8 Best Face Masks Transform Your Skin While You Sleep

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Face masks, we love! But who has the time?! Still, our skin could use the pampering. That’s why these face masks are extra amazing — you can do them all in your sleep. These eight are the best face masks on shelves now, and each has a slightly different goal, (and a different mix of ingredients) so you can get exactly what you need, plus some Zs. That means you can literally sleep your way to better skin.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask 

Rodial’s take on a sleep mask incorporates one of the brand’s signatures: dragon’s blood (not real), which plumps and hydrates. It’s a thin, fun-to-apply gel which smells a bit like fruit punch and feels potently moisturizing from first application.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

The Kiehl’s take on the skincare trend is all about replenishing the skin’s water reserves. On at night (you’re actually meant to tissue off all but a thin layer to sleep in), rehydrated by morning.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask

Formulated with hyaluronic acid + Tata’s signature essential oils, this mask has a serum-like texture and a calming, bedtime-appropriate smell.

Dr. Jart Water Max Sleeping Mask 

A light as air gel mask that’s all about hydration. This one feels so good to put on that its tempting to use significantly more than the recommended 2-3 pumps.

Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask 

Erno Laszlo’s formula is literally to face masks what a tempur-pedic is to pillows. It’s pale pink, weightless, and bouncy texture glides on the skin making a dent in the product, but when you go to re-apply the next day, the surface is smooth again–like magic. It relies on ingredients like desert succulent, prickly pear, and Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids to re-hydrate and plump the skin.

Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask

This Korean skincare brand (so you pretty much know they’re good) formulates their sleep mask with walnut extract and hyaluronic acid for hydration, while white mulberry extract helps to calm redness and irritation.

Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

If you’ve never tried Boscia’s tsubaki (that’s the camellia flower) line of products, here’s one to start with. With it’s lovely light fragrant, smell, and potent mix of Asian power-ingredients (in addition to the tsubaki oil there’s Japanese sea kelp and rice bran oil, this feels like a treat to go to sleep in.

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask 

Some have compared this magic mask to botox. With ingreidnets like black tea ferment, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract, Fresh’s mask works to inhibit damaging free radicals and helps to improve skin’s elasticity. If you’ve tried anything from the Fresh black tea collection, then you know the scent is light and refreshing.

Happy Earth Day! Save Water: Wash Your Face Without It

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Photo Credit: “Earth Day – Earth from Space” by TheOriginalSoni 

Happy Earth Day!

One–two, sometimes even three times of day we find ourselves using the most water is standing at the sink washing our faces–splashing our faces with cold water to wake ourselves up pre-coffee, and then vigorously scrubbing off a long day’s work, and makeup at night. But maybe it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s a more portable (added bonus) and very eco-friendly school of products we can turn to instead. Meet cleansing water(s)–the product of your dream if you’re trying to conserve water, didn’t have time to shower, prefer to keep your beauty routine on the glam side of lazy (we don’t judge).

Clockwise from Left: Simple Micellar Cleansing Water, REN Rosa Centifolia™ 3-In-1 Cleansing Water,  Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear™ Micro Water, Elemis Rosepetal Cleanser  Bioderma – Crealine H2OValmont Water Falls Cleansing Spring WaterDolce & Gabbanna Essential Cleansing Water

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Farewell to Winter Flakiness! Get Hydrated, Spring is (Kinda) Here!

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The sun is finally shining and the snow is melting into disgusting piles of dirt mixed with trash–it can only mean one thing. Spring really might, possibly be is coming. Still, winter wreaks havoc on our faces and that means it’s time for some rehab.

Sometimes though, the richest, thickest moisturizers heaped upon us especially in the darkest, pre-daylight-savings months can feel a little too, well rich.

If like me, washing your face is hardly the problem (I’m way above the recommended doses on that one), then the idea of mimicking the feeling when moisturizing is an appealing one to say the least. These moisturizers do just that. With powerful hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid, this batch will have your skin ready for all the Vitamin D it’ll soon be on the receiving end of in no time.

Check out Step One here.

  1. Dr. Jart Water-Sure Gel

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2. ByTerry Cellularose Aqua Balm 

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3. Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel

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5. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche

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6. Darphin Hydraskin Essential

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7. Biologique Recherche

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8. Koh Gen Do All In One Moisture Gel

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Asian Beauty Secret BB Creams Contine to Rise in Stateside Popularity

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As the HBA Expo continues apace, it’s becoming clear that the real appeal of this beauty business juggernaut is getting to hear industry leaders analyze the hit products of last year, and place bets on what’s to come next. One big trend that’s not going away anytime soon is the multitasking product, in particular, blemish balms, or BB creams. Last year saw the rise the do-it-all creams, which were first created by a German dermatologist for post laser-surgery skin that needs intense soothing and protection to regenerate highly sensitive tissue.

Asian women were the first to adopt the cream for regular use, praising its many benefits; in addition to softening and soothing, BB creams work like a tinted moisturizer that conceals blemishes, discoloration, and pigmentation. Most formulas also contain an SPF and a skin lightening and anti wrinkle formula. Here are three products that one industry expert cited as the newest and most noteworthy.

Mac’s Prep and Prime BB Cream: This formula is lightweight and creamy. It comes in a 30ml tube, which is smaller then most BB creams, and only in one shade. It is, however, sheer and glowing, and can be used as a great primer, as it goes on smoothly and blends easily.

Boscia BB cream: This product has an SPF 27 and comes in a 50ml tube. Like most BB creams, this formula comes in one shade, but will absorb and fade into the skin. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances and dyes. This brand also provides a expiration on the tube, so you know when it needs to be tossed.

Dr. Jart: One of Asia’s leading skin care brands has introduced a BB cream with an SPF 45. This formula is light and will last a good six hours before a reapply is needed. The tone is a pinky beige. It absorbs easily and isn’t as pigmented as many other BB creams.