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So your undereye bags are packed, your fine lines are looking not so fine, and you’re ready to call it quits and accept that your face will be dull and gray-tinged for the rest of your days. It’s all enough to make you want to pour yourself a glass of wine, or spend an extra few hours in front of the TV tonight—you know, like a consolation prize for the fact that you look so weary. Do not.
When sleep evades you, your drink of choice betrays you, and not even makeup can help (!!!), it’s high time to take a breather and let rejuvenating treatments work their magic. Skin care: saving you from yourself since … well, whenever you bought that serum.
Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask, $48
Pineapple and papaya enzymes are rich in skin-refining citric acids and work to gently exfoliate and brighten the complexion. Rice powder softens and smooths skin texture, and aloe leaf helps take irritation and inflammation (read: nasty stress-induced breakouts) down a few notches.
Mila Moursi Lotion Aux Acides de Fruits Refining Lotion, $160
The natural fruit acids in this lightweight lotion are ideal for shedding the dead skin cells that stand directly in the path of clear, glowing skin. Soothing botanicals like camellia and allantoin balance out the exfoliating acids to minimize existing irritation, too. (Unrelatedly, allantoin may also make you live longer.)
Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask, $62
A good night’s sleep has plenty of its own beauty benefits, but pair it with this transformative overnight mask and you’ll wake up in the morning feeling and looking freakishly well rested. The potent camu camu berry in this formulation is way high in vitamin C, and it’s packed with other nourishing ingredients that make it a boon for all skin types.
Zelens Z Matrix Energy & Moisture Infusion, $180
If your skin is both thirsty and visibly lackluster, you need more than a straightforward moisturizer. Dull, exhausted skin doesn’t stand a chance against the proprietary combo of richly hydrating ingredients and brightening anti-inflammatory, antioxidant extracts in this surprisingly lightweight, almost gel-like formula.
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, $92
This mask is one of those things that we just keep coming back to. Though the labeling would have you think it’s meant primarily as an antiaging treatment, it does way more than simply diminish the appearance of fine lines and loss of elasticity: It also calms fussy skin and leaves it looking plump, dewy, and all-around better, thanks to the antioxidant probiotic black tea ferment.
Sisley Botanical D-Tox Detoxifying Nighttime Treatment, $245
Introducing the big guns: This monthlong treatment uses essential oils and extracts and nourishing shea butter to give skin a serious overhaul over the course of 30 consecutive nights. Unlike most things that take time to work (ahem, diets), you’ll notice a difference in just a few days—skin will look brighter, more youthful, and overall less sad.
Arcona Wine Hydrating Mask, $42
Too much wine may have gotten you into this mess in the first place, but the high content of grape-derived antioxidant resveratrol in this formula can help you get out of it. Hydrating, brightening, refreshing, soothing—it does pretty much all the things we only wish five glasses of red wine could do.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, $105
Because who doesn’t want improved circulation, enhanced radiance, reduced hyperpigmentation, and smoothed-out fine lines? We may not all have been born with it, but this multitasking corrective treatment will at the very least let us fake the look of, well, very good genes.
Darphin Youthful Radiance Camellia Mask, $70
Thanks to the rich, pearlescent texture, this glow-boosting formula feels like a dream going on, and it leaves skin looking plump and glowy as soon as it’s washed away. Super soothing, hydrating, and firming, too, it will help you to defy age, whatever that means.
Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, $46
Oily, breakout-prone skin can be dull and dry, too—at which point you should definitely reach for this skin-saving serum, a lightweight yet nourishing blend of antioxidant-rich oils that helps to clarify, hydrate, and all-around rejuvenate the complexion.