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Medical-Grade Skincare Is 2022's Biggest Beauty Trend — Here Are 5 Brands To Try

Cult favorites ranging from Augustinus Bader to SkinCeuticals.

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Medical-grade skincare is anticipated to be one of 2022’s biggest beauty trends. Once considered intimidating for skincare beginners, scientifically proven products are becoming more approachable with consumers having access to more information than ever. For those looking to jump on the rising trend, we’ve rounded up five brands known to have a cult following, thanks to their high-tech products.

One of the leading names in the field, Augustinus Bader uses its very own patented technology, Trigger Factor Complex (TFC8®), in its formulas. Dr. Barbara Sturm is another big label when it comes to medical skincare with products focusing on nutrition, regeneration and hydration. We additionally highlight celebrity-approved brand Dr. Dennis Gross, as well as MZ Skin and SkinCeuticals.

Continue scrolling to learn about some of the best medical-grade skincare brands on the market.

Augustinus Bader

Professor Augustinus Bader, a leader in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, founded his eponymous label to develop skincare products containing Trigger Factor Complex (TFC8®), a patented technology that features natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and other ingredients that help with skin renewal. Since its launch in 2018, Augustinus Bader quickly built a cult following, becoming known as the brand loved by beauty editors.

BESTSELLERS: The Cream, The Rich Cream, The Body Cream

WHERE TO BUY: Augustinus Bader, Cult Beauty, Net-a-Porter, Sephora

Dr. Barbara Sturm

A German aesthetics doctor, Dr. Barbara Sturm began her career in orthopedics, specializing in inflammation diseases like arthritis. During her practice, she realized that her research could be applied to the skin as well, leading to the launch of her namesake brand after working with chemists to develop core products. Throughout her career, she went from being beauty editors’ favorite label, to rising to fame for Kim Kardashian’s “vampire facial” that transitioned into a coveted cream dubbed MC1 “blood cream.” In 2014, Sturm finally kicked off her full skincare line that focuses on nutrition, regeneration and hydration.

BESTSELLERS: Cleanser, Face Cream, Hyaluronic Serum, Sun Drops SPF50

WHERE TO BUY: Dr. Barbara Sturm, Harvey Nichols, Net-a-Porter, Sephora

Dr. Dennis Gross

Approved by stars like Emily Ratajkowski and Chrissy Teigen, Dr. Dennis Gross was established as a beauty brand in 2000 by dermatologist Dennis Gross and his wife Carrie Gross. The label is best known for its AHA and BHA-packed daily peel designed to lift away dead skin to bring fresh skin cells to the surface.

BESTSELLERS: Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum, Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel, C + Collagen™ Brighten & Firm Eye Cream

WHERE TO BUY: Dr. Dennis Gross, Net-a-Porter, Sephora

MZ Skin

Dr. Maryam Zamani founded MZ Skin in 2016 following her career as an oculoplastic surgeon. Interested in non-surgical practices, she took on dermatology and began developing skincare products for two years prior to launching her label. The brand became recognized with multiple beauty awards, thanks to bestsellers that target various skin concerns including pigmentation and dehydration.

BESTSELLERS: Cleanse & Clarify AHA Cleanser & Mask, Hydrate & Nourish Retinol Day Moisturizer, Retinol Skin Booster

WHERE TO BUY: MZ Skin, Net-a-Porter

SkinCeuticals

SkinCeuticals was founded in 1997 by skincare chemist Dr. Sheldon Pinnell. It began with the Serum 10 and Serum 15, which remain as some of the brand’s key products to this day. With a medical approach to skincare, the label creates essential formulas comprising ingredients that are scientifically proven to improve the skin.

BESTSELLERS: C E Ferulic with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, Discoloration Defense, Hydrating B5 Gel

WHERE TO BUY: SkinCeuticals, Dermstore

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