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High-tech skin care lines by local dermatologists and chemists

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Left to right: Vital Retinol Gel also contains anti-aging peptides, starting at $44.95 at Earthsavers (Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-835-0225; The Premier Centre, 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 504-899-8555; www.earthsaversonline.com).
  • Left to right: Vital Retinol Gel also contains anti-aging peptides, starting at $44.95 at Earthsavers (Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-835-0225; The Premier Centre, 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 504-899-8555; www.earthsaversonline.com).

DermAware

Biochemist Gul Zone of St. Rose uses purified Abita Springs water in her cleansers, says Nicole Miler, product specialist at Earthsavers. The products also contain botanicals used for their aromas and healing properties. "The Deep & Clear cleanser has balancing and healing botanicals: arnica and tea tree oil," Miler says. "It's green because of chlorophyll."

Deep & Clear Cleanser has salicylic acid to clear pores, $35.95 at Earthsavers.

Wrinkle Free Cleanser is 15 percent glycolic acid. Miler recommends letting the cleanser sink into skin for a few minutes before rinsing. $35.95 at Earthsavers.

Vital B hydrogel plumps fine lines with hyaluronic acid, a hydrating agent produced by skin which declines with age, $60.95 at Earthsavers


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Dr. Mary Lupo Skin Care System

Dermatologist Dr. Mary Lupo developed her skin care line 20 years ago because she wanted control over the ingredients. "It was about being more actively involved in the products (my patients) were using and making sure they chose things that wouldn't cause a problem with things I was prescribing," Lupo says.

Left to right: Dualistic sunscreen antioxidant features broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, $38.15 at Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology (145 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Suite 302, 504-777-3047; www.drmarylupo.com).

Intensive target moisturizer has essential fatty acids to nourish skin cells, $51.23 at Lupo Center.

Vivifying vitamin C serum has a non-acidic formula that's ideal for sensitive skin, $49.05 at Lupo Center.

Gentle purifying cleanser is a one-step face wash that doesn't require a toner, $30.52 at Lupo Center.


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Green Cream and Unagel

Developed by Metairie dermatologist Dr. Nia Terezaki and now produced and distributed by Advanced Skin Technology, Green Cream has achieved cult status in the beauty world for its high-potency retinols and tiered strengths, which range from .3 to .9 percent retinol.

Left to right: Green Cream, $36.95 and up at Aesthetic Dermatology For Louisiana (3800 Houma Blvd. Suite 310, Metairie, 504-454-2997; www.niaterezakismd.com) and Earthsavers.

Unagel by Green Cream is a 2 percent salicyclic acid acne treatment. Because the cream is a neutral pH, it doesn't irritate skin, $35.95 at Earthsavers.

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