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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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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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