Sometimes the transition from one season to the next can leave skin confused and not looking it’s best. If your skin is dull and lifeless, it’s time to get it in shape.  I’ve been testing out newly-launched masks and peels– using one can really jumpstart your skin and give it a boost to looking better. Read on for more…

St. Ives Peel Pads

If you’re new to using masks and peels, I’d start out with St. Ives Peel Pads.  These non-abrasive pads contain a natural alpha hydroxy acid complex; when you open the jar, you definitely smell the fruit scent.  The pads aren’t harsh at all–you can use am or pm and I didn’t experience any irritation or stinging. St. Ives Peel Pads are easy and convenient–get them at drug and discount stores.

bliss thats incredi-peel pads
Everyone’s favorite spa-at-home line, Bliss, has introduced new That’s Incredi-‘Peel’ Spa-Strength Glycolic Resurfacing Pads.  This no-rinse peel-pad releases 10% glycolic acid without irritation.  I’ve been using nightly for the past 3 weeks and feel like I’ve seen improvements in my skin.  The main benefit to using Glycolic Acid is that it works on accelerating skin turnover and improves skin texture. This is probably the best “all-around” peel that I tested–good for a variety of skin conditions. The package contains 30 pads and retails for $49. You can find Bliss That’s Incredi-‘Peel’ Spa-Strength Glycolic Resurfacing Pads at ULTA Beauty.


Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel helps to brighten skin and over time, improve hyperpigmentation and restore skin clarity.  In addition to antioxidants Vitamin C and Indian Fig, the Intensive-C Radiance Peel contains Glycolic Acid for cell turnover, Myrtle Extract supports collagen production, which in turn, increases elasticity. You can use the Intensive-C Radiance Peel up to twice weekly; I didn’t experience irritation or stinging.  The Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel retails at $55 and can be found at Sephora, leading salons and spas nationwide as well as and the Murad Inclusive Health Spa.  Excellent!


Algenist Firming & Lifting Intensive Mask is one of my new favorites. I’m at a point where I need an anti-aging mask–one that will help with firming and lifting. The combination of ingredients in this mask, including Alguronic Acid and ProPeptide3, Jojoba, Green Tea, and Vitamin E works to firm, tone & sculpt facial contours.  You apply the mask, which has a gel texture and leave on for 10 minutes before washing off.  After rinsing, your face looks rejeuvenated.  Algenist Firming & Lifting Intensive Mask is effective and completely non-irritating; $52.


ARCONA Mandarin Brightening Peel is a deep-exfoliation peel, designed to help brighten skin, as well as repair fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging and sun damage.  This peel is excellent for someone with hyperpigmentation issues.  The combination of Glycolic and Lactic Acids, as well as Lycopene, Sepiwhite (which helps inhibit one of the key enzymes in the formation of melanin–which is what causes discoloration) and other antioxidants results in a peel that not only smells heavenly, but that is effective at brightening. The ARCONA Mandarin Brightening Peel is available at Nordstrom, $78.


If you have acne-prone skin, it’s often difficult to find products that are gentle, but effective.  Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Masque clarifies and calms skin, leaving you with a radiant complexion.  This masque contains cucumber and yogurt for exfoliating, nourishing and toning, shea butter to moisturize, marigold and tea tree oil, which have anti-irritants and antiseptic properties and as Kaolin Clay for deep cleaning.  When you open the jar, it smells wonderful. You can find Eminence products in spas and online at Dermstore and Amazon.



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