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Expert Take: Baokim’s Top 10 Skincare Products

Expert Take: Baokim’s Top 10 Skincare Products

See which products our featured SkinStore Expert, Baokim Bonelli, loves in this Expert Take feature!

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Hello, fellow skin enthusiasts! My name is Baokim Bonelli and I have been a Dermatology Physician Assistant in the Big Apple for over 7 years. I have a passion and borderline addiction for evidence-based skincare and skincare science and absolutely love educating others. The skin is your largest organ so let’s keep it healthy, happy, and glowing. When you look your best, you feel your best.

Skinstore has a range of accessible skincare and I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with them. Here are some of my favorite products:

 Baokim’s Skincare Favorites

  1. Elta MD UV Elements
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    Elta MD UV Elements

    This is my holy grail tinted facial SPF. Sunscreen is a must for anyone and everyone, and this formulation glides over the skin seamlessly, blurs my pores and minimizes discoloration, while hydrating my skin with hyaluronic acid. For acne-prone or oily skin types, I recommend the Elta MD’s UV Clear sunscreen.

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  2. Skinceuticals C E Ferulic
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    Skinceuticals C E Ferulic

    This is the OG vitamin C serum with the most data to back up it’s efficacy. Vitamin C helps to brighten the skin, protect against free radical damage, and build collagen. If you are acne prone, you may want to try Skinceuticals Phloretin C F.

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  3. Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense Serum
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    Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense Serum

    This is one of my favorite serums to recommend for discoloration such as freckles, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It is a great alternative to hydroquinone and well-tolerated.

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  4. Skinmedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
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    Skinmedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

    I absolutely adore this cleanser for 1 to 3 times a week. It combines chemical exfoliants with a gentle physical exfoliant to keep your pores clear and your skin smooth.

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  5. iS Clinical Cleansing Complex
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    iS Clinical Cleansing Complex

    This cleanser is super gentle and contains many soothing botanicals. It also contains willow bark extract to gently exfoliate and keep pores clear. I use this every morning.

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  6. Avene Retrinal 0.05% Cream
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    Avene Retrinal 0.05% Cream

    I adore Avene’s retinols. Retinoids help combat acne, wrinkles, and discoloration. If you aren’t ready for prescription grade retinoids or cannot tolerate them, this is a great, gentle, over the counter option!

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  7. Vichy Mineral 89 Daily Skin Booster Serum
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    Vichy Mineral 89 Daily Skin Booster Serum

    If you need an extra moisture boost, Vichy’s Mineral 89 serum adds that extra hydration with hyaluronic acid while also using minerals to soothe and soften the skin. It is even suitable for sensitive skin types.

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  8. Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen
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    Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen

    SPF protection only lasts 2 hours after initial application but it can be a drag to reapply lotion or cream sunscreen. SPF mineral brushes make it easy and I absolutely love the Colorescience brushes. They come in various colors and formulations and are easy to swipe on midday.

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  9. La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5
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    La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5

    This is an amazing, soothing moisturizer for dry or irritated skin. I love recommending this for new retinoid users or post-procedure (laser, chemical peels, microneedling).

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  10. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
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    La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

    This is my favorite over the counter acne spot treatment. It contains benzoyl peroxide and proprietary lipo hydroxy acids (LHA) to quickly reduce inflammation and unclog pores. The LHA has 6 times the keratolytic (exfoliating) power of conventional salicylic acid.

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A beauty enthusiast by heart and a plant lover, I'm always looking for the latest and greatest in skincare and beauty, especially clean and organic! I think everyone's entitled to high quality skincare at any budget, and I'm always on the lookout for what's new in the industry be it tips, tricks, or products!


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