You don't always need a prescription for good skin care. Someover-the-counter products can boost your skin's radiance withoutdraining your wallet. We asked dermatologists to share theirfavorite products that you can find at a drugstore or retail shop.Here's what they said:
Pick: Patricia Wexler MD Dermatology Depuff Eye Gel ($19.50,www.bathandbodyworks.com)
Why: "I keep it in fridge, and put it on while I'm makingcoffee in the morning," she says. "It immediately shrinks andtightens the skin." The fast-acting skin-firmers (includingfortified yeast complex and caffeine) are paired with a patented,long-term tightening agent.
Ava Shamban, M.D., founder of theLaser Institute for Dermatology and European Skincare in SantaMonica, California
Pick: Once weekly, she slathers on NeoStrata ExuvianceRejuvenating Treatment Masque ($22, www.neostrata.com).
Why: This line, founded by a dermatologist and a researcher,features natural fruit and veggie acids-aka alphahydroxy acids(AHAs) and polyhydroxys (PHAs)-which exfoliate skin, leaving itfeeling smooth and looking more even-toned.
Ranella Hirsch, M.D., of Cambridge,Massachusetts, president elect of the American Society of CosmeticDermatology and Aesthetic Surgery
Pick: Sun protection.
Why: "We receive more than eighty percent of our sun damagefrom just living life, not lying out at the beach," she says. "Wearit every day, even if it's raining or snowing." And be sure toapply it at least thirty minutes before you leave home, so theproduct has time to absorb into skin.