Shape of Beauty Awards 2009 - Best New Products
The new products and procedures our editorial advisory board members have voted the best:
Best New Injectable
Juvéderm XC (about $650 or more, per syringe, depending where you live; for more infor visit www.juvederm.com) The original Juvéderm-a filler made from hyaluronic acid, a hydrating ingredient that's found naturally in your body-has been a dermatologist staple since the FDA approved it in 2006. It's used primarily to plump up moderate to severe wrinkles around the mouth and nose. Now a new version, Juvéderm XC, containing 0.3 percent lidocaine, is pending FDA approval. "It gives the same natural and long-lasting results, but without the pain when you inject it," says Tedaldi.
Best New At-Home Device
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator ($40; ulta.com)
"I think this exfoliating kit may actually be better than an in-office microdermabrasion treatment," says Downie. "It's an effective, economical option for brightening and evening skin tone." The handheld, battery-operated applicator comes with single-use puffs that contain ultrafine crystals to smooth skin, plus glycerin to soothe and hydrate. In company studies, regular use has been shown to produce an 88 percent improvement in the appearance of fine lines and brown spots.
Best New In-Office Device
Fraxel Re:store (about $1,000 per treatment; for more info fraxel.com)
"This is an absolute wow," raves Tedaldi. "I have many lasers gathering dust in the office, but not this one." It can be used to treat patients with sun damage, fine lines, melasma, brown spots, and precancerous lesions, as well as for allover skin resurfacing. But unlike older lasers, there's minimal downtime for healing, and after a series of three to five treatments, patients are left with "softer, less wrinkled, less pigmented skin that's tighter and more translucent."
Mission Skincare High Performance Anti-Friction Cream ($13; missionskincare.com)
Shape readers and editors loved this new line designed by athletes (including tennis star Serena Williams, soccer player Mia Hamm, and gold medal swimmer Amanda Beard). It includes eight innovative products, such as sunscreen, lip balm, and foot gel, all made to stand up to the demands of an active lifestyle. But our testers deemed the Anti-Friction Cream the standout star. The multipurpose, silicone-based balm stops chafing and irritation caused by rubbing. "I slathered it on my feet before a long day of walking around the city in brand-new strappy sandals," reported one. "Not only did the product stay on for hours, but at the end of the day, my feet were blister-free."