11 Overnight Masks That Made Our Skin Look Better by Morning

Updated 04/18/19

We know that sleep is important, so we won't wax poetic on the subject. You know and we know those fateful streaks when we're far more devoted to our current Netflix flame than our REM cycle typically culminates in the strife and suffering of our mood, productivity, appearance, appetite… the list goes on. But does that mean we'll shorten our remote's nightly workout routine anytime soon? Unfortunately, probably not. (We could make a reference to Archie Andrew's abs, here but we'll restrain ourselves.) 

Therefore, we're super into products like overnight masks that pull an all-nighter to gift our complexions with the smooth, lit-from-within glow à la Leonardo da Vinci's most skin-blessed cherubs. Laden with potent, exotic, and all-around magical ingredients, our favorite overnight masks work while we sleep (even if it's just a measly five hours) to repair and replenish our stressed-out skin. The result: a not so subtle double-take in front of our bathroom mirror the next morning.

Curious to know which formulas our secretly exhausted skin swears by? Keep scrolling for 11 overnight masks that will trick your co-workers, S.O., heck, even your dog into thinking you got a full night of beauty sleep. (And don't worry, your secret is safe with us.)

Renée Rouleau Pure Radiance Creme Masque $62
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If your skin falls on the drier side of the spectrum, try reaching for this mega-moisturizing mask from celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau. Equipped with cherry pit oil (for those antioxidants), a nourishing blend of oils (think jojoba, rosehip, borage seed, and grape seed), plus a pinch of shea butter, this mask can be left on overnight to maximize its already glow-worthy results. 

Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask $24
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Vitamin B3, mulberry extract, and humectants come together in this lightweight overnight mask to renew skin with a helpful dose of hydration and luminosity.

1851 Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask 3.4 oz/ 100 mL
Kiehl's 1851 Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask $39
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A favorite of news writer Kaitlyn McLintock, this heavy-hitting mask is especially great for those consistently exposed to aggressive environmental factors like pollution. (In other words, if you live in a big city, consider adding this to your cart ASAP.) Not only does it cure uneven texture and dullness, it will also prevent potential pollutants from penetrating the skin's barrier in the first place. 

Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Super Hydration Sleepover Mask $15
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Though it sounds like mermaid bait (due to a whimsical formula enriched with mushrooms, floral cells, quinoa, and other exotic essences), this natural overnight mask is vegan, cruelty-free, and high on the hydration factor. 

Women's Bright Future Overnight Facial
Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial $120
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You can (and should) read all about editorial director Faith Xue's favorite overnight mask. But to summarize, this pretty silver tube boasts a game-changing hyaluronic acid–based chemical peel, which promises to transform the look of dark spots, pores, and breakouts in as little as three days. (Oh, and she's gotten me shamelessly addicted to this little number, as well.)

Edible Beauty Sleeping Beauty Purity Mask $55
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Honestly, they had us at "Sleeping Beauty," but this overnight elixir's dreamy ingredient list is just as mesmerizing. Australian pink clay, zeolite (a volcanic mineral), avocado oil, açai, aloe vera, and snowflower seed oil help calm, purify, and hydrate as you sleep.

Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment
Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfood Night Treatment $58
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Slather this periwinkle hued overnight mask on your face post-cleanse, and you'll wake up to gently exfoliated (thus radiant) skin. Blame it on the all-star lineup of prickly pear, goji berry, raspberry seed, kokum butter, papaya, lemon, sugar cane, orange, (and more), which lock in moisture and increase the complexion's natural cell turnover. 

Water Sleeping Mask 2.3 oz/ 70 mL
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask $25
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Recommended by associate editor Audrey Noble, this beloved overnight mask effortlessly melts into skin as you sleep to hydrate, smoothe, and calm stressed-out skin. Plus, it's the ultimate nighttime sleep ritual, thanks to decadent ingredients like orange flower, rose, sandalwood, apricot, and evening primrose extracts. Smooth it on, breath deeply, tuck yourself in, and look forward to touchably soft skin come morning. 

Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask $125
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An excellent choice if you're prone to oil and pigmentation, this lust-worthy mask from Omorovicza is an editor favorite and formulated with salicylic acid, sand lily, red algae, and copper gluconate to keep skin calm, even, and free of lines and wrinkles. After toning, try applying a thin, even layer for maximum absorption. (It's one of my personal favorites, and I'll use it two to three times per week depending on how manic my skin's been.)

Pixi Nourishing Sleep Mask $22
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Pixi is known for delivering prestige-level results sans the associated price tags, and its nourishing overnight mask is no exception. Chock-full of nutrients, fatty acids (for bushy-eyed brightness), and thirst-quenching oils like jojoba, lavender, and rose geranium, skin is instantly soothed and pacified which makes for a great first impression at the mirror each morning. 

Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial 1.35 oz
Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial $48
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The name doesn't lie, this rose-scented overnight mask truly reveals bright, luminous, your-skin-but-better results after just a few hours of shut-eye. It's one that I personally swear by (sorry to break the fourth wall), and it single-handedly helped clear some discoloration and pigmentation woes I dealt with a few years back. Super-charged with vitamin C and wild rose oil, this mask's brightening benefits will help ease 6 a.m. alarm anxiety.

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