What you need to know about overnight face masks. There is a face mask for everything. And overnight masks are the new biggest trend in skincare.
Taking off in South Korea, this product is a fun way to take care of your skin. But like any trend, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.
What exactly is an overnight, or sleep, mask? How do you use it? How often do you use it?
Here is everything you need to know about overnight face masks.
What is a sleep mask?
A sleep mask, or sleeping mask, is a mask that is left on overnight. They differ from clay or sheet formulas, as clay masks need to be rinsed off and sheet masks be removed after a certain time. An overnight mask is essentially a supercharged night cream.
What are the benefits?
An overnight mask is designed to help ingredients penetrate more deeply. It works as both a barrier and sealant. A light coat of this product will prevent dust and dirt from entering your pores and will lock in other active ingredients.
It is designed to last longer, be more potent and deliver strong results overnight. Hence the name. Your skin cells replicate and reproduce during the night. An overnight mask is like giving that renewal process a helping hand.
Your body’s hydration rebalances while your sleep. An overnight mask will lock in moisture by sitting on top of your skin rather than getting immediately absorbed.
Your skin’s hydration levels drop as you age, so older people may see benefits from a sleep mask than others. But it can still be useful for anyone’s routine, especially during winter months.
How do you use it?
Most people use overnight masks two or three times a week. And they are not as messy as they sound. You apply them as you would a regular cream. Scoop a small amount into your hands, massage it into your face, head to bed and wash off in the morning.
While it should be the last step in your nighttime skin routine, be sure to apply it to clean skin and use clean hands. Use a spoon to prevent contamination.
Wait about 20 minutes before sleeping to help it absorb and prevent staining your pillowcase.
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What you need to know about overnight face masks