When you normally think of a “sleeping mask,” you probably visualize the eye masks made of fabric and elastic bands that are used to prevent morning light from prematurely waking you up. In the world of skincare, however, sleeping masks have a different meaning. If you haven’t heard of sleeping masks yet, read on! We think you’ll find them to be the perfect antidote to the bitter cold winter air that always dries out our skin.
A sleeping mask (also called a sleeping facial or sleeping pack), is designed to be applied to your face before bed and rinsed off in the morning. Its main purpose is to moisturize your skin while you are sleeping. Since your skin can lose a lot of water during the night, a sleeping mask will help to restore its moisture.
You should apply a sleeping mask after you apply your regular moisturizer. It is not meant to replace it, but rather, it “locks” it in, so that your face will absorb its moisturizer and serum better, giving you optimum results! Since the formula is lighter, it won’t leave a huge mess all over your pillowcase!
Sleeping masks can be used on all skin types, though they are definitely ideal for those with dry skin, especially if you find that your daily moisturizer doesn’t always cut it.
Here are some popular sleeping masks that you should give a try:
Dr. Jart+, a South Korean skincare brand, markets its sleeping mask as a quick-absorbing gel formula that works to strengthen your skin barrier while you sleep. It is formulated to replenish your skin's water supply, while the ingredients of olive leaf and cranberry strengthen the skin barrier in order to boost elasticity. With a fragrant blend of nine essential oils that promote a deep, comforting sleep, Dr. Jart+'s sleeping mask is the ultimate overnight facial experience. It does not feel oily or greasy, and it is formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances, and alcohol.
At half the price of Dr. Jart+, Laneige's Water Sleeping Mask may be a more attractive buy. Luckily, both products have stellar reviews, and beauty gurus love Laneige's immediate absorption, its exfoliating properties (thanks to apricot and chestnut extract), and its aromatic "sleepscent": a mixture of orange flower, rose, and sandalwood that is exclusive to Laneige's products. This mask is ideal for brightening dull and tired skin, and just like Dr. Jart+, it is formulated without parabens and is suitable for all skin types.
Our most expensive recommendation is Herbivore's Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment, which must be admired for its gorgeous colour alone! This overnight cream is packed of superfruits, such as prickly pear, goji berry, and red raspberry seed, as well as a natural blend of exotic butters. Unlike Dr. Jart+ and Laneige, Herbivore's Moonfruit must be applied before other moisturizers, and must also be massaged into the skin, rather than applied on top of it. It works to gently resurface and hydrate your skin, and also fights visible signs of aging. It smells like orange and lavender, and just like all of Herbivore's products, it is vegan and formulated without parabens.
Our last suggestion is to try one of Sephora's sleeping masks, which are sold in one-time use capsules. The collection includes several different scents, including green tea, rose, pomegranate, lotus, honey, and avocado. We recommend that you transfer the product from its Sephora container to a clean, resealable jar, as many of its fans state that there is enough product for several uses.
As we learn about different skincare routines and products that are popular in other countries, such as South Korea, we will continue to update you at Body Lush. In the meantime, give a sleeping mask a try, and let us know how satisfied you are with the results! We guarantee you'll wake to find yourself with healthy, glowing skin.