This Skincare Expert Shares Her Favorite Products From Botox’s Sister Skincare Brand

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You may not be aware, but the brand behind Botox (the injectable neurotoxin that helps smooth fine lines and prevents wrinkles from forming, among many other clinical and cosmetic uses) has a topical, professional-grade, and injection-free skincare line.

Allergan Aesthetics, the brand that owns a slew of clinical and topical cosmetic treatments, including Botox, Juvederm, Latisse, and Diamond Glow amongst others, is the company that owns SkinMedica. SkinMedica is the go-to, science-backed, and clinical-forward topical brand trusted by thousands of dermatologists, injectors, plastic surgeons, and estheticians. Not only do SkinMedica’s innovative treatments work on their own to help combat a laundry list of skin concerns from fine lines and laxity to discoloration and scarring, but they’re also formulated to help maintain and enhance the results of in-office treatments. After all, why drop hundreds of dollars on filler if you don’t also plan to protect that investment with a complexion-enhancing skincare routine and SPF?

Because of its research-backed and clinical-first approach to skincare, SkinMedica’s products are infused with ultra-concentrated active ingredients on par with prescription-strength topicals, making them more effective and able to yield visible results faster than other over-the-counter brands. You won’t find ultra-sexy packaging and marketing efforts with this brand—just no-frills, air-tight packaging to protect and preserve the highly potent elixirs inside. SkinMedica products aren’t the most wallet-friendly, but the adage that you ‘get what you pay for’ couldn’t be more apt. These products are 100 percent worth it, but because of their steeper price points, we decided to consult with an expert to find out the most investment-worthy SkinMedica products to splurge on.

I spoke with Shawna Jones PA-C, MPAP, Aesthetic Physician Assistant at Skin Spirit in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills, and Allergan Medical Institute Trainer to find out her top five favorite SkinMedica products that she recommends to her clients and uses herself. Jones,—a.k.a. The Wrinkle Warrior has quickly become well-known for her signature natural-looking pouts and has an impressive client roster brimming with ultra-discerning beauty editors and social media influencers. I like to describe her as half-artist, half-scientist, and full-on perfectionist; If you look at her expansive portfolio of before-and-afters and educational infographics, you’ll understand why. But despite her mastery of natural-looking injectable enhancements, Jones is also a strong advocate for incorporating a solid skincare routine into one’s beauty regimen—whether you get injectables or not—and she swears by SkinMedica.

Before we get into her recommendations, if you’re looking for other ways to save on Allergan in-office treatments and SkinMedica products, I also highly suggest signing up for Allergan’s excellent rewards program, Allē. Allē members earn points any time they receive an Allergan treatment, like Botox, Juvederm, and CoolSculpting, or purchase Allergan products like SkinMedica and Latisse. Members earn points anytime they receive a service or buy a product, and the accumulated points can be used to save money on your favorite Allergan Aesthetics brands, products, and treatments. All you need to do to earn points to save on future purchases and appointments is link your existing Allē account on the website or sign up here.

Without further ado, scroll through below to check out the top expert-backed SkinMedica products worth more than their price.

SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

“[This is] my favorite gentle cleanser which combines both chemical (alpha and beta hydroxy acid) and physical (round jojoba beads) exfoliation. Regular exfoliation is key to any anti-aging regimen since the skin’s natural exfoliation process slows down as we mature. I recommend using it every day if you have dry or sensitive skin,” Jones says.

Buy SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser at Dermstore, $48

SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum

“This serum is the holy grail of skincare! It contains a next-generation growth factor blend and a blend of peptides, botanicals, and marine extracts. Results are seen in as little as two weeks. [It] addresses the signs of aging; including fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and diminishes dark spots,” she says. Editor’s note: I absolutely agree—the TNS serum has single-handedly changed my skin and has actually extended the life of my Botox results tremendously.

Buy SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum at Dermstore, $295

Buy SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum at SkinStore, $265

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

“This is my go-to product in the fall and winter months when my skin is dehydrated. It contains a mix of five forms of hyaluronic acid which provides hydration and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A pro tip is to wet your fingertips prior to application since hyaluronic acid is water-loving,” Jones explains.

Buy SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator at Amazon, $165

Buy SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator at SkinStore, $165

SkinMedica Neck Correct Cream

“Many of my patients focus predominately on their faces. However, it is important to include your neck and décolleté in any anti-aging regimen. This anti-aging cream specially designed for the neck and décolleté contains a blend of peptides, green microalgae, lemon balm, and shiitake mushroom extracts. It helps with the appearance of ‘tech neck,’ firms and tightens crepey skin on the neck, and helps with discoloration on the décolleté.”

Buy SkinMedica Neck Correct Cream at Dermstore, $135

Buy SkinMedica Neck Correct Cream at SkinMedica, $135


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