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        Best Oily Skin Night Cream 2016

        SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Oily

        Best Oily Skin Night Cream 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2012

        SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Oily

        If you imagine that applying a layer of night cream feels as good as slathering on a coat of Crisco before bed, let this lightweight gel-cream blow your mind. It sinks in fast, leaving no tacky residue, and it even packs AHAs (alphahydroxy acids) to eliminate pore-clogging dead skin cells, says Dr. Palm. And before you fall back on the misconception that your oily skin doesn’t need a nighttime moisturizer, remember that the drier your skin is, the more oil it’s going to produce on its own.

        Skinceuticals | $61
        Best Oily Skin Serum 2016

        SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

        Best Oily Skin Serum 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

        If the only things more dispiriting than your adult breakouts are the dark marks of acne past, this serum can brighten things up. Literally. The formula’s vitamin C helps fade old spots, says Dr. Palm, while antioxidants phloretin and ferulic acid prevent future damage by attacking cell-damaging free radicals produced by sun exposure. And all this without plugging pores. Impressive.

        Skinceuticals | $162
        Normal Skin Night Cream 2016

        Origins Night-A-Mins

        Normal Skin Night Cream 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Origins Night-A-Mins

        About as far from a heavy, floral-fragranced overnight cream as you can get, this citrusy pre-bedtime treat works to fight dullness with antioxidants like vitamins C, E, and H. But it’s the salicylic acid in the mix, says Boston dermatologist Emmy Graber, that might be the biggest radiance booster, as it “sloughs off dead skin cells” to allow the moisturizing ingredients to penetrate better. Now you’re pretty much guaranteed to wake up on the “bright” side of the bed.

        Origins | $43
        Normal Skin Serum 2016

        SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

        Normal Skin Serum 2016
        WINNER 2016

        SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic

        Maybe you’ve heard that you should be using an antioxidant serum under your SPF. Well, that’s not a ploy to sell more skin serums. Those antioxidants offer an extra layer of defense against free radicals, the cell-destroying molecules triggered by sun exposure. This formula rewards you for your diligence by softening the look of lines and fading brown spots over several weeks. Says Dr. Ingleton, “With highly concentrated levels of vitamins C and E, it’s worth every penny.”

        Skinceuticals | $162
        Best Night Cream for Dry Skin 2016

        SkinMedica Dermal Repair

        Best Night Cream for Dry Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        SkinMedica Dermal Repair

        This is one aggressive overachiever that won’t irritate your skin. The rich hydrator takes care of flakes and tight patches without feeling oily, and it fights lines and dark spots with brightening vitamin C and collagen-boosting retinol, which helps skin look and feel firmer over time. “At night, the skin goes into increased repair mode, so it’s especially important to apply these ingredients and moisturizers before bed,” says Dr. Chiu.

        SkinMedica | $129
        Dry Skin Serum 2016

        SkinMedica TNS Essential

        Dry Skin Serum 2016
        WINNER 2016

        SkinMedica TNS Essential

        “I’ve used this lotion for five years, and I never keep products in rotation for that long,” says Dr. Chiu, who’s just one of the dermatologists we know who call this serum’s timereversing potion of peptides, antioxidants, and growth factors a true must-have for brightening and toning. The nutrient mix also helps replenish the surface of the skin, which is key to blocking out irritating elements. “This is my go-to,” echoes Smithtown, N.Y., dermatologist Marina Peredo. “It’s addictive. My patients say they always notice a difference in just one week.”

        SkinMedica | $281
        Best Eco-Friendly Anti-Aging Serum 2016

        Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum

        Best Eco-Friendly Anti-Aging Serum 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum

        This all-natural serum “firms and plumps skin while increasing hydration and combatting most signs of aging,” says Dr. Rachel Nazarian.  Organic argan oil serves as its hero ingredient, working to moisturize as well as calm redness and blotchiness, while antioxidants and peptides boost cell turnover and stimulate collagen production.

        Tata Harper | $98
        Best Night Cream for Dry Skin 2015

        SkinMedica Dermal Repair

        Best Night Cream for Dry Skin 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        SkinMedica Dermal Repair

        After a long day of exposure to the elements, dry skin deserves a reviving cocktail. This potent mix of skin- plumping hyaluronic acid and free-radical- scavenging antioxidants makes for a refreshing skin soother. “It penetrates well and hydrates without being sticky or greasy,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Jennifer MacGregor. Skinmedica

        SkinMedica | $124
        Best Serum 2015

        Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

        Best Serum 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

        You’ll feel like a scientist squeezing this potent tincture from its tiny amber bottle. The magic inside? Algae and yeast to repair skin, plus plumping hyaluronic acid and free radical–fighting antioxidants. “It’s groundbreaking,” says Montclair, N.J., dermatologist Jeanine Downie. One drop covers substantial real estate, so be judicious.

