Fast-Acting Face Masks That Work in Under 10 Minutes

Amy Lawrenson

Mornings are a struggle anytime, and right now it’s cold and dark which makes that snooze button look even more appealing than dragging yourself into the bathroom. But the sub-zero weather and central heating can wreak havoc on even the hardiest of complexions, which means right now your skin could really do with some extra TLC. Understanding how important sleep is, and that we don’t all have time to spare for pampering, here are 6 face masks that work in 1, 5 and 10 minutes. Keep scrolling for our round-up of the most time efficient face masks.

The 1-Minute Masks

Reach for these when you're really pushed for time:

Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (£32)

For brighter skin: When activated by water the vitamin C in this mask gets to work to re-energise and brighten dull skin in less than 60 seconds. That’s impressive.

Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask (Pack of 4) (£8)

For cleaner skin: A self-heating clay mask. As you massage the clay and charcoal draw impurities out of your pores super quick. Just rinse, and go.

The 5-Minute Masks

For the times when you just hit that snooze button once—these are your reward:

Dr Murad Age Diffusing Firming Mask (£63)

For firmer skin: A rich cream, this mask will have your skin looking noticeably firmer in the time it takes to boil that egg for breakfast. Fruit extracts boost collagen production so your skin becomes plumper and firmer over time.

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish Mask (£33)

For thirst-quenched skin: This mask is like a much-needed drink of water. Coral grass and green algae act like magnets to draw moisture into the skin, while chlorella extract boosts collagen production. Emollient-rich this mask will help repair skin to prevent future moisture loss that causes dehydration.

The 10 Minute Masks

For those mornings you wake early and don't want to snooze (mini fist pump!):

Olay Total Effects Mask 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing 5 Stretching Cloth Masks (Pack of 5) (£15)

For clearer skin: If you have slightly longer in the morning, then this mask is worth the time spent. There’s a cocktail of anti-ageing goodness in one sheet: Antioxidant green tea extract, niacinamide which helps improve skin elasticity and discolouration, plus vitamin E to nourish. Slip one on while you check your Instagram feed first thing.

Rodial Super Acids X-Treme Hangover Mask (£45)

For sober-looking skin: Had a heavy night? Alcohol will often wake you early so make as well make use of the extra time. Slather on this mask while you mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead. Fruit acids exfoliate the skin, while argireline hexapeptide (well, that’s a mouthful) softens the look of those tell-tale dehydration lines. After 10 minutes, rub off to aid the exfoliation before rinsing the residue. You may feel terrible, but no one will ever know by looking at you.

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