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Sleep masks are lightweight gel-like masks containing different types of skincare actives targeting different skin concerns. They are meant to be applied at night and washed off in the morning. It is usually the last step of a night-time skincare routine.
Sleep masks are stronger than moisturizers with more concentration of active ingredients. They are usually lighter in consistency and should be used only 3 times a week depending upon your skin type. They can fix an array of problems that desi women might face, starting from dullness to lack of proper hydration. Normal night creams are of light consistency but lack any of the active ingredients that make sleep masks work the way they do.
Sleep masks help other products penetrate deeper into the skin and lock in the actives. Throughout the night these active ingredients get gradually released into your skin and give your skin the ultimate glow in the morning. The best part is, you don’t even have to do a thing! The more the time your skin has with these actives, the better they will be able to absorb the goodness. It also prevents dirt and dust from entering your pores at night.
Sleep masks are meant to be washed off in the morning, with your usual cleanser. Cleansing properly will make sure no residue is left behind. Also, make sure you use a proper overnight mask based on your skin type and skin concerns. It’s best to start by using it twice a week and then increase the frequency to three times a week. Whenever you’re using any skincare product, be it an overnight mask or a simple facewash, don’t forget to check the constituents of the product. Always stay away from products that haven’t been dermatologically tested and contain nasty chemicals.
The main reason why overnight sleep masks are more popular than night creams is because they’re hassle-free. Use them as the last step to your night routine. At times, you can skip the moisturizer and directly apply the sleep mask. They essentially seal your serum with all the goodness. Apply it 20 minutes before going off to sleep or else you’ll end up leaving most of the product on your pillow rather than your skin.
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