        Estee Lauder | $62
        Best Eco-Friendly Anti-Aging Treatment 2015

        Colorescience Anti-Aging Serum

        Best Eco-Friendly Anti-Aging Treatment 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Colorescience Anti-Aging Serum

        A newcomer on the anti-aging scene, this mineral-based serum has quickly made waves with dermatologists.

        Peptides reduce fine lines, hyaluronic acid plumps, and minerals provide a flattering tint to even skin tone. “Women want

        to simplify,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Marina Peredo. “This does it all.”

        Colorescience | $150
        Best 2014 Night Cream

        CeraVe PM

        Best 2014 Night Cream
        WINNER 2014

        CeraVe PM

        Thanks to its time-release technology, this non-greasy moisturizer doses skin with plumping hyaluronic acid and repairing ceramides while you snooze, says Boston dermatologist Emmy Graber. Like a soothing blanket, it also layers well over other treatments, such as retinoids.

        Cera Ve | $13
        Best 2013 Serum

        Neocutis Bio-Restorative

        Best 2013 Serum
        WINNER 2013

        Neocutis Bio-Restorative

        Consider this your Dewey decimal system: .1 percent human-growth factor and .5 percent hyaluronic acid deliver skin that's more radiant and firmer in just 30 days.

        Neocutis Lumiere | $200
        Best 2012 AcneTreatment for Oily Skin

        Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

        Best 2012 AcneTreatment for Oily Skin
        WINNER 2012

        Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

        This potent pink cream strikes out both minor and major-league zits with colloidal sulfur and salicylic acid, and prevents new ones from forming. All in all, "it works wonders," says Boston plastic surgeon Ramsey Alsarraf.

        Mario Badescu | $17
        Best 2012 Night Cream for Dry Skin

        CeraVe PM

        Best 2012 Night Cream for Dry Skin
        WINNER 2012

        CeraVe PM

        “A huge win,” says Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch of this non-fussy, hardworking formula, which boasts hyaluronic acid (the same skin plumper used in Restylane injections) and barrier-building ceramides and niacinamide. And it’s time-released, so skin stays dewy all night.

        Cera Ve | $14
        Best 2012 Night Cream for Normal Skin

        Olay Regenerist Recovery

        Best 2012 Night Cream for Normal Skin
        WINNER 2012

        Olay Regenerist Recovery

        In their effort to soften fine lines, some anti-agers leave skin red or dry. (Hello, irony.) This formula is "hydrating and effective without the intensity that causes irritation," says Beverly Hills dermatologist Robin Schaffran. Particularly impressive is its generous helping of peptides and niacinamide, which have been shown to stimulate collagen and diminish the look of wrinkles.

        Olay | $19
        Best 2011 Inexpensive Night Cream for Sensitive Skin

        Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Night Crème

        Best 2011 Inexpensive Night Cream for Sensitive Skin
        WINNER 2011

        Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Night Crème

        This fragrance-free cream, which is infused with anti-inflammatory licorice-root extract, leaves delicate skin radiant, not ruddy. "My patients have gotten great results with it," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Susan Binder.

        Eucerin | $15/1.7 oz.
        Best 2011 Inexpensive Night Cream for Normal Skin

        Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream

        Best 2011 Inexpensive Night Cream for Normal Skin
        WINNER 2011

        Olay Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream

        "There's some real science behind it," says New Orleans dermatologist Mary P. Lupo of this intensely hydrating formula. Amino peptides (small portions of proteins) repair the skin's lipid barrier while you sleep. Translated from nerd-speak: It smooths complexions and fine lines-fast.

        Olay | $19
        Best 2010 Spot Treatment

        Olay Pro-X Discoloration Fighting Concentrate

        Best 2010 Spot Treatment
        WINNER 2010

        Olay Pro-X Discoloration Fighting Concentrate

        Spiked with antioxidants, collagen-plumping glucosamine, and skin-brightening vitamin B3, this gel will "fade brown spots almost as effectively as a prescription cream," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Lisa Airan, who stresses the importance of wearing sunscreen with it for optimal results.

        Olay | $47
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