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Acid Dreams: Powerful New Products

This anti-aging serum claims to improve skin’s elasticity and tone with lactic and malic acid, marine elastin and algae extract.

Appeared In
Special Issue
Beauty Inc issue 02/13/2009

Clockwise from top left:
SUE DEVITT
Microquatic Lactic Renewal Facial Peel

This anti-aging serum claims to improve skin’s elasticity and tone with lactic and malic acid, marine elastin and algae extract. Extracts of orchid, water lily and sea silk repair, hydrate and protect from environmental stresses. ($62; Barneys, Harvey Nichols)

KATE SOMERVILLE
Exfoliate Body

Kate Somerville promises powerful exfoliation with this body care version of her facial exfoliator. Papaya enzymes and glycolic and lactic acids purify the skin, while caffeine and bergamot oil are said to add antioxidant and antiseptic benefits. ($95; Henri Bendel, select Neiman Marcus stores, Nordstrom, katesomerville.com)

L’OREAL PARIS
Skins Genesis Active Cellular Skin Care Pore Minimizing Skin Re-Smoother

At play in this smoothing treatment are derivatives of salicylic acid and beta hydroxy acid for skin renewal, zinc and silica for pore minimization and a sugar molecule from the beech wood plant to improve skin structure and help organize skin cells. ($19.99; mass retailers)

B. KAMINS CHEMIST
Bio-Maple Lactic-8

Lactic acid, derived from sour milk, helps this peel hydrate and exfoliate even sensitive skin. The formulation, housed in packaging with a rollerball applicator, also has salicylic acid, zinc and vitamin B5 to refine skin and shrink pores. ($38; Bliss Spas, Saks Fifth Avenue)

NEUTROGENA
Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-cream Body Wash

Acne-fighting salicylic acid works with skincalming green tea and cucumber extract to clear breakouts on the back, chest and shoulders. ($6.99; mass retailers)