When I’m at the beach, I do everything in my power to protect my skin while still having fun. I enter my fish era, spending 90 percent of the time in the water (if you haven’t sat on a pool noodle in the ocean, you’re missing out). But, there are no trees or umbrellas in the water, so despite the fact that I wear a wide-brim visor and reapply sunscreen way too often, the sun still gets me. And after a long day in the sun, there’s nothing my skin craves more than the Byroe Golden Carrot Mask.
Byroe Golden Carrot Overnight Relief Mask ($142) is a super-creamy mask that drenches skin and moisture and holds it in tight, hydrating, brightening, and soothing skin while you sleep. This is thanks to a nourishing, antioxidant-packed formula that envelops the skin in a moisture-locking embrace.
Benefits of using the Byroe Golden Carrot Mask
All of Byroe’s products are inspired by “superfoods,” and this mask is no exception. It’s made with antioxidant-rich carrot, vegan collagen, and reparative onion and ginger, which gently fortify your moisture barrier and restore a healthy radiance to troubled skin while you sleep.
As you may have guessed, carrots are the star of the show here. “Carrots have significant beta-carotene, which is an organic molecule found in various plants,” says Anar Mikailov, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of KP Away. “Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A, which is known to address multiple signs of aging–it helps boost collagen production, increase cell turnover rate, which helps firm and brighten the skin.”
Next up is encapsulated ginger. It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that are perfect for skin that’s been in the sun. Plus, it increases collagen production, reduces hyperpigmentation, and heals skin damage. Because sun damage can worsen hyperpigmentation, ginger is a great ingredient to use post-sun, explains Corey L. Hartman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Birmingham, Alabama.
This mask also includes onion—and before you ask, no, it does not smell like onion. The vegetable is naturally anti-inflammatory and calms irritation while repairing and strengthening skin.
Finally, it has vegan collagen to moisturize. “Regardless if it is animal derived or engineered with bacteria, collagen in its natural form is too big of a molecule to be absorbed into the dermis, where our native collagen is located, through application on the skin,” says Carmen Castilla, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in NYC. Instead, it hangs out on top of the skin, conditioning your complexion and sealing in moisture.
What it’s like using the Byroe Golden Carrot Mask
The type of tiredness that comes after a long day of the sun is particularly draining, so I love using this mask as a one-step routine. I know that it gives my skin everything it needs to hydrate and recover from all that UV exposure, and appreciate the fact that it continues to do its thing long after I’ve applied it. Oftentimes, I’ll put this mask on as soon as I’m home and showered so that it has ample time to work its magic. It has a gorgeous, creamy texture that feels so incredible soothing, and I love knowing that it’s instantly getting into my skin and repairing the damage I caused by being outside.
Zoë Weiner, W+G senior beauty editor, is also a huge fan of this mask. “It’s my favorite #richgirl product—it might just be the most luxurious-feeling skin care I’ve ever used, says Weiner. “For starters, I love that it comes in a tube and doesn’t require dipping my fingers into some gross, goopy jar. I also love that the brand seems to have mastered the perfect balance of thick and breathable with this formula—it makes my skin feel nourished, but not claustrophobic—which explains why I’ve been using it on my dry complexion almost every night for two months.”
So if you’re looking for a simple, soothing, and reparative mask to keep on hand, the Byroe Golden Carrot Mask is the one.
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