Now that we’re getting into colder weather, our skin is starting to feel drier, dull, and tired. Blue light is not helping, in fact, studies have shown that blue light can cause rapid aging and inflammation. Do you reach for a moisturizer or a sleep mask?
Sleep masks have gotten so popular over the past couple of years, but what’s the difference between them and a rich moisturizer? We were asking ourselves the same question, and here’s what we found out!
What’s the difference?
First, they serve different purposes. A moisturizer varies in weight or thickness (daytime moisturizers tend to be lighter on the skin and absorb faster) and contains a mixture of ingredients that promote hydration, anti-aging, and brightness. They are used after cleansing, and maybe in conjunction with a serum or face oil.
A sleep mask, however, is meant to be used exclusively at night to supercharge the healing your skin does overnight. It promotes the same functions - hydration, anti-aging, and brightness, however is supposedly better than your regular moisturizer.
They also differ in texture. Moisturizers tend to be creamier, whereas sleep masks are gel-based. This means that they’re more potent and efficient at delivering the active ingredients to your skin.
About night creams
Night creams fall under the moisturizer category, with ingredients like retinol that are too heavy for your skin during the day. They also contain those uber-hydrating ingredients, so the choice between them is based on preference and which one your skin reacts better to.
Moisturizers can be used morning or night and layered over toner or serums (all based on preference). Depending on the dryness of your skin, you might use a moisturizer every day and night, or just one of the two. People seeking extra hydration should consider a night cream or sleeping mask, depending on the sought benefits.
Sleeping masks are meant to lock in the serums you use at bedtime and should be massaged into the skin. They’re designed for immediate results, but overuse could also lead to dependency and acne. Most sleep masks advise using 2-3 times per week. Only increase usage frequency if your skin can handle it. Otherwise, dermatologists advise you can alternate between night creams and sleeping masks if your skin really needs it.
So sleep masks are essentially supercharged moisturizers, more potent, absorbent, and meant to deliver quick results. Use them a few times a week for protection against the dry weather and screen time.
If your skin remains unbothered by dryness, a regular moisturizer is perfectly fine. Check out the Restore Face Cream from Wildcraft, featured in the Fall Box!