A pre-makeup face mask should do one thing really well — work instantly. And no matter your skin type, the goal is usually the same — a healthy glow. Especially before a big event, “you want to hydrate and pump the skin with ingredients like hyaluronic acid,” explains dermatologist Josh Zeichner, MD, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “It acts like a sponge to pull in water to the outer skin layer, improving skin radiance and even (temporarily) filling in some fine lines.”
If your skin looks particularly dull, you’ll want to consider a gentle exfoliating mask. “Ingredients like glycolic acid help dissolve connections between dead cells on the skin’s surface so they can be shed,” Dr. Zeichner says, which in turn helps improve skin’s radiance and can help to even skin texture and brighten the complexion. Here, we’ve rounded up the best face masks for glowing skin — instantly! — so that you’ll look lit before your next big date, party or night on the town.