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You’ve found the best facial cleanser, moisturizer, and serum for your skin type and concerns, but if you’re looking to take your nighttime skin care routine to the next level, it’s time to start using an overnight face mask. The perfect addition to a nightly skin care regimen, sleep face masks are easy to use and often pack a ton of beauty benefits. Now that’s what we call beauty sleep! Here, learn all about overnight masks, including what benefits they offer, how to use them in your own skin care routine, and our best overnight face mask to add to your skin care arsenal.
Found yourself asking if you can really sleep with a face mask on? Let’s get this question out of the way—the answer is yes! In case it wasn’t obvious, you can wear face masks overnight—that’s the whole point of the product we’re talking about. The key is, you want to use an overnight face mask—not just any mask. But we’ll get into that more next.
From clay and bubble to sheet and peel-off, face mask formulas are vast and ever-evolving. You can typically find a face mask to target every type of skin type and concern, making them a must-have product for everyone. But, where traditional face masks are typically worn and removed after a certain amount of time, overnight face masks are applied before bed—after your regularly scheduled nightly skin regimen—and left on while you snooze.
Before you worry about the messy state your pillows will be in after smoothing on a mask and hitting the hay, know this: an overnight face mask is essentially a moisturizer, plus. Unlike clay masks or sheet masks that would leave a nasty residue on that precious Egyptian cotton, overnight masks are applied and quickly absorbed without leaving any excess product behind.
Editor's note: These nighttime masks are also sometimes referred to as sleep face masks and sleeping masks, but shouldn't be confused with the kind of mask you wear over your eyes!
The benefits of overnight face masks may vary, but traditionally they are ultra-hydrating and are formulated with concentrated anti-aging ingredients. Some formulas are touted for their moisturizing abilities while others help to firm and re-contour the appearance of aging skin. One of the major benefits of overnight face masks is the fact that they are applied before bed and work their magic while you work on getting some rest!
Since your skin’s own natural repair process happens while you sleep, it’s great to use anti-aging products as part of your nightly routine. While nothing you do can really speed up this organic process, you can complement it with anti-aging products like sleeping masks.
Ready to add an anti-aging overnight face mask to your nighttime beauty routine? Try the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Overnight Mask. Formulated with concentrated super-ingredient Pro-Xylane and the botanical extract centella asiatica, this luxurious leave-on mask forms a virtual protective layer to cradle skin while you sleep. Immediately, skin feels hydrated and looks more radiant. This creamy overnight face mask features an innovative ELASTI-FLEX texture that mimics the skin’s own elasticity. And those pillows you were worried about? No need to fret here! The overnight face mask penetrates quickly. After just one night you’ll see visible results including re-toned elasticity and re-firmed contours, in addition to the diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
For many of us, deciding when to start using anti-aging products happens long after we’ve started to see the first signs of aging skin: those faint fine lines that somehow manage to deepen overnight. As the skin ages, it starts to lose its ability to bounce back—with firmness and elasticity decreasing, facial contours becoming less defined, and wrinkles becoming more and more noticeable. Incorporating an overnight face mask into your routine is a great way to target the signs of aging skin that you’re already seeing, and it’s also a fantastic preventative step to help you stave off those signs for a little bit longer. The other good news is that using an overnight face mask is super simple. Follow our instructions below to learn exactly how to do it.
Using an overnight mask is as easy as going to sleep—no, really! Just follow these steps and soon enough, your sweet dreams of better-looking skin will become a reality. Remember: Even the most basic nighttime skin care routine should start with cleansing and end with moisturizing, but if you’re not sure where to start, we’re breaking it all down for you below.
Start off your nighttime skin care routine by reaching for a gentle cleansing option such as micellar water. This French-favorite cleanser is powered by tiny micelle molecules that cluster together to surround and lift away impurities and makeup without any harsh rubbing (or even rinsing!). The L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L'Oréal Paris Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, and the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies.
Choose the best version for your skin type, then grab a cotton pad, soak it with your micellar water of choice, and gently wipe the pad over your skin. Repeat this process a couple of times until your skin is completely clean. If you are using micellar water to remove eye makeup, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds before gently wiping to remove. It’s that easy!
Editor’s note: Get even more out of your micellar water by trying these 5 Micellar Water Hacks That Will Make Your Cleansing Routine Easier.
Once you’re done cleansing, layer on a nightly serum. Serums are a great way to tackle your skin care concerns as they are concentrated liquids that are formulated to target specific issues. If staving off fine lines and wrinkles is your goal, try the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power™ Concentrated Serum. This anti-aging serum helps to visibly reduce wrinkles in as little as four weeks, while also helping to re-firm the contours and re-densify the appearance of your skin. It’s formulated with Pro-Xylane, hyaluronic acid, and LHA to help even the look of skin’s tone. After applying gently over your cleansed skin, extend the serum down your neck and over your chest—which are two of the first areas to show the signs of aging.
For a full rundown of all of our different face serum options, plus the skin concerns that each one is formulated to help address, head over to our article, How to Apply Face Serum.
If you use any other products after applying your serum—think: eye cream or a lip mask—now’s the time to layer them on. But, if you’re a minimalist when it comes to skin care, feel free to skip straight to your overnight face mask! Whatever route you take, the final step of your nightly skin care routine should be applying the overnight face mask. To use, smooth your overnight face mask over your face, neck, and jawline until absorbed. Like the name implies, you should leave it on overnight. In the morning, rinse it off—then go about your morning skin care routine as usual.
Nighttime is the right time to pamper your complexion, and we’re not just talking about using overnight masks! For more pre-bedtime beauty ideas, check out our article, How to Make the Most of Your Beauty Sleep.
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