It’s been winter in New York City for two months and far too long and, with no near end in sight, us New Yorkers have resigned ourselves to dull, tired skin for the immediate future. Between lack of sun, city pollution, and an outdoor ghostly chill, quality skincare may be the only savior we can hope for to get us through the struggle until spring. And since dousing myself in rosewater each night and slathering on my favorite moisturizer has only gotten me so far, I’ve been leaning on a certain gem of a product to brighten and rejuvenate my skin until I can see sunlight again.

Lancer Skincare's Caviar Lime Acid Peel is an exfoliating mask formulated with an AHA blend of 10 percent glycolic acid, 10 percent phytic acid, and retinol, made specifically to target dull, stressed skin. Suitable for all skin types, the peel works to refine pores and smooth fine lines and uneven texture, leaving behind softer, brighter skin. Its added ingredient, caviar lime, a native Australian fruit, brings a healthy amount of vitamin C to the mask, giving your skin an antioxidant-enriched, collagen-producing lift. The retinol works to restore radiance and minimize any signs of aging and the phytic acid aims to reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, while the glycolic acid will shed dead skin-cell buildup to reveal a fresher layer of skin underneath.

While the words acid peel may sound intense, the mask itself is very gentle to use, so those with sensitive skin need not worry. It’s suggested use is one to two times per week for 10 to 15 minutes, though I admittedly stick to just one time per week to make the jar last as long as possible, and I find a thin layer of product is enough to see quality results. The mask has an initial cooling sensation, but ultimately, you won’t feel it working its magic. It removes easily with just warm water, and reveals a brighter appearance with absolutely no sign of the harshness of winter in sight, after just one use.

If your stressed skin needs a little TLC this season too, don’t hesitate to give the Lancer Skincare's Caviar Lime Acid Peel a chance, available at both Nordstrom and Sephora.

Lancer Skincare Caviar Lime Acid Peel

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