Busy schedule getting the better of your beauty regime? Don’t worry, these super-fast face masks were designed with you in mind. there’s a fast-acting mask to suit every skin type and concern – even if you’ve only got 60 seconds to spend on an extra step in your beauty routine, there is a face mask out there that’s perfect for you. So treat your skin to a speedy treatment tonight and wake up to better skin tomorrow.
Read on to discover our top speedy skin solutions, from mask-of-the-moment sheet masks to the latest foaming, hydrating and deep-cleansing formulas…
Done and dusted in as little as five minutes, Korean-inspired sheet masks are the fastest route to pampered refreshed skin, and are perfect for travel as they take up next to nothing of your precious luggage allowance.
Yes, they might look a little bit Hannibal Lector-like while they’re on (although that’s really part of the fun) super-hydrating and nourishing sheet masks are Infused with the latest skincare technology and soaked in fasting acting ingredients, to firm, hydrate, brighten and even improve the appearance of pigmentation with a single application.
Meanwhile, traditional gel and cream masks promise benefits ranging from a plumped-up complexion (perfect for dehydrated skin) to clogged-pore-zapping detoxing properties.
So there really is no excuse not to treat your skin to five minutes with a mask, even on a weekday evening – why not stick one on while you watch that boxset you’re currently racing through?
Check out more of our recommendations for the best five-minute face masks below…
Starskin's 7-Second Overnight Mask features cute double-sided pads that you pick up with even cuter tiny tweezers. The knobbly side cleans and massages, the smooth one slathers skin in a hydrating serum-mask and the whole process takes seconds, no need to rinse.
It's fun to use but the residue is a little sticky, as hyaluronic acid serums often are. Let it sink in for 15 minutes before you put head to pillow.
Garnier's PureActive Matcha Detox Mask is great for shrinking pores.
The formula is clean and green with “it” ingredient matcha tea, clay and known pore-declogger salicylic acid.
Tingly and fresh, it starts life as a cream then swiftly dries into a satisfyingly tight oil and grime-absorbing layer.
A true bargain that blemish-prone types will love.
Looking to plump dehydrated skin? Dior's Hydra Life Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask is the choice for you.
This classy glass jar (a thing of beauty in itself) contains a promising ingredients list including mallow extract and lots of lovely natural oils.
The buttery, quite fragranced texture might put some off, but it's skin-quenching ability can't be overstated. It leaves a cushiony residue, and our tester found their skin was still seriously supple the next day.
Anyone in search of glowy skin should invest in the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask.
This generous pot is filled with skin-friendly marine actives, and it smells nice great to boot.
It's lovely to apply; cool, silky and spreadable, with little black grains that exfoliate as you rub it on. It's mildly tingly in a satisfying way, and comes off easily.
The results? Our tester says: "My skin felt silky- soft and looked even and glowy. I couldn’t resist having another go the next morning and my foundation sat more smoothly than usual. Great stuff."
Glamglow make brilliant skin-clearing mud masks, and now they’ve packed that purifying technology into a deeply clarifying, bubbly Korean sheet.
They're a tad fiddly to unfold and put on, but they stay firmly in place as a mound of tiny white bubbles emerge and fizz away.
After three minutes of snap, crackle and pop, our tester found that everything looked perkier – sparklingly clean, smooth and prepped for moisturising.
Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's that third glass of fizz you had last night - whatever the reason your skin's looking dull, this will fix it fast. It starts as a cool refreshing gel, then fizzes up and tingles as citrus enzymes clear out and scrub up skin. After five minutes you can wash it off and enjoy a bright, peachy complexion for the day.
There's nothing like mud to pull dirt and debris from your pores, and this zingy mask works a treat in the amount of time it takes you to make a cup of tea. It's particularly good on oily skin, with orange and bergamot citrus oils to brighten and boost skin clarity while kaolin clay gets to work deeply de--gunking your complexion.
Mainstream masks are often a bit intense and irritating for sensitive skin - not this one though. It's light and refreshing, made with Vichy's famous mineral-infused thermal spa water plus Vitamin B3, so soothes and refreshes parched winter skin without freaking it out with harsh exfoliants. Just smooth it on, leave for five then either tissue off the excess or rub it in (we found the texture a tiny bit sticky, so if you're rubbing best do it before bed) Skin feels plump and hydrated, without any reaction.
Don't be put off by the girlish packaging (or name, for that matter) Behind that kitschy exterior lies some serious Korean skincare ingredients like hydrolized collagen, Vitamin E and natural Ylang Ylang oil. 10 minutes with Masker-Aide and skin feels soft and bouncy, but not greasy, plus it's free from parabens, mineral oil, fragrances and any other nasties you can think of.
Looking for a mask serious firming powers? The Contourist is Serious with a capital S.
Increasingly, good-old Vitamin C is being recognised for it's amazing pigmentation-fading powers - and this mask has that in spades. It's also got white crocus, known to brighten and porcelain rose oil, bringing the total volume up to 21ml per Nuxe Splendieuse Anti-Dark Spot Perfecting Mask, nearly as much as a whole bottle of serum! The instructions say 10 minutes, which still has a lovely effect, but if you've got time leave it on for 30, massaging every 5. It'll make all the difference.
