Monday, February 10, 2014

Get Glowing Skin Overnight

The night is a crucial time of repair for your skin.  While you are sleeping, your skin is fighting off signs of aging as well as environmental damage from pollutants and the sun.  During this process, cell turnover occurs, and your skin is regenerating the collagen-producing cells that are responsible for skin elasticity.

All of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. that are in your serums and other face products can help with this process and make sure that your skin gets the most out of its beauty sleep.  Some more intensive treatments that often produce overnight results in terms of improving skin appearance are sleeping masks.  

In fact, masks are getting hotter and hotter in the beauty world with 66% growth in 2013.  Why?  Well, masks definitely offer immediate benefits.  You simply rub them into your skin before you sleep (generally once or twice per week) and wash them off in the morning.  While you are sleeping, the mask will work its magic!

There are different types of sleeping masks that are designed for various skin needs.  Check out these healthy products:

For intense hydration, apply the La Neige Water Sleeping Pack ($27 on
before you hit the sack.
Water sleeping masks are a common product in Korea that have made it over to the US.  Korean beauty brands including La Neige make such a product.  It's the perfect way to add a surge of moisture to your skin as you sleep, whether the winter weather is drying out your skin or you simply want to get a healthy glow.  The invigorating gel consistency is refreshing and non-greasy.  Key ingredients like ceramides, chesnut extract, beta glucan, and hunza apricot extract help purify skin, regenerate cells, prevent moisture loss, and improve skin's texture. 

To brighten overnight, slather some Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial ($48 at Sephora)
Want to wake up to more radiant skin?  The Korres Brightening mask can do the job!  Potent wild rose and vitamin C help fade dark spots, even skin tone, moisturize, and protect skin.  One night wearing this mask will give you that radiance that you get after receiving a facial.  Perfect for women of any age or skin type!  

Improve skin elasticity with the Dr. Jart+ Premium Firming Sleeping Mask ($48 at Sephora)
Using hyaluronic acid to help skin retain moisture, kava to boost collagen production and elasticity, and Korean medicinal herbs to purify and boost cell turnover, this masks creates a protective barrier that locks nutrients and moisture into your skin as you sleep.  So, you wake up with skin that feels supple, plump, and soft.

If you want to fight blemishes when you sleep, try the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask ($42 at Sephora)
It's tough to find sleeping masks that target oily/acne-prone skin, but Dr. Dennis Gross makes one!  In addition to minimizing pores, this mask acts as a pore strip that draws out black heads, impurities, excess oil, and bacteria as you are sleeping.  Sulfur helps fight pimples, licorice reduces acne scares and inflammation, and bentonite mattifies.  And the mask does all of that without drying out skin.  If you have a big day ahead of you, apply this mask the night before to make sure that you don't wake up unpleasantly surprised with a fresh zit that morning.

Next time you have a big event...a party, appearance, holiday...slap on one of these sleeping treatments the night before so that you can put your best face forward ;)


  1. Great blog post! I definitely want to try the Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial.