7 Face Masks That Will Brighten Your Complexion (Even in the Dead of Winter)

Winter, we love you…but you’re bringing us down. When we’re not daydreaming about moving to the tropics, we’re slathering on these seven brightening face masks that leave us so damn glowy, we might be able to survive another winter.

Make This Easy, 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Face Mask for Brighter, Smoother Skin

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Drunk Elephant

Best For Dramatic Results: Drunk Elephant T.l.c. Sukari Babyfacial

A cult-favorite for a reason, this 20-minute exfoliating mask could very well replace your next peel appointment. A blend of glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric and salicylic acids wipes out dull, dead skin cells, while niacinamide and chick pea flour brighten and tone. Bye, dermatologist.

Drunk Elephant ($80)

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Best For Anti-aging: Tatcha Violet-c Radiance Mask

Gentle acids are essential for reviving tired skin without stripping moisture. A thick layer of this creamy treatment will do the trick, thanks to superfood antioxidants and two types of vitamin C. (And who could resist that bright purple hue?)

Tatcha ($68)

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Tata Harper

Best For Sensitive Skin: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

Even if you have sensitive skin, you still deserve a good glow. This all-natural option is non-irritating, and can do double-duty as an overnight treatment for dullness and congested pores.

Tata Harper ($58)

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Best For Hydration: Natura Bisse C+c Vitamin Souffle Mask

The forecast says snow, but your face will scream spring, thanks to time-released vitamin C and a light tangerine scent. Along with brightening, this mask is ultra hydrating (the perfect one-two punch).

Natura Bisse ($45)

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Best For Hyperpigmentation: Boscia Sake Bright White Mask

Stick to drinking water, and leave the sake for your face. It’s the magic ingredient in this peel-off mask, which is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that soften, brighten and diminish dark spots.

Boscia ($59)

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Best For Dark Circles: Dr. Jart+ Brightening Infusion Hydrogel Mask

The only thing worse than dull skin is dull skin AND dark circles. Luckily, this gel sheet mask reduces pesky under-eye shadows while infusing the rest of your face with brightening licorice root extract.

Dr. Jart+ ($7.50)

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Best For Your Wallet: Aha 30% + Bha 2% Peeling Solution

If you haven’t tried The Ordinary’s ridiculously affordable skin care line, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this effective $7 peel. Just ten minutes and a thin application of the red liquid will clear pores, soften lines and improve texture, leaving you with a bright, even complexion and a full wallet.

The Ordinary ($7.20)

Katherine Gillen

Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...
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