Holly Sheppard, a licensed esthetician and cosmetic laser technician at Dr. Shaun Parson Plastic Surgery & Skin Center, loves her skincare products – so much so that she wanted to share her top luxury brand picks with Lively. See what she had to say below.
What It Is: Formerly prescribed by dermatologists for blemishes, Differin Gel has recently been approved to be sold over the counter. Differin Gel is a retinoid (vitamin A) product that topically exfoliates skin cells. This exfoliation process lifts pore-clogging dead skin cells and debris from the skin, resulting in a clearer complexion. It is not only good for acne but the exfoliation process that takes place is great for anyone wanting to enhance a youthful appearance.
Why I Love It: Retinoids are such an important ingredient in skin care. It’s so exciting that the average consumer now has access to this amazing product that can help create true long-term changes in their skin.
What It Is: A great foaming cleanser for someone beginning their skincare journey. It removes dirt, oil, and makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
Why I Love It: This cleanser contains simple yet effective ingredients such as ceramides to help keep the barrier healthy. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain moisture and niacinamide helps to even skin tone.
What It Is: Sourced from wild-caught fish scales (a.k.a. Marine Collagen), Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Glow contains skin-saving hyaluronic acid, biotin and vitamin C. The addition of biotin supports healthy hair, skin and nails, while vitamin C is needed for our body to produce collagen.
Why I Love It: The Collagen Beauty Glow helps to support stronger hair, skin, and nails with every scoop. It’s also super easy to use. Just add a scoop of it to your water or tea!
What It Is: An AHA/BHA serum that gently resurfaces the skin for a smoother, more vibrant complexion.
Why I Love It: It contains correctional acids such as lactic acid, glycolic acid, willow bark and flower acids. It also has nurturing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and honey. This is a beautiful combination of ingredients that supports, soothes and delivers results without irritating or over-drying the skin.