Face masks can seem cumbersome for the time-strapped — it’s an extra skin-care step that requires up to 15 minutes of need-to-sit-still downtime followed by a rather vigorous rinse. So, why bother? The truth is, these treatments can leave your complexion even, calm, and glowing — much like a pricey facial would — in about the time it takes to blow-dry your hair. Plus, with a whole new crop of sleeping masks that melt into the skin while you snooze, even the busiest of bees can get in on the regenerating action.
We talked to Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Vicki Rapaport and Los Angeles-based cosmetic surgeon Alexander Rivkin to find out how masks work to decongest, hydrate, soothe, and treat skin that needs a little extra love. And, we've rounded up products that treat every condition. Click ahead to meet your match, whether your face is blemished, thirsty, dull (they don’t call it "the dead of winter" for nothing), or just in need of a little TLC.