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When you're putting together your perfect pre-wedding skincare regimen, don't overlook the face mask. Whether you prefer a sheet mask, a sleeping mask (we'll get to that), a clay mask, or some other type (seriously, there are a lot these days), they're ubiquitous for a reason: They contain a higher concentration of the active ingredients you get from your lotions and face washes. That's exactly why your complexion looks instantly better after you wash off a face mask—and sometimes even better the next morning, especially if you've used it right before you bed.
Simply put, face masks deliver serious results in a relatively short period of time. That's what makes them such an essential part of your pre-wedding skincare routine. We've rounded up our current favorites that will help your skin look otherworldly in time for your wedding day.
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One thing we love about sleep masks is that you don't have to wash them off. That's right, when you're lazy, tired, and just don't want to wait 20 minutes to take your mask off before bed, use this. Apply it like a night cream and get ready to catch some z's. This one works wonders for dry skin, but it's light enough that it can be used on any skin type. Made with a blend of minerals that are identical to the ones in our skin, this mask helps you retain moisture and rebalance. Plus, it contains Belgium Hot Spring Water that has antibacterial properties and will help rejuvenate skin cells. You can even use it every single night if you'd like.
Dr. Jart+ "Water Fuse" Sleep Mask, $48, sephora.com.
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For gentle exfoliation, use this product once a week. It contains a variety of chemical exfoliators (glycolic acid, salicylic acid), but it also has matcha, milk thistle, and apple extracts to calm and guard against pollution. For those who don't know, matcha is just crushed-up green tea, so you're getting benefits from the whole leaf. It's essentially a mega antioxidant.
Drunk Elephant "T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial" Face Mask, $80, sephora.com.
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This two-minute mask is perfect for a quick skin pick-me-up. Use it when you need to refresh your makeup, as you're getting ready for a night out during your bachelorette party, or just before you step off a long flight en route to your honeymoon. It starts as a purifying mask and then turns into a bubbling deep cleanser.
Clinique "Pep-Start Double Bubble" Purifying Mask, $24.50, sephora.com.
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If you're looking for a major brightening boost (and who isn't?) try Tatcha's new vitamin C mask. Japanese beautyberry, which is rich in antioxidants, makes this product purple, but it's not just there for looks. It also helps stabilize the vitamin C so that this mask is just as potent each time you put it on.
Tatcha "Violet-C" Radiance Mask, $68, sephora.com.
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For those of you who just have never been able to get behind kale (or spinach, or anything green for that matter), you can still reap some of the benefits by slathering it all over your face. This contains basically every green superfood (kale, spinach, spirulina, microalgae), all of which are rich in nutrients and minerals that firm, lift, and protect against environmental stressors that may be contributing to those first wrinkles you're seeing.
Youth to the People Superfood Mask, $44, sephora.com.