since I started using it — one of Cosmo’s freelance writers put me onto it! — I have not had one breakout. Not. One. Sure, it’s on the pricier side, but if you’ve tried every single anti-acne formula and still are dealing with pimples, try this and then @ me when you become obsessed.”

Allies Of Skin, $120, available at Allies of Skin
<p><strong><a href="https://www.instagram.com/lexylebsack/?hl=en" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lexy Lebsack" class="link ">Lexy Lebsack</a></strong></p><p>Senior Beauty Editor, Refinery29</p><span class="copyright">Photo: Erin Yamagata</span>

Lexy Lebsack

Senior Beauty Editor, Refinery29

Photo: Erin Yamagata
<p>“Sure, I use retinol and swear by face masks, but experts agree that the most important thing you can do for your skin is to wear daily SPF. It prevents all the things we try to correct with skin care and treatments: brown spots, melasma, lines, redness — you get it. I have been wearing this Murad formula for months, and even have my mom hooked, too. It feels amazing on the skin and it's a totally mineral formulation, so it's great for those that don't tolerate conventional SPF well.”</p><strong>Murad</strong>, $65, available at <a href="https://www.murad.com/product/city-skin-anti-aging-face-sunscreen-spf-50/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Murad" class="link ">Murad</a>

“Sure, I use retinol and swear by face masks, but experts agree that the most important thing you can do for your skin is to wear daily SPF. It prevents all the things we try to correct with skin care and treatments: brown spots, melasma, lines, redness — you get it. I have been wearing this Murad formula for months, and even have my mom hooked, too. It feels amazing on the skin and it's a totally mineral formulation, so it's great for those that don't tolerate conventional SPF well.”

Murad, $65, available at Murad

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