The Face Masks You Need To Own For A Brighter Complexion
We’re on a constant hunt for products that promise — and deliver — a brighter complexion. An even skin tone, glow-from-within, poreless face, tighter skin? Yep, we want those things, too. The fastest way to see results is by getting a facial (or, perhaps, depending on your skin type and melanin production, a laser). The second best way… one of these three face masks. In fact, some may even call them “facials in a jar,” (that’s actually the tag line for one such mask we’re reviewing below).
How did we live so long without these game-changers? A brighter, tighter complexion is possible… but it takes some serious product and 10-15 minutes, two to three times a week to achieve. Here are the three masks you absolutely need to have in your beauty arsenal (alternate between the three for optimal results on all fronts – glow, evened skin tone, clarifying, lightened pigmentation, anti-aging benefits, etc.).
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Baby Facial ($80)
How do we glow? With Drunk Elephant’s Sukari Baby Facial, touted as a facial in a jar and, wow, does this formula deliver. 25% AHA (that’s massive) and 2% BHA combine to create the closest thing you’ll get to an acid peel at-home. But it’s also somehow soothing and nourishing, leaving the complexion glowing and noticeable brighter, without the side effects of acid overkill (like peeling, redness, or irritation). However, we still advise to steer clear if you have super sensitive, reactive skin, but for everyone else, you should be using this Baby Facial twice a week. Your skin’s lit-from-within afterglow will have you re-thinking what an at-home mask can actually achieve.
GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment ($59)
If you want a brighter complexion in minutes, this is your secret weapon. A killer combination of salicylic acid, lactic acid, and vitamin C gives immediate brightening results. The added granular exfoliation gets rid if dead, dull skin cells and gunk that clogs pores to deliver a bright, glowing, even-toned complexion that aids in stopping acne, too (thanks to the salicylic acid). How we heart a multitasking mask.
Farmhouse Fresh Mighty Tighty Turmeric & Banana Tightening Mask ($30)
This mask is the closest you’ll get to actually DIY-ing it. It’s an active mask, meaning its ingredients are super potent and fresh, so a) use quickly (within three months) and b) don’t use on sensitive, reactive skin. The effects are mind-blowing: tightness (yes!), glowing (double-yess), and decreased pore size are just three of the major differences we saw when we washed it off. Most masks don’t give you that immediate tight-but-dewy look. This one delivers.