As much as I love pumicing, scrubbing, cleansing, and dripping oils all over my face every night, I do have something to confess: I wish skincare was easier. I've been diligently doing a nighttime and morning beauty routine for years, but it can get dull. And I love doing a face mask for some extra T.L.C., but then there's the washing off process, the forgetting it's on and smudging it on your boyfriend's shirt process, and the wait-I-thought-I'd-look-different-after process. So many processes, and all you want to do is go to bed. If only there was something you could do for your skin while you sleep! Thus, overnight face masks were invented.
Night masks are the answer to my prayers. Not only are they the easiest thing in the world to apply, but after they're on, you can hop right into dreamland and wake up actually noticing a difference. While overnight face masks have typically been used as a way to give your skin an extra boost of moisture, there are now overnight masks for every skin concern imaginable. Want to wake up looking younger? There's a mask for that. Want your skin to not feel itchy and irritated by morning? Hey presto—there's a mask for that, too.
If your main skin concern is dryness, check out this moisturizing mask from Origins. Combining Swiss Glacier water, hyaluronic acid, and avocado butter, the formula promises up to 72 hours of hydration. So your skin will be feeling refreshed long after your alarm buzzes.
With retinol, PHAs, and avocado, this mask is ideal for helping smooth uneven skin texture without drying you out or causing breakouts. This mask is gentle enough to be used every night, so you can wake up with gorgeous skin every morning.
Throw these pods in your purse when you know you're going to need some extra help on your weekend away. For skin that needs some extra hydration, this pre-proportioned mask gives your skin a boost of hyaluronic acid, so your skin always looks moisturized and supple.
For Sensitive Skin
While you catch some Zs, this hypoallergenic overnight mask will deeply nourish and calm your stressed skin. Soothing and moisturizing, this mask works to relieve dryness and redness while strengthening your skin’s moisture barrier.
For Strengthening Skin Barrier
This ultra-hydrating mask contains 10.5-percent squalene and locks in moisture overnight. It helps to prevent dryness for up to three days so you can wave goodbye to tightness and flaky skin.
If your skin is severely dehydrated, this overnight mask uses active ingredients to help your skin retain moisture. With Vitamin C, squalene, and hyaluronic acid, this product not only adds hydration but also plumps and revitalizes the skin.
For dehydrated skin that needs a boost of radiance, this leave-on mask will provide you with both. Uneven texture and dark spots will be treated overnight so you can wake up to refreshed and rehydrated skin.
These patches should be applied to areas of the skin where wrinkles are the most prominent, like around the mouth, on the forehead, and over the eye. With Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, these patches plump problem areas and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Because dreamland is often where the body and skin regenerate, this mask speeds along that natural process. If puffy, dull skin is the bane of your existence, this firming mask helps contour the face so you can wake up looking like your best self.
This mask does it all: it rehydrates, firms, plumps, and heals all in one. For anyone who wants a facial in a bottle, this overnight product will help you wake up feeling like your best self.
If you're looking to achieve Miranda Kerr's signature glowing look, this face mask will help you get there. The supermodel's creation natural ingredients, like mushrooms and coconut milk, to moisturize and plump the skin. You'll be photoshoot-ready by morning!
If your skin is showing the familiar signs of irritation—redness, feeling hot, or acne flare-ups—this mask is your one-stop fix. It hydrates and and cools to calm and soothe the skin, while also working to heal irritation. It can be used as an overnight treatment, a wash-off mask, or even as a cream. What doesn't this mask do?
For Diminishing Pores
Our skin is very susceptible to stress, which is why you might be noticing acne flare-ups, dry patches, and dullness during these hectic times. This mask uses yuzu, niacinamide, and retinol to add moisture and radiance back to the skin. Plus, those unsightly pores will look diminished in the morning.
Best for Redness
If dehydration is making your face feel red, cracked, or just plain uncomfortable, it's time to bring in the big guns. This mask works to combat both the symptoms and the disease, all in one night. This product gives your skin the moisture it needs while working against redness and irritation.
For Locking In Serums
If you're worried that your nighttime moisture is hydrating your pillow more than your face, you're not alone. This lightweight mask not only gives your skin a boost of moisture, but it locks in the rest of your skincare routine so none of your products go to waste.
For Younger Skin
If nighttime is the time to regenerate, then this mask ups the ante. Natural berries and PHAs work to detox the skin from harmful build-up and pollution that exacerbate signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. You'll wake up glowing, looking years younger.
The world is stressful enough without worrying about your skin, too. This overnight mask gives your skin the moisture it needs, so you have one less thing to worry about. With ceramides, vitamins, and antioxidants, you can say goodbye to redness, dry patches, and tired-looking skin. For skin in dire need of extra help, you can even use this mask as a daily moisturizer.
For Morning Glow
This mask goes to work while you get your beauty sleep, so you’ll wake up with a radiant, plump complexion. Ingredients like Star Arvensis™ and Indian Night Jasmine hydrate and moisturize the skin, while Peptide4 helps cell renewal for smoother and brighter skin.
This overnight treatment mask works on your current blemishes while helping to prevent future breakouts, too. Its blend of ingredients will not only gently exfoliate and brighten your skin but they'll also soothe redness, improve skin texture, and lighten dark spots.
Even out your complexion with this hydrating balm that'll turn to an oil when massaged into your skin. Formulated with 12 essential oils from medicinal plants, citrus, spices, and flowers, the mask will rebalance and strengthen your skin. The silky texture and fresh scent make it a real treat for your nighttime routine.
Tatjana Freund is a Beauty Commerce Writer, covering makeup, skincare, and haircare products and trends. She's a fan of vodka tonics and creepy Wikipedia pages.
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