Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by New York City air—I sure have. From the germs coating the seats and poles on the subway to the thick (and smelly) air rife with pollutants, I’m constantly bombarded with these little terrors that leave my skin damaged, lifeless, and dry by the end of the workday. Factor in how much sleep I don’t get, poor eating habits (working on it!), and those monthly bouts of hormonal acne, and the skincare section at Sephora has basically become my second home.
Sure, my nightly routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing has helped to minimize these effects, but the addition of an overnight mask has worked more magic for my dry, flaky skin than any three-step system. What’s great about these multitasking masks is that they’re easily absorbable, which means no more waiting 10-15 minutes for the typical clay or sheet mask to dry. However, finding the right sleeping mask is almost as exhausting as dating, and takes a lot of browsing and trial and error before landing on the right one.
Ahead, the seven best sleeping masks that help you fake a well-rested glow.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
This personal favorite and K-Beauty best-seller attacks dehydrated and dull skin head-on with its lightweight, water-based formula. A little goes a long way and patting on the soft blue gel into your skin feels as refreshing as splashing cold water on your face in the morning.
Foreo Call It A Night Revitalizing &Nourishing Mask
Skincare should be fun, and no one knows that better than Foreo. Inspired by Korean skincare, Foreo’s Call It a Night sheet mask infuses rich ginseng and olive oil to help tone and nourish skin. The fun part? Foreo uses a compact “UFO” device with three different settings, including a pulsing level that gently massages the mask into your skin and an LED light that stimulates collagen.
GlamGlow DreamDuoOvernight Transforming Treatment
If you needed a reason to buy another GlamGlow product, add its DreamDuo to your cart, stat. Technically, it’s not a “mask,” but rather a two-step treatment that puts in just as much work as any other sleeping mask. To start, slather the DreamSerum—a clear gel with luminous pearl particles—all over the skin before locking in the moisture with the DreamSeal, a grey (goes on clear), lightweight cream that delivers a rush of hydration.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
Watermelon is pretty much synonymous with summer, and thanks to K-Beauty favorite Glow Recipe, watermelon is becoming synonymous with skincare, too. Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask takes extracts from the antioxidant- packed juicy fruit and combines them with hyaluronic acid and alpha hydroxy acids to whip up a dreamy msk that soothes and hydrates the skin.
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask
We all wish we could rewind and journey back to simpler times when we actually slept for eight hours. Well, with The Body Shop Bouncy Sleeping Mask, we can (sort of), because it helps reverse aging with edelweiss plant cells and organic babassu oil to give skin a plumped, refreshed look by the time your alarm sounds off.
Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask
Have you met a Fresh product you don’t like? Yeah, me either. As we age, our skin looses its elasticity and Fresh’s Black Tea firming mask aims to combat any sign of sagging skin by whipping up a dreamy concoction of black tea, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract. Another star ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which retains moisture to support supple skin.
La Mer The Intensive Revitalizing Mask
Give yourself an expensive mini facial right from the comfort of your own bathroom. La Mer’s luxury Intensive Revitalizing Mask gives lackluster skin a boost of radiance thanks to the beauty brand’s signature “Miracle Broth”—an elixir that soothes and protects skin. Apply a generous layer all over your skin and leave it on for eight minutes before massaging the remaining product into your skin to help your skin bounce back overnight.