The Overnight Glow
My skin gets mega-dull in the fall/winter. I think I can attribute that both to the cooling weather and the fact that my skin is decidedly olive (green) and has no pink tone in it whatsoever. Looks great with a tan; without one I am Liz Lemon being told that she has "witch undertones."
To combat the dullness and keep my skin turning over, I like to introduce a weekly or biweekly exfoliating mask in the fall to brighten up the skin, reduce pigmentation, and get that baby-soft feeling.
My favorite mask to achieve this is the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. This mask is not one that you will leave on for 20 minutes in the bath while attempting not to drop your book in the water. It's not luxurious or relaxing. But it does work. It's a 3-7 minute mask that uses pumpkin enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids, and aluminum oxide to resurface the skin. You'll definitely feel it working. It's pricey ($58) but completely worth it because it's a huge tub, you only need a little, and it's essentially like getting a mini-facial every time you use it. As you might imagine it smells like pumpkin.
I use it at night and my skin is always improved the next day, and the week following. Smooth, resurfaced, and genuinely glowing. I don't use it often, just when my skin needs it. I would avoid it if your skin is very sensitive or if you're actively breaking out (although on hyper pigmentation after a breakout it works wonders). Whenever you're using something that peels the skin, be extra careful with sun protection.
If you want something a little gentler or a cheaper option: try either the Trader Joe's Blueberry and Açaí Facial Scrub (which I reviewed here) or the Lumene Glow Reveal 60 Second Facial which has kaolin clay and a physical exfoliant. These won't be as effective at turning over the skin but they're both really lovely to use and leave the skin feeling soft and exfoliated.
I always follow an acid mask or a scrub with an oil. No serum, no moisturizer, just an oil. A moisturizer never feels dense enough, and I find an oil is just the right amount of hydration and emollient protection after peeling the skin. Jojoba and Rosehip oils are my favorite.