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Top Korean Sleeping Masks to Solve Your Skin Issues

 

What is a sleeping mask?

 

Sleeping mask, also called sleeping pack or sleeping mask packs (how’s that for confusing?), is a moisturizing product that’s meant to create an extra hydrating layer that gives your skin a moisture boost through the night. It is a common feature in Korean Beauty routines. Most Korean sleeping packs contain occlusive agents, which are ingredients that form a thin film on your skin, thereby acting as a shield and prevent water loss through the surface of the skin. For this reason, sleeping packs are meant to be applied as the last step of your night skincare routine.

 

 

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Why use a sleeping mask?

 

A sleeping mask may work for people who have oily skin and don’t like to use night creams. Night creams are usually a heavier moisturizer containing oil, silicone, wax, and/or petroleum ingredients acting as the occlusive. If you have oily skin and find night creams too greasy, you may want to try a sleeping pack.

Sleeping masks work wonderfully in dry climates or during the winter, when your skin gets dehydrated at a faster rate than usual.

Pro-tip: If you have dehydrated skin, you may want to try applying toner with the 7 skin method before using a sleeping mask for an extra hydration boost.

Some Korean sleeping masks are more than just moisturizers. The ones formulated with specific ingredients can help you target particular skin problems, such as acne, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation. You can supercharge your night routine by using these specialized sleeping packs after using a toner and serum to double the benefits.

 

How to use a sleeping mask

 

After you have finished with your nightly skin care routine (cleansing, toning, moisturizing), massage the sleeping mask cream onto your face and gently pat your skin to help with better absorption.

 

Best sleeping mask for wrinkles or aging skin: Mizon Multi-function Formula Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack

HIGHLIGHTS

Pros:

– Anti-aging effects
– Moisturizing
– Great for aging and/or dry skin

Cons:

– Snail extract can cause potential allergic reaction. Be sure to patch test first!
– Sticky finish

 

Packed with numerous anti-aging ingredients and botanical extracts, this sleeping pack can treat your fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. It contains 50% snail secretion filtrate, which has been shown to stimulate the creation of new collagen and elastin fibers, as well as having antimicrobacterial properties. In addition, it also contains other anti-aging ingredients such as adenosine and rh-oligopeptide-1 (also known as Epidermal Growth Factor or EGF). EGF is often used after professional exfoliation and microdermabrasion treatments to assist with wound healing and stimulate cell renewal and collagen production.

 

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Snail secretion filtrate, glycerin, butylene glycol, propanediol, cetyl ethylhexanoate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, glyceryl stearate, 1,2-hexanediol, cyclohexasiloxane, peg-100 stearate, carbomer, magnesium aluminum silicate, polysorbate 20, potassium hydroxide, sodium polyacrylate, water, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, adenosine, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, disodium EDTA, dipropylene glycol, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, ocimum basilicum (basil) oil, pinus sylvestris leaf oil, camellia sinensis leaf oil, dimethicone, glacier water, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, hydrogenated polydecene, sea water, honey extract, sodium hyaluronate, propylene glycol, alcohol, hydrolyzed extensin, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, caulerpa lentillifera extract, glycine soja (soybean) seed extract, beta-glucan, gentiana lutea root extract, achillea millefolium extract, artemisia absinthium extract, arnica montana flower extract, salvia officinalis (sage) extract, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, saussurea involucrata extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) flower extract, dioscorea japonica root extract, plumeria rubra flower extract, tremella fuciformis (mushroom) extract, ethylhexylglycerin, rh-oligopeptide-1

 

How it feels: The Mizon Snail sleeping pack is definitely on the heavier and stickier side, so if you have normal or oily skin, it may feel too much. Unlike a night cream, it won’t sink completely into your skin but it will lock in the moisture and whatever beneficial ingredients that comes from the products you’ve layered on underneath. Some people who are allergic to snail extract may experience breakouts, so be sure to patch test first.

Runner-up: Another great sleeping mask that also contains snail secretion filtrate is the Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask. Although it only has 15% snail secretion filtrate (compared to the Mizon Snail Sleeping Pack), the Missha sleeping pack contains other useful extracts such as baobab tree extract, deep sea water, and phytoncide water that are great for hydration without being too heavy for your skin.

 

Best sleeping mask for dry skin: CosRX Rice Overnight Spa Mask

HIGHLIGHTS

Pros:

– Brightening effects
– Very moisturizing
– Great for dry skin

Cons:

– Rice extract can cause potential allergic reaction. Be sure to patch test first!

