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The 2009 Beauty Awards: The Best Products for Your Complexion

Our picks for the best skincare products for a better complexion, from face masks to pore minimizers.

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Best Spot Lightener

La Roche-Posay Biomedic Pigment Control ($70, laroche-posay.us)

It takes a chemical exfoliator plus a lightening agent to fade freckles and brown marks. "This contains glycolic acid to slough off the dark, damaged cells, and kojic acid to slow the production of skin-darkening melanin," says Elissa Lunder, MD.

Runners-Up
Neutrogena Tone Correcting Concentrated Serum Night from Ageless Intensives, $21.99, drugstore.com
Grassroots Vitamin C Power Brightening Cream SPF 25, $32.50, kohls.com

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Best Skin Refresher

HydroPeptide Polish and Plump Peel ($68, hydropeptide.com)

In this two-step treatment, peptides reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while lactic acid and vitamin C whisk away dullness. "It left my skin smoother and visibly brighter," says Susan Payment of Colorado Springs.

Runner-Up
B. Kamins Lactic-8, $38, bkamins.com

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Best Mask

Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask ($35, clarins.com)

Hyaluronic acid helps prevent moisture loss, restoring your glow, while sorbier, a tree-bud extract, boosts circulation, helping sun-damaged skin look more vibrant. It can even bolster your budget: "It softened my skin so much, I was able to use less night cream and save money," says Izabela Szabo of Chicago.

Runners-Up
Yes To Tomatoes Total Treatment Facial Mask, $14.99, drugstore.com
C.O. Bigelow Power Berry Mask, $18, bbw.com

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Best Acne Treatment

Michael Marcus Blemish Control ($28, michaelmarcus.com)

Exfoliating salicylic acid, plus botanicals like lavender oil, dissolve bacteria that form pesky pimples. "It made my zit disappear in two days," says Jacquelyn McDermott of Califon, New Jersey.

Runners-Up
Clearasil Ultra Pimple Blocker Pen, $9.99, walmart.com
Clean & Clear Advantage Mark Treatment, $6.99, drugstore.com

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Best Pore Minimizer

Boscia Skin Perfecting Primer ($28, sephora.com)

Pores look larger when they're filled with oil, which temporarily stretches them. This gel is made with peppermint and vitamin B5, which absorb sebum, leaving a "matte surface that lasted all day," says Cassandra TenBrink of Goodrich, Michigan.

Runners-Up
L'Oreal Paris Skin Genesis Pore Minimizing Skin Re-Smoother, $19.99, drugstore.com
Soap & Glory The Fab Pore, $12.99, target.com

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Best Fine-Line Fighter

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Filler ($21.95, drugstores)

Retinol is the gold standard in wrinkle fighting. When paired with superhydrating hyaluronic acid, it achieves platinum results. "I noticed fewer lines in less than a week," says Jennifer Chappell of Alexandria, Virginia.

Runners-Up
Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Cream SPF 20, $16.99, drugstore.com
Skin Effects by Dr. Jeffrey Dover CELL2CELL CNS Serum, $19.99, cvs.com

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2009.

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melody.kath wrote:

I would like to know how close the runners-up products are...do I have to wait an additional week for the second best product to work or do I have to wait an additional month? That would help me to understand the value of the more expensive product as well.

12/1/2009 10:43:06 AM Report Abuse
bsims6293 wrote:

I agree, I have spent tons on useless products. Give me something that really works for a decent price. Who can afford $70. I will not take a chance on the Pro X because of the price. I wish we could get samples or portions for 2 weeks at a small price to try first. Rather than end up with a make up cabinet full of stuff that does not work. It would be a good promotional idea.

11/21/2009 08:54:40 PM Report Abuse
peraza_laura wrote:

I understand that this economy makes it difficult to endulge in high end products. The runners up are the next best products at a lower price, yet I appreciate having the choice to pick from the best without the "Spa" price. I am one that needs a good pruduct and good results the firts time. That eliminates my having to spend money on useless products. If you don't need it, don't buy it...I do need this product.

11/21/2009 07:37:35 PM Report Abuse
dcollins3685045 wrote:

I agree with Chicken. Most normal people do not have all that money to spend on what is essential but costly

11/21/2009 05:33:03 PM Report Abuse
chicken44906 wrote:

Why don't you put tell us about some products that us average people can afford. Now says we can hardly afford anything extra,so we sure can't afford these high priced skin products.

11/21/2009 04:11:23 PM Report Abuse

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