MaskerAide - 9-1-1. Beauty to the Rescue

As much as I love a rigorous beauty routine, I don't always have the time or energy to delve deep. 

Let's face it, life is busier than ever and sometimes you just need a quick fix.

That's why MaskerAide Sheet Masks are such a saviour. 

Each mask is targeted to a specific beauty need and situation, so that you never have to stand in the drugstore aisle squinting at the ingredients or directions. Simply select the pack best suited for your a.m. or p.m. needs and watch your skin plump, smooth and glow in an instant.

The individual packs were made for our hectic schedules and jet-set lives. Stow them in your makeup, tote, laptop bag, carry-on, gym bag or purse for when you're on the go.

And  because each mask takes just 10-20 minutes to work, you can apply it while you are getting ready for work, school or an event. Because while you probably remembered to schedule your entire day of to-dos, chances are getting ready for _________ didn't make the list.

A few things I learned along the way:

1. MaskerAide sheet masks are made from a natural cellulose found in wood pulp from sustainable eucalyptus tree farms (no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used). Woo woo! They are also antibacterial and biodegradable.

2. They are free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, benzophenone, glycerins, harsh dyes & pigments, and artificial fragrances. Phew.

3. Each mask is loaded up with a very concentrated argan oil based serum and then ingredients are added to suit each dilemma. Two types of serums are used - one clear and one cream. Save the cream based ones for evening as they are heavier in nature (Beauty Rest'ore, I Don't Wanna Grow Up, and Weather Warrior). Clear serum masks include All Nighter, Detox Diva, and Pre Party Prep.

4. Of course you'll be familiar with the first step - cleansing, but MaskerAide asks that you tone before applying the sheet as well.

5. Place the mask on for 10-20 minutes. Adjust it so that your eyes, nose and mouth line up with the cut out holes. I had to finagle with mine a bit to get it situated the first time I used it. The mask will be sopping wet with the solution, so rub it all over your neck, chest, even shoulders. Don't let that good stuff go to waste. After removing the mask, you can either pat the serum into your skin or gently rinse. Either way, you're going to look and feel fabulous.
6. Each sheet has a fabulous scent.

Use daily, once a week, or just when you feel in need of a refresh or reboot.

6. The complete line is so affordable. 

Here's a closer look at three I tried:

Whether it's an intimate dinner party or the event of the year complete with ballgowns and tiaras, I always spend so much time trying:

1. to find the perfect hostess present/wine/dessert to bring to dinner, or
2. for a gala, trying to track down the perfect dress, shoes, clutch and jewelry for the big night

So much so that I forget about the one thing that people are likely to see first - my face.

This is a fab solution for last minute prep before the big (or important) event. Think of this as a way to start over. To clean the slate. No matter how tired or dull your skin may look right now, in under half an hour, you're going to 

In under half an hour, your face gets infused with ingredients such as orange peel oil (a nourisher for dry skin) and extracts of rice (a serious moisturizer), resulting in brighter, hydrated skin with a seriously soft and smooth finish. 

Now you are ready for anything. 

And p.s. the results last much longer than your evening activities. My face was brightened for days afterwards.

- MaskerAide All Nighter

This is one of those saving graces that you'll be so grateful to have at your side after a long/ late night.

On those days where you need a little extra brightening and TLC, where no amount of coffee or vitamins will do, this mask works to lighten the load under your eyes and awaken your skin while reducing redness. Soothing and invigorating all at once, thanks to a beautiful cocktail of aloe, heartleaf, honey, peppermint oil, and super fruit and cactus extracts, this will be one of your favourite ways to start the day.

p.s. It's also a fave of Kim Kardashian West.

Detox Diva (pictured above)

In need of a reboot but don't have want to get mucky in mud masks or gritty scrubs? This mask will have your skin back to form in no time. Ten to twenty minutes to be exact.

Exfoliate in a snap thanks to a rich formula boasting seaweed and green tea leaf extracts, geranium oil, and fruit extracts (Chinese plum, strawberry and lemon). In addition to revealing renewed skin that just glows, your pores virtually disappear - whoosh! - and your skin stays soft, smooth and hydrated.

This one's a keeper.

You absolutely have to try Washbeauty's Konjac Sponge, one of the most amazing cleansers that uses only water.

The little springy sponge is made of 100% konjac root fibre. It feels like those plastic shower poufs in the hand, but the difference here is that this is made from a complete natural source and it feels soft and smooth on your skin (whereas poufs can be a little scratchy).

This little wonder cleanses and exfoliates all with just water. Yes, you can choose to dab a little cleanser on it if you like, but try it on its own first - it's addictive!

You simply soak it until it gets soft and then hang it to dry (it gets rock hard when dry, but don't worry - it softens right up when you add water). Non-toxic, 100% biodegradable and packed with minerals and nutrients, it's incredible.

It completely rid me of my blackheads around my nose from my glasses (although many products claim to rid me of them, not many actually do) and I love the way my skin looks (radiant) and feels (silky smooth) afterwards. You can even use it under your eyes.

It's one of the coolest little beauty devices I've come across.

Stephanie Dickison

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