With every successful skincare regime comes a key step that many people skip – THE MASK. From breakouts to anti-aging – the mask category is massive and if you take the time to figure out your main concerns, you’ll be able to find the best mask (or in my case – masks) that work for you.

Facial masks come in so many different forms now (creams, peels, sprays, sheets…), gone are the days of the traditional ‘mud mask’.

Over the last couple of months I’ve experimented with sheet masks, peels, overnight masks and detoxication masks and, lucky for you, I’ve narrowed the list down from A LOT…to A LOT LESS options for you to choose from.

PRIME

Origins-pre-maskNew on the market is Origins Maskimizer – a primer designed to prep and prime the skin to receive the full benefits from whichever mask you’re using. Almost like applying a spray toner, this product works well with all masks (except peels).

BRIGHTENING MASKS

FOR BELOVED ONE, SHEET MASKSFor Beloved One, renowned Taiwanese beauty brand, has finally come to Canada! Creators of the beauty industry’s first bio-cellulose facial mask, I had so much fun trying these three sheet masks (brightening, hydration, and moisturizing). Despite looking like something out of the film ‘Face-Off’ after you apply the mask, you get used to it, and, the results are amazing! My skin felt so much softer, cleaner and all around – brighter.

Ultimate-Aqua-Blanc-maskRaccine’s Ultimate Aqua Blanc Brightening Mask is so easy use, only taking 15 mins. If you suffer from sun spots, or darker pigmentation on certain areas of your skin, this mask is perfect for you. philosophy-microdelivery

Philosophy microdelivery triple acid brightening peel comes as a package of 12 individually-wrapped, pre-saturated chemical peel pads designed for weekly use to deliver advanced skin-brightening and anti aging benefits. Being a peel novice, these are so easy to use and really help clear the skin making it brighter, softer and clearer.

FIRMING MASKS

Elizabeth-Arden-Ceramide
Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask is probably one of my favourite products. It smells great, feels luxurious as you apply, and the best part? It soaks into your skin and you don’t need to do anything after you drift off. In the morning, your skin feels so soft!
Shiesedo-Firming-mask
Shiseido Firming Massage Mask exfoliates the skin gently with conditioning treatment granules that melt during massage and help smooth out your skin. I love how using this product feels like it’s really cleaning my skin, penetrating deep into my pores.
Fresh-Black-Tea-Mask
fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask is a hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin. The innovative formula’s velvety whipped texture has an immediate cooling effect to refresh the skin and it smells so great. I’m in love with this mask too!

DETOXIFYING & PURIFYING MASKS

True-Self-Organics
TruSelf Organics is an Australian beauty brand that features vegan, handmade, all natural products. The Detoxifing Mask reminds me of the old school ‘mud mask’. You simply mix a little bit of this product with water and apply it to your face, wait for it to dry and tighten, and then rinse off. I had a great time doing this mask with my 16 year-old niece and 12 year old nephew!
Boscia-maskBiore nose strips anyone? If you’re looking for the upgraded pore purifying treatment for those ugly blackheads on your nose, than these strips are what you need. I picked these up at Sephora over the holidays, and since then, can’t find them online but keep your eyes out for them because these are a must for anyone with problem skin!

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