This Skincare Secret Could Change Things

by Jessica Thomas

Although it's summer and I'm not dealing with the woes of dry skin as much as I do during the winter, I'm still always looking for new ways to hydrate my face. And when I stumbled upon a face mask that advertised itself as being designed to be used overnight, I was intrigued. But wouldn't it be messing with me? Can you really wear a face mask overnight? I set out to find the answer, and the good news is that this is my new secret weapon when it comes to hydrating my skin.

In the last several years, beauty companies have come around to developing formulas for face masks that are designed to be worn overnight so you get all the benefits of the mask and give it plenty of time to soak into your skin. "The latest generation of masks are actually similar to moisturizers, in that they are breathable creams rubbed into the face," assistant dermatology professor Joshua Zeichner told Allure. So instead of a heavy clay mask, you're actually just using a super moisturizing one. And the consistency of the mask is similar to an overnight moisturizer, and it definitely absorbs into your skin well. Here's the one I'm obsessed with.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, $28, Amazon

I've been using this face mask regularly overnight for about a month now, and my skin feels more hydrated than ever. When I rinse it off in the morning, I feel like my makeup applies more smoothly and my skin feels firmer. And my worry about the mask being messy and rubbing off on your pillowcase? It hasn't been an issue. Here are a few other great face mask options on the market.

1. Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask, $22, Glossier

This Glossier mask isn't technically marketed as an overnight mask, but I've tried it overnight and had great results.

2. Freeman Honeydew and Chamomile Sleeping Mask

Freeman Honeydew and Chamomile Sleeping Mask, $8, Amazon

This mask won't break the bank, and honeydew and chamomile just sound so soothing.

3. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, $20, A mazon

This Origins mask uses Japanese seaweed to repair skin's barriers overnight, and it helps firm up skin as well.

4. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $24, Amazon

This lightweight mask uses mineral water's hydrating properties to give your skin some glow overnight.

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