The derm-developed skincare brand you should know about
No one knows more about the skin—and how to care for it—than a dermatologist, so using products created by these specialists is a no-brainer. Unfortunately, this dermal expertise often comes at a price—as in a hefty price tag—but not MD Complete. Developed by Dr. Brian Zelickson, this range of anti-aging and anti-acne products delivers real results without breaking the bank.
I’ve incorporated three products into my regimen over the past few weeks, and I kicked my experience off with the Skin Clearing Non-Irritating Pro Peel. I figured this 5-day treatment was the perfect way to start with a clean slate, and it only takes one minute a day to see (and feel) smoother, brighter skin. Formulated with 2% salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids and brightening botanicals, you slather on a thin layer and wash it off after 60 seconds, and somehow it manages to exfoliate, deep-clean pores and clear up blemishes in basically a blink of an eye.
After those five days, I started using the Dark Spot Corrector because, well, I just turned 40 so it’s time to pay a bit more attention to my skin tone. Featuring 2% hydroquinone to fade discoloration (this is actually my first time using this ingredient—which is considered by many derms to be the gold standard for improving unwanted pigment), I alternate between this and Differin retinoid gel every other evening. Although it takes at least eight weeks to see significant skin-brightening, I can say that I’ve experienced zero irritation or side effects so I’ll certainly stick with it.
And since daily sunscreen is non-negotiable (especially when using ingredients such as hydroquinone, retinoids and alpha-hydroxy acids), I’m using the Youthful Skin Sun Shield SPF 50 as well. Combining chemical and physical UV filters for broad-spectrum protection, plus antioxidant vitamin C and essential fatty acids to strengthen the skin barrier, this sheer SPF also provides all the hydration my skin needs for the day.
Oh, and did I mention this line is available at Target? Be sure to check these products out on your next run!