If you've fallen victim to the millennial pink draw of Glossier in all its bubble wrapped glory, you're not alone. And it's not just hype: the brand was projected to surpass $10 million in revenue in 2018, according to Bloomberg. Launched by founder Emily Weiss in 2014, Glossier doesn't just appeal to cool kids with perennially good skin; the medical crowd loves it, too. In fact, some of the best Glossier skincare products are ones that dermatologists recommend, which makes sense as the brand's ethos is "Skincare first, makeup second."
"I wanted skincare as makeup," Weiss told Fashionista in 2014. "I think what’s really important about your skin and getting your makeup right is having this moisturized, glowy, fresh, even complexion. And then you take it or leave it with color products and treat them as decoration, not as a mask.
To ensure that skincare makes the perfect canvas for makeup, the brand includes dermatologist approved ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and SPF in its products. These ingredients all benefit the skin by protecting, hydrating, and brightening... important aspects for any kind of makeup look. Some of the skincare products can even double as makeup, if you want to get creative: Balm Dotcom is great for cheekbones that are glassy instead of greasy, and the Priming Moisturizer Rich helps you cut a step (or two) out of your routine, since it functions as a base for foundation, too. How conventionally cool is that?
Scroll ahead to see what New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner and Dr. Heidi Waldorf, founder of Waldorf Dermatology and Aesthetics, say about the ingredients in some of Glossier's best products.
The Super Pack is full of supplements for your face. Super Glow (for dull skin), Super Pure (for breakouts), and Super Bounce (for dehydrated skin) are all formulated with hyaluronic acid, "which is is like a sponge that binds to 1,000 times its weight in water to hydrate and plump the skin," according to Dr. Zeichner.
If you don't need the whole Pack, then prioritize Glow — it's got vitamin C and magnesium to *really* get you lit (uh... from within). "Vitamin C is perhaps the most potent antioxidant we have available for the skin," Zeichner notes. "It prevents free radical damage, promotes healthy collagen production, and brightens skin tone."
SPF should be incorporated into your skincare routine no matter what time of year it is, but if it isn't, it's never too late to start. "This product provides both broad-spectrum protection against UV light as well as antioxidants that act like an insurance policy to prevent skin damage," Dr. Zeichner says.
This waxy balm can be used on both the skin and lips to nourish dry and chapped skin. The formula is made to lock in moisture wherever the product is applied, ensuring that you receive the most repairing benefits. "It provides a protective layer over the skin to soften the outer skin layer and repair the skin barrier," Dr. Zeichner explains.
"While benzoyl peroxide is effective in treating all types of acne, it is my go-to ingredient for red, angry pimples,” Dr. Zeichner says of this stick, which also contains salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and benzoyl peroxide. “It works by lowering levels of acne-causing bacteria in the follicles, calming inflammation.”