Are overnight masks necessary? Korean beauty experts seem to think so, and we all know right now it’s all about Korean skincare! It makes sense, doesn’t it? I mean, an overnight facial! No need to waste any waking hours! Yes, but only if it’s a moisturizing one. I don’t recommend leaving clay based (too drying) or acid based (too harsh!) masks on your skin all night and I am speaking from personal experience here. I remember thinking if a mask works well for 20 minutes, it must work even better for 12 hours- so I slathered on a deep cleansing clay mask and called it a night. The next day, not only was my pillow case a mess but my skin as well.
And you don’t want to know what happened when I left acid peeling mask on all night- I had an allergic reaction and a ghastly raccoon like red rash around my eyes for weeks! Luckily, there are now masks formulated to work while you sleep! I spent the last year testing various masks and narrowed it down to five favorites in different price ranges.
I think we all know that money can’t buy you style, but can it buy you better skin? It depends- there are masks from drugstore brands under $25 that I swear by but also super luxe ones that I feel have superior ingredients and hence got my approval.
Each one of the masks actually made a difference after regular use. I like doing overnight masks once or twice a week, after a particularly stressful work day or a long weekend of over-indulging! Check out my favorites below listed by price- from $24-$345!
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (on Amazon for $24) I started using Laneige a couple of years ago, it’s not the best Korean brand but it’s one of the most popular due to price and effectiveness. It’s slightly strong scented, which I don’t mind but some do so keep that in mind when you order. Also, at this price, it’s the best bang for your buck. I liked the gel and watery texture, weightless and hydrating. I will definitely keep it in my arsenal.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque (at Nordstrom for $35) The first overnight mask I have ever tried, this is one of those masks that you have to get used to. It is very sticky and gooey but when you wake up, your skin is insanely smooth! It’s a total mess but the end result is worth it. Make sure you’re not sleeping on your expensive sheets when you use this.
The Estée Edit Pink Peony Overnight Waterpack Mask (at Sephora for $50) I got this mask purely because I like pink peonies, and was surprised to find my skin respond to it so well. Definitely brighter immediately upon waking with a smoother texture. Full of fruit and flower extracts and hyaluronic acid without parabens, this is a great one if you’re not used to sleeping with a mask on your face. It disappears immediately into the skin! I would use this three times a week if needed.
Fresh Black Tea Overnight Mask (at Nordstrom for $92) If you’re looking to firm and tone your skin- this is the mask for you! Fresh Black Tea mask is one of my all time favorites and the overnight version doesn’t disappoint! Whipped and soft texture, it feels more like a cream than a mask. The black tea ferment really does a number on your skin, I wake up with super smooth skin each time. Great to use the night before an important meeting or photo shoot.
La Prairie ‘Skin Caviar’ Luxe Sleep Mask (at Nordstrom for $345) Ok, this is a hard price to swallow, but if you want the top of the skin food chain, there ain’t nothing like skin caviar for velvety skin! I can not tell you how many late Friday nights when I’ve worked all day, entertained friends/family/the boy all night and all I can manage is a quick scrub of my face and a slap of this mask before falling to bed.
It is, without a doubt, the most luxurious sleep mask on the market. And, it works! If you’re under 35, you probably don’t need this- scroll up and choose one of the other great sleep masks. But if you’re nearing the 40 mark and want try something super hydrating, go to the La Prarie counter and ask for a sample or test it on the back of your hand (apply and let it sit there all day).
Now, go sleep on it and report back to me! Would love to hear how you liked sleep masks!