Korean skincare brands have been at the forefront of the beauty industry for many years now. One of the newer innovations that is starting to make its way into western beauty are Sleeping Masks.
It might seem unnecessary to add yet another product to your routine but Sleeping Masks can replace one or more products in your night routine. There’s a lot of different benefits to using them, especially during the colder months.
So let’s break it down for you.
What Does A Sleeping Mask Do?
Sleeping Masks are a skin treatment that primarily focus on hydrating and moisturising the skin. Similar to other types of masks, these are designed to be an extra boost of skin nourishment for when you need it most.
Most Sleeping Masks are going to using ingredients like Glycerin or Hyaluronic Acid to flood the skin with hydration. The add more emollient ingredients like Shea Butter or Jojoba Oil to smooth and moisturise. There are many different formulas that target specific skin concerns like skin irritation, dull skin or signs of aging.
Although the name ‘mask’ paints the picture of a sticky, heavy product that might transfer to your pillow case, Sleeping Masks will actually absorb into the skin quite quickly. After absorption what’s left behind is a thin barrier to protect your skin and trap moisture. The texture of these masks can vary from a lightweight gel to a thicker cream, so there’s one for every skin type.
What’s Inside A Sleeping Mask?
There’s a lot of variation to the ingredients used in these sleeping masks but most will use something to hydrate, something to smooth and then some key ingredients to target a specific concern.
Humectants flood the skin with water based hydration in different layers of the skin. The most common are Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Beta Glucan. These are great for targeting dehydration in the skin.
Emollients smooth the surface of the skin and help trap moisture. These include Shea Butter, Propolis, Ceramide and oils like Jojoba or Rice Bran. Dry skin and a damaged skin barrier will benefit a lot from these ingredients.
Depending on the product you choose there will be other ingredients that target skin concerns like redness, irritation, dull skin, discolouration or skin damage. These can be things like Centella Asiatica (Cica), Fruit Extracts, Galactomyces Ferment, Niacinamide, Vitamin C or other active ingredients.
You may also see some occlusive ingredients that create a strong, physical barrier on the skin. These are great for severely damaged or dry, dehydrated skin. If that sounds like you, look for Beeswax, certain oils, petrolatum or silicones (they all end in ‘xane or ‘cone).
How Do You Use A Sleeping Mask?
Sleeping Masks are really quite easy to use, as most will just completely replace your night moisturiser and/or facial oil. Simply apply as you would your night cream on clean skin after toners, essences and serums.
Then it’s just off to bed to get the best beauty sleep of your life!
All you have to do is wash it off in the morning with warm water and for plumped, smoothed and nourished skin.
Which Sleeping Mask To Choose?
I’ve specifically chosen to range 4 different Sleeping Masks to cover all skin types and a lot of skin concerns. Let’s find the one for you.
This Sleeping Mask from Abib is an absolute powerhouse product that will nourish, hydrate and help heal the skin.
It’s best suited for Drier skin types thanks to it’s long list of nourishing ingredients like Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Ceramides and more. It targets dryness, dehydration and damaged skin by restoring the skin’s natural barrier and protecting the skin as it heals.
You need this mask if your skin is red, sore or severely dry. Used regularly and you’ll see a massive improvement in your skin’s health.
The iUNIK Propolis Vitamin Sleeping Mask is a mid-weight textured cream and helps target discolouration and dry skin in the skin. It’s 16% Propolis Extract alongside the 8% Sea Buckthorn Extract creates a powerful duo of deep nourishment and skin brightening.
It also contains Niacinamide and Beta Glucan which are both fantastic ingredients to keep the skin healthy and hydrated. Natural plant extracts like Cica, Purslane and Aloe add amazing antioxidants that help to soothe and protect the skin while undoing the damage of your busy day.
This Sleeping Mask from iUNIK is a good all-rounder that is suitable for most skin types. This is the perfect choice if you’re interested in skin brightening.
The always popular Watermelon extracts are perfect for soothing and hydrating the skin without being heavy on the skin. Tomato, Apple, Pomegranate and Strawberry extracts are also here to add more moisture and antioxidant protection.
I recommend this Sleeping Mask to anyone with mild irritation, redness or dehydration. The soothing fruit extracts alongside Niacinamide will really help to nourish the skin without being too heavy for oily skin types.
The Water Sleeping Mask is an iconic treatment from Laneige and is one a lot of us will try. It’s also a great all-rounder that prioritises hydration and skin barrier restoration over everything.
There are a bunch of synthetic ingredients that create a thin barrier on the skin so it can heal and replenish itself overnight. There’s also small amounts of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Beta Glucan to help support the overall appearance of the skin.
This one is perfect if you wake up feeling dry or dehydrated in the morning no matter how much moisturiser you used the night before. It’s simple, trusted and just works to hydrate and protect the skin.
Let’s Sleep, Beauties
So now you know everything you need to about Korean Sleeping Masks! They’re an amazing addition to have in your routine, especially right now when the weather is drying out our skin.
Which one of our Sleeping Masks has caught you eye? Let us know in the comments.