Can Sleeping Masks Really Make Your Face More Radiant And Glowing?

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These is a whole new meaning to ‘sleeping beauty,’ all thanks to sleeping masks!

The best beauty routine is one that doesn’t require much effort- and what could be better than applying a sleeping mask that turns your face into a youthful and smooth glow ball the next morning. No matter how many hours you slept!

Well, the Koreans have made this possible. With several K-beauty sleeping masks available in the market night creams have a tough competition. These masks are not just adding a boost to the complexion, but are also hydrating on the skin and add moisturisation that normal night creams cannot.

The good thing is that you do not have to completely forego your night creams in order to add a Korean sleeping mask to your night time skincare routine. You only need to squeeze in its use twice a week and you will notice a difference.  

But won’t your pillow get dirty?

No, not really. On the contrary, these modern day Korean sleeping masks are nothing like your traditional masks and get absorbed into your skin as you go about your beauty sleep.

But before we move on to suggesting some pocket-friendly options, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting sleeping mask facts.

Sleeping Mask Facts You Should Know 

1. Benefits of sleeping masks

An overnight sleeping mask works differently from a regular mask, owing to its deeper absorption by the skin. Because you leave it untouched for several hours together, it gets enough time to work its magic.

These masks are also more gentle than any regular face sheets or masks, making them great option for the long run. Some of the sleeping masks even have ingredients similar to resurfacing masks. So they remove dead skin cells and help rejuvenate your skin and add radiance slowly over time, as opposed to an emergency quick blast.  

2. How to use sleeping masks

You may not follow the 10-step skincare routine that Korean women are famous for, but ideally you should. Especially if a glowing, youthful and more radiant skin is your goal.

Worry not though. If you are a skincare beginner, you can apply the sleeping mask right after cleansing and exfoliating your face. Make sure you do not skip the exfoliating step because if you miss that step, you do not allow your pores to open and take in the goodness of the mask.

Also, apply 15-20 minutes before you go off to sleep so there is enough time for it to absorb and it doesn’t smear all over the pillow.     

3. Ingredients in a sleeping mask

Typically, these sleeping masks should be paraben-free, alcohol-free and include a natural hydrating formula as well as cell repair formulas and antioxidants such as fullerene.

Look out for all the ingredients before you make your purchase. Only an all-natural ingredients can work true magic on your skin.

4. How much sleeping mask to use

Ideally, you shouldn’t be lathering up your skin with the cream less your skin feels extremely dehydrated. And even so, a pea sized-amount should suffice.

If your skin is often left dry by the end of the day, you can use it more than twice a week. However, if you have oily or  combination and sensitive skin, twice per week and a coin-sized amount should be enough.  

One of the key sleeping mask facts is that they are generally not recommended to be used frequently for hydration, because they are essentially treatment masks. So use them only when you feel that your skin needs an extra push.

5 Sleeping Masks We Recommend For You

1. LANEIGE Water sleeping mask | S$35.37  

 

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Suitable for all skin types, this is a light-weight gel with intensive hydration formula that also purifies the skin.  

2. The Body Shop Drops of youth Bouncy Sleep Mask | S$46.75

This all natural bouncy gel is suitable for all skin types as well and absorbs like a second skin. Plus, it’s cruelty-free.

3. Innisfree Aloe Vera Revital Sleeping Pack | SGD 18.07

This is also suitable for all skin types and lends a radiant and supple look to your face. This is one of the most popular sleeping packs, thanks to its affordable pricing and all natural ingredients.

4. Beuins Whitening Sleep Mask | S$13.06

As the name suggests, its a whitening mask and has lavender extracts, egg white plant, hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide as well as betine- all great ingredients for great skin.    

5. Etude House Bubble Black Tea | S$13.77

This comes in three ranges- black tea, green tea and strawberry. But if you are looking for a youthful glow, black tea should be your pick. Green tea and strawberry are more for complexion and moisturisation respectively.

In addition to cute packaging, this pack also lends a subtle glow to the face.

When you go to to make your first purchase, remember to look out for all the ingredients before you make your purchase. In addition, opt for masks that are paraben-free, alcohol-free and include a natural hydrating formula. 

(Feature and lead image courtesy: Instagram

Written by

Deepshikha Punj