11 overnight face masks to hydrate and repair your skin while you sleep

We all know about the 10-minute mask, but is the overnight mask the hydrating product we actually need?

With winter in full swing, there are a number of reasons your skin is suffering more than usual. Between spending more time indoors with the central heating on and travelling wearing reusable face masks, we’re left dealing with dryness, breakouts and flare-ups. 

Fortunately, skincare is something we can put to work without even trying. Enter overnight masks. Designed to hydrate skin, treat blemishes and soothe irritation, sleeping masks are applied before you head to bed. So what makes them so effective?

“The hours we spend sleeping are a valuable opportunity to deliver a product to the skin, to let it sit upon our skin while we rest,”says Dr Kate Forbes, innovation director at Aesop. “We are less likely to touch our faces or to sweat heavily; two things that during the day can inadvertently work to remove the product from the face.

 “The uninterrupted exposure and prolonged skin contact time offer the optimal chance of delivering the best possible results for the skin.”

Here, we round up the best overnight face masks that get to work while you sleep.

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  • Drunk Elephant F Balm Electrolyte Water Facial

    With soothing niacinamide, squalene and five types of hydrating ceramides, Drunk Elephant’s F Balm overnight mask balances moisture levels while improving skin’s texture.

    Shop Drunk Elephant F Balm Electrolyte Water Facial at Cult Beauty, £44

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  • Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask

    High in natural fats, avocado is a hydration hero. Glow Recipe’s overnight mask makes use of different forms of the ingredient: avocado butter, oil, extract and fruit. Manuka honey is added for increased antibacterial and brightening purposes for a superfood concoction for the skin.

    Shop Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask at Cult Beauty, £23

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  • Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque

    With vitamins B, C, E and F, this formula strengthens your skin barrier by simultaneously hydrating tired skin while also brightening dull, patchy skin. The gel-like cream sinks into the skin for mess-free replenishment overnight.

    Shop Aesop Sublime Replenishing Night Masque at Cult Beauty, £93


  • Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

    For an intense hydration hit, Fresh’s overnight face mask consists of two steps. The first is a cooling gel with rose water, damask rose extract and hyaluronic acid to soothe and prep the skin. The second step is a lightweight cream to lock in moisture.

    Shop Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask at Cult Beauty, £24

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  • Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Sleepair Intensive Mask

    Tackle dry, red skin with an overnight sleep mask created with soothing irritation in mind. Helping compromised skin recover, it has an ointment-esque texture to provide a lightweight barrier between your skin and environmental elements. 

    Shop Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Sleepair Intensive Mask at Cult Beauty, £12

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  • Votary Intense Overnight Mask

    Calming and hydrating, Votary’s sleeping mask blends hyaluronic acid, oat kernel flour, narcissus and camu camu extracts and rosehip oil to moisturise, brighten and reduce redness. 

    Shop Votary Intense Overnight Mask at Cult Beauty, £85

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  • Skin Proud Sleep Defence Mask

    From the makers of the viral Frozen Over Gel-to-Ice Hydrator comes a brightening overnight mask created to tackle dull, worn-out skin. The gel-textured sleeping mask contains softening niacinamide and brightening kombucha extract.

    Shop Skin Proud Sleep Defence Mask at Boots, £14.95

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  • Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask

    Exfoliate and even out uneven skin tone overnight with this salicylic acid enriched sleeping mask. Lock in moisture, battle hyperpigmentation and balance hydration while you drift off. The dream. 

    Shop Omorovicza Midnight Radiance Mask at Cult Beauty, £85

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  • Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

    Imbue dry and dehydrated skin with a cult favourite, Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask. Made to combat puffiness, brighten dull skin and intensely hydrate, you’ll be back to baseline sharpish. 

    Shop Laneige Water Sleeping Mask at Cult Beauty, £26

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  • Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask

    “Dewy” and “pillowy” are two words Youth to the People use to describe its moisturising, brightening overnight mask. Packed with hydrating ingredients – squalane, hyaluronic acid, glycerin and betaine – expect plumpness and radiance.

    Shop Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask at Cult Beauty, £42

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  • Bamford Nourishing Sleep Mask

    Bamford suggests using the Nourishing Sleep Mask every night to lock in hydration, restore plumpness and condition the skin. 

    Shop Bamford Nourishing Sleep Mask, £60

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