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 than 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.
Best For Fighting Wrinkles: Dr Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum ($69.00)
Ok, Dr Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum‘s scent (a mixture of citrusy and lavender oils) isn’t the best for skin. If yours is sensitive, stay away. But it still gains a thumbs up for me thanks to retinol, an antiaging superstar. It fights the free radicals, boosts collagen production and speeds up cellular turnover (the skin’s natural exfoliating process) to keep both wrinkles and dark spots at bay. But don’t let the name fool you. The serum doesn’t contain 2% retinol. It contains 2% retinol complex. In other words, retinol has been mixed with other ingredients, so it’s hard to determine how much you’re getting. Having said that, even as little as 0.01% retinol can make a difference.
Best For Preventing Wrinkles: Dr Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster ($39.00)
Can’t stand the bitter taste of green tea? You need Dr Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster in your life. Each dropper gives you the equivalent of 15 cups of green tea, a powerful antioxidant that protects you from sun damage. Nope, it’s not a sunscreen BUT it fights sun-induced inflammation and the free radicals it lets loose. The taste is pretty bland, but if you add it to your oatmeal or smoothies that won’t be a problem.
FYI, if you already sip green tea throughout the day like I do, you DON’T need this. Supplements are ONLY for people who don’t get enough of a particular nutrient in their diets.
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 it’s the hint of lavender – it could irritate sensitive skin.
Available at: Ulta
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.
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