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December 28, 2020

7 Instant Skin Savers for Stressed-Out Complexions

These instant beauty pick-me-ups will put the glow back into your skin.


For many of us, the holidays involve plenty of celebration, indulgence, and hustle and bustle (even while getting creative about how we go about it in 2020). And while these hallmarks of the season can do wonders for the spirit, unfortunately, they’re not as great for skin health. 


Late nights of wine-filled Zoom happy hours, cold weather, perhaps a few too many sugar cookies and chocolate (though, worth it), and one roller coaster of a year can lead to a number of skin woes. Think: A dull, dehydrated complexion, dark under-eye circles, breakouts, and more. 


Late night zoom holiday parties got your skin dull?


These seven skincare all-stars help combat all of the above (and fast), making lackluster skin shine like the season again in no time. 


Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish


Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish
Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish – $17.75


Chemical exfoliants (like AHAs and BHAs) can be extraordinarily effective in improving skin texture and boosting glow, but they do take some time to see results. A powerful (yet soothing) scrub, on the other hand, can offer instant gratification. This one by Klairs visibly exfoliates and brightens in seconds with a combination of black sugar, shea butter, cranberry seed oil, and vitamins A & E. It’s also designed to be gentle enough for delicate facial skin — a must when you’re choosing a scrub for your face. 


Primally Pure Plumping Collection 


Primally Pure Plumping Collection
Primally Pure Plumping Collection


If you haven’t experienced the magic of a rose quartz facial roller yet, consider this your sign to give it a whirl — err, a roll. Massaging with a facial roller helps depuff skin and stimulate circulation, bringing fresh oxygen and blood to the face for a perfectly flushed, youthful complexion. This set by Primally Pure is paired with a Plumping Mask and Plumping Serum for even more noticeable effects. 


AZN Labs Hydrogel Lip Patches


Lip Patches
AZN Labs Hydrogel Lip Patches – $24


Whether you’re prepping your pout for a bold look or pampering your lips after removing your go-to color, these luxe patches will restore your lips to their plumpest, most hydrated state. Formulated with free radical-fighting antioxidant astaxanthin and hyaluronic acid, you can kiss cracked, chapped lips goodbye (literally) after just 10 minutes of use. 


Paul & Joe Powder Blush Secret D’Or


Paul & Joe Powder Blush 01 Secret D’Or REFILL
Paul & Joe Powder Blush 01 Secret D’Or REFILL – $18


When all else fails, fake it till you make it. In this due by Paul & Joe, the lighter champagne gold instantly illuminates, while the darker of the two adds a pop of natural, youthful color. Pair this refill with one of their adorable compact cases for an extra pick-me-up. 


Alo Head-to-Toe Glow Oil 

Alo Head-to-Toe Glow Oil
Alo Head-to-Toe Glow Oil


One of the skincare stars of Alo Yoga’s recently launched beauty line is their Head-to-Toe Glow Oil, which imparts a “lit-from-within” look thanks to antioxidant “superberry” amla, turmeric, marula oil, aloe, and more. The best part? It can be used on body, face, and hair for a total-body boost of radiance. 


Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask


Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask
Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask -$24



This mask adds (almost) zero effort to your evening skincare — a must when your holiday season gets busy. Slather it on as the last step in your routine, catch some zzz’s, and rinse it off in the morning to reveal hydrated, even-toned, repaired skin. In addition to soothing cica (helps reduce redness), fermented forest yeast extract, squalene, this mask features a touch of tea tree oil to help treat seasonal breakouts. 


Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches


Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches


Fake an extra hour (or two) of sleep with these gel-like cucumber eye patches. The innovative packaging allows you to peel out a set with a mini-spatula, skipping the waste that comes along with individually packaged eye patches. From there, slap them on for 10 minutes and allow the niacinamide, chamomile, aloe, and caffeine to go to work. The end result: Reduced dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and puffiness. For an even more soothing, cooling experience, store them in the fridge. 

Alexa is a Denver-based writer, editor, and marketing pro who covers all things wellness, travel, beauty, and lifestyle. She has written for Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, Runner’s World, Self Magazine. When she’s not crafting content, you can find her hiking or skiing (depending on the season), drinking red wine, or planning her next travel adventure.




The AZN Lip Patches are touted for good reason - they work and they're dreamy on the lips! This new ALO body oil sounds dreamy. Ordering that now.

the Klairs black sugar facial polish is my favorite physical exfoliator. I know some people say physical exfoliators are too rough on the skin but this stuff melts like butter :)

I love undereye gel patches! I would love to try the Peter Thomas Roth ones. My current go-to is AZN Labs. They have been lifechanging.

I really love Peter Thomas Roth, his products are truly exceptional. His hydracloud was my first venture into hyaluronic water gels. He also has this great rose stem cell cream I love that works on my oily patches too. Have not had the opportunity to try the eye patches yet, but this leaves me intrigued. Have you experience restorseas eye cream yet? We have it here on Beautytap. I notice a huge change after using it a while- looking for more eye products that work! That Klairs face Scrub looks divine. So hard to find a great Scrub... Read more

Sleeping masks confuse a lot of people and rarely get the attention they deserve, so I'm glad Laneige's product was mentioned here. My HG Sulwhasoo mask is getting hard to find, so I bought two jars of this one to get my skin through the winter. It's a great way to hydrate overnight and also soothes irritation from windy weather, scratchy face masks, and prescription tretinoin.

AZN Labs and Laniege have saved me from looking a little too skin parched after a holiday of sugar and wine! Its ok to indulge a bit, but make sure you indulge your skin too!