Sleep Your Way to Better Skin with These 10 Overnight Face Masks
There's a legitimate meaning behind the term "beauty sleep." When you catch a few Zzzs, your skin goes into its natural regeneration mode, working hard to repair and undo the damage done during the day. While awake it needs to be in defense mode, trying to fight the onslaught of the sun, pollution and other harmful factors, but at night it finally switches to attack mode and has the opportunity to actively repair and rebuild. The products you use at bedtime can play a pivotal role, acting as a support system for your skin as it regenerates. If you really want to take it up a notch, consider replacing your dependable night cream with an overnight mask a few times a week. With a greater concentration of skin-loving, youth-boosting ingredients, this is the method of choice to make the most of your precious shut-eye time. Take these 10 overnight masks for a test snooze and see for yourself what we mean.
1 Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask
Antioxidants are the star of the show here in the form of a large dose of vitamin C along with a super berry blend. Both work together to brighten the skin and hydrate it with squalane, glycerin and hyaluronic acid. You'll wake up to more radiant, plumper, smoother skin - yes, please.
2. Cocokindo Resurfacing Sleep Mask
Retinol is the best anti-aging ingredient out there, and it's true. The only problem? It's notorious for a long list of undesirable side effects, including skin irritation, redness, dryness, and peeling. If your skin can't tolerate strong ingredients, you might want to try bakuchiol instead. The plant-based ingredient has been shown to have all of the same youth-boosting benefits as retinol, without the potential for irritation, making it safe for those with sensitive skin. It is the main ingredient in this anti-aging mask and targets fine lines and discoloration, while also improving hydration and reducing redness.
3. Olay Overnight Gel Mask Firming
If your goal is firmer skin, stir up this affordable option. It relies on both vitamin A and vitamin B3 to deliver such, but it's a hyaluronic acid-based gel that packs a major moisturizing punch as well. Nonetheless, it's nice and lightweight and penetrates the skin quickly rather than going all over the pillowcase.
4. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Your skin tends to lose moisture naturally while you sleep (read: natural moisture), making it essential to both restore and lock in that moisture. Do so with this gel mask. As the name suggests, it uses special mineral-rich water to heal dry skin and works effectively on all skin types. Bonus points for the special fragrance, which is a mix of orange blossoms, roses, and sandalwood, to help you relax and fall asleep.
5. Bliss Green Tea Wonder Clarifying Overnight Gel Mask
Masks are often thought of as best for dry skin, but they are also an effective option for oily or combination skin. You just need to pick the right formula, and this will fit the bill. It relies on both azelaic acid and green tea extract to balance the skin and minimize the appearance of pores, so you wake up with smoother, less shiny skin.
6. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
Fun fact: This mask has sold out seven times, and at one point there was a waiting list of 8,000 people. With numbers like that, you know it's going to be good. As you can imagine, the watermelon is used to provide plenty of hydrating and soothing minerals to the skin, while the lactic and glycolic acids are used to gently exfoliate. (Not to mention it's a beautiful shade of pink and smells fruity. FYI, if your skin is sensitive, it is best to use it as a rinse off. Otherwise, leave it on overnight.
7. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Overnight Gel Mask
Be sure to pack this spill-proof single-dose mask on your next vacation for a quick skin pick-me-up. Infused with hyaluronic acid, it's a sure-fire way to revive and hydrate dull skin. Both the formula and the convenient packaging make it a great option for those long haul flights.
8. Alpin Beauty Calming Sleeping Mask with Melatonin and Wild Dandelion
You probably know melatonin as an ingredient in sleep aid supplements, but it's also great for topical use. A powerful antioxidant, it's great for calming and brightening the skin. Here it is paired with wild dandelion, a powerful antioxidant that also has detoxifying properties. Also in the mix is bakuchiol. This is the aforementioned plant-based retinol alternative. This trio creates a formula that will address almost any concern about your complexion. There is also no long list of questionable chemicals.
9. Dr. Brandt Skin Care Hydrobiotic Recovery Sleeping Mask
Dealing with stressed out, red, inflamed skin? Regardless of the cause, this is the fix. The ultra-soothing formula uses all kinds of ingredients to soothe your complexion. We're talking peptides to reduce redness, ceramides and fatty acids to strengthen the skin barrier, and a complex to balance the skin's natural bacteria. Tip: For best results, do not wash it off the next morning.
10. Korres Wild Rose Night - Brightening Sleeping Facial
This sleeping mask contains two rose-derived ingredients. Rose water in a 15% concentration hydrates and rose oil helps target discoloration and fight fine lines. The formula also contains vitamin C. This is another standout for knocking out blemishes and wrinkles.