I first started using sleeping packs five years ago, when I discovered them on my first trip to Korea. I’d already been intrigued by K-Beauty and its promises of pristinely glowing skin achieved through elaborate multi-step routines with serums, ampoules and essences with unfamiliar ingredients such as snail extract.
At first I was going to shop for some sheet masks, because at that point those were the extent of my knowledge on Korean skincare, and found out something else about K-beauty: they will give you tons of samples even if you don’t ask.
The bag of goodies I had the chance to try out included a generous sample of the Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack as well as the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. I tried the pumpkin one first, then the Laneige a few nights later and was hooked. I bought one of each before our trip was over.
Some of you might be groaning at the thought of yet another step in your skincare routine or wondering if a sleeping pack is just a night cream with a different name. The answer to that last question is: no, it’s not just a night cream and here’s why.
Night creams are meant to be worn nightly as the final step of your skincare routine to seal everything in. For drier skin especially, a highly emollient occlusive cream can work wonders, but that’s for another post 😉
Sleeping packs are typically meant as a boost to your routine and should be used once to three times a week, depending on your skin type, needs and what pack you have. Sometimes I’ll just use them if I have a special occasion coming up the next day so I can be sure to wake up with extra bouncy, moist and glowy skin.
To use, apply the sleeping pack at the very end of your skincare routine after any toners, serums or oils. Give the sleeping pack a few minutes before going to bed to allow it some time to absorb a bit. Keep in mind sleeping packs do not dry or absorb completely since they’re meant to be extra hydrating.
So now that we’ve gotten a primer on what sleeping packs are and how to use them, which one is right for you?
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This was the first sleeping pack I ever used and I still love recommending it even though my skincare needs have changed over the last few years. It’s made with natural enzymes so that it not only moisturizes but also gently exfoliates.
I still keep a jar of this around as it’s especially handy if I’m traveling somewhere that’s more humid and allows my skin to retain better moisture. The gel consistency doesn’t feel heavy on skin but is a very effective overnight moisture boost.
Formulated with Hyaluronic acid and AHA’s, this cult favorite luxury sleeping pack leaves skin bouncy and exfoliated.
An ultra-nourishing sleeping mask that moisturises and soothes skin overnight with antioxidant and moisturizing prickly pear seed oil and centella asiatica extract.
I’m already a huge fan of the Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner and this sleeping pack is next on my list to try. Formulated with Niacinamide for extra brightening and Vitamin E, this is an especially good sleeping pack to layer over Vitamin C serums, as Vitamin E has been shown to boost the effectiveness of Vitamin C skincare products.
The most luxurious sleeping pack on this list by luxe Korean brand Sulwhasoo, this velvety cream is full of powerful ingredients to deliver deep and lasting moisture to parched skin.
Have you tried sleeping packs before? What are your thoughts? Let me know below in the comments!