Sleeping Masks vs. Night Creams: Is There Really a Difference?


Pepe Leon

Even if your finger is only faintly on the pulse of all things trendy in beauty, chances are you've heard mention lately of "sleeping masks" or at the very least, "leave-on" masks, since it's the newest Korean skincare category to take the Western market by storm. Simply put, they're "masks" that don't require any rinsing off, hence why you can wear them while sleeping. It sounds smart, but—we get it—vaguely suspicious. Here's yet another thing we should be putting on our faces at night? (SHOULD I be putting it on my face?Is the term "sleeping mask" a marketing ploy, or does it actually accomplish something that my nighttime moisturizer doesn't?

All valid questions—and the short answer is yes, sleeping masks are different than night creams. But to elaborate on the hows and whys, we turned to NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Jessica Weiser. Here, she helps us explain why it might be worth rotating a leave-on mask into your evening skincare regimen—and most importantly, why it won't require much additional effort. 

Have you tried a sleeping mask yet? Got any other burning skincare questions? Sound off below, and we might address your inquiry in a future post!