I received an email today from a publicist at Prevention Magazine. It contains the first group of winners from their annual "Celebrate Your Beauty Awards", featuring 6 products for the body under $50.
I am duly impressed. I receive a lot of award lists, but this one stands out. It is well vetted and judged. This is the first of a four part series that will also feature, best, "complexion, makeup and hair", over the next few months. If they are this good, I promise to share them.
Prevention Editor-in-Chief, Diane Salvatore said, “Readers rely on Prevention to sort through the new beauty choices that flood the marketplace every year, and to report authoritatively on which ones really deliver and should be on their list of must-haves,” said . “Prevention’s ‘Celebrate Your Beauty’ Awards are specifically designed to help women choose and enjoy beauty products that are effective and compatible with a healthy lifestyle.”
Below is the complete list of Prevention’s “Celebrate Your Beauty” Award winners for 2012, in the "Best Body" category:
Best Body Wash:
SheaMoisture Olive & Green Tea Body Wash ($10, Walgreens)
This all-natural cleanser impressed judges because of its lack of skin-irritating fragrances and sulfates, and readers raved about the rich, creamy lather and fresh honeysuckle scent. Green tea extract helps protect skin from damage, and avocado oil is rich in vitamins and minerals that help moisturize and regenerate skin cells. *(This sounds delish and the price is right, though it rings no bells. I'll store this on my mobile "beauty list". Should I ever spy a Walgreen's, I would take a look to see if it was available)
Best Body-Hair Removal:
Schick Hydro Silk Razor ($10, drugstores)
This slick-looking razor improves the condition of skin thanks to the water-activated moisturizing serum surrounding the razor’s blades. As you shave, the serum delivers proteins, vitamins, and shea butter to rejuvenate skin. Testers also loved the easy-to-grip handle and maneuverable head, which made shaving tricky areas like knees and ankles a breeze.
* (I use it and it is FAB).
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body with Active Vitamin D ($45, Sephora.com)
In addition to delivering a beautiful bronze glow, this unique self-tanner also speeds cell renewal and kick-starts collagen production.
*(I have blogged enthusiastically about my love of Dr. Gross' Alpha Beta Peel Pads. They are the Holy Grail of Glycolic pads. I will be buy this self tanner stat. I promise to report back.)
L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Hydra Lotion Spray SPF 50+ ($11, drugstores)
In addition to blocking UVA and UVB rays with a blend of photostabilized sunscreens, this product has vitamin E and white grapeseed extract, which work together to protect against free radicals and keep skin looking healthy
*(A no-brainer, I will definitely purchase this sunscreen.)
Best Body Lotion:
AVEENO® Positively Ageless® Skin Strengthening Body Cream ($10, drugstores)
Extracts of algae, mushroom, and flowering southernwood deliver antioxidants that can help protect skin from damage and dehydration, and before-and-after photographs clearly showed that this lotion delivered improvements to the texture and elasticity of skin. *(As you know, I am always on the hunt for well priced anti-aging products designed for the body. This Aveeno Moisturizer was not on my radar but sounds intriguing. I will purchase this too.
Best Hand Cream:
philosophy hands of hope hand and cuticle cream ($18, Philosophy.com)
This rich cream wowed both testers and judges by delivering noticeable enhancements in roughness, scaling, and brown spots in just six weeks. Testers also loved that this cream hydrated without making hands slippery or smelly. *(Sounds good to me. I will pick this up tomorrow at Sephora with the Dr. Gross Self Tanner and report back.)
Winners were determined by a panel of judges who reviewed more than 1,700 beauty products launched from April 2011 to June 2012 and chose 130 finalists. Each finalist was tested with criteria appropriate to its category. Body lotions, face creams, and foundations were used by readers for six weeks under the supervision of a dermatologist, who determined winners using tools such as the Visia Complexion Analyzer by Canfield. Products like shampoos and self-tanners were tested by an independent lab and/or readers.
I am printing this tomorrow...what sounds good to you?