The Recovery Game

The Recovery Game: After a long, harsh winter, call in these star skin care players to revive, renew, replenish, and restore.

After a long, harsh winter, call in these star skin care players to revive, renew, replenish, and restore.

Story by Anna M. Park

  1. With possibly the best name ever, this serum features 77% snail mucin extract, renown in Korea for its regenerative and hydrating properties. Dr. Jart+ Premium Time Returning Serum, $54,
  2. Made for redness repair and relief, this serum calms irritated skin with peptides, botanical stem cells, and arnica. Hydropeptide Soothing Serum, $130,
  3. Niacinamide (or vitamin B3) is kind of a do-it-all remedy. Science has shown it has anti-inflammatory effects, minimizes the appearance of pores, and even fights dark spots. Skin Inc. Vitamin B3+ Rescue Serum, $45,
  4. A high concentration of bioactive moringa extract boosts Nrf2, a skin protein known as the “Gatekeeper of Youth” that defends skin under stress. Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème, $78,
  5. Activated binchotan charcoal removes impurities, while lactic acid helps reveal brighter skin. Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque, $46,
  6. Revered throughout history for its healing properties, indigo extract restores resilience and soothes even eczema-prone skin. Tatcha Soothing Triple Recovery Cream, $135,
  7. A multi-functional remedy for troubled skin: zinc absorbs oil, botanical extracts calm redness, and salicylic acid helps reduce acne. BareMinerals Blemish Remedy, $42,
  8. Especially made for use after the line’s Personal Microderm treatment, but really, this healing mask is perfect for anytime. PMD Recovery Anti-Aging Collagen Infused Sheet Mask, $40 for 5,
  9. An antioxidant powerhouse, this serum restores skin’s radiance with kombucha. Elemental Herbology Cell Nourish Radiance and Vitality Serum, $84, elementalherbology. com/us
  10. A powerful antioxidant night cream to repair damage incurred during the day, all without parabens, fragrance, or dyes. Replere Repair & Replenish Night Crème, $124,
  11. This bioactive treatment targets the cellular damage caused by UV rays and environmental aggressors. True Botanicals Cellular Repair Serum Renew, $140,
  12. This potent 15% vitamin C serum is well formulated with a 3.0 pH to help absorption, repair free radical damage, and fight dark spots. Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster, $49,

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