micro sales

There Are Lots of Strategist Favorites at Dermstore’s Anniversary Sale

Photo-Illustration: Courtesy Retailers

In the realm of beauty sales, Dermstore’s annual anniversary sale is up there with Black Friday for rare deals. In honor of the site’s birthday, a huge selection of brands, from skin care and makeup to hair care, is up to 25 percent off until August 17 when you use the code CELEBRATE at checkout. Some brands, like EltaMD, Olaplex, and Coola, are offering double points. Incidentally, many of our best sellers make up the sale items, so here’s a selection of some of our most raved-about beauty buys. (You can check out our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton’s five must-have picks here.)

The cult-favorite, Reddit-beloved Sunday Riley exfoliant at a rare discount. And there’s more Sunday Riley on sale: the UFO oil, CEO Glow Serum, and enzyme cream.

Stephanie Danler’s miracle, do-it-all moisturizer (“I’ve used it to heal scrapes and burns while camping, to calm frizzy hair, and to spot-treat cuticles, elbows, and heels”) is frequently spotted in makeup artists’ kits.

Arguably the best French micellar water of all time (and the first), one we’ve covered on numerous occasions here before.

Dubbed one of the best under-the-radar French beauty products for acne-prone skin, this serum from Caudalie uses grape-derived resveratrol to help with skin’s radiance. It’s a favorite of blogger Anastasja of Sea, Glow & Sun, who calls it the best serum she’s ever tried.

The legendary creamy French moisturizer that’s a favorite of Jane Birkin, countless makeup artists like Sir John, and Rio, too.

$20 at Dermstore
with code: BLACK

This terrifying-looking product covered with hundreds of tiny needles is what rid Rio of the hyperpigmentation she’d had for years — and she promises it actually doesn’t hurt at all.

This dermatologist-recommended face moisturizer contains oatmeal and shea butter, which simultaneously calm inflammation and protect the skin’s natural barrier. During the brutal winter weather, Rio uses this moisturizer on her eczema-prone skin.

The cult-favorite Japanese foot peel that removes dead skin from your feet. Writer Molly Young deemed it “more than a podiatric miracle. It’s a product that will make you believe in beauty products again.”

A Rio must-have for de-puffing the under-eye area. “The patches have a cooling effect — meaning that they feel chilled without even having to put them in the fridge. These are amazing for mornings after drinking, flights, or days when you need a little boost of energy.”

Rio has called this COSRX snail mucin “a truly skin-changing product with seriously devoted followers” because of how it hydrates and retexturizes skin.

$5 for 24

These pimple patches, also from COSRX, are a long-running best seller among Strategist readers. Rio calls them “your very best friend” for any pimple emergencies.

Our former colleague Margaret Rhodes (and her hairdresser) both recommend this ultrahydrating cream for anyone with long, color-treated, dry locks: “It’s a great everyday moisturizing treatment that sinks in really nicely, smooths out puffy hair, and never feels sticky or heavy.”

This nongreasy Japanese cleansing oil has a cult following, and it’s a favorite cleanser for oily skin in Rio’s skin-care group chat.