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.
If you've got $100+ to shell out on a set of six eye patches, you
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.
Super Aqua-Eye Anti-Puffiness Smoothing Eye Patch, $132, available at
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
Courtesy of ABC.
If You're Watching... The Bachelor
Twitter users and critics alike
have declared The Most Boring Season In
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?
Rarely will you find a
date that goes deeper than surface level, but you can bet GlamGlow's black sheet mask will. The tingling sensation starts in seconds, which is when the charcoal-infused treatment effectively begins dislodging gunk from your pores.
Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask, $9, available at
Nothing beats the giddy feeling you get when falling in love, but a close second has to be the magic that happens after your face comes in contact with this gel bubble mask. It creates a subtle fizz — meaning you
be making any Mohawks out of its purple froth — but leaves skin happy and glowing, with zero chance of heartbreak.
Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask, $6, available at
Courtesy of Netflix.
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.
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.
Roloxin Lift Instant Wrinkle Smoothing Mask, $45, available at
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.
Facial Patches Corner of Eyes and Mouth, $19.95, available at
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.
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.
Hydrating Mask, $58, available at
We recommend stocking up on a couple dozen of these aloe vera sheet masks before you start the series; we average one per episode.
De-Stress Sheet Mask, $3.99, available at
Courtesy of Jeff Lipsky/FOX.
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.
When you think about it, Clinique is kind of like the
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.
Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, $35, available at
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
Courtesy of Netflix.
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.
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
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?
Self Heating One Minute Mask, $7.49, available at
Courtesy of Netflix.
If You're Watching... Black Mirror
There are two types of reactions that come from the
: 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.
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.
Jade Chi Mask Therapy, $38, available at
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
have gone out with clear skin.
Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment, $19.99, available at
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