I’ll admit that I used to be very intimidated by the multitude of skincare products and sleeping masks in the market. They serve so many different purposes, and they contain so many different ingredients that are supposedly good for the skin. So, how do I know exactly what works for me? Coupled with my busy lifestyle, I certainly don’t have the luxury of time to spend it on 30 minutes of skincare daily.
Then came along a group of friends I met in University that swear by having a proper skincare routine because it is that crucial and important so that our skin will still be in tip-top condition 30 years from now. They convinced me that if time was of concern, sleeping masks are the way to go. I decided to trust them and tried these “sleeping masks” out, and I am glad to say that I’ve never looked back since. I saw the difference in my skin, and truly understood the importance of skincare and the wonderful effects it brings.
It has been almost 5 years since I was introduced into the world of skincare, and I have tried several sleeping mask products that I really love. So whether you are looking to brighten, hydrate or to firm and soothe the skin, here are some recommendations for you! Psst, feel free to let me know your recommendations in the comments below too.
1. Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalising Mask EX ($35.50)
This is a cream-textured mask that helps to moisturise and soothe the skin. What I like about this mask is that it has ingredients like Scutellaria root, walnut extract and Angelica Acutiloba that gives the extra nourishment and repair that your skin needs during your sleep. This mask also makes use of the Organic Respiration Lay (ORL) technology, which helps to create a soft and light texture that will leave your skin moisturised, hydrated, bright and supple after your sleep.
Promising Review: “Oh this is Divine~ after a Grand night sleep with Overnight Vitalizing mask you’ll wake up with the softest supple skin you have ever had!!” – Edawna
2. Shiseido WASO Beauty Sleeping Mask ($50)
Inspired by Washoku, a Japanese food tradition, WASO is formulated with Washoku ingredients to help balance and build the skin’s resistance to problems. The sleeping mask is made with a gel formula with yuzu citrus, which helps to hydrate tired skin, especially after insufficient sleep or wearing make up all night long. Not only that, the mask is induced with ingredients like yuzu seed extract to lock in moisture to the skin, Vitamin A to prevent epidermal dryness and maintain healthy-looking skin, Ginseng extract with Vitamin B to improve roughness of skin and relieve feelings of stress, and carefully curated ingredients to target breakouts, oiliness and visible pores.
Promising Review: “Normally, I don’t use mask due to my sensitive skin and because I’m allergic to chlorine. But, this mask is really amazing. Two days ago, I bought this mask, not expecting it to work that good. I suffer from extremely dry skin, especially the parts near my eyes, which are peeling. It’s really scary. Fortunately, after putting on the mask for only 2 nights, I feel my facial skin reviving.” – Christy P.
Does cranberry, lemon balm and ginseng sound like the perfect combination to you? The Lancôme Energie De Vie Overnight Recovery Face Mask is infused with these ingredients that help to provide your skin with antioxidant protection from free radicals. Your skin will feel more supple, smoother and softer with no oily film or stickiness almost in an instant. This incredibly effective overnight face mask will be sure to make your skin glow and look radiant!
Promising Review: “This is the most unique nighttime moisturiser that I have ever used. It has sort of a gel-like texture so it’s not greasy at all. It’s got staying power, though and it doesn’t evaporate off. It also cools down my skin so it’s very refreshing. I have very reactive skin and most greasy night creams break me out. The texture of this one is so light, though, that it did not break me out at all. Plus, it’s very hydrating! It does everything it claims. It smells lightly floral. This is a great product!” – Chipichica
COSRX is a Korean brand that is slowly gaining popularity because their skincare products make use of only quality, safe and natural ingredients. The COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask, in particular, uses rice water which is a natural ingredient that gives your skin a smooth and brightening effect upon application. The pure ingredients used help to effectively brighten, nourish and hydrate dull and uneven skin tone. Say bye to dehydrated skin!
