The products you use in your nighttime skincare routine are like secret weapons. While you do what you love the most (sleep) these weapons work their magic on your tired skin. The reason why experts focus on following a nighttime skincare routine is because your body is at rest, the sun is nowhere to be seen, which makes it the perfect time to use products that help your skin repair itself.

The two most common products most women use at night are sleeping masks and night cream. No matter which one you use and your reason behind using one of the two, they are not the same. Here’s everything you need to know about these two secret weapons.

What are night creams?
 

What are night creams?

Night creams are more or less like moisturisers, their primary job is to nourish and hydrate the skin. They might also contain active ingredients to fight the signs of ageing by removing fine lines and wrinkles. It is thicker in consistency as compared to your daytime creams and contains ingredients you can’t wear during the day such as retinol. Night creams are suitable for daily use and give the skin all that it requires to stay healthy and look young.

What are sleeping masks?
 

What are sleeping masks?

Sleeping masks are like night cream on steroids. Another gift from the Korean skincare routine to the world, sleeping masks act as an emergency beauty treatment. They are far more potent than your night creams and work as an SOS booster to give your skin the radiance and oomph it deserves. You can use it the night before a big day to wake up to glowing skin the next morning. Sleeping masks are available for different skin types and concerns and they help seal in your serums, oils and creams.

Which is better?
 

Which is better?

We know exactly what you’re thinking, sleeping masks are definitely better than night creams and everyone should just switch to them and forget that night creams exist, right? Wrong! Because of their potency, sleeping masks are not recommended for daily use. Overuse of the mask can actually cause it to lose its efficacy and not deliver the desired results. Although the ingredients are mild enough to leave on overnight, use it alternatively with your night cream or two to three times a week to maintain your skin’s elasticity and texture.