01 July, 2016 Sleeping Masks: Three Hydration-Boosting Faves
Sleeping masks have gained huge popularity in recent months, with both high-end and affordable brands releasing their take on what is essentially a simple overnight treatment. Sleeping masks are similar to standard night creams, in that the offer a potent dose of nutrients, vitamins, hydration and other good stuff, and also claim to help promote skin recovery while you sleep.
I’ve tested out a fair few sleeping masks recently, and found three that I’m more than happy to recommend. All of them offer intense hydration benefits, with each having something about them that makes them just a little bit different. With three options at three very different price points, I hope you’ll be able to choose your new favourite at a decent price.
This is the most expensive of the lot, and also offers the least amount of value for money at only 60ml. That being said, what you do get inside the pot more than makes up for its steep price tag. This Algenist mask has a lightweight, bouncy texture, and feels instantly cooling on the skin. This sleeping pack claims to help replenish lost moisture, hydrate deeply and work against visible signs of ageing – so a great pick for more mature skin.
Packaging states to apply 7-10 minutes for bed, and it definitely absorbs quickly enough that you can pop this on and be ready for bed after a few minutes of drying. Ingredients include red micro-algae, watermelon extract and apple extract, plus alguronic acid, which I believe is an ingredient that makes up loads of Algenist products. After using this and surveying the results the next day, my skin looked and felt noticeably smoother, dehydration lines on my forehead had reduced, and awkward dry patches had calmed down. It’s also lovely to pop on after a clay/exfoliating/acid mask to keep skin soothed.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (100ml, £23)
An oldie but a goodie, this fan-favourite from Origins is the closest thing I’ve tried that equates to a refreshing drink of water for your skin. Scented with peach and apricot, it is glorious to apply on dry, sore skin, and has a creamy texture that melts as you massage it in.
At £23, it’s fairly middle-of-the-road in terms of price. I do think a tube lasts for ages so it’s an affordable investment if you love your skincare. I always de-pot some for my travels, and find it to be fantastic in-flight when my skin resembles a shrivelled prune. It’s also exactly 100ml, so you could pop it into your clear sandwich bag if you wanted to. It takes about 3-5 minutes to absorb, and doesn’t rub off on my sheets or feel sticky on my skin in the morning. That being said, if applied too heavily, it can verge on grease-ball territory – so go in with a light hand and all shall be well.
Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack (100ml, £15)
Last up is the (relatively) cheap and cheerful Pumpkin Sleeping Pack from Korean brand Too Cool For School. This sleeping pack (note the term ‘pack’, super fancy) is enriched with pumpkin, a power-house ingredient that provides a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. It’s also packed with aloe, fig and licorice extracts, and hyaluronic acid, which all help to moisture and nourish. It feels cooling on the skin and has a lovely scent – almost perfumed, but not in an artificial way.
The gel-cream formula takes a few seconds to apply and only a minute to absorb, making it a great option for oilier skin types that prefer a lighter mask. Of all the treatments I’ve tried, this feels the lightest on my skin – so much so that you barely even notice it’s there!
Have you tried any of these sleeping masks? Which face treatments do you recommend? Get sharing below!
Have the loveliest of days,