Earlier this month, the term “languishing” emerged to describe the meh feeling that most of us are experiencing as we approach the tail end of the pandemic. And while the phrase technically describes a mental phenomenon, I can’t help but think that it can also be applied to our skin. After a year spent indoors with masks on, our complexions may not be flourishing quite the way we want them to be. Maskne, blue light damage, and general dullness have become increasingly common, which means that the blahness so many of us are feeling is literally written all over our faces. One easy way to fix this external languishing? By adding Volition Beauty Yaupon Tea Glow-Awakening Moisturizer ($39) into your routine.
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Think of this product as a Venti iced coffee for your skin: Its main goal is to “wake up” a tired complexion. It’s jam-packed with skin-firming actives that help improve skin elasticity and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In it, Yaupon Holly, a caffeine-rich leaf, works to energize tired skin and reduce puffiness. “Caffeine has the immediate effect of making skin look brighter, tighter, and less red,” Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City, previously told Well+Good. “It’s not going to give you any long term benefit, but it’s certainly going to give your skin the feeling of looking better in the morning.”
In the long term, the formula also has bakuchiol, which stimulates cell turnover to help reduce signs of aging. “Bakuchiol is a botanical extract thought to stimulate collagen without the irritation or sun sensitizing effects of retinol,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in NYC. “It is not as potent, but it is well tolerated by all skin types, even those who are sensitive.”
Together, with a host of supporting ingredients, this moisturizer is ultra lightweight, which means that it’s perfect for the summer months. Thanks to hyaluronic acid, it offers the perfect amount of moisture, and has also got the antioxidant and antibacterial properties of witch hazel. Even though you may be languishing through life at the moment (because, let’s be honest, we all are), now your skin won’t have to.
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