Your Ultimate TV Guide To Face Masking

illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Firing up your DVR or Netflix queue for a night in can feel like a big event. Your bra? Off. Sweatpants? On. Glass of wine? Poured. But the hours you spend parked in front of the TV — an average of five hours and four minutes per day, studies show — are also a golden opportunity to treat your skin... provided you do it the right way.
While your list of shows prove to the world that you're a well-rounded person with varied interests, there's not much else New Girl, Black Mirror, and The Bachelor have in common. In fact, each one elicits its own emotional reaction, which, by rules of basic biology, show up differently on your face. When you're stressed, for example, you don't need a heavy-duty exfoliator with 10 different kinds of AHAs — but rather a calming face mask and maybe an iPhone reminder to stop biting off your fingernails.
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To make the pairing process easy, we've compiled a handy TV guide to masking for every fan base and budget. Call it the skin-care answer to responsible binge-watching.
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If You're Watching... This Is Us
Not since Grey's Anatomy has a show elicited tears quite like This Is Us, with fans tuning in week after week for a good Kim-Kardashian-losing-her-earring-in-Bora-Bora cry. But when the thought of Jake's untimely death isn't pulling at your heartstrings, and only after you're 100% done with the waterworks, use the opportunity to de-puff your undereye area.
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If you've got $100+ to shell out on a set of six eye patches, you probably don't spend a lot of time in front of the TV. But in the event it's too cold to take your Ferrari convertible out for a spin, and you happen to be parked in front of your Ultra-HD big screen, these de-puffing eye gels will have you feeling like a million bucks, post-ugly cry.

Guerlain Super Aqua-Eye Anti-Puffiness Smoothing Eye Patch, $132, available at Sephora.
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Stick these patches in the fridge for the first 10 minutes of the episode, then slick them on during commercial break or whenever you feel a sob session coming on. The winning combo of soothing cucumber and licorice root extract are a surefire way to conceal the fact you've gone through a full box of tissues.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Hydrogel Patches, $5, available at Walgreens.
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If You're Watching... The Bachelor
With what Twitter users and critics alike have declared The Most Boring Season In Bachelor History, you certainly can't rely on Arie's group dates to entertain you. (Not that this stops you from hate-watching, obviously.) So why not bring the fun yourself with a foaming face mask to go with all the bubbly they're passing out at the rose ceremonies?
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Nothing beats the giddy feeling you get when falling in love, but a close second has to be the magic that happens when your face comes in contact with this bubble mask. It fizzes up in seconds, builds to a froth you could make a Mohawk out of, and leaves skin happy and glowing — with zero chance of heartbreak.

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask, $70, available at Sephora.
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Rarely will you find a Bachelor date that goes deeper than surface level, but you can bet GlamGlow's black sheet mask will. The tingling sensation starts within a minute, which is when the charcoal-infused treatment effectively begins dislodging gunk from your pores.

GlamGlow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask, $9, available at GlamGlow.
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If You're Watching... Love
When a TV series manages to make you feel happy, sad, and frustrated all at once, you want a facial treatment that tackles those frown and laugh lines before they make a lasting impression.
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Ideal for weekend mornings you binge-watched the series, this set of masks is essentially a facelift in a box... minus the scalpels. The tightening retinyl palmitate-rich formula doesn't stop working after you wash it off, either; it keeps penetrating the skin for up to 12 hours.

Dermarche Labs Roloxin Lift Instant Wrinkle Smoothing Mask, $45, available at Dermstore.
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We were skeptical about the effectiveness of facial patches, until we watched them work their magic. The adhesive strips temporarily smooth out crow's feet or nasolabial folds — but you'll want Botox if you're looking for results that last for more than a few hours.

Frownies Facial Patches Corner of Eyes and Mouth, $19.95, available at Dermstore.
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Courtesy of Bob D'Amico/ABC.
If You're Watching... Designated Survivor
Theoretically speaking, shows that have you on the edge of your seat are cinematic gold — but try explaining that to your skin. When you're stressed (thanks, Kiefer Sutherland), your body over-produces the hormone cortisol, which can show up on your face in the form of acne, eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis. Bottom line: You need to chill. A calming face mask can help.
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Send a letter to the (fictional) president: Stressful scenes don't stand a chance against this soothing treatment. The formula is loaded with anti-inflammatory botanicals and calming oat milk extract to give your skin instant relief, every single time.

PCA Skin Hydrating Mask, $58, available at PCA Skin.
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We recommend stocking up on a couple dozen of these aloe vera sheet masks before you start the series; we average one per episode.

Simple De-Stress Sheet Mask, $3.99, available at CVS.
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If You're Watching... New Girl
Most likely to elicit the dreaded "are you still watching?" prompt after five straight hours, shows like New Girl (see also: Friends, Will & Grace, and Arrested Development) require a face mask you can fall asleep in.
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When you think about it, Clinique is kind of like the New Girl of beauty: It might not be the most talked about brand of the bunch, but it's a classic — and well-liked by pretty much everyone. Its oil-free overnight mask is no different in that it's hydrating but never pore-clogging, which means waking up to Jess-level skin is practically a guarantee.

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, $35, available at Clinique.
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Not only is brushing on a formula spiked with antioxidant-rich blueberries, greek yogurt, and probiotics faster than applying it with your hands — giving you more face time with the TV — but this one also sinks in fast, feels endlessly luxurious, and won't grease up your pillowcase.

Yes To Superblueberries Recharging Greek Yogurt & Probiotics Sleeping Mask, $15.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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If You're Watching... Easy
The cool, yet wildly irritating, thing about a series like Easy is that each episode varies in subject matter. You never know if you're gonna get an interesting plot line about open marriages or one that'll make your eyes glaze over, like finding the neighborhood FedEx thief. That's why you need a flash mask — a quickie that requires at least two trips to the bathroom in short bursts of time — to keep you occupied during the in-between.
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When you've had about enough of Dave Franco's character fighting with his brother about the brewery, head to the bathroom and massage this thick, buttery treatment onto your face. Go back and watch for a few minutes — or up until he orders his third beer — then splash a little water on it (any more than that will make the mask drip all over your PJs) to activate the heat. Once it cools, rinse off to reveal softer, more supple skin.

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask, $58, available at Sephora.
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Like a Dirt Devil for your face, this self-heating mask uses the power of charcoal to suck up the dirt and oil clogging your pores. A lot more interesting than a package-snatcher, no?

Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask, $7.49, available at Ulta Beauty.
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If You're Watching... Black Mirror
There are two types of reactions that come from the sci-fi-but-actually-sort-of-realistic show: fear or fascination (with a side of fear). Luckily, the beauty market's technologically advanced skin-care options are a little less terrifying... which make them perfect for each increasingly disturbing episode.
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Introducing the jade roller of the future — or really, the chicest way to shield your eyes from the scariest moments in the series. Just sit back, lay it flat on your face, and let the cooling stones work their Zen (and de-puffing) magic.

Gingerchi Jade Chi Mask Therapy, $38, available at Gingerchi.
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A good way to feel tech savvy without the freaky side effects, Neutrogena's latest LED gadget, uses a targeted combo of blue and red light therapy to simultaneously reduce inflammation and zap away acne-causing bacteria. Because the only thing worse than facing the end of the world is knowing you could have gone out with clear skin.

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, $19.99, available at Target.
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