As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
Sunday is my designated spa day. It usually entails my weekly exfoliation, followed by digging through my bin of skin products that I’m dying to try but haven’t gotten around to yet—masks, peels, creams, you name it. But every so often—particularly on days when I’m breaking out or if it’s 18 degrees outside and my skin is feeling extra sensitive—I stick to what I know will reverse every issue I have. And for me, that’s May Lindstrom’s aptly named The Problem Solver Masque ($100).
I was first drawn to Lindstrom’s line for its cult following, sleekly packaged products, and, most importantly, staunch devotion to keeping her products completely natural. The Problem Solver was my first official introduction—and it took just one use for me to realize that I needed to try just about every other product in her line. (Spoiler: They’re all amazing.) The results were that instantaneous, and the mask really does live up to its straightforward moniker.
A (literally) delicious cocktail of cacao, bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salt, and an aromatic blend of spices, The Problem Solver is specially formulated to excavate blemishes, detoxify pores, and boost your circulation. I love when a product has some showmanship, so it’s always fun to see the dark powder foam up upon contact with water. You paint it onto your face and immediately feel it going to work—it actually heats up when it touches your skin. I always joke that it’s like having warm cinnamon cookie dough all over your face, and it’s not really a joke. There are definitely worse sensations, and it’s especially comforting in the dead of winter.
After letting the mask dry and rinsing it off, I usually spend about five minutes stroking my cheeks in astonishment. (Kidding—sort of.) Then, I bask in the next several hours, since it’s one of the rare times when I’m blackhead-free. In the winter, when my skin likes to go on strike and get simultaneously dry, flaky, and downright angry, I immediately slather on Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm Concentrate ($180) after rinsing off the mask—it cools the warming sensation and adds an extra step of unrivaled hydration, targeting inflammation.
So in the end, as much as I love my designated day for trying out new products, I also love knowing that even with the opportunity to test out so many amazing things, I still have a killer standby. And not that it’s that important, but that smell…