As I have probably mentioned 20 times already in this darn blog, I’ve been slowly but surely getting over the bronchitis of the century. I feel a hell of a lot better than I did but I’m surprisingly still puny! What a buzz kill. HOWEVER, since I’ve not left the house in a while (I am still showering, don’t worry) because I could in theory wipe out half the people in the lovely retirement community we live in (my husband demanded a safe neighborhood!), I have been doing WAYYY too many things that don’t use up much brain power. Between constructing this ‘chandelier’ I’m building to match a display piece I saw at Anthropologie, pinning things on Pinterest more than I need to be and of course scrolling through social media & random blogs mindlessly, I’ve been ‘super busy’!!!!! LOL Super busy doing nothing, but in my quest for better health, I have stumbled upon a thing or two when it comes to skincare.
I dunno about you, but when I’m sick, I want to do mindless things… I can’t even watch TV cause it makes me think! LOL! So anyways, when I did stumble upon some skincare finds, I tucked ’em away for another day. And folks that day is TODAY because I found a new sleeping mask I want to try out. And I thought we could chatter about sleeping masks in general because it’s been a hot minute since we focused on some traditional Korean beauty secrets.
What Are Sleeping Masks/Packs?
As the name promises, sleeping masks (also known as sleeping packs) are a great way to intensely hydrate your skin as you snooze the night away, dreaming of sugar plum fairies. Sleeping masks are only used once or twice a week, in place of your usual night cream.
Because sleeping masks are a fairly new concept in places like the states, many folks may picture waking up with their hair glued to their face & their pillows covered in a gooey substance. The reality is sleeping masks are not messy at all! All you need is a nickel sized amount to massage into your face!
Who Should Consider Sleeping Masks
- All skin types, especially those with dry skin (yes, even oily skin folks greatly benefit)
- Maturing skin
- Irritated, cracked, healing skin
- Dull skin
- Uneven skintones
- Loss of firmness and elasticity
Difference Between Night Creams & Sleeping Masks
They typically contain ingredients that hydrate the skin in addition to delivering active ingredients that can help with anti-aging concerns.
Sleeping masks are used to seal in your facial serums, creams and oils.
How to Use a Sleeping Mask
There are typically 2 ways in which you can use a sleeping mask. And one thing to note, most sleeping masks come with a spatula or nifty tool, so these directions are pretty ‘standard’ when it comes to these glorious packs –
To use as a traditional sleeping mask
– Use the spatula to scoop one dime-sized amount onto skin as the final step of the evening routine.
– Gently pat into skin for optimal absorption. (Apply several minutes before getting into bed.)
– Wash thoroughly in the morning.
– Use daily if desired, though once or twice a week in place of your normal moisturizer would be great too.
To use as a wash off mask
– Use the spatula to scoop the mask and gently spread a good old thick layer across the face from forehead to chin (avoiding direct contact with eye and lip areas).
– Rinse with lukewarm water after 10 minutes.
– Use 2 to 3 times a week.
#CheekyConfidential Some sleeping masks perform best when the product is stirred. Be sure to check out the instructions thoroughly before using.
Our Favorite Sleeping Packs/Masks
This is the one I spotted while on my death bed!
- 97% of women noticed improved skin texture after 8 hours
- 97% of women noticed improved skin radiance and elasticity after 2 weeks
^ We searched high and low and these were our favorites. We found a lot of them to be hit or miss!
Some information & images provided by their respective brands.