Promising Review: “I have quite sensitive skin, so I need to be careful on which products to put on my face, and this mask hasn’t given me any sort of irritation in the two months I have been using it. It is really hydrating, and I mainly use it overnight, although I occasionally use it as a moisturiser after my routine in the morning. I have noticed that my skin feels definitely softer after leaving it overnight and it does give you that subtle glow/brightening effect in the morning, which I believe is due to the rice component. Don’t expect drastic changes, but I think it’s definitely worth buying and incorporating it into your routine.” -Michelle W.
5. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($42)
You might have heard of the highly-raved Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. This is a great sleeping mask for those with oily skin, as the water-based formula is light yet hydrating to the skin. With the soothing aroma that keeps you relaxed throughout the night, we assure you that you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day well! Psst! The mask comes in 2 scents: A original Laneige water bank series scent and a lavender scent.
Promising Review: “LOVE IT. On my 3rd bottle already and I’m never disappointed with this. When I know I am gonna put on heavy make-up, I use this the night before to hydrate my skin. No sticky feeling. Very hydrating. Not oily.” – Sheena J.
The Mamonde Enriched Nutri Sleeping Mask is especially good for those with dry skin, as it contains a complex of flower oil (evening primrose oil, camellia oil, sunflower oil) and nourishing capsules which help to provide treatment to dehydrated skin, making it look healthy and supple, and extremely nourished.
Promising Review: “This overnight mask is plenty rich and hydrating, enough on its own without my usual rich night cream. I feel like it seals in the moisture overnight so my skin doesn’t feel dried out in the morning, after a whole night in an air-conditioned room. It is best on dry skin or skin that’s in need of richer nourishment. It left my tired skin more supple, smooth and hydrated in the morning.” – Her World
7. Kiehl’s Overnight Hydrating Masque ($50.90)
The Kiehl’s Overnight Hydrating Masque promises to moisturise your dry skin intensively overnight, leaving it smooth and soft. Infused with prime ingredients like Fountain Plant, Glacial Proteins and Desert Plant Extract, it helps replenish the skin’s water and retain the hydration in the skin for a long time. You will wake up with your skin feeling refreshed, silky and supple!
Promising Review: “Words cannot explain my love for this product! My skin is drier than a desert and sometimes I get peely patches. As instructed, I normally apply this at night, let it sit, then wipe the excess before bed. This makes my skin feel and look so much better by morning and it hydrates so well! This is the only item I have from Kiehl’s, and it was kind of pricey but so worth it.” – Jayley K.
8. Skin Inc Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask ($90)
This is the perfect mask for all skin types. A triple-treat mask that contains nutrient-rich Okinawa deep-sea water, soya bean extracts, and hyaluronic acid, it is easily absorbed and provides luxurious daily treatment for your skin. This product will help incredibly with sealing in nutrients from other skin care products. Wake up from this mask feeling hydrated and glowing with the smoothest skin.
Promising Review: “Okay this stuff is AMAZING! I have dry skin and use a powder foundation because liquid makes me break out, so you can imagine my dilemma. This mask has made a huge difference to my skin! I have slept in it for 3 nights now and it hasn’t caused any breakouts which are rare for me, and it leaves me super hydrated! My makeup looks so much better the following day and the texture has also improved greatly! This mask dries down a bit so it isn’t messy to sleep in if anyone was wondering. It is worth trying!!!” – Anonymous
9. Innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Mask ($22)
Enriched with 3.5 times more amino acids, this mask will moisturise dehydrated skin to reveal a dewy and clear complexion. This mask is also infused with green tea, which is always a great ingredient for detoxing, refreshing and rejuvenating. Your skin will be supple and radiate a healthy glow when you wake up the next morning. Psst, this product also smells really nice too!
Promising Review: “I use it regularly, to keep my skin hydrated. The effect is clearly noticeable, and I like it a lot since it is very gentle to my sensitive skin. In the morning my skin has a nice glow, looks healthier and feels softer. I recommend it ;)” – Janna E.
10. Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Max Sleeping Mask ($60.66)
This water-based mask is light on the skin and is perfect for normal, combi, sensitive and oily skin types. Not only does it help hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, it also has strengthening properties that improve your skin’s natural defences, giving it the smooth, supple intensity that you have always wished for!
Promising Review: “I bought the mask because it came highly recommended. It is lightweight and silky when you apply it, and it absorbs almost immediately. I noticed brighter, firmer skin the next morning.” – Demi M.
Fun fact! Do you know that many people rub watermelon skin over their face for hydration? This is because watermelon is one of those fruits with high water content. This sleeping mask is an “improved version” to smearing watermelon unglamly all over your face. Luxuriously bouncy and breathable, this mask ensures your skin is perfected and deeply moisturised overnight. With a pillow-proof formula, you will be glad to know that your mask will not be smeared all over your pillow throughout the night as it is richly absorbed into your skin to hydrate, soothe, gently exfoliate and clarify, providing your skin with the radiance boost it needs!
Promising Review: “I love my Watermelon Sleep Mask. It feels like getting a facial three times a week without the added cost and without having to leave my home. I just put this on at night and go to sleep. The next morning my skin looks and feels amazing!” – Anonymous
The COSRX Ultimate Moisturising Honey Overnight Mask is especially great for dry and dehydrated skin, as it contains 87% propolis extract and natural beeswax designed to soothe, calm and moisturise the skin overnight. The extract gets locked in overnight, and you will wake up with your skin feeling hydrated and plump.
Promising Review: “I use it as a sleeping pack when I need a boost for my skin and I love it! As someone with oily skin, I was initially afraid of honey creams, since they tend to cause me to break out. Fortunately, this was not the case with this wonderful lightweight cream!” -Giovanna G.
For Firming and Soothing:
Formulated with Sleep-Tight™ technology, this nighttime face-firmer sleeping mask yields visible results. This technology fills sagging skin with elasticity factor and combines two types of polymers – shape memory and natural oat-derived – to help strengthen the skin barrier. It also contains Dynamic Collagen™ technology which helps to make the skin firmer and younger-looking. As an added bonus, the sleeping mask is infused with the Sleepscent™ fragrance, which is a combination of soothing rose, ylang-ylang, orange flower, and sandalwood, relaxing the skin and making sure is smooth, tight and supple.
Promising Review: “An excellent sleeping mask. The Laneige Time Freeze Sleeping Mask product has excellent firming effects on the face. Initial finish is too moist but does continue to massage into the face for better effect!” – Janet K.
Formulated with a rich, velvety texture, smother this sleeping mask over your face and instantly feel the firming effect. Infused with Hibiscus Seed Extract and sustainably sourced Ginger Leaf, this mask that is filled with natural goodness will help reduce the appearance of fine lines over time. Wake up to reduced wrinkles and a more youthful-looking face!
Promising Review: “I usually don’t do reviews but this is seriously the best mask I’ve ever purchased! I’ve only used it for about a week and it already has improved the texture of my skin. Not just soft, I’m talking baby smooth!!! Definitely will be a staple in my skin care routine.” – Amedeah L.
15. Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask ($115.86)
The Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask works with your skin’s nighttime recovery process to restore and shape-up while you sleep. The velvety mask is made up of a black tea complex consisting of kombucha, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract which is proven to inhibit damaging free radicals and help improve skin elasticity. This mask also contains a special ingredient, called the Belle de Nuit extract, “Nature’s Nocturnal Flower”, which is supposed to help soothe and rebalance the skin. Your skin will regenerate overnight and feel deeply moisturised and refreshed.
Promising Review: “This mask is my all-time favourite anti-ageing product. It is super gentle to the skin and makes my skin feel 10 years younger. I haven’t used an anti-ageing product like it. It will always be my go-to mask when my skin is starting to look aged.” – Chelsea L.
Do you have any other sleeping masks to recommend? Share it with us in the comments below!