Sleep masks are, by far, the best kept secret in the beauty industry. Formulated to nourish your skin while you sleep, sleep masks, also known as overnight masks, are a great way to tackle serious skin problems with little effort on your part (seriously, all you need to do is be asleep!). Because they are meant to be left on for 8 straight hours, the constant contact ensures that your every inch of skin on your face is well cared for.

Sleep masks work well because of the relaxed state our skin is in at night. In sleep, tension is released from the facial muscles, laying the skin out in the most conducive condition for quick absorption and, hence, the best time for masks to work. And if you are concerned about spreading the mask all over your pillow, don’t be! Many of these overnight masks are formulated to absorb or dry quickly, making them extremely comfortable for sleeping.

There is a sleep mask for every skin problem you can think of. Here are our best recommendations for every skin problem:


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Overnight Mask ($2.99)

This single-use mask is packed with hyaluronic acid which gives the skin a moisture surge. If you suffer from dry or patchy skin, this is a great solution for your problem! This is a hydrogel mask so it absorbs easily and it does not feel heavy on the skin. It is also non-comedogenic so you do not have to worry about clogged pores and acne! Give your skin the moisture boost it needs by coating this mask on your face after your regular nighttime skincare routine. Rinse off in the morning to reveal supple, moisturized and glowing skin underneath!


Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask ($26.99)

This is a leave on mask so it is even easier to sleep with this on! Coat the gel-based mask on, massage into your face and sleep for an overnight facial transformation! This mask helps to brighten the skin, making it plump and vibrant when you wake up. Fortified with Vitamin B3, mulberry extract and humectants, the Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask is perfect for anyone experiencing skin that is dull and lacklustre. After four weeks, this face mask promises to even your skin tone and make your skin youthful and luminous!


The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Anti-Imperfection Night Mask ($22)

Tea Tree is one of the greatest antibacterial natural compounds known to man. Combined with the powerful salicylic acid, this mask is amazing for calming acne prone skin while controlling oil on the face and minimizing the  appearance of pores. This is an alcohol-free formula so it is not drying. The mask also absorbs into the skin throughout the night and so you don’t have to worry about smudging your sheets. Over time, the Anti-Imperfection Night Mask helps to make the skin clearer and brighter. For an extra cooling effect, pop the mask in the fridge before use.


Freeman Beauty Brightening Overnight Mask Hibiscus + Vitamin C ($8.99)

You know those unsightly dark patches around your mouth and those acne scars on your forehead that look like they’re here to stay? You don’t have to deal with them any longer! Hyperpigmentation is a common problem for women of color because our skin’s natural response to trauma is to produce more melanin! But fear not, Vitamin C is your answer. The Freeman Beauty Brightening Overnight Mask is serum-infused and has a gel texture which makes it absorb quickly and feel light on the skin. The Vitamin C will fade dark spots and the hibiscus is a brightening agent and will make sure your skin remains vibrant and youthful! Put this mask to work while you sleep and wake up with radiant skin!


Garnier Skinactive Clearly Brighter Overnight Leave-on Peel ($16.99)

Sun damage is possible, even on the darkest skin. And what’s worse? Long exposure to direct sunlight without any sunscreen causes trauma to the skin that can cause breakouts, redness and hyperpigmentation! If you have any of these signs of sun damage, then the Skinactive Clearly Brighter Overnight Leave-On Peel is your best bet! It has a watery formula which means that it glides on easily, dries fast and is lightweight. And there is no need for rinsing the next morning because the mask absorbs into your skin overnight! Sun damage is reversible and this sleep mask will help you achieve the clear complexion you’ve been dreaming about!


Farmhouse Fresh Pajama Paste Yogurt Oat and Honey Night Face Mask ($23)

If you want to diminish the look of your pores, this sleep mask will be your best friend. The yogurt and oats helps to smooth and soothe the skin, the bentonite clay draws out impurities and tightens the pores and the honey works as a natural humectant to add moisture to the skin and to make it supple and lush. On top of all this greatness, this mask smells delicious! After the mask dries, you can sleep without worrying about transferring the formula to your sheets. Wash the residue in the morning and glow with tighter, younger looking skin!


Laneige Time Freeze Sleeping Mask ($39)

Laugh lines around your eyes and lips are very hard to prevent. As we grow older, our skin loses its ability to bounce back to its natural form and this creates crevices that we see as wrinkles. The Laneige Time Freeze Sleeping Mask is formulated to remove signs of aging by intensely moisturizing the skin and firming at the same time. It contains peptide water that makes the skin plump and supple and Sleep Tight technology that smoothes the skin as you skin as you sleep.

Sleep masks are all the rave this summer, and for good reason too! They are the best way to actually wake up flawless. Overnight masks are like very dedicated personal assistants who work hard while you sleep and don’t complain! They are well worth the hype. Trust us!
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