Have you heard of a sleep mask? Neither had we until just recently. The Asian “sleep mask” skincare trend translates into treatments that you apply at night, then rinse off in the morning. Texture-wise, sleep masks feel like a really thick night cream but they’re still really comfortable on the skin. Plus, you’ll wake up with skin that’s refreshed, revitalised and renewed.
Sleep masks are a great addition to your nighttime skincare routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising as they help to minimise the effects of poor eating habits, environmental pollutants and those monthly bouts of hormonal acne.
Top tip: It’s not ideal to use a daytime mask as a sleep mask, because nighttime sleep masks have been specifically formulated to absorb easily, and they’re super lightweight too.
With plenty of trial and error, and lots of browsing, we finally found the best sleep masks on the market.
Here are 6 sleep masks to try
To calm and soothe
The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, R360 for 90ml, is enriched with stem cells and nourishing ingredients to restore the skin’s elasticity and youthful glow overnight.
To replenish lost moisture
Leave lacklustre skin looking dewy and nourished with Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, R520 for 100ml. This fabulous sleep mask helps to replenish lost moisture and build reserves for the following day.
To treat imperfections
Or invest in Dior Hydra Life Jelly Sleeping Mask, R937 for 50ml. It’s the quickest way to boost moisture; plus, it treats imperfections such as blemishes and brown spots overnight. It’s a splurge, we know, but a little goes a long way.
To tone and brighten
Visibly improve enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and fine lines and wrinkles overnight with WBeauty Brightening Mask, R130, thanks to an enriched vitamin complex including niacinamide.
To treat blemishes and acne
Prevent, and treat adult acne with Crème Classique Evening Mask, R170 for 50ml. It’s soothing formula helps to calm inflamed skin, plus it’s infused with water and collagen to keep skin hydrated, healthy and youthful.
To firm and treat wrinkles
Anti-ageing overnight? Yes please! Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask, R785, is a luxurious, lightweight cream mask that works while you sleep to lock in hydration and replenish skin’s essential ceramides to reinforce its protective barrier.