Sleeping Mask: 5 Best Overnight Face Masks for Every Skin Type

For a lot of us, every minute of our lives is dedicated to getting some work done or trying to catch up on something - balancing your social and work life itself is so hard that resting for 8 hours can be a stretch and at times hardly on anyone's priority list. However, this has long term effects on our body and skin that we don't realize at the moment, but they start to show a year or two later when the damage has been done. Even if we manage to get some deep sleep, we are either stressed about tomorrow's schedule or we are too tired for our body to recover fully till the next day. Many people suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia that make their bodies and skin more dull and tired. You might think overnight face masks are overrated, but trust me, for someone who always woke up grumpy, sleeping masks have actually made my complexion look and feel more refreshed.

  • Quality Sleep: exposure to light can really affect how well you sleep overnight, the light-sensitive cells don’t let our body go into REM (rapid eye movement) if there is light coming from your window. The darker it is, the easier it is for your body to produce melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone crucial to get complete rest.

    Easier said than done but try setting your schedule where you wake up earlier and sleep earlier too, could help!


  • Protect Skin: as much as you keep yourself busy during the day your skin does too, working hard to protect you from environmental stressors, locking in that hydration and working together with the products you applied in the morning to keep those effects going. When your skin’s shift is over for the day it needs a little TLC, sleeping masks can increase epidermal cell hydration - something that really helps with moisture in the skin, trapping oxygen that lets your skin rejuvenate.


  • Reduces Wrinkles: stress is definitely the culprit of a lot of our problems, a lot of us think of a million things before we sleep, even dreaming about it! Now, you might not be able to help that, but a sleeping mask can help you out with potential wrinkles forming. That’s one less thing to worry about, at least!

 1- Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask by Glow Recipe

This is one of the best sleeping masks for every skin type as it’s super gentle yet very effective! It is made with encapsulated retinol, the kind of retinol that causes the least irritation and reaction. Its creamy formula, rich in antioxidants, penetrates overnight for deep recovery of your skin. After applying it a couple of times, you will realize the elasticity of your skin improved and your skin is way smoother and hydrated. Scoop a dime-sized amount and lather it on your face and spread it gently across your face. Let it stay overnight and remove in the morning with some water.

2- Oriental Plants Night Moisture Mask by Koh Gen Do 

Have dry skin? This is the best mask for dehydrated skin. The combination of jojoba oils and multivitamins ( A, C, and E) prevents loss of moisture at night from your face. Not just that, it contains extracts of 36 anti-aging plants that support your skin to protect itself. After cleansing, apply a small amount on the face and neck and blend until the capsules melt properly. Keep it on till you wake up the next day.


3- Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque

Believe it or not, your skin is in a transitionary period the entire day. This is probably why morning creams and masks target your skin differently than the products you use at night.  This mask,which delivers concentrated minerals and botanicals, is perfect for combination skin. Typically combination skin can mean that your T-zone is oily and the rest of the face is dry. This nourishing mask can be a true game-changer to even out skin texture and appearance.

4- Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask by Glow Recipe

This breathable mask contains amino acids and watermelon extracts that will bring the kind of radiance to your face that you’ve not seen before! One of the best sleeping masks for glowing skin as it will boost your hydration level intake with the help of Hyaluronic Acid and AHAs. Since the formula isn’t very thick, apply a generous amount.


5- HYDRO BIOTIC™ by Dr. Brandt Skincare

This alcohol and sulfate-free mask restore your skin's natural glow. It is highly recommended for sensitive and acne prone skin as it targets any redness and irritation. Great thing about it - it’s fragrance-free, so you won’t have to smell some strong flowery smell all night long.