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Problem Solved: Skin Renewal

Much has been said recently about skin renewal, a broad term that covers skin rejuvenation, antiaging, and overall improvements to appearance through better skin quality. The biggest trend is at-home masks, some meant to be left on overnight, others spread onto the face and washed off after a period of time. But antiaging creams for eyes, lips, neck and face also fall into this category. Below are some newer products that offer a span of price ranges and active ingredients.

» the eyes have it
L’Occitane Divine Eye Balm
Especially sensitive, the eyes require extra attention. L’Occitane’s most expensive line, Immortelle, offers a brand-new emollient cream with hyaluronic acid, shea butter, honey and other naturally derived ingredients. Apply lightly daily as a cream, more thoroughly twice a week as an eye mask.
$84 at L’Occitane, Plaza Frontenac and Saint Louis Galleria

» the gold standard
Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Mask
This exclusive brand from Barcelona is an overnight treatment with hydrating hyaluronic acid, retinol and marine DNA. Use after your nighttime cleansing regimen, on the face and neck.
$110 at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue

» natural beauty
Farmaesthetics Herbal Hydration Complex Remedy Reserve Mask
Created by Brenda Brock, who first started selling her products from a farmstand in rural Rhode Island, this line offers an all-natural herbal collection recognized in Time magazine’s Green Style & Design list and with an Earth Day Beauty Award. This is a mask to be applied for five minutes, then wiped off with a damp cloth and followed by a moisture routine.
$50 at Saks Fifth Avenue and

» global ingredients
Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream
Made with manuka honey from New Zealand and red ginseng from Korea, this cream is purported to soften skin through renewal and defense against environmental pollutants. Manuka has the highest phenol level among honeys, which helps the skin build a protective barrier; red ginseng stimulates skin cell turnover.
$60 at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom

» potent botanicals
EmerginC Vitamin C + Retinol Mask
A clay-based mask, this uses active ingredients like lemon juice, retinol and green tea to slough off dead cells and brighten skin tone and texture. Leave on 10 to 15 minutes, rinse and follow with serum and/or cream.
$50 at