If you’ve found time to squeeze in an episode (or five) of your favorite TV show, that means you have time to take care of your skin. No, we aren’t asking you to give up precious TV time in favor of practicing your skin care routine—you can do both. Make the most of your time, and practice a little self-care, by masking while you watch. Of course, combining beauty treatments with TV isn’t a novel concept, but we have a suggestion for taking things to the next level: Instead of slapping any old face mask onto your skin, why not embrace the matchy-matchy person you are and coordinate your face mask with what you’re watching? So fun! Below, we’re sharing the perfect face masks to go with whichever show you can’t help but binge watch.
If Your Favorite TV Show is…a Tear Jerker Family Drama
Admit it; you’ve shed more than a few tears over your favorite fictional family—they’re just so lovable! And there’s no shame in that. Sometimes you need a good cry, and there’s no better place to have it than your ultra-comfy couch. The only issue is, crying isn’t exactly kind to your skin. Those salty tears can leave you with a complexion that feels dry and looks ruddy. No thanks! To stay in touch with your emotions while preventing a complexion meltdown, smooth on the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask half-way through an episode—when the tears tend to really start to flow. Let the mask sit on your skin for 10-15 minutes, being sure to occasionally dab at your eyes with a tissue, then rinse off during a commercial break. By the time the credits roll, your skin will look brighter with a healthy glow.
If Your Favorite TV Show is…a Viral Docuseries
You’ve become obsessed with the series everyone else is talking about and your sleep is suffering. Still, you just need to make it through that last episode so you can contribute to the water cooler conversation at work this week. We totally get it, you’ll catch up on sleep over the weekend! Still, it isn’t exactly super professional to head into work looking like you haven’t caught a moment of shut eye all week. That’s where masking comes in. When you’re on your last episode of the night, apply an overnight face mask, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Overnight Intensive Face Mask. We promise you won’t miss even a minute of all that docuseries goodness since the mask doesn’t need to be rinsed off. Once the episode ends, all you need to do is go to sleep. In the morning, your complexion will be hydrated and look more radiant and fresh. Lack of sleep who?
Editor’s tip: Throw an eye cream into the mix and you’ll really have a winning combination!
If Your Favorite TV Show is…a Teen Soap Opera
Your own teenage years weren’t filled with debauchery and amazing outfits, but that doesn’t make you like teen dramas any less. They’re just so fun…and you can’t help but pick sides in that infamous love triangle. Who cares that you’re incredibly invested in whether two fictional 17-year-olds end up together? Not us! What we do care about is what you have on your skin while rooting for your OTP. Priorities, people! Channel your inner greasy-faced teen with a mattifying face mask, reducing excess oil while you kick up your feet. If only you had thought to pair your favorite teen soap with the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask when you were actually a teen with oily skin!
If Your Favorite TV Show is…a Medical Drama
Don’t you just love seeing how doctors in medical dramas always put things together at the last moment and save their patient’s life? After watching enough episodes, you practically feel like a medical professional—but not quite. The only downside to all your newfound medical knowledge is that seeing people come down with all sorts of crazy illnesses can bring up fears you never knew you had. If your anxieties aren’t enough to stop you from watching, but you still could stand to calm down a little, reach for a comforting face mask. That way, you might be stressed, but at least your skin won’t be! Spread a thin layer of the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask over your skin and do your best to relax. Maybe a glass of wine is in order?
If Your Favorite TV Show is…a Goofy Comedy
Sometimes, a light comedy is exactly what you need. You can laugh and enjoy without overthinking anything. Doesn’t that sound nice? To really treat yourself, grab your favorite snack, throw on a pair of fuzzy slippers, and show your skin a little TLC with an exfoliating face mask. Before the show starts, or while that catchy theme song plays, smooth the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask onto your face. Set a timer for 10 minutes so you don’t have to watch the clock, then rinse off. Just remember, even if you’re really laughing up a storm, you don’t want to leave your mask on forever. It’s best to remove face masks, especially clay masks, before they completely dry. After all, you’ll barely be able to laugh if your mask dries and gets too tight!
If Your Favorite TV Show is…an Absurd Reality Show
We all have guilty pleasures, and yours just so happens to be a reality TV show. Instead of hiding away this fact about yourself, lean into it and throw a weekly party to discuss all the drama that unfolds. And don’t assume having company gets you out of masking! When your friends are over, it’s actually the perfect time to multi-mask. Break out all of the masks in your collection and let your friends pick and choose which masks to apply where.
If Your Favorite TV Show is…a Classic Cartoon
If your favorite TV show is an old-school cartoon, there’s a chance you have mature skin. Maybe your first time watching you didn’t need to do much to your skin—you were just a kid—but the times have changed. The good news is, cartoons make for perfect additions to masking sessions. Since the episodes usually aren’t too long, you can apply one, watch, then wash off. For mature skin in particular, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Mask. The pretty pink face mask exfoliates and refreshes so that use after use, skin looks more youthful and beautiful. How can you say no to that?
If Your Favorite TV Show is…a Throwback Reboot
With almost every show from the ‘80s and ‘90s getting the reboot treatment, it’s likely there’s at least one you’re a fan of. They allow you a little nostalgia—and everyone loves nostalgia, right? It’s pretty simple really, throwbacks and nostalgia make you feel good. Similarly, showing yourself some self-love and smoothing on a sunshine-yellow face mask is sure to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. So, why not do both? Turn on an episode of whichever blast from the past TV show suits your fancy and apply a layer of the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask.
If Your Favorite TV Show is…a Crime Drama
You can’t totally explain it, but you can’t get enough of crime dramas. Your favorite kind? The ones that deal with serial killers. That may seem like too serious of a topic to complement with a face mask, but think again. Why not have a little fun with it and don a mask that makes you look like you could be a killer? We’re talking about a sheet mask, of course. Sheet masks do amazing things for skin, but you can’t deny they make you look a little creepy! Pop one on, snap a spooky selfie, double check that your doors are locked, then get back to figuring out who the killer is.
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