1. Sleeping beauty

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    Sleeping masks are the latest must-have trend in Asia where they are de rigueur among the beauty cognoscenti. I love masques of all kinds. I am also mad about the Asian approach to skin care, with its emphasis on combining traditional herbs and science and its focus on cleansing and protection.


    The idea behind sleeping masks is to give your skin boost overnight while it “heals” and repairs at a cellular level. Sleeping masks are packed with supercharged doses of ingredients to address problems such as dryness, signs of aging, or hyperpigmentation.

    I also like to use these masks as a quick pick-me-up before a special event or anytime I look and feel tired. I find sleeping all night in them is too much for my skin but you will have to experiment to see what works best for you.  You can finAvonhydrationmask.jpgd the best mask for your skin by reading the ingredients. 

    Osmotics Cosmeseuticals’ Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask feels cool and refreshing going on. The manufacturer says that it “visibly tightens and restores lost volume while intensive hydration plumps fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.”  I recently tried a sample and can report it works. Put it on at bedtime and wake up with fresh rehydrated skin. Skin also looks and feels tighter and smoother.


    Osmotics is one of my favourite anti-aging skin care lines because of its scientific approach to anti-aging skin care and quality ingredients. The Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask is full of collagen stimulating the copper peptides of Osmotics Blue Copper products. It also contains Peony Oligosaccharides to help plump skin and restore lost volume as well as Glucan Biopolymer and Acetyl Hexapeptide which are both advanced skin smoothing and plumping ingredients. 

    The price is $85 at selected fine department stores and spas and, of course, at www.osmotics.com   

    Avon’s ANEW Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask is a light gel with encapsulated Shea butter beads that are supposed to “burst upon contact with skin.” This was not my experience; many of the beads did not burst. The mask did absorb into my skin and was very hydrating due to the “encapsulated Hyaluronic Acid.” According to Avon, “it penetrates deeply into the skin’s surface layers; plumps, smoothes, and provides ultimate hydration.” 

    This is a very nice mask for dry skin. My skin was instantly softer and looked dewy and plump. At only $24 — on sale it is worth a try if dryness is your issue.


    Mizon Goodnight White Sleeping Mask is from a popular but inexpensive Korean skin care line. As the name implies the mask is intended to address hyperpigmentation and leave skin moisturized.  The mask contains impressive ingredients such as Niacinamide or Vitamin B3. Niacinamide helps to fade discolouration, smooth lines, and may even stimulate collagen. It is also a very effective hydrator. The mask also contains cosmetic silicones, botanicals, and placental protein.  Placental protein is found in some of the most expensive masks favoured by celebrities. 

    This elegantly packaged mask packs a lot of punch for very little money. It is available in various sizes in both a tube and a jar. You can find it online. You can try it for less than $10 for a 50 ml tube.