11/25/13

Beauty Bits: Masks I Use To Hydrate, Soothe And Recharge My Skin

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“A mask a day keeps the lines away” is one of my many skincare mottos I try to live by.  Now I do have a ton of different masks that target different issues, but the category I enjoy the most is my hydrating, soothing and recharging masks.  Typically these are masks that I use to give my skin a boost when it is looking dull, tired, dry or irritated – basically when I want a real pampering session.  I am always on the hunt for new ones in this category so feel free to leave me a suggestion below or tweet me @alittlebitetc and let me know some of your favorites.  But for now, let’s talk my picks:

1. NARS Aqua Gel Luminous Mask – I am all over the NARS makeup, but this was actually my first foray into the skincare.  And I was thoroughly impressed.  The name is spot on with how the product both looks in texture and the results you get after using.  A hybrid between a gel and cream, this mask is like an intense drink of water for my skin.  Suitable for any season because being hydrated is necessary 24/7/365, right? Right. 
2. Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque (c/o)  – Again as with the previous mask, this product is aptly named, though I think they left out a word – “MAGIC”.  This mask is AH-MAY-ZING.  Full disclosure: I had this product sitting in my medicine cabinet hidden behind some other products (it’s possible, my cabinet is stuffed. Evidence here), and had overlooked it for months.  Then one day, I finished the product in front of it and came face to face again, and I decided to give it a whirl, and have not looked back since.  Packed with a multitude of vitamins A,C, E and F, this gave me as close to perfect skin as possible after use.  My skin was smooth, hydrated, even toned and felt better than it had in a long time.  I now call it my ‘secret weapon’ mask and use it when I need a quick fix.  And it delivers every time.
3.  Mario Badescu Calma Mask – I feel peaceful just saying it’s name – Calma Mask.  And that is just what it does – calms my skin the heck down.  I find that especially when my skin is acting out hormonally and I am desperately trying to treat it with numerous acne products, I pull this out to help give my skin a much needed break.  I often use it to balance my skin AFTER I have used an acne/drying mask, and find my breakouts clear up much faster.  A blemish free Maree is a happier Maree.
4.  Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask – This mask was my summer time BFF after being out in the sun or needed a momentary cool down to a long day in the heat.  I would pop it in the refrigerator for a few minutes before and then slather on as necessary.  Instantly refreshing and soothing, it’s like a spa in a jar.  Now that the weather temps have dropped (I miss you, summer), I find that this is still so helpful to my skin a few times a week, and depending on the week, sometimes daily.  Soothe, refresh, repeat.

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1 comment :

  1. Mask...always buy them, almost always see no results. Besides the Multivitamin by Dermalogica :-) Whenever i have a problem with my pores ore a pimple, i love clay mask. The best in my opinion are by Aesop (all good, but i prefer the "cleansing, but hydrating at the same time" one). A dupe is pink clay mask by Cattier. A great hydrating, but anti-bacterial mask is by Dermalogica for kids from the clean start line :-) It is kind-of unique, because powerfull, but hydrating and bit calming. But i never saw you having a pimple, so :-)))

    Very nice is the antioxidant mask by Kahina, also clearing, but hydrating.

    My winter time favs (i am not very in love with them, but their good): Masque Givre by Sisley and Sensai 10 minutes.

    For the summer i used to like the bubbling mask by Peter Thomas Rooth (i think i saw it somewehere on your blog also), but i got over it.

    Please try those brands and report :-)))))
    1.) Kari Gran
    2.) Marie Veronique
    3.) Laurel
    4.) One love organics
    5.) De Mamiel
    6.) Osmia
    7.) In fiore
    8.) True botanicals

    =)

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