Sleep and face masks! Two of my favourite things! So combining them makes me very happy! The lazy way to get flawless skin. Overnight Masks, sleep masks or sleeping packs (as they're called in Korea) have become popular in the past few years with more and more new formulas becoming available, you can now find overnight masks that address every skin concern.
Although Korea has been credited with starting the craze, in the spa industry therapists have been recommending certain masks to be used overnight. One of my favourites overnight routines was to apply a thick layer of ESPA Replenishing Oil, followed by their Essential Cleansing Mask. When I washed it off in the morning my skin would be glowing! I must start using them again...
Why use an Overnight Face Mask?
Sleeping is when your body and skin repair itself so it's the optimum time to deliver continuous, potent ingredients to address skin issues. The overnight mask also works as a barrier and sealant, locking in your other active products and preventing moisture leaving the skin.
It also makes life a lot easier for those who don't have time (or the patience) to sit down a do a full skincare routine every night. Lazy girls unite!
When it comes to choosing an overnight facem mask, you are spoilt for choice! You will easily find one that suits your skincare needs and your wallet! I've picked out some of the best below.
Hydrating Overnight Face Masks
Overnight Masks are perfect for giving your skin an extra hydration boost. They can also help prevent your skin from becoming dry by limiting the amount of moisture lost through the skin during the night. Especially if you're using central heating in the winter dry air just sucks all the moisture out!
An intensely hydrating overnight treatment mask that helps you fall asleep. Chicory Root Extract helps to reinforce the skin's natural barrier function, while Konjac Root and Hyaluronic Acid hydrate and smooth, and Vitamin C boosts radiance. While Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang and Lavandin Essential Oils to help calm a busy mind. Wake feeling and looking refreshed!
Supercharge your sleep with the Pacifica Wakeup Beautiful Hydration Mask that helps quench thirsty, stressed, sun damaged skin and bring back the supple, dewy appearance of youth.
Essential lipids, antioxidants and clinically studied natural extracts help revive and re-hydrate. This no-rinse, non-greasy, non-sticky formula leaves skin visibly improved while the aromatherapeutic benefits aid in relaxation.
For dry and combination skin types. 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
Nourishing Overnight Face Masks
If your skin is feeling like it needs a bit more TLC, a nourishing sleep mask will give it the love it needs to behave itself again.
A deeply nourishing face mask that delivers multiple skin benefits as you sleep. Enriched with a potent blend of Propolis Extract and Natural Beeswax, the formula restores vital moisture to the complexion for a softening and brightening effect, as well as soothing any redness or irritation.
The three-in-one mask can be used as an overnight treatment, a wash-off mask or simply as a cream to impart visible radiance and health to skin.
Wake up to a repaired complexion with this Nourishing Sleep Mask from PIXI. The youth-preserving mask covers your skin with a nutrient-rich veil of moisture to heal and protect your skin while you sleep.
Enriched with fruit and flower oils to soothe, Arginine to strengthen, and Hyaluronic Acid to plump, the overnight nourisher seals in any serum or treatment applied underneath and leaves you with a silky smooth complexion.
Overnight Face Masks for Acne or Congestions
Most sleep masks won't suit very oily or with active acne skin and may even make the condition worse, The traditional pore clearing clay and charcoal masks should only be left on for the recommended amount of time as any longer, you risk drying out your skin and causing irritability. But the recent releases of purifying overnight masks means oily skin types can join in!
This single-use mask contains Charcoal and Salicylic Acid to help eradicate blemishes and leave skin soft and smooth. The formula absorbs into skin easily and won’t leave any residue on your pillow so you can wake up glowing.
Enriched with blemish-battling niacinamide and oil-balancing natural extracts – including lavender, rosemary, thyme and willow bark – this mask actively unclogs pores, absorbing excess oil and impurities for a deeply cleansed result. Also infused with cooling peppermint oil, the mask has a blissfully subtle cooling effect, allowing you to wake to a calm and collected complexion whenever you use it.
Brightening Overnight Face Masks
With ingredients like lactic and glycolic acid having more time to exfoliate your skin while you sleep, you will wake up with a more even complexion and brighter skin.
GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
Traditionally used in Korea to soothe irritated and inflamed skin, watermelon extract floods the complexion with restoring vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids. Starring this exquisite extract – along with hydrating hyaluronic acid and pore-refining alpha hydroxy acids – this pillow-proof, gel-textured formula gets to work while you sleep, exfoliating and moisturising so you can wake up to baby-soft, gorgeously glowing skin every morning.
Enriched with a unique complex of actives, the night-time facial begins phase one by gently exfoliating with Alpha Hydroxy, Lactic and Glycolic Acids; these help to repair uneven texture and reduce the severity of surface pigmentation. Phase two invigorates skin; the formula combines Glycogen, Magnesium and Omega Oils that work in synergy to energise and revitalise the complexion. Phase three infuses skin with a burst of hydration. Sodium Lactate attracts water to skin, intensely moisturising while plumping out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Anti Ageing Overnight Face Masks
As sleep is when our skin repairs itself, this is the perfect time to give it a helping hand with some potent anti ageing ingredients. Sleep Masks are also thought to help products penetrate deeper into the skin - which is where you want those special anti ageing ingredients to do their work
Powered by a 15% concentration of Cyclodextrin extracted from Snail Slime, combined with botanical stem cells, the moisturising gel mask gets to work on brightening and soothing skin to revive skin’s youthful capacity. A super-moisturising blend of Baobab Tree extract and deep sea water work in tandem to quench thirsty skin with vital moisture, fortifying its barrier function and improving the appearance of wrinkles, lines, loss of firmness and other signs of ageing. Skin is left silky-smooth and vibrant with a luminous glow.
One of my best of beauty picks for 2018, I've been loving this overnight mask.
It fights many of the signs associated with impaired cellular communication. The formula is a suspension of plant stem cells from mountain flowers and narrowleaf plantain, as well as highly-purified polyphenols rich in hydroxycinnamic acid from oregano leaves. The suspension medium is comprised of advanced adaptive silicones that lengthen dermal exposure timeframe, supported by a fractionated spectrum of molecular weight (instead of a specific one) of hyaluronic acid, just as naturally found in the body. The result is skin that looks healthy, well-rested, bright and uniform from the very first use.
Sleep masks are a great way to amp up your skincare routine. With almost no drawbacks, nearly everyone can use a sleep mask to get better looking, healthier skin!
So tell me! Do you use an overnight face mask? Do you want to use one? Let me know in the comments!
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