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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,

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.

Neutrogena Tone Correcting Concentrated Serum Night from Ageless Intensives, $21.99,
Grassroots Vitamin C Power Brightening Cream SPF 25, $32.50,

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Best Skin Refresher

HydroPeptide Polish and Plump Peel ($68,

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.

B. Kamins Lactic-8, $38,

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Best Mask

Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask ($35,

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.

Yes To Tomatoes Total Treatment Facial Mask, $14.99,
C.O. Bigelow Power Berry Mask, $18,

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Best Acne Treatment

Michael Marcus Blemish Control ($28,

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.

Clearasil Ultra Pimple Blocker Pen, $9.99,
Clean & Clear Advantage Mark Treatment, $6.99,

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Best Pore Minimizer

Boscia Skin Perfecting Primer ($28,

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.

L'Oreal Paris Skin Genesis Pore Minimizing Skin Re-Smoother, $19.99,
Soap & Glory The Fab Pore, $12.99,

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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.

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

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2009.

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adelia121 wrote:

I agree with ssubeck

6/20/2010 08:26:54 PM Report Abuse
ssubeck wrote:

jbaglio-if you don't want to try something, fine. But it's rude to leave comments like that when people have spent time and money testing these products to tell us what works - so we don't have to experiment and waste money ourselves. No one wants to visit a site and read your negative thoughts.

1/21/2010 03:49:43 PM Report Abuse
jbaglio wrote:

who wants to spend this kind of money for something that probably doesnt work

11/24/2009 07:14:06 PM Report Abuse

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