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Face masks are quick, they're easy, and they work. "They have more effective ingredients than ever before," says New York dermatologist Doris Day. "They can make a huge difference — even a day or two before your wedding." The best are hypertargeted: No matter your complexion woe, there's a mask for that.
Go for a redness-reducing treatment with calming ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and ruscus extract.
Try: Eau Thermale Avène Antirougeurs Calm Redness Relief Soothing Repair Mask ($34, available at Dermstore) and Fresh Rose Face Mask ($62, available at Sephora).
Try a brightener like licorice, vitamin C, or white birch to fade brown spots and boost radiance. And consider applying an antioxidant serum first. "Masks make whatever is beneath them penetrate better," says Day.
Try: Boscia Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask ($8 per treatment, available at Sephora) and GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment ($69, available at Sephora)
A super-hydrator like hyaluronic acid or glycerin will soften parched skin and plump fine lines. An extra tip? To seal in extra moisture, smooth a rich cream onto damp skin after rinsing off the mask.
Try: Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask ($26, Olay) and Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask ($20, available at Sephora)
You want a clay or charcoal mask. These detoxifying ingredients draw out dirt and oil like a sponge. Day recommends steaming your face first to open pores: Boil water, pour it into a bowl, drape a towel around your head, and place your face over the bowl for five to 10 minutes. Then apply the mask as directed.
Try: Lancôme Pure Focus Masque ($35, Lancôme) and Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask ($6.99, available at Ulta)
Got combination skin? Use a clay mask on oily areas, then mix that same formula with moisturizer for drier spots. Or try Éminence Balancing Masque Duo ($54, Éminence), which packs both hydrating and oil-absorbing masks in a single jar.