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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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