 

The CosRX Rice Overnight Spa Mask is a balm for those with chronically dry skin or eczema. It contains 65% rice extract, which has skin-friendly favonoid antioxidants and has been traditionally used by geishas to achieve soft and bright skin. The mask also contains niacinamide, known for smoothing out uneven skin tone and revitalizing dull skin texture, effectively giving you brighter looking skin. In addition, the sunflower oil provides an extra moisturizing boost to keep your skin well-hydrated through the night.

Touted as a 3-in-1 sleeping pack, this mask can be used as an overnight mask, a wash-off mask, or as a cream.

Pro-tip: If you have very dry, dehydrated skin, you can supercharge this sleeping mask by applying several layers of toners (ala the 7 skin method) before using the mask.

 

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Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Betaine, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) oil, Elaeis Guineensis(Palm) Kernel Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Arginine, Carbomer, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum

 

How it feels: The CosRX Rice Overnight Spa Mask has a rich creamy texture (but not as dense as the Mizon Sleeping Pack) that absorbs without a sticky finish. This sleeping pack may not be for you if you are allergic to rice extract. As with everything, be sure to patch test.

 

 

Best sleeping mask for oily skin or fungal acne: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

HIGHLIGHTS

Pros:

– Absorbs quickly
– Moisturizing
– Great for all skin types

Cons:

– Pricier compared to Mizon and CosRX sleeping masks

One of the best selling masks on Sephora and winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty 2017, the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is highly concentrated with Hydro Ionized Mineral Water (fortified with zinc, manganese, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and potassium) to give your skin continuous moisture through the night no matter what your skin type is. It is paraben-free and phthalates-free, and a quick check on CosDNA shows that it’s pretty low on irritants so it’s especially safe for sensitive skin. In addition, the Laneige mask is packed with several botanical extracts such as rose (for revitalizing dull skin), sandalwood, and evening primrose (for brightening skin). Given the high water content and addition of zinc, this mask is a great choice for those with fungal acne.

 

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Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trehalose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Potassium Alginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate / VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearyl Behenate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Blue 1 (Ci 42090)

 

How it feels: The Laneige mask has a lightweight, jelly-like texture and absorbs quickly, making it an ideal night time skin care product for oily skin. It also does not feel as heavy or sticky as most other sleeping masks since the ingredients contain mostly mineral water and botanical extracts. For an aromatherapy bonus: this mask has a calming, pleasant scent to help you relax and have a good night’s sleep.

 

Best Sleeping Mask for dry and acne-prone skin: TonyMoly Magic Food Banana Sleeping Pack

HIGHLIGHTS

Pros:

– Doubles as moisturizer and sleeping mask
– Absorbs quickly

Cons:

– Fragrance

While this sleeping mask takes the prize for cute packaging, it can do more than look pretty on your vanity. Packed with moisturizing ingredients like banana extract, milk proteins, and chamomile extract, this nutrient-filled sleeping mask hydrates and calms your skin while you sleep. The addition of potassium and vitamin A in the banana extract is great especially for dry skin and troubled skin.

 

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Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Beeswax, Petrolatum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Dimethicone, Betaine, Urea, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Caprylyl Glycol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dimethiconol Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Cl19140, Cl 15985

 

How it feels: For most skin types, it is lightweight enough to use every night. If you have oily skin, you may want to use it every other night if it feels too rich for your skin, since this mask was formulated with dry skin in mind.

 

Best affordable sleeping mask for dull or combination skin: Too Cool for School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack

HIGHLIGHTS

Pros:

 

– Affordable
– Paraben-free, sulfates-free, phthalates-free

Cons:

– Fragrance

If you prefer a multitasking nighttime skincare product, this pumpkin sleeping pack’s got your back. It doubles as a moisturizer and overnight sleeping mask, formulated specifically for dry or dull skin but also works for most skin types ( Normal, Oily, Combination, Dry, Sensitive). This sleeping mask goes after applying your base layers (serum, essence) so it can work as a good occlusive to lock in the moisture. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, this mask contains pumpkin fermentation extract, which is naturally packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. The natural enzymes of the pumpkin extract in combination with the papaya extract help gently remove dead skin cells for plumper, healthier skin in the morning.

 

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Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ulmus Davidiana (David Elm), Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Portulaca Oleracea (Purslane) Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana (Kudzu) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora (Peony) Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Soluble Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, 1,2-Hexanediol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethi Cone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mannitol, Bromelain, Papain, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Ceramide 3, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Red 33

 

How it feels: It has a gel like texture that absorbs quickly and does not feel greasy, even for oily skin. Your skin feels hydrated and soft in the morning even in the winter.

 



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