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The 2012 Beauty Awards: The Best Complexion Correctors

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Toner

    Simple Soothing Facial Toner ($7 to $8, drugstores). Packed with chamomile and witch hazel, this alcohol- and fragrance-free elixir refreshes skin. "It primes my face for moisturizer without making it feel tight or dehydrated," a reader said. $

    Runner up:

    MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Charged Water Revitalizing Energy ($22, department stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Mask

    Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask ($40, caudalie-usa.com). This 10-minute treatment has glycolic acid and papaya extracts to gently remove dead skin cells. "My skin is left baby-soft," one reviewer said.

    Runner up:

    Stri-Vectin-SH Dermal Infusion Mask ($49, strivectin.com)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Wrinkle Fighter

    La Roche-Posay Redermic R ($56, laroche-posay.us). The skin-rebuilding retinol and exfoliating lipohydroxy acid in this creamy serum help lessen the effects of past sun damage. "It smooths my fine lines and heals dry patches," a fan reported.

    Runner up:

    DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Lift and Replenish Serum ($65, Ulta stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Spot Brightener

    Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($17, drugstores). Sun blotches don't stand a chance against this pigment eraser with vitamin C. "My spots faded almost immediately," a reviewer said.

    Runner up:

    Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector ($49.50, kiehls.com)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Acne Blocker

    Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Fast-Acting Salicylic Acid Acne Spot Treatment ($18, sephora.com). This serum's salicylic acid destroys blemish-causing bacteria. "It banished my breakouts without irritating my skin and prevented new pimples from forming," a reader said. "I love this product's invigorating scent," another added.

    Runner up:

    Almay Clear Complexion Concealer + Treatment Gel ($10, drugstores) $

  • Lisa Shin

    Best Pore Minimizer

    Skyn Iceland Pure Pore Minimizer ($35, skinstore.com). Users said this silicone-free spot treatment, which shrinks pores and stops shine, "creates an even matte base under makeup."

    Runner up:

    Dr. Jart Black Label Detox Pore Penetrator ($24, Sephora stores)

  • Lisa Shin

    Best At-Home Dermatologist Treatment

    Avon Anew Clinical Resurfacing Expert Smoothing Fluid ($38, avon.com). Testers loved this anti-ager's sleek dropper, which delivers a glycolic acid serum that exfoliates skin. "My face looks instantly brighter and more refreshed," one said.

    Runner up:

    RoC Retinol Correxion Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System ($27, drugstores)

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2012.