Shape of Beauty Awards 2009 - Face
Olay Dual Action Cleanser + Pore Scrub ($7; drugstore.com)
For skin to look its best, you need not only to remove the day's dirt and makeup, but also to slough off dead cells. Testers loved that this foaming daily cleanser did both. "It left my skin feeling clean and smooth, and my pores looked smaller," said one.
Estée Lauder Idealist Dual-Action Refinishing Treatment ($50; esteelauder.com)
No time-or money-for micro-dermabrasion? This powerful weekly treatment (a rich cream you wash off after five minutes) resurfaces skin with salicylic acid and glucosamine, which help erase brown spots-plus, it contains soothing cucumber extracts. "My face looked less splotchy after using it just once," raved one tester.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 ($15; drugstore.com)
Testers loved this product's "totally natural-looking color" and "non-greasy" feel. Plus, the light-reflecting mica it contains helps even out skin tone, while the SPF 30 prevents future damage.
Clinique Comfort on Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream ($40; clinique.com)
If your face is on the drier side and seems to react to anything you put on it, "this fragrance-free formula, with skin-calming jabara fruit extract, is for you," says Shape editorial advisory board member and spa expert Mary Bemis.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser ($6; drugstore.com)
"The refreshing blast of grapefruit scent makes this a perfect morning pick-me-up," said one tester. The potent cleanser also contains a blend of 2 percent salicylic acid and soothing botanicals. The result: clear pores, fewer breakouts, and skin that's makeup- and oil-free (but never dry).
Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Cleanser ($35; aveda.com)
This creamy wash features the antioxidant vitamin C, exfoliating salicylic acid, and aloe vera extract to gently remove dead skin cells. "It's even suitable for those with easily irritated skin," says Shape editorial advisory board member and dermatologist Darrell S. Rigel, M.D.
Colgate Wisp ($2 for a 4-pack; drugstore.com)
"No fuss, just brush" is how one happy tester described this portable, single-use tool. A tiny bead embedded in the bristles releases a minty liquid that leaves teeth feeling fresh and clean.
Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal ($45; drugstore.com)
The new "better-seal technology" in these strips helps them adhere securely to teeth, even while you're drinking water. "After a week of using them, my teeth looked as if I'd had a professional whitening treatment," said one tester.
Listerine Total Care Anticavity Mouthwash ($3; drugstore.com)
Testers liked this rinse's ability to fight plaque and help boost tooth enamel. "I felt like I was doing something good for my smile every time I used it," said one.
Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller ($13; drugstore.com)
Testers loved this "totally refreshing and addictive" eye treatment. The formula contains caffeine to banish puffiness and dark circles, plus vitamin B5 and glycerin to hydrate skin and lessen the look of wrinkles.
Lancôme High Résolution Eye REfill-3X Eye Cream ($55; lancome-usa.com)
Staffers agreed this cream almost rivaled the results of an injectable. "The skin around my eyes looked amazingly smooth," said one. Not surprising: it has collagen-building peptides and hydrating hyaluronic acid.