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Asia Major: Latest Skin and Hair Treatments

East meets west in the newest skin and hair treatments.

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Beauty Inc issue 02/13/2009

East meets west in the newest skin and hair treatments.

This story first appeared in the February 13, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Clockwise from left:
SK-II
LXP Moist Softening Serum

SK-II’s latest is formulated with a high concentration of its signature ingredient, pitera, a yeast ferment filtrate of sake packed with minerals and amino acids. Coupled with sodium hyaluronic acid and other humectants, it purports to replenish moisture and keep skin glowing. ($250; Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue)

PANTENE PRO-V
Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Shampoo

Ginger, aloe vera, marigold extract and a proprietary cassia complex remove residue and buildup while promising to protect hair from the friction of combs, brushes and fingers. ($3.99; mass retailers)

CLE DE PEAU
Beaute La Creme de Cle

Ten years in the making, this is said to optimize epidermal cell function with powerful plant botanicals like Japanese wintergreen extract to produce proteins and wild ginger to moisturize. ($500; Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Saks)

C.O. BIGELOW APOTHECARIES
Rice & Bamboo Gentle Dermabrasion

Sake extract, mineral-rich bamboo and softening rice work to improve tone, refine pores and remove pollutants. ($18; Bath & Body Works)

SENSAI
Cellular Performance Hydrachange Eye Essence

This moisturizing eye cream with hyaluronic acid has a cooling effect on skin and promotes microcirculation with Japanese citron extract. ($130; Barneys)

DARPHIN
Stimulskin Plus Divine Lifting Cream

This rich multi-purpose cream claims to firm, lighten and hydrate with ingredients like collagen-producing soy protein, resin from the Boswellia serrata tree and Chinese wheat grains. ($295; Neiman Marcus, darphin.com