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From EltaMD to Ilia, Here’s Everything Worth Buying at the Dermstore Summer Sale

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With Memorial Day on the way, there’s no shortage of deals this week on the Strategist. But some sales are so good they require their own roundup, and Dermstore’s Summer Sale is certainly one of them. For a limited time, you can take up to 20 percent off lots of rarely on sale skin care, hair care, and beauty tools with code SUN, and we’ve already found several Strategist favorites among the deals. There’s our go-to cleansing oil for supple skin, a dermatologist-recommended skin tint, Pat McGrath’s beloved French moisturizer, and much (much) more. Plus, select brands like Olaplex, Supergoop!, and Oribe are offering double points to members, and orders over $50 ship for free, so you may as well stock up.

EltaMD’s dermatologist-favorite (and rarely on-sale) UV Clear sunscreen is now included in the sale — along with a bunch of other EltaMD products — no code required. It offers both physical and chemical protection, has lots of antioxidants to protect from free radicals, and doesn’t dry with a greasy white tinge.

Strategist deals writer Leah Muncy says her acne is most often caused by irritation from overexfoliation or too-harsh products. To prevent it, she uses this EltaMD moisturizer formulated with ceramides, essential lipids, and enzymes that work to repair a compromised skin barrier. “If I had known about it five years ago, I think I could have forgone my three rounds of Accutane,” she says.

Strategist beauty columnist Rio Viera-Newton says Ilia’s dermatologist-recommended SPF 40 skin tint “takes the edge off redness or hyperpigmentation while still allowing skin to look like skin.”

According to reviewers, the brand’s Multi Stick offers a wash of pigment with a “slight shimmer” that can be applied just about anywhere, from eyes to lips to cheeks.

This super-stable vitamin-C serum is another Rio favorite. In addition to clearing up her hyperpigmentation and brightening her skin, it also lasts impressively long. “I’ve had it for about six months now, and it still works wonders,” she says.

Makeup artists everywhere — from Hung Vanngo to Pat McGrath — swear by this French moisturizer, which contains deeply nourishing shea butter and soy proteins to firm up skin.

Recommended to us by several writers and dermatologists, the NuFace device helps to depuff and tone the face and neck by sending soft waves of energy through the skin.

According to Rio, this Aquis hair wrap “not only dries hair in less than half the time it takes with a standard cotton towel” but also “leaves your hair looking silky and feeling soft.”

Weleda Skin Food has made fans of everyone from Sweetbitter author Stephanie Danler to Rio to Katie Jane Hughes — all of whom swear by its ability to soothe and nourish the driest of skin.

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New York–based hairstylist Eric Torneros recommends that those with oily hair incorporate a rinse into their weekly regimen, like this apple-cider-vinegar rinse from DpHUE. It “helps to remove excess oil and product without overstripping the hair of its natural oil, leaving hair clean and shiny but not overly dry,” he says.

Rio swears by the COSRX Snail Mucin Essence, which she calls one of the best healing, moisturizing, and brightening essences on the market. It works for a range of skin issues — from dullness to dryness to acne — and is made up mostly of snail mucin (that’s snail secretions), which is known to help repair and hydrate skin.

This oil cleanser is one of our favorites, particularly for oily skin. It’s also great for removing makeup (waterproof included) and leaves skin feeling soft, supple, and hydrated.


Waxing specialists love this pubic-hair oil (which is good for preventing razor bumps) thanks to antiseptic and antimicrobial ingredients like grape seed, jojoba, and tea-tree oils.

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Unsun, which happens to be helmed by Frank Ocean’s mom, makes an impressive sunscreen. It comes in two shades — light-medium and medium-dark — and was specifically formulated to work well on darker skin tones and not leave a ghoulish white cast. It’s also lightweight and has a dewy finish, thanks to deeply nourishing ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E.

When Rio bleached her hair platinum blonde, she used this hydrating mask twice per week to restore moisture. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than my absolute favorite Christophe Robin mask, and is truly very nearly as good,” she says.

The Christophe Robin mask in question — which leaves hair soft, shiny, and frizz-free — is also 20 percent off.

Ideal for reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, this non-fussy powder sunscreen comes in four shades and is completely mineral, which makes it less likely to irritate your skin. Dermatologist Dr. Caren Campbell often recommends it to patients with melasma and hyperpigmentation because it contains zinc oxide, titanium oxide, and iron oxide, which work together to block UVA and UVB rays.

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17 Things Worth Buying at Dermstore’s Summer Sale