Not all moisturizing or hydrating masks are created equal. I love this type of a product - a quick-fix for thirsty skin or overnight treatment that's supposed to intensely nourish, pamper and soothe. When the season changed from Winter to Spring I experienced severe dehydration and dark circles, so I started to experiment with many masks and eye creams (theme for another post!), looking for The One. These are some of the masks I've tried that are clearly advertised as moisture/sleeping masks. Enjoy!
How to use a moisturizing / sleeping mask?
I first encountered sleeping masks when travelling in South-Korea: they were thicker gels or creams with lots of moisturizing and emollient ingredients that "lock" in all your hydrating, treating skincare. One of the old school brands were Laneige, whose pink sleeping lip mask has now been popularized by Western bloggers.
Always follow the direction on the packaging, but 99% of moisturizing masks work in a similar manner. You can either apply them on clean skin for 15-20 minutes to instantly plump, sooth and moisturize your skin or you can apply all of your lotions and potions and leave the moisturizing mask overnight. "Locking in" all your other skincare will have the most benefit. The masks featured in this post I've tried either as a mask or as an overnight treatment with/without other skincare application.
Usually the difference with a moisturizing mask and a regular night cream is only slight. Do you need both? Not in my opinion. Masks are often lighter cream or gel textures with little other benefits except moisture and hydration. Masks are also less expensive, so they make a great night-time treat if you're on a budget! They also work wonderfully in airplanes where the recycled air tends to dry out your skin.
CaudAlie Masque-Crème Hydratant / Moisturizing Mask*
€32.5 / $39 for 75ml / 2.5 fl.oz.
This mask is advertised as a 15 min treatment or as an overnight mask with grape oil, Caudelie's signature wine yeast and hyaluronic acid. There's also glycerine, squalane and fatty alcohols for retaining moisture. The fragrance and dimethicone (silicone to improve "silky" texture) I find as unnecessary ingredients and very high up in the INCI, but fortunately the mask smells very mildly. The texture of the Caudelie Masque-Crème Hydratant is light silky cream that sits on the top of the skin like a veil instead of getting absorbed. I very much enjoy this mask as a 15 minute pick-me-up when my skin feels dry or tight.
Madara SOS HYDRA MASK*
€34.60 / $40.25 for 75ml / 2.5 fl.oz.
The Madara mask could be like an eco-sister to the Caudelie as it's also a lightweight cream in a tube packaging. The cream similarly doesn't absorb but sits on the skin but sits on the top. The suggested wear time is 15-20 minutes but my skin starts to feel uncomfortably tight on the 5 minute mark and I just want to take it off. It does leave my skin silky feeling, but not moisturized or hydrated. I think I will pass this on to someone with more combo-oily skin type and see if they like it.
January Labs Moisture Renew Mask*
€29.25 / $34 for 75ml / 2.5 fl.oz. available at Cult Beauty*
January Labs is one of my favorite skincare brands and I was ecstatic about this launch. I use Moisture Renew Mask mainly as a sleeping mask on the top of my other skincare or alone if I'm feeling very tired. In the morning all tightness feels gone and my skin is left feeling bouncy and hydrated. I like this mask as it sinks into the skin and doesn't feel thick or tacky, I imagine this would be wonderful on airplanes as it's virtually invisible yet very moisturizing.
Clarins Masque Crème "Anti Soif"
New version is called SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask €29.25 / $34 for 75ml / 2.5 fl.oz. available at Kicks.fi
Clarins masks recently got relaunched, I think this mask is discontinued as it is. While the texture of this mask is light and milky, I don't find it made any difference on my skin. Convenient to use, but not hydrating or moisturizing enough for my skin type. I'm not sure why I've hold onto this. I might ask a sample of the new mask as I've seen some positive reviews, but I'm not in any rush.
V10 Plus+ Okinawa Deep Sea Water Mask*
€43.5 / $50.60 for 100ml / 3.38 fl.oz.
V10 Plus+ is a Japan inspired line with extensive range of serums targeted every possible cause. I was the most interested in the other products from the line, especially the Okinawa Deep Sea Water Mask. It has a simple INCI including hydrating glycerine, algae extract, antioxidant-rich natto gum and sodium hyaluronate. The gel texture is light, almost watery and doesn't feel like much on the skin, but after sleeping with this mask on my skin feels hydrated and plump. I like this a lot!
Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask
€84 / $65 for 45ml / 1.5 fl.oz. available at Jolie.fi*
This mask is like a grainy balm that melts between your fingers to oil-like consistency. This mask is packed with plant oils, butters and herbs, mostly certified organic. The scent is very calming (has lavender) and I feel the same way about the product. I like to use this if my skin is aggravated; I've done a lot of exfoliating or maybe a retinol. What I don't like is the steep price tag for the amount of product you're getting. Little goes a long way and Josh's products are top-notch quality, but sometimes my wallet leaves a little cry. I do prefer this to the Vital Cream Balm, which is even more expensive.
Which mask should I choose?
Moisturizing mask on an airplane: January Labs, Caudelie, V10 Plus
A big drink to the skin overnight: January Labs, Josh Rosebrook, V10 Plus
To seal in other products (serums, toners) overnight: Josh Rosebrook
Quick morning mask: Caudelie
Hydration for combination to oily skin: V10 Plus, Clarins
Eco beauty: January Labs, Josh Rosebrook
I hope this post is helpful! What's your favorite night time product? Do you use moisturizing or sleeping mask? x
*Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly gifted for consideration.
My thoughts are honest and my own.