There's no doubt that your nighttime skincare routine is just as important as your morning one, but often after a long day, we're too exhausted to go through all the steps.
At the same time, who doesn't want to wake up looking beautiful and radiant? Don't worry. There's a perfect solution! We're talking about an overnight face mask, and you're going to love it!
So what is this fantastic product?
What is an overnight face mask?
An overnight face mask is a very rich and powerful beauty product. Its active ingredients penetrate your skin deeply while you're getting your z's.
Overnight face masks are applied before bed and sometimes are also called sleep face masks and sleeping masks.
The mask works as a barrier and sealant, which means it prevents dirt and dust from clogging your pores and locks in the active ingredients, letting them work more effectively without evaporating, so your skin recovers moisture.
The leave-on sleep mask offers intense hydration and moisturisation. It also calms the skin down and brings out the glow.
We love an overnight mask because it complements our body's natural cycles: our skin cells replicate and reproduce during the night and a night mask aids that process even more.
This intensive overnight care is super important to prevent premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles and gives your skin a chance to rest and recover.
Is it the same as a night cream?
The overnight mask might sound like a night cream, and while they both offer similar benefits, the masks are more powerful and often provide a specific function for different concerns.
You'll find anti-aging, hydration, brightening, anti-acne and other types of overnight masks on the market.
The other difference is that the masks do not absorb as quickly as creams, so you'll see more visible results in the mirror when you wake up!
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Who should use an overnight mask?
Like with most skincare products, it's always better to start using the product before you start seeing actual problems like wrinkles, age spots and uneven skin tone.
We know it's hard to accept it, but all of us will start aging sooner or later. And with aging, the skin starts losing elasticity, firmness and the first fine lines and wrinkles appear.
So, be one step ahead and incorporate an overnight face mask into your beauty routine today! It's very easy to use, and you'll reap tremendous benefits in the future!
Overnight mask benefits for skin
So what are the benefits of using a sleeping mask? First of all, the leave-on sleep mask benefits will vary depending on the type; but most of the time, all the masks are super hydrating and anti-aging.
An overnight mask improves the skin's overall appearance, tone and texture, reduces signs of fine lines and age spots.
It locks in the moisture and the active ingredients, provides a barrier against impurities protecting the skin from dust, dirt and other toxins all night long, and then easily rinses off the next morning.
A night time face mask optimises skin regeneration and exposes new skin cells to nourishing, hydrating ingredients that encourage the natural renewal process.
It also helps firm up the skin and contour it lightly.
The last fantastic benefit is that it takes almost no effort to use the mask compared to other skincare steps as it works while you sleep. What can be better?
How to use the overnight sleep mask?
For the best outcomes, use your overnight mask 2-3 times per week.
If you're very tired and have no desire to spend more than a couple of minutes in front of the mirror, do this.
Simple overnight mask routine
- Wash and dry your face thoroughly
- Use a couple of pumps or a scoop of the mask
- Spread the mask over your face and neck
- Wait for 15-20 minutes and go to sleep
- Wash it off in the morning
Feel like the evening is the perfect time to do some pampering and unwind slowly? Then do this.
An expanded overnight mask routine
- Cleanse your face with make-up remover or micellar water using a cotton pad. Make sure all your make-up is off.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. You can also use a cleansing brush.
- Apply your serum. Serums are great for anti-aging, hydrating and plumping your skin.
- Apply your moisturiser, eye cream and lip balm. Yes, you can apply your moisturiser before your mask for even better results!
- Massage your face with a face roller to get the products in.
- Once you've layered everything else, smooth the mask all over your face, jawline and neck.
- In the morning, wash it off and enjoy radiant skin!
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How to choose an overnight face mask?
There are so many products on the market it can get overwhelming to choose a nighttime mask that's best for you!
Our first tip is to target your problems. Do you need hydration, or maybe you want to target your acne?
The next step is looking at the ingredients. Natural, plant-based ingredients are always the best choice as harsh chemicals can cause various unwanted reactions and even allergies.
Here at SCOUT, we're very proud of our Skin Perfecting Radiance Gel with Lilli Pilli, Licorice, Emu Apple and Vitamin C.
These beautiful organic, native Australian superfruits are packed with Vitamin C and create a natural & scientifically-backed blend. The gel enhances collagen production & gently helps fade pigmentation, age spots and refine skin texture.
The product can be used as a serum, treatment or a leave-on sleep mask. It's suitable for all skin types and is 90% Certified Organic.
Can I use a sleeping mask every night?
One of the most common questions is whether you can use an overnight mask every night. And it's a good one as once you learn how incredible the benefits are, you surely want to use it as much as possible!
Generally, overnight masks should be used 2-3 times per week. However, using a natural, organic overnight face mask every night is also completely fine if you see no unwanted reactions.
In any case, make sure you read the label, consult with a professional and don't overdo it with maks that contain harsher ingredients.
Will my pillows get dirty?
Most of us have dealt with dirty pillowcases after not cleaning the make-up off properly, so it's natural to worry.
However, most overnight face masks are similar to regular creams and moisturisers and do not leave any marks on your precious cotton or silk!
If you're still worried, you can always test the mask out with a clean towel and see if it stains. If it does, use old pillowcases or put a towel on top!