Here’s Why You Should Sleep With A Mask On Your Face At Night

“Water loss from the skin is more apparent at night than during the day,” says dermatologist Naana Boakye.
Jessica Wilkins Aug, 16, 2018

Committing to a nighttime skin care routine can be a challenge, especially if you’re a busy person who just wants to collapse into bed after a long day. But we now know that a nightly regimen is integral to flawless, healthy skin. “Water loss from the skin is more apparent at night than during the day, so it’s best to rejuvenate, replenish and restore in the evening,” says Naana Boakye, M.D., a dermatologist based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

The concept of sleep masks comes from the K-Beauty trend, which focuses on skin-care and makeup products that protect the outermost layer of the skin. The good news is, the masks can address an array of issues, from dullness to uneven skin tones. And how much easier does it get when the work is done while you’re snagging some shut-eye? An added bonus is that many of these products only need to be used a few times a week. Click through these pages for our picks of the top-rated sleeping masks.






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We all hope that Black don't crack, but just to be on the safe side, this overnight face mask helps target the first signs of aging. The vegan formula, which contains Edelweiss plant stem cells from Italy and Community Trade organic babassu oil from Brazil, smooths and refreshes the skin.

available at The Body Shop $32 Buy

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Use this mask after a late night out. The leave-on gel—which contains vitamins C and E, along with the brand's exclusive moisture-boosting PhytoTarget Complex—treats dullness, dryness and uneven skin tones. Your skin will look rested and refreshed by morning—however soon it may come.

available at Ulta $40 Buy

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This sleep mask has fruit and flower oils, arginine and hyaluronic acid to heal, hydrate and repair the complexion. Users have praised it for how soft their skin feels the next morning.

available at Target $22 Buy

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If you suffer from dry skin, try this mask. It has avocado and apricot kernel oils, which replenish moisture that may have been lost during the day, and Japanese seaweed, which repairs the skin’s barrier to help retain moisture and prevent dehydration.

available at Sephora $28 Buy

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According to the CDC, one in three adults doesn't get enough sleep, and one of the most tell-tale signs of fatigue is the eyes. This leave-on mask comes with a ceramic applicator to de-puff and hydrate them.

available at Sephora $34 Buy

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Do you often hear the phrase “You look tired?” It’s honestly one of the rudest things a person can absentmindedly say, but hey, most of us are tired. This blend of lemon balm, goji berry, gentian and vitamin E reduces signs of fatigue, stress and pollution.

available at Sephora $66 Buy

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Watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid and AHAs help this K-Beauty sleep mask smooth and hydrate the skin.

available at Glow Recipe $45 Buy

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This dual formula overnight treatment results in hydrated, radiant skin. First apply DREAMSERUM, which contains antioxidants green coffee and Teaoxi (tea leaves), to promote an even complexion. Then apply DREAMSEAL, which consists of hyaluronic acid and mozuku green algae, to plump the skin and give it that glow we all want.

available at Sephora $59 Buy

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This overnight treatment firms and redefines the skin. The mask's ingredients include kombucha (black tea ferment), black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract, which improves skin elasticity.

available at Sephora $92 Buy

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This product is ideal for those with concerns about aging skin. The cream features a blend of peptides for fine lines and wrinkles, niacinamide for tone and texture, and sodium hyaluronate and colloidal oatmeal for hydration.

available at Sephora $38 Buy

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This hydrator helps to balance the skin’s naturally occurring flora, which many other products may be stripping away.  The formula works to improve your skin’s natural ecosystem.

available at Sephora $52 Buy

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Interested in getting that J.Lo glow by morning? This creamy, oil-free mask prevents moisture loss, so you’ll wake up with a dewy finish.

available at Sephora $35 Buy

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If you suffer from dryness, dullness, redness and uneven texture, opt for this jelly-pudding mask. Its ultrahydrating herbs like Scottish heather and lady’s mantle help ensure hydrated and dewy skin.

available at Sephora $34 Buy

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You may not be a blushing bride, but you can wake up with wedding-ready skin every day with this top-notch overnighter. The potent blend of turmeric extract, plant stem cells and organic apricot seed oil assists the skin’s natural repair process and works to even out, brighten, firm and lift the skin.

available at Aveda $55 Buy

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This highly recommended mask boosts the skin’s immunity and accelerates skin cell renewal. With its 13.5 percent peptide complex, nine antioxidants, five brighteners and arctic cranberry seed and organic argan oils, the vegan formula will give your skin new life.

available at Net-a-Porter $109 Buy


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