By  on November 14, 2008

The newest treatment items pump up skin's natural defenses and stop enemy forces like pollution, weather changes and radiation dead in their tracks.

Clockwise from top:
Comfort On Call
Packed with natural protectants and a water-binding protein, this enhances the skin’s ability to guard against damaging airborne particles. The Japanese-grown jabara fruit, known to natives as the “magic fruit,” adds antiallergy benefits. ($39.50; Clinique counters,

Baume Corps Ultra Riche Body Balm
The healing powers of apricot kernel oil and apricot pulp extract work with nourishing shea butter to help guard against winter’s harsh drying effects on skin. Muscat rose oil and thermal plankton further beef up defenses. ($30;

Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Following in the footsteps of Prevage’s well-received facial line, this body treatment uses the same antioxidant, idebenone, to help prevent oxidation, a cause of skin aging. Formulated to protect against free radicals, it also claims to firm up skin and target stretch marks and minor scars. ($135; Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s,

Beauty In: Toxins Out Detox Duo
This duo claims to combat environmental aggressors and irritants while boosting defenses. The Purifying Bath Crystals contain toxin-defeating botanical extracts, while the antioxidant Enzyme Buff creates a protective barrier on skin to shield against pollution and the elements alike. ($55; Nordstrom,

C+C Vitamin Complex
Three different forms of concentrated vitamin C work in tandem purportedly to accelerate cell regeneration, rebuild collagen fibers and fortify skin against stress, UV rays and other forms of cellular damage. ($170; Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus)

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