Current Obsession: Altchek MD Skincare

Current Obsession: Altchek MD Skincare(Source: Altchek MD, Thinkstock)Not a week goes by without friends and family asking me for beauty recommendations, and my frustration lies not in being queried (quite the opposite—I love helping people find their perfect product matches) but with the available answers themselves. Products generally fall into one of two camps: amazing but expensive or affordable yet unremarkable. So when I find something that hits that elusive middle ground, you can bet I'll be singing its praises from the rooftops.

Such is the case with Altchek MD, a brand-new anti-aging skincare line from New York-based dermatologist Dr. Douglas Altchek. The tightly edited, eight-piece collection is designed as a complete regimen that's straightforward and simple to follow, and all of the products are fragrance- and paraben-free. Best of all, nothing tops $30. 

While everything from the creamy Daily Exfoliating Cleanser ($14) featuring micro-polish particles that gently slough dead skin to the ultra-rich, shea-butter–backed Eye Repair Cream ($25) is totally solid, there are three items in particular that truly stand out.

Current Obsession: Altchek MD Skincare(Source: Altchek MD)At the top of that list are the Eye Gel Pads (ten for $20), little half-moon adhesive strips that you apply just below your water line and wear for about ten minutes. Yes, they look ridiculous, but they also magically rid you of any puffiness or dark circles—it's a small price to pay.

Current Obsession: Altchek MD Skincare(Source: Altchek MD)While most peel pads can be a bit too heavy duty and often sting, Altchek MD's Glycolic Renewal Pads ($20 for 36) are incredibly gentle, since they contain green tea and witch hazel extracts that sooth skin. That doesn't mean they aren't effective: Swipe one all over your face and neck to degunk pores with a potent blend of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids two to three times per week.

Current Obsession: Altchek MD Skincare(Source: Altchek MD)Finally, there's the Doctor's Skin Remedy ($14), one of those cure-all salves that can be used for practically any ailment from head to toe. Use the non-greasy mixture of beeswax, cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil to restore chapped lips, windburn cheeks, dried-out cuticles or cracked heels and elbows. I slathered it over a bug bite I accidentally scratched open and was shocked at how quickly it calmed the irritation. You can even use this as an eyebrow gel to hold strands in place.

Shop the full Altchek MD collection here.
I'm the former Deputy editor at StyleBistro, as well as a stationery buff, skincare enthusiast and dog lover. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter: @cvelocci Follow me: Google
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