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Let’s get serious, who doesn’t love to sleep? It’s the way to reenergize your body, your mind, and your soul. It’s the much-needed respite that we get to look forward to every single night—a time to completely surrender to our subconscious and allow our entire being to rest. And because of this, it’s also the perfect time to utilize an overnight face mask.
When I say face mask, I don’t mean the minutes-long, rinse-off treatments that we know and love—nobody wants to wake up to a mess of product all over their pillowcase. I’m talking about the rich, creamy formulas that are meant to seep into the skin and stay there while you snooze. A supercharged version of a moisturizer, overnight face masks are ultra- intensive, delivering potent ingredients that work all night to plump, hydrate, revitalize, and soften your skin. By the time you wake up, the product will have absorbed, and your skin will feel renewed.
Below, the best overnight face masks to bring your complexion to life.
The first I’d ever heard of an overnight mask was through Laneige. Since that OG product, they’ve launched this mild, repairing mask that majorly smooths and hydrates your skin—all without the irritation. Thanks to fermented forest yeast extract, the skin’s barrier is strengthened and protected. Reviewers recommend using this product as the last step in your skincare routine for the best results.
Vitamin E, the superstar antioxidant of this mask, essentially creates a barrier around the skin to protect it from surface free radicals—a cause of wrinkles and fine lines. Plus, the gel texture is infused with hydrating honeysuckle extract and regenerative vitamin B3. It also wouldn’t be mega-moisturizer without the addition of derm-approved hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in the human body. It acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin, and eyes. When used in skincare, it acts as a moisture binder, which means that it will attach itself to the water in the cells (while also attracting and holding water from the air) making them plump.
This award-winning, breathable mask boosts your skin’s natural radiance by delivering both watermelon extract, which is brimming with amino acids and pore-refining AHAs, which gently exfoliate while you sleep. Other notable ingredients include hydrating hyaluronic acid and repairing pumpkin extract.
We love bakuchiol, a plant-derived, gentler retinol alternative because it can encourage youthful-looking skin. It’s also the main ingredient of this pillowy mask which can help reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Use around 3-4 times a week for best results.
If you’ve got thirsty skin, let the mineral-rich Swiss glacier water in this mask gently hydrate every inch. Packed with other moisturizing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and avocado butter, this velvety soft mask brings its A-game for up to 72 hours.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body, including the skin, but we cannot produce it on our own. For the skin, it helps to boost collagen, lighten discoloration, and fight free radicals.
Super berries and vitamin C come together to provide your skin with the ultimate in moisturization. Maqui, an antioxidant fruit, defends skin against stress, while squalene boosts skin’s hydration. One reviewer reports that the rich texture lives up to the hype—it improved their skin’s moisture after just four uses.
Just like its name states, this mighty mask works overtime. Harnessing the power of exfoliating apricot seed powder and brightening pumpkin, this clarifying formula gently polishes off dead skin so it looks brighter and more glowy.
Glycerin is a naturally occurring compound in the body; in topical skincare, it is derived from plants. It functions to draw water to the skin and continue hydrating it, making it a great ingredient for extreme dryness.
This once a week—or twice a week, if you’re feeling so inclined—treatment softens your skin with moisturizing ingredients like squalane and glycerin. If you tend to be drier in some areas, this formula works to combat that, smoothing and evening out your skin. Be generous with your application, then after 10 minutes, tissue off any excess. Leave the rest of the product to work its magic overnight.
The delicate skin around our eyes need a chance to restore, too. Horse chestnut reduces puffiness around the delicate eye area while a combo of anti-aging peptides helps to visibly smooth wrinkles. Users love the convenience of application, thanks to the massaging steel roller ball.
One word to describe this cream would be plush. It has a lightweight, soft texture that doesn’t leave your skin feeling slick or greasy. Plus, ingredients like walnut extract and scutellaria root nourish all types of skin, leaving it feeling supple and well-hydrated the next morning.
Massage this formula into the face and neck right before bed, and allow a unique combo of saffron flowers, shea butter, and thyme honey to rejuvenate overnight. Users love that it can be used as both an overnight mask as well as a quick treatment. If being used as a treatment, spread a thick layer onto the skin, then leave on for 10 minutes. Rub in the excess.
Brightening pomegranate enzymes play a big role in this fruit-based formula. It does double-duty by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and providing intense moisture. You'll love the transporting and calming scent of Moroccan rose oil, which can instantly put you to sleep.