The Beauty Aquatic - Montclair, NJ

| by Vicki Hyman of Inside Jersey


Mermaids are fabled for their beauty, and it's no wonder, with seaweed and mineral-rich mud to cleanse and exfoliate and sea salt to refine and smoothe. Here are our favorite products that harness the power of Poseidon's personal beauty counter. Perfect for any beachcomber.

1. L'Oréal's Now You See Me, a gorgeous teal from its new line Colour Riche nail polishes, will instantly transport you - or your fingertips, at least - to the Caribbean. Drugstores, Target,, $4.99.

2. MAC's new brightening skin-care regimen - Marine- Bright cleanser, moisture cream, softening lotion and essence - harnesses seaweed to clean and hydrate skin while reducing the blotchiness that comes from excess melanin. Macy's,,, $25 to $40.

3. The extract Cryste Marine comes from an algae that grows on rocks along the Mediterranean Sea and is said to boost cell renewal - what better way to target the delicate, first-to-sag skin beneath the eyes? Kiehl's Cryste Marine Firming Eye Treatment reduces the appearance of dark circles and lines and boosts elasticity. Bloomingdale's, Kiehl's,,, $38.

4. AHAVA, the cult skin line formulated from the mineral-rich Dead Sea, has a new men's line targeting aging and sun exposure. The Time to Energize collection - six products, including cleanser, foam-free shaving cream and shower gel - also is infused with antioxidants such as gingko, ginger root, green tea and ginseng., $19 to $32.

5. Fans of Erno Laszlo's classic Sea Mud Soap know that black is beautiful.Made with concentrated minerals from the Dead Sea, the soap gently cleanses oily skin, leaving a soft, supple complexion. Nordstrom,,, $40.

6. For an at-home spa experience, try Bliss' Hot Salt Scrub on rough patches. The gel formulation heats as you rub, while the Dead Sea salt smoothes and algae extract tightens skin. Sephora,,, $36. When you're picking it out of your bathing suit,

seaweed may not seem so luxurious, but the Woodhouse Day Spa's detoxifying seaweed wrap is pure pampering. After dry-brushing the skin, a warm seaweed mask is applied to cleanse and hydrate the skin. A scalp massage and Vichy shower caps the 75-minute service. Woodhouse Day Spa, Montclair (973) 509-8488,, $160.50.

BEST BET: Estée Lauder's ever-popular Bronze Goddess collection is back with an exotic twist on its signature scent. Cassis, mandarin and lemon leaves burst from Bronze Goddess Capri, which has a warm heart of jasmine and lily of the valley, and bottom notes of vanilla, amber, patchouli and musk. Saks Fifth Avenue,,, $57.


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