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3 Overnight Masks To Boost Your Routine

Why You Need An Overnight Face Mask

Many things can affect your skin’s health and appearance. There are the obvious healthy skin habits—like following a skincare routine tailored to your unique skin type and wearing sunscreen daily—but they are by no means all that matter. Physical factors, like what you eat and how much water you drink, can also influence how your skin looks. Sleep is one of the more vital influences, because it’s when your body repairs itself. While you snooze, your skin works hard to neutralize the effects of damaging environmental aggressors and keep your skin working and looking as it should. While your body does all these things on its own, you can enhance the process by using skincare products designed to do their magic while you sleep. Enter: Overnight masks.

These luxe sleep masks provide deep hydration, which is essential for healthy-looking skin. Some offer other benefits, too, like visibly minimizing wrinkles or firming the skin. Ahead, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about adding an overnight face mask to your skincare routine. Read on for a deep-dive into the benefits of overnight masking, plus three of Kiehl’s must-have sleep masks to bolster your nighttime skincare routine.

What Is an Overnight Mask?

As the name implies, overnight masks are treatments designed to be used overnight. Typically, when we talk about sleeping with an overnight mask, we’re referring to overnight face masks. However, there are other types of overnight masks, including formulas for your hair and body.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: Some products can also be used for DIY overnight treatments. For example, if you have severely dry feet, try applying a thick layer of body cream to your feet before bed. Immediately after application, cover your feet with a pair of thick cotton socks. This helps lock in moisture for softer, smoother soles by morning. You can do the same intense moisturization for your hands by using gloves, too.

How Often Should You Use an Overnight Mask?

There’s no hard-and-fast rule for how often you should use an overnight mask. It depends on several factors, including your skin type, unique needs, and the formula you’re using. For overnight face masks, follow the instructions on the package of the product you’re using. For body or hair treatments—particularly DIY versions—you’re probably safe to use them whenever your skin feels dry or under-nourished.

The Benefits of Overnight Masks

There are many different types of overnight face masks. How a specific one benefits your skin largely depends on the formula—namely, what ingredients it contains. Read on to discover three must-have Kiehl’s overnight masks, what they do, and how to use them for vibrant, healthy-looking skin.

The Formula: Ultra Facial Overnight Mask

Use It For: Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask is a great formula to incorporate into your routine, particularly if your skin feels dry or dehydrated. The intensely moisturizing sleep mask contains a blend of lightweight moisturizers, including olive-derived squalane and glycerin, to smooth and soften skin. It’s also infused with skin-friendly plant extracts and glacial glycoprotein to help replenish skin’s natural water reserves. This best-selling formula is suitable for all skin types and can be used once to twice per week for refreshed, healthy-looking skin.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: For extra hydration, layer your hydrating sleep mask over a rich face oil, like Midnight Recovery Concentrate. This luxurious nighttime oil stars calming lavender essential oil and rich evening primrose oil to help restore skin while you sleep. The top-rated formula helps firm skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pat a few drops onto clean, dry skin alone or under your overnight mask for radiant, younger-looking skin by morning.

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The Formula: Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask

Use It For: Our skin is made up of a vast network of fat, water, and various proteins. Two of these proteins—elastin and collagen—are responsible for giving skin its flexibility and elasticity. As we age, however, we produce less of these essential compounds, eventually resulting in sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Thankfully, proper skincare can help slow this natural process to keep skin looking youthful for longer. We recommend using Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask up to five nights per week as part of your anti-aging skincare routine. The unique mask is formulated with Vietnamese ginger leaf, hibiscus seed extract, and vitamin E to help smooth skin for a firmer appearance. It’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and has a rich, velvety texture for a luxurious-feeling application.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: When you’re sleeping with a face mask, it’s always a good idea to avoid the delicate eye area since this skin is thinner and may be easily irritated. To address eye concerns, apply Midnight Recovery Eye to your under-eye area, brow bone, and orbital bone before bed. This nighttime eye cream contains sunflower oil, lavender essential oil, and butcher’s broom extract to help strengthen and restore the delicate eye area overnight. With regular use, the best-selling formula helps diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness for fresher, younger-looking eyes by daybreak.

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The Formula: Buttermask For Lips

Use It For: While overnight face masks are undoubtedly the most popular types of overnight masks, there are formulas for other parts of your body (like your hands and feet, and even your hair) as well. In fact, one of our favorite overnight formulas is for lips. Our top-rated Buttermask For Lips is essentially an ultra-rich balm designed to help replenish dry or chapped lips overnight. The creamy lip mask is formulated with fairly-traded coconut oil, shea butter, and wild mango seed butter for deep, lasting hydration. The indulgent formula also helps repair the lips’ natural moisture barrier (similar to the skin barrier). Smooth on a thick layer before bed for softer, more nourished lips by morning.

Kiehl's Expert Tip: You can also use Buttermask For Lips as a pre-makeup treatment. Apply a thick layer to clean, dry lips and leave on for 15 minutes. Then, blot with a clean tissue and apply your favorite lip color for a smooth, luscious finish.

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