Rescue Mission: Skinceuticals' Mighty Mask

The Product:

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque

The Promise:

Clinically tested to effectively reduce visual redness, discomfort and heat sensitivity, this botanical-filled mask is designed to cool and comfort skin after procedures such as extractions and Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL). 

The Play-by-Play: 

I was recently reminded that a week of the flu—and the cough and cold that come with it—can really take its toll on your skin. Feeling sorry for myself, I stared skeptically at my dehydrated flaky forehead, my pale complexion punctuated with red angry patches across my cheeks and chin. “Intensive Calming Botanical Masque” read the packaging. This was going to be the perfect test. I applied the thick green gel, made with concentrated green botanicals from cucumber, thyme and olive, which smells comfortingly like a pine forest. Immediately cooling on contact, it sank in and began to even my complexion almost immediately. The redness reduced and a skin-like-colour returned to my face. (Cue minor flashback to Death Becomes Her). The secret weapons: Amino acids minimize sensitivity to heat and hyaluronic acid delivers gentle hydration leaving my skin feeling soft and plump, and looking radiant. Forget chicken soup, greens are where flu recovery is at.

Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Mask, $68, at medi-spas and dermatologists.

Alexandra Laws