By  on April 1, 2005

NEW YORK — Babor, one of Germany’s most venerable skin care brands, is planning to give its U.S. business a shot in the arm by appealing to the youth market.

The brand will unveil its newest product range, B. Young, in May. The range is geared to 15- to 30-year-olds and will be available in normal, oily and combination skin versions.

The line’s secret weapon is a trio of arctic berries — raspberries, cranberries and blueberries — that help shield skin against harsh conditions, noted Paul Cain, president and chief executive officer of Babor in the U.S.

“Arctic berries are able to survive in the harshest of weather conditions, yet they stay plump — just like you want skin to do,” said Cain. “By studying these berries’ defense mechanisms, we have been able to formulate an extremely effective product line.”

Three versions of the skin-protecting moisturizer — B. Young Balance Cream for dry skin, B. Young Sensitive Cream and B. Young Combination Cream — will be offered. Each retails for $30 for a 50-ml. jar.

Each formula is slightly tweaked to address skin concerns — for instance, the combination cream has rice starch to control shine, the sensitive formula has vitamin E to help reduce irritation and the dry skin formula has macadamia nut oil to provide added moisturizing properties.

As well, three products suitable for all skin types will be part of the B. Young collection. They include B. Young Moisture Gel, an oil-free gel with arctic algae, $24 for 50 ml.; B. Young Tinted Day Cream, a 50-ml. tinted moisturizer in two shades, $22 each, and B. Young Lip Balm with arctic raspberry, $10 for 15 ml.

The B. Young line follows a number of recent launches for the brand. They include the Sea Creation line, with “stress-activated” ingredients, in January 2004; White Effect, a skin-lightening collection, in November 2004, and two freestanding skin care products, Stop 3, an anticellulite gel, and Mimical Control, which Cain calls a “Botox-like” product, in January.

Babor’s primary focus is skin care, although the brand also produces body care, sun care and a color cosmetics range, which Cain promises “will also see new innovations” in the near future.

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