The Best Masks to Improve Your Skin Overnight

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While we've spilled a lot of ink on the health benefits of sleeping in on the weekend, the foods to eat for better sleep, and the best yoga flow for a blissful night's sleep, we know from experience how difficult it can be to get the recommended seven hours of sleep each night. Between drinking too much caffeine in the afternoon, working to hit strict deadlines, and stressing about everything we have to do tomorrow, getting a full night of shut-eye isn't always possible. That said, it is possible to at least look refreshed when you wake up.  

In search of tried-and-true remedies for faking a full night's sleep, we turned to Sephora's trusty reviews section for the best overnight masks with the power to actually make our skin look better by morning. Scroll on to shop the overnight masks that fooled everyone into thinking we got a solid seven hours of sleep, including a $17 bargain buy that will make your skin "look brighter and much healthier," according to an avid reviewer.

Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment
Herbivore Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment $58

The Stats: 4 stars, 10K loves, 237 reviews

The Active Ingredients: Antioxidant-packed superfruits, including prickly pear, goji berry, and red raspberry seed, combat visible signs of aging while kokum and shea butter lend hydrating moisture.

The Promising Review: "I can't say how much I love this stuff! It feels so luxurious on the face, it spreads easily, and my skin absorbs every drop by morning! I notice a HUGE difference when I don't use this, even for just a night. My makeup applies better, my skin looks better, my breakouts [happen] far less." — wentz

Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial 1.35 oz/ 40 mL
Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial $48

The Stats: 4.4 stars, 50K loves, 1K reviews

The Active Ingredients: Wild rose oil is the powerhouse ingredient in this antioxidant-rich sleeping facial, which works to minimize the appearance of fine lines, reduce discoloration, and improve skin texture.

The Promising Review: "I tried a sample of this product, and I absolutely fell in love. Now I use this every night. It moisturizes but doesn't ever make me feel uncomfortably greasy. It brightens. It smells amazing. Also, a little goes a VERY long way, so it will last you quite a while!" — ameliayo

Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask 1 oz/ 30 mL
Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask $35

The Stats: 4 stars, 30K loves, 303 reviews

The Active Ingredients: A combination of black tea extract, belle de nuit extract, and kombucha extract promise firmer skin by morning. The product description even describes this mask as acting "like a corset for your complexion."

The Promising Review: "Every time I use it, I wake up glowing! As if I just had a facial. The redness goes down, dark spots fade, pores look smaller, and in general, my face looks so much healthier and fresher, even my undereye area improves." — elko2

Water Sleeping Mask 2.3 oz/ 70 mL
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask $25

The Stats: 4.3 stars, 60K loves, 808 reviews

The Active Ingredients: Antioxidant-filled apricot and evening primrose extracts ensure you wake up looking refreshed, not fatigued, even if you didn't get a solid eight hours of shut-eye.

The Promising Review: "All the hype is true, I got a sample and been only using it for three DAYS, and my skin looks the best it has looked in YEARS. This product is so so good, and for this price, I am just over the moon happy with it. My friend told me about this in 2015, [and I] regret not using it sooner…" — BeautyyBae

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask 1 oz/ 30 mL
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask $22

The Stats: 4.1 stars, 120K loves, 1K reviews

The Active Ingredients: Made with soothing watermelon extract and brightening peony root, this effective sleeping mask has earned something of a cult following among Sephora shoppers.

The Promising Review: "I don't want to sound exaggerated in this review, but I am never letting go of this product. After a week of using a sample, I bought the whole jar, and I'm glad I did. I highly recommend this to anyone trying to balance out their skin; I've never had a product work this well for me before." — bojanac

1851 Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask 4.2 oz/ 125 ml
Kiehl's 1851 Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask $35

The Stats: 4.3 stars, 5.9K loves, 28 reviews

The Active Ingredients: A hydrating blend of glacial proteins lend ultra-moisturizing benefits to this overnight mask.

The Promising Review: "This mask has a nice gel texture but packs a powerful hydrating punch! I use it one to two times per week, and my skin feels so smooth and plump with moisture the next morning. Plus the price is a bargain for the jar size. I love it!" — mandy909

First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask 1.68 oz/ 50 mL
belif First Aid Overnight Brightening Mask $34

The Stats: 4.4 stars, 10K loves, 65 reviews

The Active Ingredients: Gold powder (yes, gold powder) gives this overnight mask its brightening power. Despite the luxurious items on the ingredients list (which includes black truffle extract), this buy will only set you back $34. 

The Promising Review: "I have sensitive skin and have searched for years for an overnight lotion/mask that doesn't irritate my face. This is the product I have been searching for. I have used this mask every night for a month, and the improvements to my skin are amazing." — kaiterin

Oriental Plants Night Moisture Mask
Koh Gen Do Oriental Plants Night Moisture Mask $96

The Stats: 4.3 stars, 890 loves, 6 reviews

The Active Ingredients: Enriched with anti-aging algae extracts and elasticity-boosting botanical extracts, this splurge-worthy night moisture mask promises a hydrated, healthier-looking complexion overnight.

The Promising Review: "Unlike other overnight masks that are heavy, greasy, and sit on top of the skin, this one is transparent and absorbs almost instantly. I would recommend it to anyone my age (20-35) with sensitive and extra-dry skin." — nicki90

Drink Up(TM) Intensive Overnight Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst 1.7 oz/ 50 mL
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst $17

The Stats: 4.6 stars, 50K loves, 1K reviews

The Active Ingredients: Avocado and apricot kernel oil are the signature ingredients in one of the most highly rated masks at Sephora.

The Promising Review: "Coming from a girl who has battled cystic acne with extremely sensitive and dry skin, this stuff is amazing. Not only is it hydrating and smells so refreshing, but it makes your skin look brighter and much healthier. Highly recommended." — bmarie19

Ed. note: Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How Much Sleep Do I Need? March 2, 2017.

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