How a dermatologist shops Black Friday beauty deals

When Black Friday rolls around, it can be tempting to throw your entire paycheck at the trendy (and now discounted!) skin products youve been eyeing all year. But skin pros have a message for you: Please, dont do that.

Instead, board-certified dermatologist Melissa Levin, MD, wants you to take a step back and figure out what you really need in your routine, instead of buying the things Instagram has been telling you to. People want to play around, but a full skin cycle is six weeks, so I like people to stick to a routine instead of wasting money and buying multiple products, she says. And, I only like people to introduce one or two products at a time. So if you do want to try something new and exciting, just be sure to stick to one new and exciting product and spend the rest of your Black Friday beauty dollars on trusted faves.

If you want to have an effective Black Friday from a skin-care standpoint, go for the basics instead of trendy products, says Dr. Levin. These basics may not be the sexiest members of your skin-care team, but they are the ones you need to keep in stock all year round, so she suggests going all-in on things like cleanser, moisturizer, soap and deodorant. Or rather, use the deals as an excuse to get a years supply of the products you use every day (keeping an eye on the expiration dates of course). One thing you shouldnt add multiples of to your cart is an antioxidant serum, like vitamin C, and SPF products, because they tend to go bad and become less effective more quickly than your other products.One more worthy investment, according to Dr. Levin? A pricey device youve been eyeing all year, like an LED light or a facial brush.

Below, the best Black Friday deals that weve spotted following Dr. Levins advice of stocking up on the essentials. Keep scrolling to check out our faves.


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Fresh Soy Cleanser, $30 (Originally $38)

Half of our editorial staff is in love with this gentle cleanser, which makes it feel like youre giving yourself a full-on facial every time you use. It deep cleans pores without stripping skin, and simply screams luxury. Get it for 20 percent less than usual throughout cyber weekend.

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Holifrog Tashmoo Water Lily Nourishing Milky Wash, $27 (Originally $38)

Cream cleansers are great for dry skin, particularly during the colder months. This all-natural product gently removes makeup while nourishing skin with feel-good ingredients like water lily root, lotus flower, and blue-green algae. Get it 30 percent off on with code DSGIFT.

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Boscia Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser, $15 (Originally $30)

Give skin a deep-clean detox with this charcoal cleanser, which will suck the dirt and grime straight out of your skin. It warms while you use it, brightening skin and leaving it grime-free in the process.

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, $21 (Originally $28)

If an oil cleanser is more your thing, this oil-based makeup-removing superstar (along with everything else on DHCs website) is 25 percent off until the December 2, with the code CYBER19.

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Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, $24

Thanks to Lycopene and strawberry seed oil, this cleanser gives skin a brightening boost while it cleans. Plus, hydrolyzed wheat protein helps moisturize and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. Get it 30 percent off on with code DSGIFT.


Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich, $90 (Originally $128)

Elemiss entire website is 30 percent off from Black Friday through Cyber Monday with the code CYBER19 (and youll even get a free gift with purchase!). The Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is worth investing in, especially during dry skin season. Its lipid-rich formula is clinically proven to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours, and infuses it with vitamins and antioxidants in the process.

Avene Skin Recovery Cream, $25 (Originally $35)

Steal a suggestion from French girl beauty and bathe skin in this gentle cream, meant to balance stress and replenish moisture. Its easy ingredients like water and glycerin make it the perfect pick for sensitive skin. Get it 30 percent off on with code DSGIFT.

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Olay Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer with SPF 25, $29 (Originally $38)

This moisturizer has become a drugstore diamond since its release last year, and its already affordable price is even lower thanks to Black Friday. Its ultra-hydrating, but the light, whipped texture is the total opposite of the goopy, greasy creams you might be used to, and will make you feel like youre wearing nothing at all.

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La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat Mattifying Moisturizer, $24 (Originally $32)

Another dermatologist fave, straight from the drugstore, this product is a dry-skin win and leaves your complexion with a mattenever greasymoisturized finish.

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Naturopathica Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream, $80 (Originally $106)

Get two skin heroesretinol and argan oilin a single product with this moisturizer. The vitamin A derivative helps stimulate cell turnover, while the liquid gold oil conditions skin and helps the active penetrate more deeply. This, along with all of Naturopathicas products, will be 25 percent off on Cyber Monday.


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Dermaflash DERMAPORE Ultrasonic Pore Extractor & Serum Infuser, $84 (Originally $99)

Allow all those serums to permeate to the deepest layers of your dermis thanks to this serum infuser. It has two modes: One that cleanses skin of dirt and debris and clears out your pores, and another that delivers actives to make skin its most radiant.

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Foreo LUNA mini 2 Compact Facial Cleansing Device, $97 (Originally $139)

Give your skin some gentle exfoliation with this mini (and seriously adorable) facial device, which will turn any cleanser into a deep-cleaningyet not at all harshpore extractor. Plus, who doesnt love a facial massage?

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GloPro Microneedling Regeneration Tool, $150 (Originally $200)

According to board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, if youre going to add only one beauty tool to your arsenal, it should be a microneedler. These stimulate collagen by creating micro-wounds in your skin, and the tiny punctures help your actives permeate more deeply.

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LightStim for Acne LED Light Therapy Device, $135 (Originally $169)

The combination of blue and red LEDs in this handheld device calm redness and inflammation while also killing bacteria, which means acne is no match. Not only does it diminish existing breakouts, but it will also help prevent future ones from popping up.

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MDNA Skin The Beauty Roller, $150 (Originally $200)

This science-backed roller, from none other than Madonna herself, contours, lifts, and sculpts your face while also aiding in lymphatic drainage. Its got infrared energy, too, which permeates beneath the skin to improve elasticity and increase cell turnover which means goodbye fine lines and wrinkles, hello radiant skin.

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NuFace mini Facial Toning Device, $150 (Originally $200)

The entire Well+Good beauty team is in love with this device, which uses microcurrent technology to sculpt and contour your face. Its like an instant facelift that will have you saying wow every time you look in the mirror after you use it.

Here are all the things our editors are adding to their personal carts come Black Friday. Plus, feel free this seasons deals put together an entirely new activewear wardrobe.