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Beauty Inc issue 12/10/2010

Sugar lends its exfoliating properties and powerful acid to these skin- and hair-renewing offerings.

This story first appeared in the December 10, 2010 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Dermadoctor Litmus Test PH Correcting & Renewing Glycolic Acid Facial Moisturizer
Sugar-derived glycolic acid balances skin’s pH levels, stimulates cellular turnover and minimizes blotchiness. Antioxidants red algae and green tea calm irritations and protect from external aggressors. ($52; dermadoctor.com)


Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo With Organic Bamboo & Kendi Oil
Organic bamboo extract, rich in amino acids, sugars and minerals, keeps frizz in check, while organic kendi oil, sourced from the island of Sulawesi, acts as a protective top coat. ($20; Sephora, Ulta, Beauty.com)

Skinceuticals LHA Serum Exfoliating Treatment With Biomedic LHA Technology For Oily Or Problematic Skin
Launched with a complementary cleanser and toner, this serum delivers 3.5 percent glycolic acid, derived from sugarcane, to speed up exfoliation. LHA, comprised of salicylic and hydroxy acids, purifi es pores and minimizes the appearance of fine lines. ($75; skinceuticals.com)

L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Day/Night
A sugar molecule called adenosine, which aids in cellular respiration, stars in this antiager. A patented gene-repairing formula 10 years in the making promises to boost skin’s ability to recover from past and future damage. ($24.99; mass retailers)

Tarte Smooth Operator Amzonian Clay Illuminating Serum
Designed to be applied alone or mixed with foundation, this has Amazonian clay to remove surface oil, sugarcane to refi ne the skin’s texture and extracts of apple, lemon and ginseng root for free-radical protection. ($32; Sephora)

L’Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub
Created to combat dry winter skin, this exfoliating hand scrub contains organic sugar to wash away dead skin cells, helping the moisturizing agents shea and sweet almond oil to penetrate more deeply. ($26; L’Occitane)