One of the easiest ways to ensure you’ll wake up with glowing skin? Apply a face mask before bed and let it work its magic while you snooze, when your skin is in repair mode. These nine formulas are packed to the brim with hydrating and brightening ingredients, and deliver on their claims.
One of these water-gel face masks is purchased every six seconds around the world, and I’m not surprised. This newly improved version of the brand’s cult-classic face mask features two new ingredients for even better results: a probiotic-derived complex and sugar cane–derived squalane leave skin smoother and glowier than before, and yes, that’s possible!
The latest launch from the cult-favorite Augustinus Bader is this creamy, refillable face mask made with the brand’s patented, cell-boosting TFC8 technology, ginseng extract and vitamin C, and without synthetic fragrances. It brightens and soothes, and can be used overnight (the best way to go!) or as a 10-minute rejuvenator when skin looks tired and needs a pick-me-up.
Inspired by the brand’s OG Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask (I loved that one, but I love this one more), this jelly-like formula contains a 2.5-percent mix of glycolic and lactic acids with soothing niacinamide and watermelon enzymes to exfoliate just enough without irritating. Use it three times a week, and remember to rinse it off in the morning and use SPF because AHAs are no joke mixed with sun exposure.
Fragrance-free and sensitive skin–approved, this creamy mask is a skin-care sleepover you’ll look forward to every week (especially if you have dry skin). Mandelic and kojic acids work together to gently exfoliate for brighter skin that glows. Maple sap provides barrier support, arnica soothes and moisturizing ingredients ensure a smooth, soft feel in the a.m. Plus, the brand just launched in Ulta Beauty!
FaceGym Cheat Mask ($75)
Clinically proven to resurface and brighten skin overnight, this mask boasts a trio of acids—7-percent lactic and 2.5-percent succinic and asiatic—that are balanced by liposomal melatonin and soothing prebiotics and microalgae. Together, they work to reduce the appearance of redness and hyperpigmentation (as well as pores and pimples). Come morning, skin looks both brighter and clearer.
I’ve been a fan of this dreamy mask for a long time, and my skin always looks better, and feels super hydrated, the day after I use it. Created to treat dryness and uneven skin tone (both major concerns for many of us, especially this time of year), it utilizes a potent blend of antioxidant-rich superberries and THD ascorbate, which is a stable form of vitamin C that penetrates better than many other forms.
From the brand that has spent countless hours working with the world’s leading sleep experts to research circadian rhythm and how our skin functions overnight comes this luxurious mask. Retinol, antioxidant-rich “Miracle Grass,” four different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and a bevy of botanicals make up the formula, which “exploits the higher nocturnal skin regeneration” to get rid of damaging free radicals and lock in a gorgeous glow.
As much as this mask gives me major Game of Thrones vibes, the key ingredient “Dragon’s Blood” isn’t really from a fire-breathing monster, as I’m sure you guessed. It actually gets its name because it’s a bright-red oil that comes from a tree in South America known as the dragon tree. In skin care, and this mask specifically, it pairs beautifully with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and condition the skin. This is one I like to keep in the fridge too—the gel is cooling on its own, but this gives it an extra refreshing boost on parched skin.
Targeting our skin’s nocturnal renewal cycle—that repair mode you always hear about—this floral-scented mask is self-care in a jar. “This comforting, cocooning treatment mask eases signs of fatigue, smooths fine lines and brightens my skin overnight. The luxurious blend of plant oils and active ingredients mean I wake up to radiant and glowing skin,” says Votary cofounder Arabella Preston, and I agree.
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