The Love List
with Elyse Love, MD, Bluemercury’s Dermatologist Adviser

Doctor’s orders for This Month:


Ceramides are lipids that help comprise the skin barrier. Not unlike shingles on a roof, ceramides can get blown off by hot water, high winds, and more, weakening the barrier. The body produces ceramides, but the amount decreases over time, making it helpful to add ceramides back with your skincare routine. —Dr. Elyse Love

Tata Harper Superkind Bio-Barrier Serum

“If your skin is a bit irritated or has gotten drier with the change of seasons, you can add just this one serum to your current routine to bump up the hydration and barrier support.”

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

“The skin barrier is actually made of multiple lipids—ceramides, cholesterols, and fatty acids. This moisturizer has all three lipid types and is excellent for very dry skin.”

Supergoop! Daily Dose Hydra-Ceramide Boost + SPF 40

“This is great if you’re going to be outdoors. Oil helps buffer skin against stiff, harsh winds, plus you get a dose of SPF. I put it on before long, weekend walks with my dog.”

M-61 Hydraboost Lip Treatment SPF 45

“The skin barrier on the lips is very thin and prone to disruption, which dries them out. Everyone needs lip balm, especially one with SPF because we often forget sunscreen there.”

EltaMD Moisture-Rich Body Crème

“Most people need a body moisturizer in winter. This has ceramides, of course, but also hyaluronic acid to help hold moisture and niacinamide to soothe potentially irritated skin.”

Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Hand Cream

“We wash our hands multiple times a day, so hand cream is something we should keep on us because it really should be applied multiple times a day as well.”


Niacinamide, aka vitamin B3, is a powerhouse. It improves the appearance of dark spots and evens skin tone; it decreases oiliness but also helps the skin hold hydration; and it’s anti-inflammatory, so it reduces redness. Almost everyone can benefit from at least one of those things, if not more. —Dr. Elyse Love

Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3

“A concentrated serum form is a great way to deliver niacinamide to the skin. This one layers well with other products, so it’s easy to add to a routine you already love.”

Dr. Barbara Sturm The Better B Niacinamide Serum

“If you’re looking for a vitamin B3 serum with more of a botanical bent, this formula also contains marine plankton extract, as well as apricot kernel and sunflower seed oils.”

M-61 PowerGlow Pro+ Niacinamide+Neuropeptide Cream

“Between the glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids to improve texture; the niacinamide to minimize redness; and the peptides to plump; this really is a do-it-all moisturizer.”

EltaMD UV Glow Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 36

“I love this sunscreen. Between the tint and the niacinamide, it gives skin an immediate radiance and can be used in place of or underneath makeup. I wear it daily.”

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Overnight Mask

“Because it contains hyaluronic acid, this mask will give you a boost of hydration, especially helpful as we move into winter. And it’s soothing due to the niacinamide.”

RéVive Supérieur Body Nightly Renewing Serum

“Skin is skin. Sometimes people forget you can treat your body with the ingredients you put on your face and get the same benefits, like even skin tone and increased moisture.”


A derivative of vitamin A, retinol is one of the most studied skincare ingredients. We know it improves skin texture and decreases the appearance of dark spots now, but it also helps prevent discoloration and stimulate collagen production to delay the appearance of fine lines later. —Dr. Elyse Love

Meet Dr. Elyse Love

Elyse Love, MD, is Bluemercury’s dermatologist adviser, sharing her skincare expertise with our team and clients. In this role, Dr. Love provides input on new brands for Bluemercury to carry; feedback on product development for our proprietary skincare line, M-61; recommendations related to the services offered in Bluemercury spas; and general insights on topics ranging from popular ingredients to trending products.

A board-certified dermatologist practicing medical and cosmetic dermatology at Gramercy Laser and Medical Dermatology in New York City, Dr. Love graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama and received her medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. From there, she completed her residency at the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone Health in New York City where she served as the chief of aesthetics during her final year. Dr. Love’s favorite areas of research are the impact of dermatologic issues on quality of life and ways to modernize dermatology office visits, and she’s published several peer-reviewed articles on both subjects.

Dr. Love treats a wide spectrum of ages, genders, races, and ethnicities, designing skincare programs tailored to each individual that combine lifestyle modifications, over the counter and prescription products, and minimally invasive in-office procedures.

A fitness enthusiast, Dr. Love has completed the New York City Marathon twice. Her favorite skincare product is retinol.