The Best In-Shower Face Masks For Busy Beauty Obsessives

If the dark January mornings mean you want more time in bed and less time hopping around the house in a towel, or if your New Year’s resolution was to streamline your beauty routine, dual-use formulas are what you need.

Luckily, more and more brands are responding to their busy customers’ calls for efficient, time-friendly, and hardworking products. Better still, there are plenty cleanser-mask hybrids that take the time – and faff – out of your morning regime.From pore-refining mud to brightening bubbles, these are the treatments we’re applying in the shower — because less time slathering on products means more time sleeping.

Click through to find our favorite multitasking face masks ahead.


This is a truly innovative product, inspired by the South Korean bathhouse tradition of skin splashing, where botanical water is splashed onto the skin post-cleanser. There are several ways to use Blithe’s offering. The first: Pour a capful of the mask over your face and use the shower’s water to rinse, then repeat several times. The second: Pour a capful into a bowl of warm water, stir, and splash it onto your face a few times. You can even soak a cotton pad in the mask, and wipe across the skin before washing off.

Formulated with salicylic acid, tea tree leaf oil, and green tea extract, it’s the glow-inducing boost your skin needs in the darkest months. You’ll see results almost immediately, and it delivers both hydration and exfoliation in one.

Blithe Patting Splash Mask — Soothing & Healing Green Tea, $45, available at Sephora.


We’re big fans of Gallinée, the brainchild of French pharmacist Marie Drago, and recently reported on the skin-care benefits of the bacteria on which the range is based. From moderating inflammatory responses to age-prevention, the probiotics from lactic acid in this two-in-one scrub is a must for sensitive skin.

Use it twice a week, let the kaolin white clay and sea minerals to work their magic, and then rub into the skin to feel the full benefits of the scrub.

Gallinée Face Mask & Scrub, $19, available at Gallinée.


Everyone knows someone who swears by Liz Earle’s multi-award-winning Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. And for good reason: It’s suitable for all skin types, deeply cleanses accumulated daily grime, and has the ability to transport you to a spa with its accompanying cotton cloth and chamomile scent.

This one’s super easy to transform into a daily mask thanks to its consistency — it’s thick and rich, but not too heavy. Just slather over skin and remove once you’ve showered with the cloth soaked in hot water.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, $23, available at Birchbox.


For loyal fans of Origins’ masks, you’ll know that the formulas work wonders almost instantly — and this one is no exception. The formula is specifically designed to give maximum impact in just 10 minutes. Based on the fact that external factors – like cold weather, for example – can cause fluid to run low in the skin, creating flakiness and tightness, this mask is like a big drink of water.

Algae extracts aid skin in becoming more receptive to hydration, while apricot kernel oil softens. Use once a week, or more if your complexion is truly parched.

Origins 10-Minute Mask To Quench Skin’s Thirst, $27, available at Origins.


Aesop proves that beautiful packaging doesn’t mean a compromise on fantastic formulas. The brand strikes a happy balance of natural ingredients and lab-backed technology, resulting in products that smell divine and really work.

This one is perfect for bi-weekly use (or even showers before nights out) thanks to its balancing effect on oily skin, and its glow-giving impact on dull visages. The purified clay tackles impurities and gives it a luxurious mask feel, the rosehip and parsley seed extracts feed your skin antioxidants, and the aloe vera makes sure it’s not left dry.

Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque, $45, available at Aesop.


We love a bubble mask as much as the next beauty fanatic, but they can often feel gimmicky and useless. Not this one. Absorbing the impurities and dirt that get trapped in pores every day, the active charcoal and oxygen sweep away nasties to restore balance in your skin. Plus, there’s no need to worry about the shower water washing away product – H2O actually activates the formula, and you’re encouraged to rub it in again.

Caolion Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack, $26.49, available at Target.


“A pep rush for the skin,” Clinique’s bubble mask is another you can rely on to deliver the goods. Beginning as a gel, once applied to the face, it oxidizes and transforms into a (tingly!) layer of bubbles. Collecting the surface-level oil, dirt, dead skin, and general debris, the foam also improves skin’s texture.

Use twice weekly in the shower on dull or oily skin, and massage in the bubbles after about two minutes. Skin will look softer, brighter, and smoother than ever — instantly.

Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask, $24.50, available at Clinique.


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