4 non-beauty self-care tasks you can do while wearing a face mask

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One thing we can all agree on? We’re busy. Too busy. Which is why we’re demanding our beauty regimes start working harder for us, so we can make the most of that rare thing – valuable time

How often do you make the most of having 15 minutes to yourself? 

We’re not talking about enough time on the bus to scroll through Instagram, we mean really having time to yourself. 

Like when you’re wearing a face mask at home and probably not brave enough to go outside. That time is valuable, so you might as well do something productive, useful or soul-enriching.

We reckon in the 15 minutes it takes one of your Neutrogena® Mask Collection masks to work its magic, there are a bunch of self-care rituals you can do for yourself that you wouldn’t usually find the time for.

Whether you’ve opted for a Neutrogena Hydrogel Recovery Mask (which delivers the equivalent of a 30ml bottle of serum in one use) or an Instant-Facial Cream-Mask (developed in South Korea - the undisputed masters of skincare - giving you all the benefits of a facial in less time), here’s what we’d do with those spare minutes…

Read something revealing

We’re all guilty of not reading as much as we’d like (isn’t that what holidays are for?). 

But if we knew exactly how long it would take us to read something, we’re more likely to fit it into the time we have.

Longform collates the best investigative journalism from around the world for your perusal and every feature comes with an estimated read time.

Ten minutes on Silicon Valley’s quest to preserve Stephen Hawking’s robotic voice? Perfect.

Prepare a meal

OK, we know 15 minute meals often sound too good to be true (no one ever factors in all that chopping that Jamie Oliver does at the speed of light), but trust us, they do exist.

And they can make your life a hell of a lot easier. Our favourites include this quick pad Thai recipe, an easy prawn laska curry bowl and a speedy 15 minute lasagne.

Your meal will be ready by the time you take your face mask off. Bon appétite…

Listen to a TED talk

Strictly speaking, a TED talk is slated to last 18 minutes, but if you start one as you’re applying your mask, you’re going to get through it all (the mask can be applied for up to 30 minutes anyway).

Check out TED’s helpful list of its most popular talks of all time – several of which conveniently come in at under 15 minutes.

Get some head space

If you’re spending time on your physical wellbeing, it’s only fair to do the same for your mental wellbeing, too.

For a two-pronged attack, use those 15 minutes of face-mask time to focus on your mind.

Headspace offers short guided mediation sessions, or try The Mindful Podcast – the free episodes are filled with 5 or 10 minute mindful practices addressing topics such as gratitude and negative habits.

Developed by dermatologists and inspired by Korean beauty regimes, Neutrogena’s Mask Collection is all about helping you achieve straightforward skincare. Choose from the seven masks on offer, from purifying to anti-ageing. Shop the range here.

Win the entire Neutrogena Mask Collection

Want to make the most of your time with a hard-working, 15-minute face mask? You’re in luck. Neutrogena are offering five Stylist readers the chance to win their entire Mask Collection. Featuring seven masks, the range delivers all the benefits of a facial in just a quarter of an hour. So, whether you want to purify, hydrate, add a little radiance or reduce the signs of ageing, you’ll have the complete Mask Collection to choose from.

Sound good? To enter, simply answer the following question…

Oh no, you’re a little late!

Sorry, the promotion closed over 3 years ago. Don’t worry, you’re still a winner to us. We have loads of other competitions running every week.

Open to UK residents aged 18+ only. Enter from 170:0 hrs 19th June until 1700 hrs on 2nd July 2018. To participate, select the correct answer and complete entry form on this page. Five winners will be selected from all correct entries to win the entire range of NEUTROGENA® Mask Collection composed of 7 masks (1x NEUTROGENA® HYDRO BOOST INSTANT FACIAL CREAM-MASK, 1x NEUTROGENA® RADIANCE BOOST INSTANT FACIAL CREAM-MASK, 1x NEUTROGENA® AGELESS BOOST INSTANT FACIAL CREAM-MASK, 1x NEUTROGENA® HYDRO BOOST HYDROGEL RECOVERY MASK, 1x NEUTROGENA® AGELESS BOOST HYDROGEL RECOVERY MASK, 1x NEUTROGENA® PURIFYING BOOST HYDROGEL RECOVERY MASK, 1x NEUTROGENA® RADIANCE BOOST HYDROGEL RECOVERY MASK, RRP: £24.50). (Full Ts and Cs – click on the link on the entry page). The Promoter is Shortlist Media Ltd.