the best dr brandt skincare products

What are the best Dr Brandt skincare products?

This one’s tough. The brand hooks you in with catchy names like “Needles No More” and “Xtend Your Youth” and then gives you a bunch of silicone and film-formers that temporarily smoothen out the surface of your skin.

Think of them as concealers or foundations. They can hide imperfections for a while, but when you take the paint off, they’re still there.

But just because Dr Brandt likes to play skincare tricks, it doesn’t mean the entire line is bad. Here are the best Dr Brandt products that are worth the splurge:

Best For Brightening Skin: Dr Brandt Power Dose Vitamin C ($69.00)

Dr Brandt Power Dose Vitamin C is different from other vitamin C serums out there. Instead of going down the traditional route and using L-Ascorbic Acid (the pure form of vitamin C), this baby uses two of its newest derivatives: 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid and Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate (AMP). Do they work as well? AMP doesn’t. It just sits on top of your skin and give you a little antioxidant protection. But 3-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid can penetrate skin more deeply. Once there, it fights free radicals, brightens the complexion and fades away dark spots. The texture’s fairly thick but absorbs fast without leaving a greasy residue behind. It’s also one of the few Dr Brandt products without fragrance or irritating essential oils. Definitely a winner.

P.S. These vitamin C derivatives are more stable in the presence of light than L-Ascorbic Acid, so the slightly see-through packaging isn’t a concern here.

Available at: Sephora

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Best For Dry Skin: Dr Brandt Hyaluronic Facial Cream ($72.00)

You know how I always say you should avoid moisturisers in jars? Antioxidants are sensitive to light and air, so if you put them in a jar, they’ll go bad sooner. But that’s not really a problem for Dr Brandt Hyaluronic Facial Cream. It barely has any antioxidants at all. So why did I put it on this list? This baby is super moisturizing. Packed with shea butter, Hyaluronic Acid and natural oils, the cream deeply moisturises your skin and strengthens your skin’s barrier, keeping even the driest skin soft and supple all year round (yes, even in winter). The only thing I don’t like is the hint of lavender – it could irritate sensitive skin.

Available at: Ulta

Related: How To Strengthen Your Skin’s Protective Barrier

Best For Boosting Hydration: Dr Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask ($52.00)

Same as above. Dr Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask is low on antioxidants so the jar packaging isn’t a concern here. What the mask excels at is hydration: this baby is packed with humectants, i.e. moisture magnets like glycerin that attract water from the air into the skin. All that moisture makes your skin softer and brighter and plumps up your wrinkles so they look smaller. Plus, the mask has bisabolol and probiotics to soothe sensitive and irritated skin. The only con is again the lavender oil. I know it makes the mask smell nice, but that’s not what good skincare is about.

Available at: Dermstore, Feel Unique, Sephora and Ulta

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