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Overnight Face Masks: The Complete Skin Care Guide

Skin Care Essentials

Overnight Face Masks: The Complete Skin Care Guide Overnight Face Masks: The Complete Skin Care Guide Overnight Face Masks: The Complete Skin Care Guide

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 routine, overnight face masks are easy to use and often pack a ton of beauty benefits. Here, learn all about overnight face masks and the best way to add one to your skin care arsenal.


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 as you snooze.

Before you worry about the messy state your pillows will be in, 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 face masks are applied and quickly absorb onto the skin’s surface without leaving any slick extra product behind.


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 get to work 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 overnight face 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, hydrating leave-on creamy mask forms a virtual protective mask to cradle skin. Immediately, skin feels more hydrated and looks more radiant. This 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 a re-toned elasticity and re-firmed contours and 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 not only target the signs of aging skin that you’re already seeing, it’s also a fantastic preventative step to help you stave off those signs for a little bit longer. The good news is, using an overnight face mask is super-simple. Follow our instructions below to learn exactly how to do it. 


Using an overnight face 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.

Step 1: Gently cleanse your face

Reach 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.

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, then hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds before gently wiping to remove. It’s that easy! (Get more out of your micellar water by trying these 5 Micellar Water Hacks That Will Make Your Cleansing Routine Easier.)

Step 2: Apply a serum

Once you’re done cleansing, layer on a nightly serum. Serums are a great way to target certain skin care concerns as they are concentrated liquids that are often packed with anti-aging power. 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.

Step 3: Use an overnight face mask

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! 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!

Nighttime is the right time to pamper your complexion. For more pre-bedtime beauty ideas, check out our articles, Why You Should Remove Your Makeup Before Bed, How to Make the Most of Your Beauty Sleep, and The Nighttime Beauty Routine You Should Never Skip. You’re now officially ready to make an overnight face mask part of your nightly skin care routine—so we hope you enjoy using it!