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Some of My Favorite Beauty Products Are on Sale at Dermstore

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Some of my best beloved beauty products have been purchased during Dermstore sales. Dermstore’s impeccable curation of brands (from fancy, majorly effective Allies of Skin to TikTok-beloved Paula’s Choice) and easy-to-use search function make it the ideal place to find products for your specific skin type, in your price range. From now until March 10, Dermstore is slashing up to 20 percent off select beauty products from cult-favorite brands like Allies of Skin, Sunday Riley, and Dr. Loretta. I’ve thoroughly dug through the sale and compiled a list of the products that are worth picking up.

Allies of Skin is definitely a luxury brand (most of their products are over $50), but I do absolutely adore every product of theirs I’ve ever tried. This vitamin C serum has 35 percent Vitamin C (Drunk Elephant’s popular vitamin C serum, for comparison’s sake, only has about 15 percent). So if you have dark marks or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, this high concentration will kick it to the curb. Hand to heart, I feel like this serum lifted some dark marks I had on my face twice as fast as anything I’ve used in the past.

This jelly cleanser is incredibly gentle and won’t leave your skin feeling tight. Marine peptides help boost hydration, while algae prevents free radical damage and protects against environmental stressors. The cleanser is also sulfate free, so it’s gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types.

The vitamin E and linoleic acid in this ultra-thick serum make it incredible for dry and dehydrated skin types. Its antioxidants are meant to protect skin from environmental stressors (like pollution, for example!). Use it before bed and, you’ll wake up with bouncy, quenched skin.

HoliFrog made a name for itself making luxurious cleansers tailored to a variety of skin concerns. This nourishing, moisturizing serum is the the brand’s first non-cleanser. And it’s excellent: full of antioxidants and squalane to protect, rejuvenate, and deeply hydrate your skin.

The most frustrating thing about ascorbic acid (the most popular vitamin C ingredient on the market) is how quickly is can oxidize and lose potency. This serum from Beautystat, however, has a special patented formula that ensures it’ll stay stable for a long time. I’ve had it for about six months now, and it still works wonders. It’s also excellent at fading hyperpigmentation, brightening up your overall complexion.

$60 at Dermstore
with code: BLACK

If you have bleached, double-processed, or dry hair, you will absolutely love this deeply hydrating mask from Christophe Robin. After one use, you’ll notice your hair feels smoother and softer. It’s an absolute game changer and, in my opinion, essential for anyone who has done some damage to their hair.

This hair mask comes in all different shades (baby blonde, chestnut, cool brown, golden blonde, and copper), and using it will give your hair a color boost that’s as close to salon color as you can get from home. The purple pigment in this particular “Baby Blonde” shade corrects brassiness for a perfect, cool-toned blonde. Magical color-fixing properties aside, it’s one of the most wonderfully hydrating hair masks I’ve ever used. If your hair isn’t color-treated but is dry and in desperate need of a hydration boost, Christophe Robin also offers a color-free prickly-pear mask that’s one of my all-time favourites (after using it once, I noticed a change in the softness, shine, and texture of my hair for weeks).

This salicylic acid–based exfoliating toner (beloved by skin-care gurus such as Hyram, Sacheu, and Gothamista) should be applied on clean skin in areas with congestion or breakouts (most often the T-zone), avoiding any sensitive areas of your skin. And since both retinoids and BHAs are both intensive treatments, I would choose between one of the two, rather than using them both in your routine.

Niacinamide has healing and barrier protecting capabilities that help fade away hyperpigmentation, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, hydrate the skin, reduce redness and blotchiness, and even help control oil production. What’s great about this Niacinamide “booster” from Paula’s Choice, is that you can mix it into any of your moisturizers. For people who like minimal routines, no need to layer a ton of serums or essences, just mix a few drops of this into your night cream and voilà, skin care done!

Joanna Vargas is a celebrity esthetician who counts Sofia Coppola, Naomi Watts, and Julianne Moore as some of her most loyal clients. This “Daily Serum” is a full of workhorse antioxidants vitamins E, A, and C as well as hyaluronic acid, to ensure your skin is protected from environmental stressors and stays hydrated throughout the day.