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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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Joanna0G wrote:

We can make our own face masks with food, you know. ^_^

11/22/2009 12:38:16 PM Report Abuse
bsims6293 wrote:

Sounds great and just what I need, Clarins price a little too much to satisfy curiosity

11/21/2009 09:01:32 PM Report Abuse

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