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The 2009 Beauty Awards: The Best Beauty Products for Your Face

Our picks for the best skincare and beauty products for your face.

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Olay Profession Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex
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Best Eye Cream

Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex ($42, drugstores)

Caffeine and peptides boost hydration, while vitamin B3 strengthens the delicate skin around the eyes. "I put this on at night, and by morning my crow's-feet looked softer, " says Donna Chellis of Cedar Grove, New Jersey.

Runners-Up
RoC Complete Lift Eye Pen, $18.95, drugstore.com
Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Eye Cream SPF 15, 12.99, drugstore.com

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Best Serum

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex ($47.50, esteelauder.com)

This nongreasy serum, pumped with skin-repairing enzymes, helps reverse the damage from age accelerators like UV light and pollution. The result: a smoother complexion. "The silky texture is great under night cream," says Elissa Lunder, MD, one of our dermatologist testers.

Runners-Up
Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant Booster Serum from Ageless Restoratives, $19.99, drugstore.com
Kinerase HydraBoost Intensive Treatment, $75, sephora.com

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Best Face Wash

Biore Clean Things Up Nourishing Gel Cleanser ($6.99, drugstores)

This light wash dissolves pore-clogging grime and delivers a hydrating punch of skin softeners, such as vitamin E. "It left my skin refreshingly cool and soft after the gym, " says Beth Pedersen of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Runners-Up
Boots Original Beauty Formula Cleansing Milk, $9.99, target.com
C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Boost Cream Cleanser, $10, bbw.com

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Best Moisturizer

Philosophy Divine Illumination ($85, qvc.com)

This anti-ager contains light-reflecting mica for instant radiance. "It gave a dewy glow without too much shine," says Judi Roode of Wrentham, Massachusetts. Over time, ingredients like niacinamide work to wipe out wrinkles.

Runners-Up
Clinique Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream, $39.50, clinique.com
Biore Hard Day's Night Overnight Moisturizer, $14.99, biore.com

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Best Makeup Remover

Wet N Wild Eye Makeup Remover ($1.99, drugstores)

Oil-free and enriched with aloe vera, this gentle formula whisks away waterproof mascara from lids and lashes. Bonus: "I love that it comes in a small, easy-to-pack bottle," says Abigail Oesterling of Butler, Pennsylvania.

Runners-Up
Boots Original Beauty Formula Cold Cream, $9.99, target.com
L'Oreal Paris Clean Artiste Makeup Corrector Pen, $10.95, drugstore.com

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Best Lip Balm

Blistex Deep Renewal ($2.79, drugstores)

More a lotion than a pucker prettier, this tester fave contains moisture-attracting hyaluronic acid, wrinkle-reducing coenzyme Q-10, plus SPF 15 to keep your pout full and glistening. "SPF on lips is a must -- and this one glides on like silk," Dr. Lunder says.

Runners-Up
Hawaiian Tropic Island Berry Aloha Kiss Lip Gloss (SPF 20), $5.35, walmart.com
Hissyfit Lip Service SPF 50+, $20, hissyfit.com

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Best Exfoliator

Clean & Clear Morning Burst In-Shower Facial ($6.49, drugstores)

Infused with clay, this scrub makes skin feel "fresh -- as if you'd just had a spa service," says Danielle Chambers of Tolar, Texas. Best of all, no more blackheads: Glycolic acid sinks deep into pores, dissolving dirt and oil.

Runners-Up
Aveeno Positively Ageless Warming Scrub, $8.99, drugstore.com
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle, $65, katesomerville.com

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2009.

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ssubeck wrote:

I swear by this stuff! I genetically have dark circles under my eyes - no more! Also a plus-it has never irritated my eyes.

1/21/2010 03:53:32 PM Report Abuse
lstewartusa wrote:

And the war goes on! I am going to have my cup of coffee, when I feel like it. If a cup of coffee is dehydrating, then there is something else wrong in the body. And no, I don't drink cup after cup.

12/7/2009 10:11:45 PM Report Abuse
sbnickerson wrote:

caffeine is a diuretic(dehydrates) if you drink it!, its not the same if you put it on your skin

11/26/2009 03:19:52 PM Report Abuse
fyrefliez wrote:

Ireally love caffeine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11/21/2009 01:04:49 PM Report Abuse
jbaglio wrote:

caffeine dehydrates.

11/20/2009 10:12:55 AM Report Abuse
aprila3110822 wrote:

Caffiene stimulates to increase blood circulation. This increased blood flow allows for more of the peptides and other nutrients to be absorbed so in effect you are getting an increase in hydration.

11/7/2009 12:35:25 AM Report Abuse
juliacouperleo wrote:

Caffeine HYDRATES? I think not. It dehydrates. If any other readers know of data showing caffeine hydrates, please let me know. As far as I know, it DEhydrates and boosts circulation (the latter effect is why it works to temporarily reduce cellulite in some body lotions).

10/29/2009 12:18:43 PM Report Abuse

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