There are certain products that dermatologists don’t go a day without recommending. For cleansing, it’s Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($6). For sun protection, it’s EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ($35). And for skin that’s over 50, it’s any and everything made by Alastin.
The brand has become a dermatologist office staple for treating signs of aging, thanks to formulas that have been specifically engineered to address the most common skin issues women face after their 50th birthdays—like dryness, crepiness, and fine lines and wrinkles. “Most derms probably recommend Alastin for older skin, as it has this unique reparative property to it,” says board-certified dermatologist Rachel Pritzker, MD.
After women hit 30, the natural collagen production in their skin starts to slow down and textural changes begin to occur. Topical products can help to remedy some of these changes by supplementing the skin with ingredients that support the body’s natural abilities to produce collagen and whisk away damage that’s already taken place. “The hero product, Alastin Restorative Skin Complex ($227), can really melt away the damaged skin while repairing and growing the collagen and elastic tissue,” says Dr. Pritzker. “And it has ingredients to help with inflammation and make skin appear luminous.”
The product is made with a blend of peptides that support the extracellular matrix of the epidermis, which give the skin support. It’s packed with potent antioxidants that work to even skin tone and protect skin against further damage from things like pollution and UV light. “One of the main concerns of patients in their 50s and 60s is that they don’t like their skin texture because of the crepiness, fine lines and wrinkles,” says board-certified dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD, FAAD. She’s a fan of the Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar ($195), which also has the peptide blend, so it also “stimulates collagen and elastin production,” she says.
While Alastin’s products are especially helpful for more mature skin, derms agree that there’s no such thing as being “too young” to start integrating it into your routine. “[I recommend people start using it] as young as possible,” says Dr. Peredo. She adds that the brand’s Hydratint Sunscreen ($70) is “great for younger patients because it’s a multitasker,” and will help women in their 20s and 30s stave off the sorts of sun damage that turns into wrinkles and discoloration later on.
Since these cosmeceutical lotions are admittedly an investment, you can choose one to supplement your usual regimen and still reap the benefits of the technology. Your dermatologist will be proud.
For even more intel on the products that dermatologists can’t get enough of (and how they use them in their own routines) check out the video below: