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Elemis Face Mask
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I don't particularly like the phrase "a quick fix" when it comes to my skincare. That's because I've tried hundreds of products that provide an instant satisfaction, but they don't provide results that really last, or get to the root of the problem. Think about it: Would you want to spend 25 minutes glued to the couch, with your face covered in a globby cream, only to enjoy those hydrating, glow-boosting benefits for a mere two hours? To me, that doesn't seem worth it.

Elemis' latest face mask might be an exception to my rule, though. Because while the brand's new ULTRA SMART Pro-Collagen Aqua Infusion Mask provides instant hydration, smoothing and soothing dry, flaking skin, its innovative algae-infused formula actually works to deliver moisture to your skin all day long.

The latest launch in the brand's new ULTRA SMART Pro-Collagen collection, which previously just included a serum and a day/night cream, the mask harnesses the power of seaweed, among other ingredients, to firm the skin, plump and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and protect (and refill) the skin's moisture barrier.

So how exactly does this silky, pillowy mask keep skin hydrated on a long-term basis? Thanks to a technology dubbed "aqua shuttle," encapsulated blends of algae and humectants are slowly released, so the skin's hydration levels are tended to for up to 24 hours.

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This technology is blended with a line-fighting complex and a hydration complex that immediately releases moisture-boosting sodium hyaluronate to the skin. That aforementioned complex then utilizes ingredients gigartina stellata and chondrus crispuscreates to form a film around the skin barrier, keeping everything locked in.

The brand suggests applying it for 20 minutes, three times a week, over a 28-day period to see the full potential.

And with it, I've learned to count on quick fixes.