Sleeping Mask vs. Night Moisturizer

Night cream? Is it the same as a night moisturizer?:

Night cream is a moisturizer that is suitable for use on the skin, at night. It is different to creams worn during the day simply because the conditions that our skin has to deal with are different during the day (think weather, UV ray exposure and air pollutants getting stuck in our pores).skin care3

When we sleep, our body goes through hormonal shifts that regulate the way in which our cells are generated (a form of homeostasis) that results in our body healing/regenerating cells at a faster rate.

Because of this, and the fact that we have automatically reduced our exposure to the elements by (ideally) sleeping indoors, our skin requires a more specifically formulated cream that caters for our skin during this phase.

Because of this, a night cream will generally be thicker and more slow absorbing than a day cream. A night cream will ¬†also need to stick to the skin more firmly in order to cater for a person’s’ sleeping posture (side sleepers etc.).

In some cases a moisturizer will be a bit thinner than a traditional night cream, simply because a manufacturer might want to cater for a particular skin type – in most cases, thinner creams are for drier skin types.

What are Sleeping Masks? How can they help you?

Sleeping masks have been around for a long time and have formed an integral part of our beautification processes and beauty rituals.

As a tool or recipe, the facial mask serves to both enhance the quality of our skin and nurture our largest organ into old age (prevent harsh aging/encourage natural aging) whilst reinforcing a standard of hygiene and measurable aesthetic care1

Plus they’re really relaxing and help to nourish your skin with the vitamins and minerals it needs to regenerate.

For drier skins – stick to masks that are less oily in nature and only use oils that have been cold-pressed from whole or natural ingredients. For oily skin, try using creams that can be removed after a short period of time – or a sleeping mask.

Thicker creams like shea butter or coconut oil tend to work well for oilier skin types, while thinner oils with lower comedogenic ratings such as argan oil and olive oil work well on drier skin types.

A night cream differs from a sleeping mask in that a night cream is thicker and oilier and is meant for slow absorption, whilst a sleeping mask is designed to control excess oil and sebum build-up on the surface of the skin by gathering up the excess gunk on your face and nourishing your skin with vitamins and nutrients it needs at the same time.

I would recommend that one use a sleeping mask no more than once or twice a week and a moisturizer 2-3 times a week (so as not to upset ones natural oil balance – may vary depending on skin type or moisturizer – sometimes everyday moisturizer is applicable) but generally no, you wouldn’t use them (sleeping masks) more than moisturizers or as an alternative. Different products for different purposes.

Finally, it is not uncommon for people to layer moisturizers with other facial products or cosmetics products such as a foundation or a blush/powder – however, using a moisturizer after a sleeping mask is quite a common practice. Good for re-hydrating and nourishing your skin.