There are many reasons you might be dealing with dull skin. Everything, from your diet, to the changing weather, to your stress level, can play a role in how fresh you look and feel. For a quick complexion pick-me-up, a brightening or energizing mask can do wonders, especially if you need to look your best for a date, event or presentation.
Our pick: Give your skin a serious wake-up call with the help of Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask (sephora.ca, $65). This foaming mask (which feels great on your skin) releases oxygen into the skin to instantly brighten and revive a tired complexion.
Cold, windy winter days and dry heat indoors for months on end can wreak havoc on your complexion, leaving it dry and lacklustre. While more humidity will help improve your skin as the weather warms up, it's nice to have a way to get your complexion back on track sooner rather than later. Look for a hydrating mask, and use it once or twice a week for added post-winter moisture.
Our pick: Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin’s Thirst (sephora.ca, $27) does just what it claims and supplies dehydrated skin with a mega dose of moisture. Algae extract and apricot kernel oil help get the job done.
Oily skin can be even more frustrating than usual when the weather warms up, because of the sweat-inducing humidity that comes with summer's sunny, hot days. Fight back with a mask that targets excess oil and acne breakouts. Look for a product that contains salicylic acid, tea tree oil, clay and willow bark.
Our pick: Give blemishes the boot with the help of Juara Rose & Willow Bark Blemish-free Mask (ebeauty.ca, $45), which targets blemishes without drying or irritating skin (a big bonus). The mask also works to even out skin tone and purge pores of impurities.
Sensitive skin can be one of the hardest skin types to find a suitable regimen for, since you often don't know what ingredient is causing your skin to become red or irritated. Look for products that are fragrance-free and as natural as possible (a good place to shop is at a health food store). A soothing mask can help eliminate or minimize redness and soothe an irritated complexion.
Our pick: Give distressed skin a break with First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask (ebeauty.ca, $24). We love that this mask relies on the soothing properties of oatmeal to hydrate and to minimize redness.
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