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Should You Leave A Face Mask On Overnight?

Face masks are amazing, but can you leave them on overnight to get better results? You'll wanna read this.
Updated: November 9, 2022
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We all love that satisfaction of gradually peeling a face mask off our skin! But if you can resist that temptation you may find that leaving a mask on overnight can give your skin some great benefits.

Want to know more? Keep reading.

How face masks work

First, let’s briefly go over what face masks do. Coming in many forms and made from many things, the general purpose of face masks is to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin in order to give it a youthful and healthy boost. They are perhaps one of the most popular skincare products in the world and are used commonly in spa treatments. We’d recommend having a few indulgent mask sessions a week to really reap the rewards.

The benefits of leaving a mask on overnight

Can you leave a face mask on overnight? Of course! In fact, there are specialist overnight masks available on the market that are made for this exact purpose. But for regular face masks, depending on the ingredients, you can also let them get to work while you sleep.

During the night, the active ingredients contained in the mask get to work, slowly being absorbed by your skin. Salicylic, glycolic acid, and hyaluronic acids target specific skin concerns, while the rest of the formula works to support your skin health.

You’ll notice that your skin becomes super hydrated and refreshed, which is essential in maintaining youthful elasticity. The masks also support healthy skin cell growth, and the collection of amazing minerals, vitamins, and other super ingredients will give overall nourishment to your face that will definitely show.

Are there any face masks you shouldn’t use overnight?

While most face masks will be fine to use overnight, you should generally try and avoid clay masks or those containing activated charcoal. The reason for this isn’t because those particular ingredients are bad (they’re great, actually) but because those specific masks will end up being too dry on your skin overnight. The last thing you want is to wake up in the morning and have a face like stone. It could be rather painful getting all that off!

Final word

There’s not much more to say here. Face masks provide your skin with essential vitamins, minerals, and hydrating qualities. Using one overnight a few times a week will give your face the youthful glow it needs, and give you the confidence to go about your day.

We’d recommend avoiding clay masks for their exceptional dryness and looking for a good specialized overnight mask to fulfill your needs.

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