Beauty sleep indeed. 

By Melanie Rud
September 14, 2020
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There’s a legit meaning behind the term ‘beauty sleep.’ While you catch some Zzzs, your skin goes into a natural regenerative mode, working hard to repair and undo any damage incurred during the day. While it has to be in defense mode while you’re awake—trying to combat the onslaught of damaging factors such as sun and pollution—the overnight hours are when it finally has a chance to switch into offense mode, and actively repair and rebuild. The products you work into your bedtime routine can play a pivotal role, acting as a support system for your skin as it regenerates. If you really want to kick it up a notch, consider swapping your go-to night cream for an overnight mask a few times per week. More concentrated with skin-loving, youth-boosting ingredients, it’s a choice way to really make the most of those precious hours of shut-eye. Take these 10 overnight masks for a test snooze and see for yourself exactly what we mean. 

1

$48, sephora.com

Antioxidants are the star of the show here in the form of a hefty dose of vitamin C, along with a superberry blend. Both work together to brighten your complexion, while hydrating squalane, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid pack plenty of moisture. You'll wake up to glowier, plumper, smoother skin—yes, please.

2

$22, ulta.com

You’ve probably heard that retinol is one of the best anti-aging ingredients out there, and that is true. The only problem? It’s infamous for a long list of unwanted side effects, such as skin irritation, redness, dryness, and flaking. If your skin simply can’t tolerate the potent ingredient, you may want to try bakuchiol instead. The plant-based ingredient has been shown to have all of the same youth-boosting benefits as retinol, without the potential for irritation, making it a safe choice even for those with sensitive skin. It’s the main ingredient in this anti-aging mask, which works to target fine lines and discoloration, all while also improving hydration and reducing redness.

3

$20, amazon.com

Slather on this affordable option if your goal is firmer skin. It relies on both vitamin A and vitamin B3 to deliver such, but because it’s a hyaluronic acid-based gel, it also packs a major hydrating punch. Despite all of that, it’s nice and lightweight, soaking into skin quickly rather than ending up all over your pillowcase. 

4

$25, sephora.com

Your skin naturally tends to lose water (read: natural moisture) while you sleep, making it imperative to both restore and lock in that moisture. Do so with this gel mask. True to the name, it uses a special mineral-rich water to quench parched skin, and works effectively on all skin types. Bonus points for the special scent—a mix of orange flower, rose, and sandalwood—that’s meant to help you relax and drift off to sleep. 

5

$13, amazon.com

Masks are often thought of as best for those with drier skin, but they can be an effective option for anyone with oilier or combination skin, too. You just have to choose the right formula, and this one fits the bill. It relies on both azelaic acid and green tea extract to help balance out skin and minimize the look of pores, so you wake up to a smoother, less shiny, complexion. 

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6

$45, sephora.com

Fun fact: This mask has sold out seven times and at one point had a wait list of 8,000 people. With numbers like that, you know it’s going to be good. It uses, you guessed it, watermelon to impart both hydration and lots of skin-soothing minerals, as well as lactic and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate. (Not to mention that the pink hue is just so darn pretty and that it smells deliciously fruity.) FYI, if your skin is sensitive, it’s best to use it as a wash-off; otherwise, leave it on overnight.

7

$3, walmart.com

Make sure to pack this spill-proof, single-dose mask on your next vacation for a quick skin pick-me-up. Loaded with hyaluronic acid, it’s a foolproof way to revive and hydrate a dull complexion. Both the formula and convenient packaging also make it an amazing option to slather on during long flights, too.

8

$68, sephora.com

You likely know melatonin as an ingredient in sleep-aid supplements, but it’s also choice for topical use. A powerful antioxidant, it’s perfect for both calming and brightening skin. Here, it’s paired with wild dandelion, another powerful antioxidant that also has detoxifying properties. Also in the mix is bakuchiol, that plant-based retinol alternative we mentioned earlier. The trio makes for a formula that pretty much addresses any and all of your complexion concerns—and is also free of a long list of questionable chemicals

9

$52, sephora.com

Dealing with stressed, red, irritated skin? No matter the cause, this is the fix. The ultra-soothing formula uses all kinds of ingredients to calm your complexion. We’re talking a peptide that reduces redness, skin-barrier strengthening ceramides and fatty acids, and a complex that balances out the natural bacteria on your skin. Top tip: For the best results, don’t even rinse it off the next morning.

10

$48, dermstore.com

There are two kinds of rose-derived ingredients found in this sleeping mask. A 15 percent concentration of rose water hydrates, while rose oil helps to target discoloration and fight fine lines. There’s also vitamin C in the formula, another standout for knocking out spots and wrinkles.