I'm obsessed with face masks. Whether I'm experiencing a bad breakout or just having a bad day, there's a mask to make every situation seem better.
But even though I'm a self-proclaimed face-mask fanatic, I have to admit they have one major flaw: Most can only be used once or twice a week. Natural skincare line founder Tata Harper must relate to my struggle because her skincare line's newest product is a serum based off her best-selling Resurfacing Mask.
Intended to be used every day, the Resurfacing Serum ($88; nordstrom.com) is a radiance-boosting formula that also improves overall skin tone and texture with continued use. It has a gentle mix of seven AHA and BHA acids that exfoliate dead skin cells to promote cell turnover. Once these cells are cleared from the face, tomato carotenoids absorb UVA/UVB rays to create a color-correcting green light that cancels out redness for a more even skin tone. Salicylic acid, a clarifying ingredient that's in many acne-fighting products, minimizes pores and keeps skin clear.
Vitamin C-packed plum extract rounds out the formulation, adding a healthy glow to skin and protecting it from free radicals, which can cause premature signs of aging.
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For the past week, I've been using this serum in an attempt to make my chronically dull skin look a little more alive. I wasn't expecting the same instant gratification that I get from using a vitamin C mask. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how fast the serum absorbed into my skin, and at how glowy I looked afterward.
Next to dullness, my biggest skincare hang up is the dark spots on my face left from past hormonal breakouts. Not only did I have a healthy glow (one that no highlighter has been able to give me), my spots were less noticeable, which I hope continues to improve over time. For the first time in years I feel comfortable enough with my skin to go makeup-free.
It's been said that you can't put a price on glowing skin, but if you ask me, I'd tell you $88.