Shape of Beauty Awards 2009 - Skin / Sun
Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology MMPi-20 Skin Brightening & Pore Refining Serum ($55; bathandbodyworks.com)
Wrinkles aren't the only things that make you look older, according to dermatologist Patricia Wexler, M.D. Enlarged pores and uneven skin tone do too; this serum-created by Wexler-tackles both. It also contains light diffusers to boost luminosity. "It felt silky and made my skin look tighter within just days," noted a tester.
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 ($40; murad.com)
"This cream is ideal for people with combination or oily skin who usually shy away from anything with sun protection in it for fear of breakouts and sheen," says Bemis. The botanical-infused potion, from Los Angeles dermatologist Howard Murad, M.D., was shown to reduce oil buildup by up to 78 percent for more than eight hours.
Bare Escentuals BareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen ($28; bareescentuals.com)
This unique brush-on powdered sunscreen gets its UV-blocking powers from the natural mineral titanium dioxide (mixed with antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E). It also provides a sheer glow to your face. Editorial advisory board member and dermatologist Jeanine Downie, M.D., says it's "an effortless way to apply extra protection anytime."
Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 70+ ($10; drugstore.com)
Avoiding the rays during a sweaty workout in the sun typically requires superthick, sticky sunscreen. But this surprisingly lightweight spray (which blocks UVA and UVB rays) creates an undetectable layer of protection on the skin. "It stays put and doesn't drip into your eyes when you run," says Downie.
Olay Professional Pro-X Deep Wrinkle Treatment ($42; drugstore.com)
Testers were surprised to find such a potent wrinkle-fighting formula at the drugstore. It features a blend of retinol, niacinamide (vitamin B3), and peptides, all shown to renew skin cells and reduce the appearance of lines. "Like Botox without the needle!" exclaimed one staffer.
Kiehl's Highly Efficient Skin-Tone Corrector ($50; kiehls.com)
Getting rid of brown spots is no easy feat, but this concentrated cream was up to the task. "I started noticing significant fading after a few weeks of daily use," reported a tester. The results come from the mix of skin-renewing ingredients, including vitamin C-rich emblica fruit extract and glycolic acid.
Jergens Natural Glow Foaming Daily Moisturizer ($9; drugstore.com)
The usual complaints about self-tanners-too sticky, obvious, and smelly-didn't come up once with our testers. "The foam imparts a believable 'tan' and blends easily," says Bemis.
Victoria's Bare Bronze Gradual Tan Firming Body Moisturizer ($18; victoriassecret.com) This skin softener builds a subtle tint with continued use. "The caffeine in it also helps constrict bulging fat cells," explains Shape Editorial Advisory Board member and dermatologist Ruth Tedaldi, M.D.
Sally Hansen Salon Hand Care Two Step Renewal System for Hands ($8; drugstore.com)
This two-part regimen solves all your hand issues. An exfoliating scrub sloughs off rough skin to help erase age spots, and a moisturizer with collagen helps firm. One tester dubbed it "pretty hands in a tube."
Avon Skin So Soft Age-Defying Overnight Corrective Hand Treatment ($6; avon.com)
Packed with vitamin E and other antioxidants, this concentrated formula revitalizes hands while you sleep. "Although it felt lightweight, it was potent," noted a tester who used it nightly. "By morning my hands were as soft as they were when I was younger."
Revlon Cuticle Moisture Oil ($8; drugstore.com)
While most oils are too greasy to use as regularly as manicurists recommend, this one garnered praise for being lightweight and quick to sink in. "I even used it while typing at my computer," said one tester. The übermoisturizing effects come courtesy of arctic berry oils, vitamin E, and skin-conditioning panthenol.
Nicole by OPI Nic's Sticks Hydrate It! Paint & Go Nail Moisturizer ($10; nicolebyopi.com for stores) When you're between home or salon manicures, Nic's Sticks is a top tip saver. "It's a must for your purse," said one tester. The clear, nourishing formula includes safflower seed oil, bamboo extract, and cactus extract to banish brittleness. "I apply it on the train on the way to work and arrive with shiny, healthy-looking nails," said another.
Dr. Scholl's For Her Smooth My Sole Micro File ($10; drugstore.com)
Testers adored this easy-to-use-and-clean foot file that safely and gently removes rough, dry skin-and delivers pro pedicure results at home. "It made me less self-conscious about my heels in sandals," said one tester.
Manicure/Pedicure by OPI Papaya Pineapple Scrub ($13; opi.com for stores)
Not only does this product have cell-sloughing fruit acids and "gritty but soft" sugar crystals, it also smells so good, you'll want to use it every day. "Your scaly skin won't stand a chance," reported a staffer.