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The best face masks for when you *finally* get five minutes

Section: Skin

You’re exhausted, sleep-deprived and have watched more Peppa Pig episodes then you'd ever wish on another, it's no wonder that your skin can take bottom priority. 

What you need is some skin­care TLC and the quick­est and, im­por­tantly, the most in­dul­gent way to do it is by ap­ply­ing a face mask.

Introducing the very best face masks for an at-home facial... 

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1) Dirty Detox Skin Glowing and Refining Mud Mask, £32, BareMinerals 

Thanks to skin detox won­der, char­coal, four min­eral-rich clays and gen­tly ex­fo­li­at­ing pa­paya en­zyme, this pot of muddy good­ness leaves skin as smooth and fresh-look­ing as can be.
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2) Illuminating Clay Mask, £34, Voya

This mask is full of active ingrediants including rosemary, eucalyptus, and mineral-rich Irish seaweed, which will leave skin detoxed, brightened and silky smooth. The dream! 
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3) Garnier Moisture Bomb Green Tea Hydrating Face Sheet Mask, £1.99, Amazon

This sheet mask is in­fused with green tea, a skin-de­fend­ing an­tiox­i­dant, and su­per hy­dra­tor Hyaluronic Acid for a skin re­vival in 15 min­utes. Top tip: keep in the fridge for a cool­ing ef­fect the morn­ing af­ter the night be­fore.
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4) Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask, £12, Body Shop

Spot prone? This overnight won­der ups the ante on beauty sleep thanks to the an­tibac­te­r­ial trea tree oil and blem­ish-bust­ing sal­i­cylic acid it’s for­mu­lated with. Use twice a week and ap­ply to clean skin.
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5) Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, £27.50, Boots

​Make mask­ing that lit­tle bit more fun with Bosci­a’s peel-off num­ber which is made with char­coal to help clar­ify the skin. Ex­pect sat­is­fac­tion lev­els to be sky high while peel­ing off skin-sit­ting grime, bac­te­ria and pol­lu­tion
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6) MZ Skin Radiance & Renewal Instant Clarity Refining Mask, £110, Harvey Nichols

​The grand dame of face masks, MZ Skin’s sil­very for­mula con­tains a 10% con­cen­trate of fruit acids to boost cell turnover and ex­fo­li­ate, smooth lines and leave skin glow­ing. Worth the price tag.
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7) Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask, £62, Cult Beauty

The heal­ing power of Hun­gary’s in­fa­mous heal­ing wa­ters (think Bu­dapest baths) is har­nessed and com­bined with rich min­er­als and Hun­gar­ian mud for a mask that cleanses deep be­neath the sur­face. Ex­pect to see health­ier, brighter skin right away.
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8) Dr Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask, £59, Space NK

All it takes is a few min­utes for this sticky, bright or­ange mask to work its magic. A whole host of ex­fo­li­at­ing acids, in­clud­ing aze­laic and lac­tic, nib­ble away at dead skin cells, leav­ing the skin un­der­neath fresh, plump and thank­ful for a clean up.
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9) This Works Evening Detox Clay Mask, £32, John Lewis

Great for trav­el­ling, this clay-based for­mula utilises nat­ural kaolin clay to help draw out im­pu­ri­ties and keep oily skin to a min­i­mum. Es­pe­cially good for city dwellers, ex­posed to lots of pol­lu­tion.
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10) Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask, £85

Sheet masks don’t get much bet­ter than these. Al­though pricey, a quick 10 min­utes un­der one of these and you’ll no­tice that skin is­n’t only just plumper and bet­ter hy­drated, but it’s more ra­di­ant than it’s ever been. Mop up the ex­tra serum left in the pack­ag­ing af­ter­wards, too.
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11) SOS Comfort Face Mask, £30, Clarins

Com­fort­ingly thick in tex­ture, this rich balm is per­fect for dull, dry faces in need of a hy­dra­tion hit. It con­tains mango but­ter which helps re­store sup­ple­ness and lends skin a healthy sheen.

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