A clever concealer may be a gal’s best pal, but wouldn’t it be incredible to cultivate a complexion you didn’t need to cover? Creating amazing skin begins with the way you nurture it at home.

While daily routine and care is key, local experts do have a few favorite products that help to take one’s complexion to the next level. Here are five faves from four local experts:

Advanced Aesthetics + Skin Bar is located at 383 Sylvan Blvd., St. Simons Island

Abigail Hoover is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and owner of Advanced Aesthetics + Skin Bar. At her practice, she combines products, and facial and laser treatments with other modalities to produce a fresh glow for her patients. Here are her five faves:

1. Tinkle Razors — “This is safe to use for at-home dermaplaning. Use these instead of a traditional razor to remove dead skin cells and unwanted facial hair, and leave your skin smooth and glowing.”

2. 20 percent Glycolix Pads — “Use these two to three times a week for a quick, at-home peel to exfoliate, brighten, eliminate fine lines, and even skin tone.”

3. Colorescience Brush on Shield SPF 50 — “This all-mineral block is great sun protection that you can reapply throughout the day. Added hyaluronic acid keeps you from getting that powdered look. An added bonus? It’s safe for children.”

4. Colorescience All Calm — “This light tinted skin perfecter protects skin from sun damage while evening out your skin and treating imperfections such as redness and discoloration.”

5. Brightalive by ZO Skin Health — “This non-retinol skin brightener evens skin tone, reduces dark spots and hydrates. Pair with a vitamin C serum for even more (skin) brightening.”


Atlantic Shore Dermatology is located at 7000 Wellness Way, St. Simons Island

Dr. Ashley Cavalier operates her St. Simons Island practice, as well as satellite offices in St. Marys and Waycross. The dermatologist offers preventative care and treatments to keep patients’ skin as healthy as possible. Here are her five faves:

1. NiaRiche moisturizer — “This powerhouse moisturizer is made by the company that compounds our chemical peels. It is a luxurious thick healing cream with topical niacinamide (vitamin B3), which has incredible restorative properties and has recently been discovered to help repair DNA damage to aid in the fight against skin cancer.”

2. Obagi C Rx serum — “Vitamin C is most helpful in evening out skin tone, fading age spots, and hormonal discoloration. I like to use this vitamin C and hydroquinone serum to aggressively treat unwanted age spots.”

3. Tretinoin — “Tretinoin is a prescription-strength retinoid treatment that is the king of anti-aging. Retinoids are the most useful ingredient to reverse aging and sun damage. Retinoids prevent plugged pores, boost collagen synthesis, speed skin cell turnover which tightens pores, even out skin tone, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Retinoids also have anti-cancer properties and are beneficial in preventing skin cancer. If you are unable to obtain tretinoin, try over-the-counter retinol or adapalene.”

4. Teamine concealer — “The battle against dark circles is tough, but this is my favorite because it conceals the darker skin under the eye, but also treats the underlying problem skin with vitamin C, peptides, and chelators to help improve blood flow, even out skin tone and remove iron deposits. Teamine also makes a medicated cream without the concealer which is great to use at night. Pamper yourself and get best results by applying cool damp herbal tea bags as well.”

5. Elta Clear Sunscreen — “It has a transparent zinc oxide which is a great physical blocker that soothes the skin with its zinc and vitamin B3. It’s the only sunscreen I can get my husband and teenage sons to use.”


Imber Medical Spa is located at 1620 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island

The practice of Dr. Laura Slack offers a number of aesthetic treatments for men and women, as well as multiple skin care products. Here are her faves:

1. Jan Marini Skincare Management System — “Total transformation is the reason Jan Marini has been voted ‘the Best Skincare System’ for nine years in a row!”

2. Jan Marini Juveneck — “Crepey skin on the neck is no match for Juveneck. You won’t be disappointed.”

3. Colorescience Total Eye — “Who wouldn’t want to reduce wrinkle, dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines and protect against aging with eye safe sunscreen?”

4. NeoGenesis Lash Serum — “Make it, don’t fake it! Unlike others, it won’t darken eye and lid color.”

5. NeoGenesis Recovery — “This corrects damaged skin by harnessing the power of stem cells. You’ve never seen anything work like this before.”


Island Day Spa, is located at 60 Cinema Lane, St. Simons Island

Missy Rabine, licensed aesthetician at Island Day Spa, loves providing clients with facials and treatments using Revision products. The line is often sold in physician-based practices and spas. Her five faves are:

1. Intellishade — “This is three products in one — a broad spectrum SPF 45 with an anti-aging tinted moisturizer. It conceals and evens the skin tone with a self-adjusting tint. This product always matches every skin tone, every time. It corrects with an unbelievable moisturizer with clinical levels of peptides. It also protects with the SPF 45 with UVA and UVB protection.”

2. Nectifirm — “I love that 96 percent of users experience a firmer neck. The neck is the area that can really show our age. We tend to spend all this time and money on our faces but ignore our necks. Nectifirm is packed with tripeptides, cerimides, anti-oxidents, and vitamins C and E, so your skin appears more firm, lifted, and reduces the appearances of rough, crepey skin.”

3. Vitamin C Lotion 30% — “This is the Holy Grail of vit C! It contains a 30 percent solution of the most stable form of vit C. It is important because it stimulates collegian, provides photo-protection, and reduces skin pigmentation. In a nutshell: It reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots.”

4. DEJ Night Cream — “This is an intensive moisturizer with retinol that works overnight. It targets sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and crepey skin. The retinol is micro-encapsulated so there is no irritation or dryness.”

5. DEJ Eye Cream — “This is unique in that you use it, not just under the eye, but on the eyelid also. If used consistently, results can be seen as early as four weeks. This eye cream targets eyelid hooding and droopiness, crow’s feet, dark circles, and under eye puffiness.”