Are you looking to stock up on some skin care finds?
The products I find that tend to be perfect to load up on are:
Shampoos and conditioners are perfect for an Amazon buy! One of my biggest pet peeves is finding a shampoo at the store and not finding its complimentary conditioner. I love that Amazon usually sells these as pairs. When it comes to shampoos and conditioners, I usually recommend switching up brand names to avoid residue buildup from different products. Throw a couple of brands in your cart to try out to save yourself time in the store. (Tip: make sure these are larger quantities – 33 ounces or so. It’s so frustrating to think you got a steal only to find mini-bottles show up at your house!). My favorite shampoo brands are Wella, Moroccan Oil, Pantene and Big Sexy Hair. I have to confess that this is usually the quickest most affordable way to try out new brands.
When it comes to moisturizing during the colder months, I encourage my patients to buy the biggest bottles of fragrance free moisturizer and use it right after every shower! My favorite brands are Cerave and Lubriderm (you can get a pack of 3 – 24 oz bottles for $22.89 for this!). They have Value Sizes for Cerave on Amazon! This is a great way to make sure you don’t run out when you need it.
Anyone that has been to a Dermatologist probably also knows that we love white petrolatum or petroleum jelly. Studies have shown that routine daily use of an emollient from birth can reduce the chances of developing eczema by as much as 50%. Vaseline or petroleum jelly was shown to be safe and one of the most cost effective ways to do this and was just as good as other costly moisturizers and products. Amazon has great deals on varying sizes and brands of petroleum jelly or white petrolatum products.
My go- to brand to recommend for patients with lots of skin allergies or sensitivities is Vanicream. I tell patients to search their stores for it but they usually only find one or two products from this line at their local stores. Amazon has it! This affordable product line is great in that it has no dyes, no lanolin, no formaldehyde, no fragrances, no paraben and is gluten free. I usually tell people to save their time and stock up on Amazon. They also have shampoos, conditioners, hair products, moisturizers, sunblocks, and soaps.
This leads me to the most important thing to stock up on – sunblock! I prefer patients use zinc and/or titanium based sunscreens. I went to my local drugstore, grocery store, a Walmart and a Target a couple of summers ago to see what their aisles had available for my patients. I have a practice of 30,000 patients and realized I am sending them out with recommendations and need to make sure they can find them. I’m located in King of Prussia – the center of the universe for retail. I found it almost impossible to find zinc or titanium based sunblocks. It took a lot of digging. I encourage stores to put these out and center and to highlight them. However, if you have a go-to brand you love- hoard it! Remember, when it comes to sunblock we just want you to use it- we don’t care what brand name you get. If it’s affordable you will be more likely to use it and use it generously. If you have issues with sensitivity to sunblock or your eyes burn when you use it- just get Vanicream Sunscreen from Amazon. It’s usually the preservatives and fragrances that irritate our skin when it comes to sunblock.
One of my favorite brand names that I can’t find at stores but I stock up on Amazon is ‘The Ordinary’. Their azaleic acid 10 % suspension is my favorite base and can lighten discoloration on the skin and prevent acne in patients with sensitive skin. It goes on with a dry touch. Their Hyaluronic acid 2% solution hydrates the skin effectively and is not overpriced!
And, lastly, humidifiers are a great addition during the winter to prevent dry skin.