Overnight mask vs. night cream: What is the difference?

Regarding nighttime skincare, two products that often come up in conversation are overnight masks and night creams. While they may seem similar, these two products serve different purposes and can provide varying benefits to your skin. Keep reading to discover the difference between overnight masks and night creams and which one might suit you.

Overnight masks vs. night creams


Overnight Masks

Overnight masks, also known as sleeping masks, are a type of skincare product designed to be applied before bed and left on overnight. They typically have a thicker, more gel-like consistency than a traditional moisturizer and are formulated to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin while you sleep.

The main benefit of overnight masks is their ability to provide intensive hydration to the skin. Because they're left on for an extended period, they can penetrate deeper into the skin than a traditional moisturizer, helping to plump and brighten the complexion.

Overnight masks can also be formulated to address specific skin concerns, such as acne or dullness. They may contain active ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, or hyaluronic acid, which work to target specific skin concerns while you sleep.

Night Creams

On the other hand, night creams are a moisturizer specifically formulated for use at night. They're typically richer and more emollient than a daytime moisturizer, designed to deeply hydrate the skin while you sleep too.

The main benefit of night creams is their ability to nourish and protect the skin while you sleep. They often contain ingredients like ceramides, peptides, and antioxidants, which work to strengthen the skin's barrier and protect it from environmental stressors. Night creams can also help soothe and repair the skin overnight, making them an excellent choice for dry or sensitive skin.

Which one is right for you?

Choosing an overnight mask and a night cream ultimately depends on your skin concerns and goals. If you're looking for intense hydration or have specific skin concerns you want to target, an overnight mask may be the way to go.

A night cream may be a better fit if you're looking for a product that will nourish and protect your skin overnight. And if you're really looking to maximize your nighttime skincare routine, you can even layer an overnight mask on top of your night cream for an extra boost of hydration and nourishment.

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2 in 1 Probiotic Sleeping Mask

Caprea’s Probiotic Sleeping Mask is a 2 in 1 product to help you sleep & moisturize your skin. 

Helps sleeping thanks to the blend of Rosemary and Lavender oils. 

Moisturizes, and the Konjac root extract balances your skin probiotics and builds your skin’s ceramics overnight. 

Just apply a thick layer on the skin 30 minutes before bedtime and wash it off in the morning. You can also use it during the day as a repairing eye cream. 

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