From early December to late March, my skin experiences its own type of SAD. It’s moodier, blotchier, drier, flakier—you get the picture. It’s the kind of dullness that even a good blush or highlighter can’t help. That’s when I turn to skincare and call in the big guns. Here are my four glow-getting favourites.
Caudalie Instant Detox Mask
This clay mask uses pink clay, grape marc and coffee and is so good, I’ll never tire of singing its praises. Smooth it on your face and watch it work like a vacuum to pull out every last bit of gunk and impurities from your pores (FYI, it also doesn’t look very pretty when you have it on). Post-rinse, you get clearer, brighter, I’m-ready-for-anything skin.
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
I love when a product says “instant” and means it. You leave it on for 30 minutes (I stick to 10-15 minutes since my skin is on the sensitive side) and let the pomegranate enzymes, pink clay and white willow get to work. Besides the immediate pay-off at the end, I actually enjoy the process of applying it—it smells like a dream (roses), has a great texture (like jelly) and has a pretty rosy colour.
Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator Exfoliating Cleanser
This exfoliator has die-hard fans for a reason. It uses enzymes (that would be papaya) to slough off all the dead skin cells that have hitched a tent on your face during the dry winter months. Combined with microcrystals, aloe vera and coconut, you get a gentle cleanse and exfoliation for instant brightness.
Masque Bar by Look Beauty Brightening Sheet Mask
If sheet masks are more your jam, this one gives you the best bang for your buck (3 masks for $10). You get orange extract, licorice root and vitamin C to help brighten plus hyaluronic acid to deliver a wallop of moisture. Keep it on for 20 minutes on a Sunday night during any Netflix binge.