The cold weather can cause deeply dehydrated skin which reveals itself as dry, overly sensitive patches which are prone to flaking - a nightmare when trying to apply make-up. Smooth, plump and revive your skin with Indeed Laboratories fuss-free face masks. Delivering 24 hours of optimum hydration, this timesaving sheet it's a quick fix you can't afford to miss.
Pop it on once or twice a week and remember to massage in any left over residue!
A classic and luxurious example is Shiseido Pure Retinol Revitalizing Face Mask. It's soaked in retinol - a highly concentrated form of Vitamin A and one of the only ingredients we know really can improve sun damaged skin - plus aquatic plant extract Chlorella, known to brighten and firm, Shiseido's clever revitalising face sheets deeply penetrate dry and dull complexions to restore healthy, youthful looking skin. At nearly £60 for four it's not cheap, but add in a little exfoliation beforehand and you've got yourself an at-home facial for a little less than £15 a pop.
Suffering from impromptu redness or emerging dark spots? Pigmentation is a problem which can effect our skin all year round.
Drenched in brightening orange extract, liquorice root and vitamin C, with a generous dose of hydrating hyaluronic acid, these cotton sheets correct, even and illuminate problem complexions.
A best seller in the US and Masque Bar Brightening Sheets are now available on British shores in Boots.
Carita Supreme Wrinkle Solution Eye Patches are great for moments when a busy schedule gets the better of your beauty routine.
Formulated with de-congestive properties, the cooling gel texture glides onto the delicate eye area, instantly smoothing, brightens and plumping fine lines for a more rested appearance.
Botanically infused with anti-stress and anti-fatigue ingredients, Eyeko Hydrogel Eye Patches
ward off dark circles, puffiness and premature crows feet. As hardworking as an eye cream but required less often.
If you prefer a traditional face mask click through for our pick of the best...
No7 Lift & Luminate Mask is formulated with plumping hyaluronic acid and soothing vitamin C to chase away the signs of ageing and even problematic skin tones. This hypo-allergenic, is the ulimate lifting quick fix, boosting radiance and tone in even the most sensitive of complexions.
Tear open the sachet and carefully unfold the mask. Fit around your eyes first, then sweep upwards over your forehead and downwards to fit it in place over your nose, around your mouth. Then relax and allow the moisture to be absorbed into your skin before removing and rubbing the excess serum into your skin.
Enriched with nourishing essential oils and soothing myrrh, Sanctuary 5min Thermal Detox Mask rebalances your skins natural oil levels for calm, blemish-free skin.
Massage a thin layer over the face and neck and relax for 5 minutes before you rinse.
Elemis Face Mask Sachet Pack is real treat for a pampering evening in.
The quenching face mask is designed to give exceptionally dry skin an instant moisture hit. Blended with anti-inflammatory white lupin, super hydrating apple extract and soothing aloe vera it leaves dehydrated complexions radiant, lifted and soft.
Separately the purifying face mask drenches your complexion in natural clays, goji berry extract and frankincense oil to polish the skins surface and push out impurities. This deeply cleansing treatment rounds off with a soothing shot of Vitamin E.
Use one after the other for maximum impact.
Ren's 1 Minute Facial is one of the quickest skin saviours not the market. This radiance boosting treatment has been formulated with potent water-activated vitamin C to firm, tone and soothe dry, tired complexions instantly.
All you need to do is apply generously to face and neck, add a small amount of warm water with your fingertips and briefly massage in circular motions to activate. Then leave it for one minute and rinse.
Suffer from redness and uneven skintone? Reach for Superdrug Aloe Vera Mud Mask. Enriched with calming aloe vera, this de-stressing mud mask will gently cleanse away impurities and even complexions with minimum fuss.
This deep action mask melts away pore-plugging sebum and softens inflamed skin cells to prevent spots and blemishes. If you are prone to blackheads, apply this Self-Heating Deep Pore Detox Mask once a week to prevent build up. The innovative shine absorbing paste will change from yellow to blue when it's time to stop massaging, so you know exactly when to leave it for 5 minutes before rinsing off. Bonus!
Whipped up with Willowbark - a natural source of salicylic acid, Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask targets imperfections to re-texture porblematic complexions. The mineral-rich all natural formula is adept at absorbing excess oil and detoxifying skin without being an irritant.
Firm and hydrate your mature skin with the La Prairie Cellular 3-Minute Peel. Designed for skin that has lost its elasticity and has developed large pores, this quick-fix mask will take your complexion back to its youthful best. Use once a week to see the best possible results.
We love this super-fast, one-minute face mask. Gentle enough to use every day, Philosophy's The Great Mystery purifies, cleanses and exfoliates tired and lacklustre skin in record time - perfect for busy women on the go.
Our favourite thing about the Crème de la Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask? There's no need to wash it off. Simply sweep over the skin with the luxurious brush and let the 'Concentrated Miracle Broth' tighten and brighten to restore you back to your beautiful best in no time at all.