Sleep masks are our latest skin-care obsession — and not just because we’re such huge fans of sleep. “Sleeping masks are hugely popular in South Korea,” says Charlotte Cho, a New York City-based esthetician and co-founder of Soko Glam, a curated K-beauty online retailer that also sells in-house brands. Designed to be applied before bed and rinsed off in the morning, the one common goal of the different formulas is to moisturize. “Skin can lose a lot of water while you sleep,” says Doris Day, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “The purpose [of overnight masks] is to create a permeable seal on top of your skin that makes anything underneath it penetrate better.”
Another thing that sets sleep masks apart from your average night creams is that they’re lighter, so you can actually wear them overnight without creating a mess on your pillowcase. Case in point: if you want great skin, sleep on it — literally. So, before you doze off, consider adding one of these 12 overnight treatments to your skin-care routine.
Below, we have picked options for all skin types, including sensitive skin and acne-prone skin. So what are you waiting for? Add one (or more) of the best overnight sleeping masks to your cart and wake up with your most glowing skin yet.
Herbivore Moon Fruit Retinol Alternative Sleep Mask
Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Mask
Just as its name suggests, the lavender-hued Herbivore Moon Fruit Retinol Alternative Sleep Mask is jam-packed with antioxidant-rich superfruits, including prickly pear, goji berry, and red raspberry seed, to illuminate your skin come morning.
The Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Mask snagged a Best of Beauty Award in 2019 for its powerful-yet-gentle formula. With four plumping, moisture-boosting ingredients — squalane, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and betaine — your skin will start the morning feeling refreshed and replenished. Plus, vitamin C and prickly pear extract help turn up skin’s natural brightness.
Perricone MD Multi-Action Overnight Treatment
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
Although most overnight treatments mostly work to hydrate, this cream is formulated to fight fine lines and wrinkles. Pro tip: gently massage the Perricone MD Multi-Action Overnight Treatment in circular motions to allow the formula to truly penetrate deeply into the skin for prime smoothing results.