While You Were Sleeping: The Sleep Mask Trend



The new night cream you will need in your beauty cabinet...

If you want to wake up with glowy, radiant, moisturised skin then its time to get masking, the lazy way. Here’s our pick of the best.

While sleep masks have been around for while, they have been gaining popularity because they really are the quickest way to boost the skin while you sleep. Traditionally, night creams were heavy, rich creams that sometimes left your face feeling greasy, not to mention clogged come morning. But the latest version, the ‘sleep mask’ is lighter, more potent and basically reboots your skin while you sleep, making everything underneath, aka your active serums penetrate better. “Sleep time is when your skin (and body) has an opportunity to recover. Dry, wrinkled skin will even benefit from an overnight mask that delivers continuous, potent ingredients to address skin issues,” says skin expert Fiona Tuck. She recommends going for masks with as many antioxidants, peptides and oils as possible. “Applying these ingredients at night allows for non-interrupted penetration as daytime stress, pollution and UV light can weaken their collagen boosting properties.” Simply apply these overnight treatments as the last step in your cleansing routine before you hit the pillow.

Words: Sarah Brooks-Wilson Photograph: Grace Alyssa Kyo


La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask

So you might have to save for this one, but it’s worth it. Everything about this silky cream is straight up fancy. Papaya enzyme gently exfoliates, while the caviar extract firms, so you really do wake up looking peachy.


The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

An affordable beginners choice, this delicious smelling, lightweight cream containing Edelweiss and plant stem cells leave the skin feeling instantly smooth and hydrated even without the eight hours. Sleep in it and boom, say hello to delicious skin.


Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask

Ceramides combined with alfalfa extract and 12 essential amino acids works through the night to help reinforce the body’s nighttime bio-rhythm to repair and renew the skin so you wake up with a firmer complexion.


Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

Packed full of antioxidants, caffeine, Shea and mango butter, amongst other skin boosting and anti-inflammatory ingredients skin looks positively fresher and bouncer come the morning.


James Read Sleep Mask Tan Face

What’s not to love about this colourless gel that tans while you sleep. Containing cucumber, aloe vera and algae extract it hydrates and fights those fine lines too. Rosie Huntington-Whitely is amongst its legion of fans. Winner.


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