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Mask off: 5-minute face masks for an instant glow

Time, inconvenience and laziness are three key reasons why people don’t subscribe to using masks daily. Skincare companies are realising this, and are trying to mitigate the issue by offering fast alternatives for occupied urbanites in the form of 5-minute face masks.

It’s very much a have-your-cake-and-eat-it situation. With these, there are no more 20 minute stints where you have to sit and barely move a face muscle. You don’t have to put on a mask exclusively at night because the mornings are far too rushed. You can slap, pat, slather, or swathe your face with any of these and see near-instant results. Five-minute face masks are perfect for prep before a special occasion, or if you’ve got some serious blemish issues you need to manage before leaving the door and dealing with the day.

Here are our favourites.

Blithe Rejuvenating Purple Berry Patting Splash Mask

K-skincare brand, Blithe, arguably started the splash masks trend with this product. All you need to do is dilute a capful of the mask in water, and splash the solution unto your face for 15 seconds. If that is still too much trouble, pour a capful into your palms in the shower, and splash it onto cleansed skin, making sure to let the shower water dilute the mask. The Purple Berry rendition comes with lactic acid for exfoliation, and a blend of berries that act as antioxidants. This is the mask to try if you’re looking to make your skin firmer.

S$54, Sephora.

Boscia Tsubaki Splash Mask

Boscia’s Tsubaki Splash Mask is targeted towards deep hydration. Made with camellia, rice bran, safflower oil and other nourishing botanicals, this mask imparts moisture while boosting your circulation levels as you splash it on. Mix one to three pumps with water and splash onto your skin for 15 seconds. Let the skin air dry after.

S$57, Sephora.

Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Deep Cleanse Detox Mask

Those prone to redness and clogged pores can turn to this organic clay mask to calm your aggravated skin. Clay masks are known to be extremely effective with removing impurities from your pores, but this mask couples it with black elderflower extract to double down on the decongestion. This is also great if you have sensitive skin.

S$55, Net-A-Porter Beauty

Narüko Tea Tree Shine Control Blemish Clear Mask

If you’ve got oily, acne-prone skin, or are just dealing with a couple of pesky zits you need to calm down, this mask is the ticket. Just place it on your face, and it’ll utilise tea tree oil’s antibacterial, antifungal properties to manage your blemishes, while keeping the shine at bay. On days where your complexion isn’t cooperating, use this one.

S$20 for 8 pieces, Narüko

My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird's Nest Mask

Let your skin feel plump and renewed with this reformulation of My Beauty Diary’s famed Bird’s Nest sheet mask. It’s packed with collagen, amino acids, and rich in peptides for maximum anti-ageing benefits.

S$17 for 10 pieces, Lazada.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.