Although it’s been way overused, there is some truth to the line that “there’s no such thing as an ugly woman, just a lazy one”. Thankfully, times have changed and we no longer have to spend time grinding rice and pearl into powder to pat daintily upon our skin. Of course, the toned triceps and biceps will be a much-missed side effect, but hey, if it gives us more time to catch more winks, the trade-off is worth it.
For those who are still time-strapped, the invention of sleeping masks will come as a much-welcome boon. Sleeping masks are intensive repair products that work while you sleep, so you can spend your waking time on other errands. After all, these overnight ooh-la-las cut the time spent on your beauty regime down to just one minute – we kid you not. Simply slather on any of these products before you sleep, and wake up to rainbows, sunshine and good skin.
Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask, S$68
From Korea’s number one beauty brand comes this overnight sleeping miracle. Simply apply the smooth cream to a freshly-cleansed face or as the last step to your usual beauty routine and wake up to more radiant and smoother skin, thanks to its walnut extract that creates an essential moisture layer on skin, white mulberry extract to minimise redness and irritating, and hyaluronic acid for long-term hydration.
Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Repair Serum, $138
Banish signs of stress from your skin with this serum that’s designed to firm up your skin. Containing argan oil and brown seaweed which fight free radicals and inhibit the production of enzymes that break down collagen, it is also enriched with a botanical blend of jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, geranium, rosemary, cinnamon and neroli oils to soothe your skin.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, S$55
This mask contains the Ophiopogon Japonicus extract, which is also known as the “Fountain Plant”. This ingredient instantly boosts your skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture so that it can function like a “hydration reservoir”. There’s also glacial proteins and desert plant extracts that help protect and reinforce the skin’s barrier, leaving it soft and supple. No wonder so many people are gushing about this product.
Belif First Aid 360 Eye Care Mask, S$39.90
Don’t neglect one of the most hardworking parts of your body – your eyes. Give them some TLC with this leave-on moisture gel eye mask that contains mimosa to enhance resilience at eye rims and prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. What’s more, it also helps to relieve fatigue in the eye area by soothing skin irritation and reducing skin inflammation.
Belif First Aid Overnight Skin Regeneration Mask, S$38
Say hello to yarrow, a herb also known as “Carpenter’s herb” which was used in the Trojan war to help efficient wound healing. This, along with anti-oxidants bilberry and licorice, make for an overnight mask that reveals nourished and revitalised skin the next morning.
Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, S$185
This will give you a reason to love roses more. This mask contains extract of black rose, which is a key active ingredient that has smoothing, anti-free radical properties for an instant tensor effect. When combined with the host of other ingredients such as Vitamin E Acetate, extracts of red vine leaf, chlorella, padina pavonica and more, you’ll get a creamy mask that acts efficiently on the traces of ageing and provides instant softness and rejuvenation. Simply apply a generous layer to your skin and wipe off the excess after 10-15 minutes.
Laneige Firming Sleeping Pack, S$49
Despite having an uber popular cousin in the form of the Water Bank Sleeping Pack, this one doesn’t do too shabbily. With one sold every 30 seconds, this sleeping pack comes in a unique memory form gel texture that regains its shape in 20 seconds, thanks to SleePOP. This is a unique technology that helps to hydrate the skin and works like a filler with its low molecular collagen peptides to help firm up your skin from beneath.
FANCL Overnight Hydrating Pack, S$56
Rather than waking up with pillow marks on your face, why not wake up to silky smooth skin? This hydrating pack contains silk peptide that allows your skin to seal in moisture and rejuvenate your skin as you sleep, along with Rooibos extract, acetyl hyaluronic acid and animo capsules so that you (and your skin) can wake up fully rested. All you need is just five pumps and not a single drop of water, since it’s a no-rinse product.
Cheryl Chio is an editor by day, blogger by night and self-declared Kpop fan at all times. Fluent in English, Mandarin, Korean and the uncommon language of Awesome, this grammar nazi is putting her years of journalism experience in CLEO (and other magazines) to good use by bringing sexy integrity back to blogging – you won’t find badly rehashed press releases on her blog BeautifulBuns. She also writes about travel, lifestyle and gadgets. Follow her on Instagram @beautifulbuns_sg