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Skin­care in­no­va­tions now come via so­phis­ti­cated de­liv­ery sys­tems and tweaks to gold-stan­dard in­gre­di­ents. In Dr. Den­nis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrin­kle Re­cov­ery Peel ($110), retinol meets ferulic acid, a plant-based an­tiox­i­dant that boosts col­la­gen and cell turnover with­out caus­ing red­ness. NeoS­trata All-in-One Night Serum ($86) en­cap­su­lates retinol “to al­low for a faster pen­e­tra­tion into the deeper lay­ers of the epi­der­mis,” says re­search chemist Nick Dat Ngo. “It doesn’t leave a [po­ten­tially ir­ri­tat­ing] ac­cu­mu­la­tion of retinol on the sur­face.” Hyaluronic acid can vis­i­bly plump skin—but with a caveat. “De­liv­ery sys­tems are so ad­vanced to­day,” says Bran­don Tru­axe, founder of De­ciem, a com­pany that owns sev­eral brands, in­clud­ing Hy­lamide. “Com­pa­nies can make the par­ti­cle sizes small enough to pen­e­trate skin; the chal­lenge is how to stop them at a cer­tain level [to de­liver ben­e­fits to the right places].” Cue Hy­lamide Booster Low-Molec­u­lar HA ($20), which has five dif­fer­ent hyaluronic com­plexes to tar­get vary­ing skin depths. Rodan + Fields Re­de­fine Acute Care Skin­care for Ex­pres­sion Lines ($253 for 10 pairs of strips) pours hyaluronic acid into hun­dreds of wrin­kle-smooth­ing mi­cro­scopic “liq­uid cones.” In Phi­los­o­phy The Mi­crode­liv­ery Overnight Anti-Ag­ing Peel ($89), ex­fo­li­at­ing gly­colic, lac­tic and sal­i­cylic acids are tem­pered with an echi­nacea-in­fused night cream, while the bright­en­ing vi­ta­min C in Neu­tro­gena Triple Age Re­pair ($37) re­duces the look of hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion. For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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