11 Flash Facials That Leave Your Skin Brighter in Seconds

May 25, 2017

We'd never dream of knocking a good face mask, but, let's get real, sometimes (most of the time) popping one on and then kicking back with our feet up for half an hour is just not an option. So what's a girl to do when she's in crunched for time, but still wants glowy, de-puffed, refreshed skin? Enter flash facials (aka flash masks), the fast-acting skin-savers that offer the same benefits of traditional masks -- minus the time suck. Exactly how speedy are we talking? These 11 face masks all do their thang in five minutes or less. Now you'll always have time to get your glow on.

Patchology Hydrate FlashMasque 5 Minute Facial Sheets, $30 for four. As a rule, sheet masks work fairly quickly -- covering the skin improves the penetration of the ingredients -- but this option goes above and beyond, getting the job done in just five minutes. Credit a combination of moisturizing ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and yeast amino acids to minimize transepidermal water loss (i.e. how much water escapes from your skin). We also found the fit nice and snug and the eye, nose and mouth holes to be the perfect size -- which isn't always the case with other sheet masks.