The Difference Between a Sleeping Mask and Night Cream
Sleeping masks can be found everywhere you turn these days! On the surface, they seem to just be a night cream but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here’s a quick summary of the nitty gritty of these products to understand how to make the most of our nighttime skincare routine.
What is a night cream?
Sleeping masks and night creams are both intended to be used at night but they have different functions. Night creams provide moisturization and contain ingredients that help with anti-ageing concerns. It is the same sort of hydration your daily moisturizer would provide but with a thicker formula, that may not be comfortable to wear all day long. Some contain products that are not suitable for use during the day as well, such as retinol.
What is a sleeping mask?
A sleeping mask on the other hand contains a lot more active ingredients than a night cream and provides a greater boost of hydration as well. Sleeping masks are a great pick me up for your skin, especially on days when it is feeling dry and dull. They are formulated like regular face masks with ingredients that help boost, repair and target your skin concerns. However, sleeping masks are not as potent as regular face masks, allowing them to be worn for longer periods of time. They also seal in any products you have layered on during your regime. This gives your skin a lot more time to absorb all the goodness it brings!
How and when do I use these products?
As both their names suggest, sleeping masks and night creams are meant to be used at night before bed. Our body does a remarkable job of repairing itself while we sleep. What’s better than plopping on a few products that will accelerate that repair?! Both products are used as the last step of your nightly skincare routine.
The first thing you need to do is cleanse your face. Even double cleanse if you’d like. This is great for days you have put on a lot of makeup or been in very dirty or polluted areas to ensure you’ve gotten rid of all of the nasties your skin could have carried throughout the day. Follow this with your regular routine which would probably include toner, eye cream, spot treatments, serums and/or facial oils. Finally, you can apply your night cream and then your sleeping mask.
Night creams are intended for daily use whereas the frequency of your sleeping mask depends on your skin type. If your skin is super sensitive you may want to use a sleeping once or twice a week. If you think your skin is stronger you can use a sleeping mask every other night. Some are gentle and can be used every day! But remember to always do a test patch first and closely monitor any changes in your skin whenever you start to use a new product.
The Omana Sleeping Mask
If you’re ready to elevate your skincare routine and add a Sleeping Mask to your routine, then look no further than the Omana Sleeping Mask! It is gentle and suitable for all skin types yet highly effective. This mask is formulated to give your face an intense boost of hydration with hyaluronic acid as one of the main ingredients. The Omana Sleeping Mask also contains numerous plant extracts such as chamomile, rosemary, licorice root, oat and rosemary to soothe inflammation, reduce acne and blemishes, regulate your skin tone and keep your skin looking youthful and bright!