Overnight masks are the lazy person’s best friend. Can’t be bothered to slather on skincare, wait the allotted amount of time and then wash off? That’s OK. Slap on a thick layer of these overnight masks and then hit the sack – these formulas work while you sleep, to brighten, whiten, tighten and more. A couple of pro tips: what differentiates an overnight mask from a night cream is often quantity. Makes sure you’re using enough product or you won’t see the effects. That said, use too much right before bed and your pillow will be a mess, so make sure you leave a nice 30-minute window before laying down. Also consider using them on your next long-haul flight to fight the dehydrating effects of airplane air.
But before you rush out to the department store, check out our favourite midnight miracle workers.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask
This one’s been around for a while, before overnight masks became a big thing, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it kickstarted the whole trend – it’s that good. Though the product comes with a brush for application, we prefer to use clean fingers for application, so no product is wasted, and by the next morning it’s like little tiny beautician elves have come to perform a midnight facial on you. The brand’s signature caviar extract nourishes, lifts and hydrates, claiming to improve overall skin texture over time. We believe it.
Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial
The relatively new, results-driven, Singapore-founded mask brand Allies of Skin has a line-up chock full of overnight products, but the one we find most intriguing is the Bright Future Overnight Facial. While the Allies of Skin 1A Overnight Mask is your typical hydration sensation, the Overnight Facial is a super-innovative, slow-acting peel that uses the industry’s favourite intensive ingredients – AHAs, Retinol and probiotics – to empower cell turnover. What else is unique (science geeks, get ready) is that all the actives are encapsulated in a moisture-boosting High Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid gel, so they’re released slowly throughout the night instead of all in one go, extending the treatment time while reducing aggressive irritation. It can also be used over two or three consecutive nights for even greater results.
Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask
Some of Fresh’s best products are its masks, from the hydrating Rose Face Mask to the brightening Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask to the Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. It’s unusual for a brand to create two masks for the same line, so when the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask was released, you know it’s got to be something good. Thicker and gunkier than the Instant Perfecting Mask (which has the consistency of a whipped foam), this is something that smells so good you won’t object to its scent over the next eight hours. While it’s hard to say how great the firming effects are, we definitely notice a good dose of hydration the next morning.
AmorePacific Time Response Skin Renewal Sleeping Masque
There isn’t a single bad product in AmorePacific’s Time Response line. The Skin Renewal Creme is certainly a lifesaver if heading to dry European winters, and the Time Response Skin Renewal Sleeping Masque is like an extra-juicy version of the moisturiser. Formulated with anti-ageing compounds from the brand’s private-reserve antioxidant-rich green-tea plants, which help to boost immunity and fend off external stressors, this mask helps to purge skin-damaging proteins and rev up detoxification for a great glow by morning.
GlamGlow DreamDuo Overnight Transforming Treatment
Mask-centric brand GlamGlow offers a one-two punch with this two-step overnight pack. Although the yin-yang-shaped packaging means you don’t get as much product as expected, what you do have promises results. Step one is a DreamSerum filled with antioxidants and vitamins to power up your skin, while step two, DreamSeal, is a hyaluronic acid-based cream that contains Mozuku green algae to plump out uneven texture. Your skin will be softer than you can imagine, and you’ll fall asleep to dream of ice-cream trucks and childhood jaunts in the park, thanks to a scent that’s reminiscent of orange creamsicle.