While You Were Sleeping

You know that feeling when you know you’ve perfected a nighttime skin regimen? Well, what if there was a way to step it up a notch and ensure that the following morning you could wake up with skin that literally glows? Enter sleeping/overnight masks. Sleeping masks are not new to the skincare market—in fact they have been a skincare staple in most K-Beauty skincare regimens. I actually started using a sleeping mask before I actually knew that I was in fact using a sleeping mask. It started about two years ago when I stumbled upon K-Beauty brand Caolion. After using their Pore Pack several times, I stumbled across their Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask. It was the texture that really got me. It had a jelly/slimy texture that spread easily and left my skin extra glowy. I didn’t use it everyday  and eventually I shelved it because Glamglow came out with their Dream Duo Overnight Transforming Treatment. I really loved that product. I used it every night and went through four jars. Then just two months ago, I learned about Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Sleeping Mask. Not ready to commit, I bought the travel size. I waited about a month before actually using it, and I really like it. It smells great and had the slimy consistency that I associated with sleeping masks. Each one of these masks are have similar claims but their are some differences. I’m going to go through each one and if you’re in the market for or just curious about using a sleeping/overnight mask this might help you in making a decision.

Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Mask

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Claims: Pore Tightening/Controls Sebum/ Firms and Lifts/Hydrates

Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Willowbark Extract

Texture: Bouncy

My Review: Cannot really speak as to the pore tightening effect, but this was a very hydrating overnight mask that left my skin glowing without looking oily. With that said it does control excess sebum.

Best for: Oily/Combination Skin

Price: $31/50 mL

Glamglow Dreamduo™Overnight Treatment

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Claims: Dual chamber (Dream Serum & Dream Seal) overnight treatment that plumps and hydrates

Key Ingredients: Green Coffee & Green Tea Leaf TEAOXI® (Dream Serum) and Hyaluronic Acid + Mozuku Green Algae (Dream Seal)

Texture: Creamy

My review: This definitely gave you glowing skin. My skin was smooth after just one use and on days when I wore makeup, the application was flawless.

Best for: Dry, Normal, Combination, Oily

Price: $59/40 mL Total Net Wt.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask

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Claims: Pore Refining/ Hydrating/Gentle Exfoliation

Key Ingredients: Watermelon Extract, hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, Glycolic Acid

My Review: This is a very hydrating overnight mask, definitely gently exfoliates and my skin looked refreshed and brighter after several uses.

Best for: Dry, Normal, Combination, Oily, Sensitive

Price: $22 for 30 mL/$45 for 80 mL

Of the three that I have discussed above, Glamglow is my favorite but Glow Recipe gives you the best bang for your buck and it’s safe for all skin types. If you’ve tried any of these sleeping masks/treatments sound off in the comments below.

Sleep tight!


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