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Night Creams vs Night Masks, What’s The Better Option?

Beauty sleep is a real thing thanks to the prominence of amazing nighttime skincare products. Which ones are best suited for you?
Updated: November 9, 2022
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With so many amazing night skincare products on the market today, the term ‘beauty sleep’ is really starting to make sense! Creams and masks are some of the most popular and commonly used in the world.

We all want to wake up looking refreshed and glowing in the mornings, so what is the best way to achieve this?

Everything you need to know about night cream

A night cream is a rich, thick moisturizing product that rejuvenates your face overnight and leaves your skin looking youthful and gleaming. After applying it to your face, the formula works at a leisurely but effective pace to gift your skin a host of essential vitamins and healthy active ingredients that work throughout the night to nourish it. Overall, this spa-like treatment soothes irritation and promotes natural skin health.

Everything you need to know about night masks

A good face mask can make the difference between having a tired and dull complexion, to radiant and attractive skin. Once applied, the adhesive qualities in the mask merge with your face and harden, allowing you to touch it without disturbing the mixture. When you go to bed, the nutrients and healthy vitamins can spend all night regenerating and renewing your skin to look and feel its best for the morning. Masks are truly one of our favorite things!

What’s the difference between the two?

This is pretty self-explanatory, but while the application process for both products is certainly very different, their goals are very similar.

Yes, the cream is simply rubbed onto your face while a mask hardens and solidifies for a long period of time. However, both products dispatch healthy nutrients, vitamins, and effective active ingredients that help tackle dryness, dehydration, and visual signs of aging like wrinkles and lines.

Obviously, the texture of the two products is different, with the cream being richer and thicker while the mask is naturally thin and easily spreadable. But overall the differences in their physical properties don’t take away from how effective they are at their jobs.

Which should you use?

It depends. A night cream can be used every evening and give you wonderful results. However, a night mask is recommended to be used only about 3-4 times a week due to its higher ingredient potency. Using masks too frequently can cause irritation, but their results are fantastic.

This is all subjective and whichever product you choose will be down to your personal preferences. A night cream is gentler and can be used every day, but the masks are more powerful and should be used sparingly.

Final word

Both night creams and night masks are brilliant tools to rejuvenate your face while you sleep. We’d recommend giving both a try and figuring out which one you prefer.

One thing is for sure though, getting your beauty sleep has never felt so good.

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