The best face masks don't just work for those one-off events, but can be used overnight to reap the benefits all night long. And if you’re struggling to get your eight-hours a night sleep or find your skin still needs a little something when you wake from your slumber, the overnight face mask is a literal dream. Think of it like a supercharged, extra potent serum or face cream that works while you sleep.
As a self-confessed skincare fanatic, they're a part of my weekly skincare ritual. I have a few in my beauty arsenal ready to roll for whatever my skin needs that week, and I packed one on a summer holiday to keep my skin hydrated post-sun.
What is an overnight face mask?
An overnight face mask works just like a normal face mask, but is left on overnight. Formulated with ingredients to work harder while you sleep, they're an easy to use way to boost your skin while doing nothing.
How does an overnight face mask work?
Dr Thuha Jabbar, aesthetic doctor and founder of Almas Dentistry and Aesthetics explains: "During sleep, the body goes through a process of rest and repair, and the skin's regenerative functions are heightened. Overnight skincare products aim to take advantage of this natural healing process to provide additional nourishment, hydration, and treatment for the skin."
What are the benefits of an overnight face mask?
"Overnight face masks are often formulated with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides that provide intense hydration to the skin," explains Dr Jabbar. "Leaving the mask on overnight allows these hydrating ingredients to penetrate deeply and replenish moisture levels, resulting in plumper, more supple skin. They can also help improve skin texture, brighten the complexion, and address specific concerns like acne or dullness. Overnight face masks are typically left on the skin overnight, allowing the active ingredients to work over an extended period."
How I chose the best sleeping masks to shop
- Ingredients: I've only included face masks designed for overnight use. Whether it's a weekly treat or a as and when needed face mask, I've only listed those specifically designed to be used while you sleep.
- Price: You can spend a little or a lot on beauty, so whatever cash you're looking to drop, there's an overnight mask for you, your skin and your budget.
- Personal experience: If I've tried it, it's on the list! And having been working in the beauty industry for over 15 years, there are certain brands I love, trust and that deliver every single time.
- Verified reviews: Me and the HELLO! team haven't been able to try all of the products included, but where possible, we have. If not, I've only listed the masks with verified reviews, having combed hundreds of shopper reviews online to find the ones with the most in-depth comments, and highlighting what reviewers liked - and didn't like - about them.
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