As much as I love the ritual of applying multiple skincare products to my face, some nights I am so darn tired and just want to cleanse and get into my warm bed. With overnight masks, I can do that without getting the guilts. I cleanse my face, exfoliate, apply a mask and hey presto! In the morning I have soft, bouncy and hydrated skin. I realised that I have quite a few masks in my collection that double as overnight masks so it was only fair that I share these discoveries with you so that you too can wake up feeling and looking refreshed.
With all of the masks mentioned below it’s important to apply a nice thick amount, so that you can really see it on the face. I also suggest that you use a pillowcase that is not too dear to your heart or lay a soft towel over your pillow to protect it while you sleep. If you have a fringe, wear a headband to bed and apply the mask an hour or so before you lie down so that it absorbs a little, meaning that most of the goodness is left on your face rather than your pillow.
Divine Woman Ultra Perfecting Mask
Divine Woman is an Australian brand run by Miranda Kerr’s mother Therese Kerr. I spotted the Divine Woman Ultra Perfecting Mask in David Jones one day and it was a really nice surprise when I first used it. It contains hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin and it’s very creamy and thick due to the high content of cacao butter. Other ingredients include bentonite clay which helps ingredients to gently penetrate and Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. I love the rich texture of this mask and how bouncy my skin is after I use it. Another bonus is that it comes in a travel friendly tube so you can take it anywhere. It’s also made from 100% naturally derived ingredients and 85% of those are certified organic. It’s vegan, gluten free and cruelty free.
Skin Juice Vanilla and Honey Mask
Skin Juice is another favourite Australian brand of mine and their Vanilla and Honey Mask has quickly made it into my regular rotation. Not only is it really affordable ($25.00 AUD), but it can be used both for facial massage and overnight masking. It smells like a sweet vanilla cream bun and its silky and almost whipped consistency feels incredibly luxurious. You would never guess this mask is under $30. It contains three types of butters including mango, shea and cacao butter so it’s very moisturising and as always it’s infused with Skin Juice’s signature fruit and botanical extracts. This product was gifted to me by The Beauty Edit.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
I’m not ashamed to say that Insta-hype got the better of me and I ordered the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask the minute it came out on Cult Beauty. This mask, created by friends and bloggers Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores, has hit the indie beauty world by storm. It promises to hydrate skin whilst gently exfoliating and it contains some really cool ingredients like chestnut extract, vitamin C, green tea extract and niacinamide (or vitamin B3). These are great for brightening, evening skin tone and soothing inflammation. The mask itself is thick so it’s easy to apply a good layer of it and it has a refreshing peppermint scent. I like to use it as an overnight mask and it also double as an awesome make up primer. The directions say to blot it off but I just use a warm wet flannel to wipe it off. I like that it’s travel friendly too, how cute is the tube? This mask contains mostly natural ingredients, it’s cruelty free and vegan.
I hope this snapshot of my favourite overnight masks helped you to decide on one for yourself. All three of them are amazing hydrators and I struggle picking just one to recommend. For mask newbies I would suggest that you start with the Skin Juice Vanilla and Honey Mask because it’s so affordable and easy to get hold of in Australia. Let me know which sleep mask you enjoy using by leaving a comment below or email me and connect with me on Instagram and Facebook. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.
Next week: A review of Jillian Dempsey’s minimalist makeup range.