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14 best overnight face masks for a renewed complexion come morning

Bring a whole new meaning to beauty sleep with these hero products

Tamara Corin
Wednesday 22 January 2020 15:00 GMT
At night, our skin switches to recovery mode – the prime time for cell regeneration and repair
At night, our skin switches to recovery mode – the prime time for cell regeneration and repair (The Independent/iStock)

We all know that sleep matters and there’s a reason why our 40 winks are referred to as beauty sleep. While we’re snoozing, our skin uses the opportunity to regenerate.

After a day of fighting grime, pollution, sweat, UV rays and factors we often don’t consider, our skin needs some downtime too. At night, our skin switches to recovery mode – the prime time for cell regeneration and repair. Skin is also more receptive to products at night, hence why night creams often have rich formulations and anti-ageing creams and collagen-rich serums are advised for evening use.

Enter a new influx of overnight face masks that work even harder than our regular night creams and require no rinse-off until morning or in some cases no rinse at all. Combining skin-loving ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants and turbo-charged acids, these hero products strengthen the skin’s own defences while we slumber to ensure we wake up with hydrated, supple and glowing skin no matter how little sleep we’ve managed to grab.

Unlike daily night creams, overnight masks are recommended to be used twice or three times a week in place of your regular evening moisturiser. By alternating your routine your skin will get a well-deserved boost that it will thank you for. Snoozing while masking, could there be a more convenient and efficient way to beautify?

Here, we’ve found the overnight face masks that will give skin a plumped, refreshed look by the time your alarm sounds off.

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The verdict: Overnight face masks

First prize goes to Liz Earle’s cica restore skin paste that took the number one spot thanks to the treatment-mask hybrid and the fresh-faced results. Our tester swears her face was as soft as a baby’s bottom for at least 48-hours after use. Closely followed is Alex Steinherr’s budget face mask that we love mainly because it works, but also because it allows good skincare to be accessible. About time too!

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