While K-beauty is famous for its elaborate, multi-step skincare routines, sleep masks—the latest South Korean trend to hit our shelves—are all about taking it easy and letting a single product do all the hard work. These intensely hydrating overnight treatments can do wonders for dehydrated and dull complexions. Unlike typical face masks that are rinsed off after 10 to 15 minutes, overnight masks are designed to be applied as the last step in your nighttime skincare routine and washed off in the morning. According to Dr. Sonya Abdulla, a Toronto-based dermatologist, this allows active ingredients like hyaluronic acid or retinol to work to their full potential. “At night, the skin experiences increased blood flow, allowing actives to be absorbed more easily. It’s also a time for skincare to be applied undisrupted and uninterrupted for an extended period of time,” she explains.
Whether you want to gently exfoliate your skin or boost your hydration levels, slather on one of these overnight masks before you hit the sheets to wake up with a well-rested glow.
In-Circadian Night Mask, $25, indeedlabs.com
Inspired by the circadian rhythm (the internal sleep/wake cycle that our bodies naturally follow), this fragrance-free mask purports to work alongside the skin’s overnight regeneration process to restore its glow by morning. It contains B-Circadin, a patented ingredient made from plant extracts that is said to help fight the effects of skin damage caused by daily stressors, like UV rays and pollution.
Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask, $66, sephora.com
Known to improve skin texture, boost collagen production and target fine lines and wrinkles, retinol is a skincare must-have. This Glow Recipe fave pairs the powerhouse ingredient with antioxidant-rich avocado and exfoliating polyhydroxy acid for a gentle-yet-effective mask that smoothes and hydrates the skin, leaving it looking fresh and renewed by morning.
Aqualia Thermal Night Spa Mask, $45, vichy.ca
Infused with Vichy’s mineral-rich Thermal Spa Water (which is also used at the Vichy Spa in France), this velvety mask restores moisture and suppleness to the skin.
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Cica Sleeping Mask, $45, sephora.com
Cica is an ingredient often found in K-beauty products to soothe sensitive skin, calm inflammation and reduce redness. This mask is formulated with fermented forest yeast extract, an ingredient that mimics the healing properties of cica and is believed to deliver even more hydration and strengthening benefits.
Moisturizing Sleep Face Mask, $2, shoppersdrugmart.ca
With bamboo tea extract to help hydrate the skin and fragrant lavender extract to promote relaxation, this affordable option is a great way to ease into the overnight face mask trend.
F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask, $68, sephora.com
This soothing gel-cream contains a potent cocktail of electrolytes, niacinamide, plant-based squalane, ceramides and fatty acids that work together to rehydrate and strengthen the skin.
Overnight Glow Mask, $22, sephora.com
Infused with glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, this mask noticeably boosts radiance after just one use.
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Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask, $46, sephora.com
Applied before bed, this creamy mask delivers intense hydration to parched skin thanks to moisturizing ingredients like squalane and glycerin, which is used for its moisture-binding properties.
Hydrating Overnight Gel Face Mask, $26, walmart.ca
Perfect for everyday use, this cooling gel contains moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.
Velvet Sleeping Mask, $175, holtrenfrew.com
This luxe mask is lusciously scented and formulated with comforting ingredients like thyme honey, shea butter and saffron flower extract to soothe and nourish skin while you sleep, leaving it softer and plumper by morning.
Re-Charge Relaxing Sleep Mask, $29, thebay.com
Don’t be fooled by its lightweight, silky texture—this plumping gel formulated with organic coconut water packs a serious hydration punch.
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Signal Peptides Firming Balm & Mask, $140, juicebeauty.com
A blend of rice peptides, micro-algae extract and blueberry extract nourishes the skin and helps smooth the appearance of fine lines in this multipurpose balm that doubles up as an overnight treatment.
Midnight Radiance Mask, $160, omorovicza.com
This lightweight cooling gel contains salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and reveal a clearer, more radiant complexion.
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Hemp Overnight Nourishing Rescue Mask, $28, thebodyshop.com
Formulated with hemp seed oil (a powerful hydrator that’s especially great for people with acneic skin), this new addition to The Body Shop’s Hemp collection claims to hydrate parched skin for up to 72 hours.
Revitalift Triple Power LZR Intensive Overnight Mask, $33, walmart.ca
Packed with retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, this drugstore option features high-end ingredients at an affordable price.