Night Masks are becoming more and more popular within the skincare industry after first appearing in Korea. But what are they, how do they work and what are the the benefits of a Night Mask?
What are Night Masks?
Usually with a gel-like texture, Night Masks are applied before bed. They dissolve into the skin forming an invisible layer that locks in active ingredients, therefore helping them to work effectively throughout the night. Night Masks are not removed, they are left to work for hours providing a flash effect for the skin.
The Main Benefits of a Night Mask
Quick results: the protective veil on your skin, allows ingredients to work for hours improving hydration, radiance, and minimising signs of ageing after just one night.
Time saving: unlike your usual face mask, Night Masks are left on, allowing the ingredients to work while you sleep.
Mess free: Night masks usually have a gel-like texture that sinks into the skin therefore there’s no removal and no mess.
What ingredients to look for
- Detox: A good night mask should include a detoxifying ingredient. This is important because they help to boost the skin’s detoxifying mechanisms which naturally occur wile you sleep.
- Vitamins: Vitamins are packed with antioxidants that nourish the skin and help it to defend itself against external aggressions encountered during the day. Encapsulated vitamins provide better results as they can penetrate into the skin more effectively, before their outer shell dissolves releasing powerful nutrients.
- Exfoliating: Gentle exfoliating ingredients are beneficial as they will help the other active ingredients to penetrate the skin more effectively. (Avoid anything with glycolic acid or salicylic acids as they are not good for the skin over long periods.)
- Anti-ageing: A form of anti-ageing ingredient is a welcomed addition to your night mask helping to improve lines and wrinkles.
Why use a Night Mask
As we know, the quality of the skin is closely linked with how well and how much you sleep. In fact, the skin regenerates three times faster at night than by day. While we rest the synthesis of collagen fibres reaches its highest levels, toxins are eliminated and micro-circulation flows better. Therefore the blood can reach the skin much easier ensuring the delivery of oxygen and nutritional elements. Lack of sleep means these processes are hindered resulting in dryness, more visible wrinkles, dull tone and dehydration. By using a Night Mask, we can help to boost and restore these processes even with little sleep. This gives the skin a much better chance at staying young and healthy.