Kiss Dull Skin Goodbye With This Turmeric Face Mask

November 20, 2018
By: Jackie Burns Brisman | by L'Oréal
Kiss Dull Skin Goodbye With This Turmeric Face Mask

On the market for a face mask that invigorates and brightens the skin’s appearance? We have just the formula for you. Read on for everything you need to know about Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque and find out what happened when we tried it for ourselves. 

Cleopatra loved them, Yang Guifei used them often, Marie Antoinette mixed hers with egg whites—face masks have been a time-honored beauty tradition for centuries. They’re a way to unwind while pampering your skin at the same time. 

These days, we often get bombarded with DIY recipes that feature a variety of ingredients we can usually find in the kitchen. But, let’s face it, even our favorite YouTube beauty guru doesn’t know the actual implications of emptying those cabinets onto our complexions. And if we’re going to be totally honest, the whole point of a face mask is to revel in doing less work, not more. Thankfully, the skin care experts at Kiehl’s took a quick trip to the kitchen (read: Kiehl’s chemists took to the lab) to create a sweet and spicy new formula in the spirit of DIY. 

Ready to learn more about a turmeric-infused face mask that can help brighten the look of your skin? Thanks to the team at Kiehl’s sending us a complimentary sample, we’re sharing all there is to know about Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque—plus, a review of how we liked it after trying it out.

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From acne to wrinkles, there are plenty of skin concerns that can find a long-term home on your personal to-fix list, but one that’s common amongst women of all ages is dull skin. Now, although it may not be as pervasive or obvious as acne or wrinkles, “dull” is not an adjective you’d want associated with your skin. It can also happen to any skin type, whether it be dry or oily. If your skin has been looking lackluster recently, there are a few reasons that could be. Ahead, we’re sharing a few potential culprits behind dull-looking skin.

Dull Skin Cause #1: Lack of Sleep

Haven’t been getting the recommended amount of shut-eye each night? You probably feel fatigued, and your skin probably looks it. Since it is during deep sleep that the skin undergoes natural self-repair, stripping those hours away night after night could result in skin that looks dull and fatigued.

Dull Skin Cause #2: Lack of Regular Exfoliation

When dead skin cells build up on the skin’s surface, they can create a barrier that blocks your skin from catching light. In order to allow your skin to look radiant, it’s important to remove that buildup and make way for new cells to peep through for smooth, healthy-looking skin.

Dull Skin Cause #3: Getting Older

As your skin ages, its rate of cellular turnover slows down. As a result, a number of concerns can appear, including a dull skin tone.

Dull Skin Cause #4: Excess Dryness

Does your skin feel tight or have visible flakes, peeling, or cracking? If the answer is yes, your skin could use a boost of moisture. In fact, your skin likely looks dull as well. “Dry skin looks parched and loses it radiance,” says board-certified dermatologist, and consultant, Dr. Elizabeth Houshmand. This dryness can also be a side effect of rough weather. If there’s a lack of humidity in the air, whipping winds or brutal cold (or a combination of all three), it could cause your skin to feel dry and look dull.

These are just a few potential causes of dull skin. To learn more about what causes dull skin and how to address it, click here!

Whatever the reason may be, it’s safe to say that those dealing with dull skin want to rediscover their skin’s inner glow and they want to rediscover it quickly. The good news is that, with the right routine and products, it’s possible to invigorate and brighten your skin’s appearance. One such product to keep on your radar for that purpose is Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque.


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Formulated to address the very issue of dull skin, this mask—as its name suggests—boasts a unique blend of turmeric extract and cranberry seeds. Turmeric (sometimes called “Indian saffron” or “the golden spice”) has long been used as a botanical supplement in Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Egyptian traditional medicines. The vivid orange spice has been used for centuries to improve radiance and the skin’s appearance, so it should as no surprise that this formula can help brighten and energize the look of dull, fatigued skin (and restore a healthy, rosy appearance no less). Part of the ginger family and thus classifying it as a spice, turmeric is both a powerful antioxidant and a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.

What’s more, the invigorating formulation can also help visibly even the look of skin’s tone especially when paired with cranberry seeds. A frontrunner skin care ingredient all on its own, the cranberry seeds in the formula gently exfoliate the skin for smoother, brighter, illuminated-looking skin.

Harnessing the benefits of both turmeric and cranberry seeds, the Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque does just what it says it’s going to do. An “instant facial,” the mask can brighten and energize dulled skin for a complexion that appears far healthier and more illuminated. Does it live up to its promise? I gave it a try to find out!   


Mondays have a bad reputation in the world of week days since they signify the end of the weekend. They’re the dullest day of the week (in my opinion) and, ironically enough, when my skin looks the dullest. My complexion is showing the effects of the weekend, just in time for the work week to begin. “Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” is definitely not the idiom you’d use to describe me on a Monday morning.  

In order to make my Monday morning a bit more exciting, I decided to use the Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque on my skin in the morning. My skin definitely needed it after a weekend of too-few hours of sleep.

After showering and cleansing my skin, I picked up the Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque and got ready to apply it. Enjoying the soft and smooth feel of the mask on my fingertips as I dipped them into the jar, I could already tell this formula was going to make my skin’s day. I applied an even layer across my face and my neck. While waiting for the mask to get to work, I picked out my outfit for the day and made breakfast.   

After 10 minutes, my skin looked bright. Not only did it feel soft, but it looked completely energized, more like Saturday morning skin than Monday morning skin. It looked rosy without being ruddy, and it felt smooth to the touch. I followed up with my usual skin care routine (moisturizer, a little bit of serum, and sunscreen), and headed off to work. Give it a try and make Mondays your favorite day of the week.


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To use Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque, cleanse the skin first and allow it to dry. Once dry, apply the mask to your facial skin, avoiding the eye area, and keep it on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off, pat your skin dry with a towel, and follow up with the rest of your skin care routine. For the best results, its recommended you repeat the process at least three times per week.

Interested in what other face masks Kiehl’s has in its portfolio? Check them out and our thoughts on each one here!

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