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.
Claims: Pore Tightening/Controls Sebum/ Firms and Lifts/Hydrates
Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Willowbark Extract
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
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)
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.
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.