Skin regenerates while you sleep and it’s only logical to give it all it needs to bounce back from environmental damage, stress, and UV damage sustained during the day. Our skin also loses hydration while we sleep, add on the constant air conditioning overnight and you’ll probably understand why sleeping masks are the perfect bedtime companion.
Here are the most popular hydrating overnight sleeping masks that help you wake up to glowing skin. From soothing, hydrating, clarifying, to exfoliating benefits, take a look at our overnight face mask picks here.
This new addition to Aesop’s Skin Care+ range delivers concentrated doses of vitamins and complementary botanicals that help replenish, balance, and fortify the skin. Enriched with Vitamins B, C, E, and F along with hydrating ingredients, this nourishing overnight mask helps to even the skin texture and appearance. Use it whenever you need a boost of hydration or if the constant wearing of masks has been irritating your skin. Generously apply a layer onto the face and neck and leave it to nourish the skin overnight, then rinse it off in the morning during your routine cleaning.
Using a powerful blend of acids along with probiotic complex and hibiscus extract, this liquid mask stays put while you sleep and its clear-drying formula keeps it from staining on your pillowcase. The overnight peel helps to exfoliate and smoothen the skin while refining lines and reducing the appearance of pores. Just layer it onto your face once it’s dried after cleansing and allow it to dry clear after 15 minutes before going to bed. You can use this mask weekly for up to three consecutive days, keep in mind that since this mask uses AHAs your skin might be more sensitive to sunlight after so be sure to layer on the sunscreen and limit sun exposure for a week after.
Traditional Oriental herbs like scutellaria root, walnut extract and angelica acutiloba within the Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask EX nourishes and re-energises skin while you sleep.
The CNP Laboratory Aqua Soothing-Gel Cream can be used as a lightweight moisturiser or as an overnight mask when you apply a generous layer. It nourishes and soothes redness, and doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on skin.
Shiseido White Lucent Overnight Cream & Mask is ideal for those whose skin concerns are leaning on the side of fine lines, wrinkles, and restoring firmness and elasticity. Combining their ReNeura Technology+ with Sakura-Bright Complex, this cream helps to brighten dark spots while bringing out a luminous and even complexion from within.
Containing extracts from the rare and delicate white lotus flower which only blooms at dusk, the Kenzoki Belle de Jour Dream Night Mask neutralises free radical damage while you sleep. The lightweight sorbet texture applies easily, leaving skin feeling hydrated and plump.
Tapping on skin’s regenerative powers at night, the Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask hydrates and firms skin while you sleep. The velvety balm texture absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin feeling sticking or uncomfortable while you sleep.
This cooling and hydrating overnight mask help to plump the skin and rehydrate it to keep it soft and supple. Enriched with barrier-replenishing ingredients like niacinamide, omega fatty acids, and powerful antioxidants, the mask is also loaded with beads of Vitamin F that help to deliver extra emollience to the skin. This set also includes the T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum (3 ml) that helps exfoliate the skin overnight.
The Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask deeply hydrates while you snooze and is also oil- and fragrance-free, making it the ideal overnight mask for dry, sensitive skin.
The Bio Lifting Mask is a 94 per cent natural mask that’s vegan-friendly and powered by botanicals to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with the anti-wrinkle hexapeptide, this mask helps to soften expression lines while moisturising the skin.
This clear gel mask might look unassuming, but the Skin Inc Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask, $116 contains nutrient-rich deep sea water from Southern Japan that hydrates, clarifies and brightens skin at the same time.
Enriched with Edelweiss stem cells, The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, contains antioxidants and moisturise skin with its lightweight gel texture. This refreshing sleeping mask moulds like a second skin and helps to smoothen and soften the skin overnight.
Formulated to work in sync with skin’s rejuvenating cycle at night, the Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask fights against free radical damage accumulated during the day and improves skin firmness over time.
If your skin has been breaking out from face masks, then you should be looking into clarifying products. This overnight mask is suited for those who are concerned with blackheads, visible pores, and acne and blemishes. Formulated with colloidal sulfur, bentonite, and kaolin, this vegan clay mask helps to prevent future breakouts while reducing the appearance of imperfections. You can use it as is or use it as a deeper treatment by layering it onto targeted areas before washing it off in the morning.
This vegan overnight replenishing mask helps to intensely moisturise the skin while soothing it from redness or any signs of irritation. It also helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier for healthier skin with fermented forest yeast extract.
Those with stressed and problematic skin can heave a sigh of relief with the Allies of Skin 1A Overnight Mask. Containing a stabilised form of retinol, this cream mask alleviates acne scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
The Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Night Cream is a gentle overnight peel that helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots and even out the skin tone. Suited for sensitive skin, this cream helps to keep the complexion bright and glowing.
Deliciously scented, this skin-smoothing sleeping mask is enriched with hyaluronic acid, AHAs, and watermelon that help to gently exfoliate and refine pores as you sleep. Its pillow-proof formula makes it the perfect overnight companion that helps keep your skin baby soft in the morning. Just use two scoops for a generous layer on the skin and gently pat it around until absorbed. If you have dry skin, add on an additional dime-sized amount to the skin.
Containing prickly pear seed oil which is able to withstand the harshest conditions from its native desert, this hydrating mask can help skin retain moisture. It also contains antioxidants which neutralises free radical damage, strengthening skin and help make it more resilient against damage.
Containing ingredients like Swiss Glacier Water, Hyaluronic Acid & Avocado Butter, this ultra-nourishing overnight mask helps to hydrate skin for up to 72 hours. Buttery soft avocado extracts contain fatty acids that help the skin retain moisture, while keeping nasty bacteria and irritants out.
Text: Arissa Ha, Additional reporting: Farisia Thang
This post was first published on December 30, 2019, and updated on September 10, 2020.
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