6 Skin-Care Routines Pros SWEAR By

Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
We know the gold standard dermatologists swear by (it rhymes with shmetinol), and the full cosmetic routines of makeup artists. But what about the chemists who not only formulate those products, but actually develop the active ingredients, too? You want to know the best kept secrets in skin care? Hello, white lab coats.

We talked to top cosmetic chemists about their skin and the products lining their bathroom cabinets at home — including some serious drugstore gems and even custom concoctions they cook up in their labs (seriously, how can we get our hands on those?). Check them out, ahead.