The best beauty routine is an effortless one — and what could be more simple than applying an amazing Korean sleeping mask before bed and letting your skin soak in luxurious, effective ingredients while you snooze?
The best Korean sleeping masks are like night creams that have been kicked up a notch. They contain the benefits of a face mask, but dry clear like a night cream. If your skin could use a dose of major hydration or you've noticed dry patches and dullness that your ordinary night cream or moisturizer can't tackle, a sleeping mask — which is sometimes referred to as a sleeping pack — is the way to go. The mask is used once or twice weekly, after cleanser, toner, and serum and in place of your night cream. Each sleeping mask differs in terms of the ingredients it packs, but you can generally expect to find peptides, herbal extracts, essential oils, hyaluronic acid, ceramides to protect your skin, and maybe one or two wild card ingredients like snail mucus extract.
Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face right before bed, wait a few minutes before hitting your pillow, and then sleep easy knowing these masks aren't as greasy as you might think — and they won't ruin your pillowcase. In the morning, you'll wake up to find a more radiant and hydrated complexion — wash the mask off with water, cleanse your face as your normally would, don't forget sunscreen, and off you go. Easy, breezy, right?
These nine Korean sleeping masks are sure to make you completely addicted to this beauty step.
1. This Cult-Favorite Sleeping Mask With Brightening Snow Water
Considered one of the gold-standard Korean sleeping masks, Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is a cult-favorite because it boasts innovative ingredients like Snow Water to brighten and tone skin, ceramides to help your skin retain moisture, and a relaxing and luxurious blend of aromatic botanicals to soften and plump up parched, tired skin.
2. An Exfoliating Mask With Red Wine Extracts
This green tea-enriched sleeping mask from Innisfree has a refreshing gel texture that feels cooling and soothing on dry skin. It works to hydrate, soften, and very mildly exfoliate skin, so you wake up with a clearer, more radiant complexion in the morning.
"Hands down my favorite sleeping mask/pack for dry skin or combo!" shares one reviewer, who compares it to, "a cool soft layer on top of your face!"
3. A 3-In-1 Mask With Rice Extract For Uneven Skin Tones
If uneven skin tone is your number one concern, try this 3-in-1 sleeping mask with 65 percent rice extract, which helps brighten, hydrate, and address hyperpigmentation and dullness. The nice thing about this mask is that it can be used a sleeping mask, a moisturizing cream, or as a wash-off mask, if you prefer. The result is the same: smoother, healthier looking skin.
4. A Mask With Hyaluronic Acid & Essential Oils That Lull You To Sleep
This sleeping mask is so lightweight it can be used a few times a week (some reviewers use it every night). It packs effective skincare ingredients like olive leaf and cranberry to strengthen the skin barrier and hyaluronic acid for incredible moisture, but it's also infused with nine essential oils that promote a deeper, more peaceful sleep. And, as we all know, getting enough Zzz's is the best skincare beauty secret of all.
5. A Skin Brightening Mask For Dark Spots & Post-Acne Marks
Restore lost hydration and improve the brightness of your skin with this sleeping mask, which contains a blend of niacinamide, morus bark extract, and mulberry paper extract. Reviewers say this mask helps fade acne scars and hyperpigmentation and that it's main purpose is brightening. If you have dry skin, you may want to consider applying a light moisturizer before this mask.
6. A Non-Greasy Sleeping Mask For Oily Skin
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you might be fearful to try a sleeping pack because you figure it's going to be too greasy and clog your pores — but this super light formula has a gel consistency that reviewers say is perfect for oily skin. This mask is described as refreshing and soothing — a pea size amount is all you need to ensure you'll wake up with baby-soft skin.
7. A Soothing Night Pack With Essential Oils That's Gentle On Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin types will love this soothing sleeping pack, which contains botanical extracts like lavender and argan oils, macadamia extract, and rock samphire extract — all of which help strengthen your skin and improve elasticity. This mask is free of harsh chemicals, parabens, dyes, alcohol, synthetic fragrances, and mineral oil.
8. A Mask With Pumpkin Extract For Super Soft Skin
This pumpkin sleeping mask is all sorts of adorable, but it's more than just that: it contains exfoliating and hydrating Vitamin A and carotene to create a superior moisture barrier that locks in serums and helps them penetrate deeper into your skin. Reviewers with dry and even sensitive skin say it helps them wake up with hydrated and soft skin that lasts all day.
9. A Skin-Tightening Sleeping Pack That Helps Minimize The Appearance Of Pores
You can't change the size of your pores, but you can minimize their appearance with this sleeping pack, which has a lightweight gel texture and actually forms water drops on your skin after you apply it. Expect this mask to help curb redness and moisturize severely dry skin.
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