7 Smart Skin-Care Products You Need to Know Now

Is your skin care smarter than you? From a mask that mimics a baby’s skin to a cream that claims to know when your complexion needs hydration, these nine high-tech beauty hold promises that will put your I.Q. to the test, while supplying your skin with some serious anti-aging power.

 

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The Skin-Rewinding Cream: Biologique Recherche Crème Masque Vernix

The superluxe product be used as a mask or leave-on treatment (it has that lightweight, almost spongey texture that makes it perfect for those who hate heavy-feeling products), but it’s not its multitasking nature that gives it its magic. The company claims that it can give a “second birth” to skin and help it to regain epidermal function—something really significant to the formula behind a healthy-looking complexion that’s lost as we age. It’s based on a lot of science, but they’ve basically been able to mimic the original composition of vernix, the antioxidant-rich substance that helps a newborn’s skin withstand the oxidative stress of birth (it sounds somewhat scary, but it really is one of those creams that makes skin feel better as soon as you apply it). The bottom line: It's a product that makes skin look younger and more revitalized and feel really protected. $179, biologiquerecherche.com

 

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The Antioxidant All-Star: PREVAGE Anti-aging Neck and Décolleté Firm & Repair Cream

Elizabeth Arden’s powerhouse antioxidant, idebenone, doesn’t require too much of an introduction, and its latest release is about to step right into the skin-care spotlight with the star ingredient. This time, however, it takes into account exactly what the delicate skin on your neck really needs. Combining high-tech tightening polymers and a vitamin A derivative that helps to smooth and retexturize skin’s surface and boost collagen, this daily-use cream claims to tighten and tone the neck and chest for a more lifted appearance. $115, elizabetharden.com

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The New Nighttime Treatment: Sunday Riley’s Luna Oil

New to the oil scene, this cold-pressed avocado, chia and Concord grape seed oil blend is infused with a superpowerful trans-retinoic acid that really goes to work on wrinkles and saggy skin as you sleep. The secret lies in the fact that its azulene-rich essential oils sort of “lower” the irritation level that sometimes comes along with retinol use, making it perfect for sensitive skin. (And, as an added bonus, it is a very unique blue color.) $105, sephora.com

 

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The Big-Time Brightener: Shiseido White Lucent All Day Brightener SPF 22

Chances are, you’ve heard of time-released capsules, and now Shiseido is utilizing them to deliver bright, glowing skin all day long. Just apply in the morning and your skin will keep getting hydration and all the ingredients needed to help diminish discoloration, thanks to its advanced Timed Delivery Bright Technology. $57, shiseido.com

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The Skin Revitalizer: Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil

Powered by toning brown algae extract and hydrating camellia flower, this oil mix actually has the ability to revitalize skin and lock-in moisture,  fighting off all signs of fatigue and tired-looking skin for a totally toned, radiant look. $48, tataharperskincare.com

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The Anti-Drying Acne Fix: Kate Somerville EradiKate Mask Foam-Activated Acne Treatment

This blemish-clearing, pore-reducing product fights acne but never overdries the skin. The innovative gel-cream-mask also has a proprietary Foam-Activated Technology (so it’s kind of like four formulas in one) that helps the solution get deeper into pores and really remove dirt and oil, while colloidal sulfur works to reduce acne and botanical complexes calm and soothe skin. $54, katesomerville.com

 

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The Finishing Formula: Sulwhasoo Luminature Essential Finisher

Applied as the last step of your skin-care routine, this product boasts of “balancing the energies of Locsamhyo,” a green tea-ginseng complex that works to promote long-term radiance, slow melanin production and increase collagen production. According to the company, the bottle actually contains concentrates of five roots of ginseng and 110 cups of green tea! $90, neimanmarcus.com