Three Products That Truly Changed My Skin

Best Dermstore products

This winter, my skin was feeling dry and dull, and nothing I did seemed to change that. So, I made an appointment with my dermatologist, who recommended three products that completely changed my skin…

Best Dermstore products

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic. The dermatologist said to put a few drops on my face every morning. The bottle is a splurge, so I figured I’d try it once to see how well it worked. And after a week, I was completely sold. The vitamin C serum lightens lines, reduces discoloration and REALLY brightens your complexion. This is also one of Dermstore’s very top sellers and gets 744 five-star reviews; I can understand why.

Best Dermstore products

EltaMD moisturizer SPF 30+. I figured this was regular sunscreen, but as soon as I put it on in the morning, my skin instantly looked smoother and dewier. It evens out my skin tone like magic. This has become my desert-island beauty product, and I now wear it year round. It has really, really changed my skin. (This version is for acne-prone skin.)

Best Dermstore products

SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture. Lastly, my dermatologist told me to apply this moisturizer at night, after washing my face with a gentle cleanser. The formula includes vitamin E, nutrient-rich algae and a blend of botanical extracts, and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores. It makes my skin feel soft and plump — even when I wake up the next morning.

Overall, my skin has felt such an enormous difference that even Alex keeps commenting on it. I now swear by these three magic products. :)

Anyway! Today, Dermstore is giving a $500 gift certificate to one lucky reader to choose a bunch of skincare, hair and beauty products. What would you choose? For a chance to win, please leave a comment below telling us your favorite Dermstore products, and a winner will be chosen at random tomorrow. (Other bestsellers include this Japanese cleanser and Sunday Riley treatment. I use this beautyblender every day. They also have a huge natural beauty section.) Good luck! And thank you, Dermstore!

Update: A winner has been chosen and notified. Thanks for playing!

(Top photo by Nicole Franzen for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Kate says...

    Jo, would you be comfortable sharing the name of your dermatologist?? I’ve been looking for a good one in or near Brooklyn for ages without success. I don’t want plastic surgery or Botox, just help figuring out what to do about my flaky, oily, acne-prone skin. :( Sounds like yours hits the nail on the head!

  2. Cecilia Loughlin says...

    Elta MD UV Clear! Has changed my skin and perfect for under makeup!

  3. Laura says...

    I’m trying to switch to cleaner beauty products so thanks for that link. I love the Juice Green Apple Peel, it works wonders!

  4. Christine Borghei says...

    Love the Sunday Riley Rapid Flash Brogtening Serum!!!

  5. liza says...

    drunk elephant totally healed and saved my skin. it was a disaster before! i had previously struggled with irritated, red and break outs. i use the entire line.

  6. Lindsay says...

    Good Genes treatment by Sunday Riley

  7. Irene Jaw says...

    I am the biggest R+Co fan! Their products are such quality and also smell so nice!

  8. Jenny says...

    I’ve been wanting to try more products in the IS clinical line as well as the Sunday Riley good genes!

  9. Leah Fawcett says...

    I have seen a crazy difference in my skin with use of the *mentioned above* Good Genes treatment by Sunday Riley. Wow! Minor Results were immediate and major results developed over time. I have noticed a decrease in fine lines, and have lots of hyper pigmentation from the sun that is definitely fading. It even helped with clogged pores and acne. In addition to all this, my skin is now baby smooth to the touch, a brand new experience for me from terrible texture before. I can hardly believe it! Can’t wait to try skin ceuticals C E Ferrulic as my best friend has been using and swears by it for meslasma and overall change of her skin. Thank you to these brilliant chemists and scientists who bring us such products!

  10. Kristen says...

    I love EltaMD and always order all my Elta products from dermstore. Those reward points add up quickly! My favorite EltaMD product is the AM therapy moisturizer. The Willow Bark (like a gentler form of salicylic acid) keeps my skin smooth and blemish-free. The tinted UV Daily is the perfect SPF for summer. In the winter I opt for the UV Clear. The niacinamide does wonders for my irritated winter skin!

  11. Hannah Lee says...

    Elta UV cream! Looks amazing!!

  12. Alison Steeves says...

    Sunday Riley!

  13. Cassidy says...

    I love hearing about new products on your blog! I am definitely eager to try the sunscreen–you can never have too much spf!

  14. Sarah says...

    I’m in the market for a Vitamin C serum! I’ve heard great things about SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic.

  15. Liz says...

    Thanks for the recommendations! I haven’t yet found a daily moisturizer with SPF that I like — always on the lookout, so would try a few of those.

  16. I love DHC Cleanser! I’ve been using it forever. I have sensitive skin and it doesn’t cause my face to breakout like other oil cleansers can.

  17. JK says...

    Would buy ALL of the Ulta sunscreen and gentle moisturizer…bottles and bottles of it. and gifts for husband and friends!

  18. Mary says...

    I’d love to try the products you recommended as well as some of their products for redness.

  19. julia says...

    anything by skinceutical – helps restore my aging skin

  20. Christina C says...

    Your posts about the EltaMD moisturizer made me buy some and I’m hooked. I love that stuff and love that it pulls double duty. I’m curious about the Vitamin C serum. I use Sunday Riley Good Genes at night (love that stuff). I’m wondering if you can use the vitamin c serum for day and the good genes at night or if that would be overkill. At this point, I’ll take what I can and so will my 45 year old face.

  21. Chaz says...

    Would love to try the skinceuticals daily moisturizer! Been using a Neutrogena moisturizer forever and I’m suddenly not loving it postpartum :/

  22. Rachel says...

    Just ordered all three (!!!) and would love to afford them again. Ha.

  23. Erin says...

    How exciting! I would stock up on vitamin C and SPF, and maybe the Sunday Riley Luna oil. Thanks!

  24. Karen says...

    SKINCEUTICALS! I’d buy a serum for my mom, my sister and myself and we’d all have fun looking at our beautifully happy aging faces :)

  25. Patti says...

    giving it a shot! have used the elta sun screen and it’s great. thank you!

  26. Heather Stebbings says...

    I’m just about 40 and finally taking my skin seriously. Obviously, I am a late bloomer in this area – ha! – but am loving the new discoveries! While I don’t yet have a favorite product from Dermstore, I’d love to give them a try!

  27. Tessa Stromdahl says...

    my SIL introduced me to the skinceuticals line – she LOVES the serum.

  28. Rebecca says...

    A boatload of Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream for me please!

  29. Jenny says...

    Thanks for the recommendations! I love elta md!

  30. Laura says...

    I started using #3 (I think because of a recommendation on this blog!) about six months ago when I was in a season of trying out new beauty products before my wedding. I usually end up reverting back to my drugstore basics (I hate spending tons of money on beauty products if I can’t tell a real difference), but that one is still in rotation and will continue to be! I also have very oily and acne-prone skin, so I’m really interested in trying out the EltaMD sunscreen.

  31. Kim R. says...

    Love the Elta cleanser and Elta sunscreen. Would love to try the Skinceuticals serum!

  32. Anna says...

    I love love love elta md spf 40 tinted. never irritates my skin, never clogs my pores, just does the job and feels lovely.

  33. Lauren Zaffaroni says...

    I love Dermstore and I always buy Dermalogica products on their site, particularly their line for sensitive skin which helps my rosacea immensely!