13 Best DIY Overnight Face Masks To Hydrate Your Skin

Say ‘good morning’ to soft and supple skin with these simple DIY overnight solutions.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Zeel Gandhi, BAMS Dr. Zeel Gandhi Dr. Zeel GandhiBAMS
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You might think of overnight face masks as a skincare fad. However, they give a whole new meaning to your beauty sleep. How? Well, your body heals and repairs itself while you sleep. This is also when your epidermal cellsi  The outermost cells of the skin layer that act as a barrier for the body, protecting it from external conditions. undergo healing (1). You need to provide them with the most potent ingredients for better healing. There are lots of commercial overnight masks available on the market, but if you are more of a DIY person and believe in keeping it au naturel, we have a list of easy DIY overnight face masks that you can try.

But before you scroll down to the DIY section, you need to know what an overnight face mask is. Let’s find out.

What Is An Overnight Face Mask? Is It Different From Regular Face Masks?

Overnight face masks are masks that you apply right before going to bed and wash off only after you wake up. The main objective of an overnight face mask is to boost hydration and help the skin repair itself by providing nourishment throughout the night.

You have to leave these masks on your face overnight and wash off the next morning. Overnight face masks are also known as sleeping masks, and you will get them easily in beauty stores. However, if you want to use natural ingredients, you can try the overnight face masks mentioned in the next section for your face.

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Overnight face masks have two roles: barrier and sealant. They protect dust from accumulating and seal the active ingredients to work their magic overnight.

13 Best DIY Overnight Face Masks

1. Coconut Oil Face Mask

Coconut oil used for one of the best DIY overnight face masks.
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Coconut oil is the superfood your skin needs if it is dry and irritated. Applying coconut oil on your face can reduce transepidermal water lossi  Loss of water from the skin surface through evaporation, which can cause dry skin conditions. , calm your skin, reduce inflammation, improve hydration, treat sun damage, and prevent infection (2). However, if you have oily and acne-prone skin, stay away from coconut oil.

Directions: Mix a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil or cold-pressed coconut oil in your favorite night cream. Massage it on your face and wash off the next morning.

Note: You can also use coconut oil directly on your face without mixing it with other beauty products.

2. Watermelon Sleeping Mask

Watermelon is not only refreshing, but it also pampers your skin. Watermelon contains lycopene that helps prevent skin damage caused by harmful free radicals (3), (4).

Directions: Grate a cup of watermelon cubes (the red flesh) and strain the juice. Using a cotton ball, apply it on your face and let it dry before going to bed.

3. Turmeric And Milk Face Mask

Turmeric milk is a popular Ayurvedic remedy for many health issues. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, and it works as a powerful antioxidant that reduces acne and photoagingi  Premature aging of the skin due to exposure to harmful UVA and UVB radiation from the sun. and improves alopecia and skin health (5). The lactic acid present in milk enhances skin texture and firmness (6).

Directions: Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a tablespoon of raw milk. Use a cotton ball to apply it to your face, just the way you apply toner. Let it dry completely before going to bed. Make sure to use old pillow covers as turmeric can soil them.

4. Cucumber Face Mask

Cucumber juice used for one of the best DIY overnight face masks.
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Cucumber is a superfood not only for your body but also for your skin. Cucumber juice has a cooling effect on the skin. It not only boosts skin hydration levels but also reduces inflammation, soothes sunburn, improves the appearance of wrinkles, and brightens your skin (7).

Directions: Extract the juice of half a cucumber and apply it with a cotton ball on your face.

Doro Cubillo, a vlogger, spoke about her experience of using an overnight cucumber face mask for her pimples in her video. She said, “It is pretty much gone. It looks less red than yesterday ().”

5. Olive Oil Mask

Olive oil used for one of the best DIY overnight face masks.
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Olive oil is high in phenolic compounds (flavonoids and phenolic alcohols), linoleic acid, oleic acid, and other antioxidants that may promote dermal reconstruction, reduce oxidative stress, and have anti-inflammatory benefits (2).

Directions: Mix a few drops of virgin olive oil in your favorite night cream and massage it on your face.

Note: You can also use olive oil directly on your face without mixing it in any cream.

6. Aloe Vera And Vitamin E Face Mask

Aloe vera contains antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, along with amino acids, salicylic acid, lignin, and enzymes. It reduces inflammation, promotes collagen synthesis, and protects your skin from the damaging effect of UV rays (8).

Directions: Squeeze the oil from a vitamin E capsule and mix it with aloe vera gel. Apply it to your face and neck.

Caution: Do a patch test before using Vitamin E oil on your skin to check if your skin is allergic to it.

7. Green Tea And Potato Face Mask

Green tea contains polyphenols, and topical green tea can help prevent inflammatory responses triggered by UV exposure and suppress oxidative stress (tested on animal and human models) (9). Potato juice, on the other hand, is good for oily skin. It can help in preventing skin rashes, reducing acne blemishes, and nourishing the skin (10).

Directions: Take a tablespoon of freshly brewed (and cooled) green tea and mix a teaspoon of raw potato juice with it. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on your skin and leave it overnight.

8. Almond Oil Face Mask

Almond oil used for one of the best DIY overnight face masks.
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Natural oils are excellent emollients that keep your skin hydrated and repair the skin barrier. Almond oil also has sclerosant properties and can help improve skin tone and complexion (11).

Directions: Mix a teaspoon of almond oil (or sweet almond oil) with a tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel. You may add a pinch of turmeric if you want. Apply the mixture on your face, let it dry, and go to sleep.

9. Jojoba Oil And Tea Tree Essential Oil Face Mask

Jojoba oil and tea tree oil have anti-inflammatory properties. Jojoba oil can help reduce skin infections and delay skin aging (12). Tea tree oil can aid in the treatment of acne and other skin infections due to its high antioxidant activity (13).

Directions: Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil in a teaspoon of jojoba oil and apply it to your face. Make sure you do a patch test before using tea tree oil. In case you are allergic to tea tree oil, avoid this mask.

10. Rose Water And Chamomile Mask

By rose water, we mean rose distillates or rose hydrosol. Rosewater (along with other botanical extracts) is effective against acne-causing bacteria. It also has a soothing effect on your skin (14). The topical application of chamomile extracts has anti-inflammatory effects on the skin (15).

Directions: Add a teaspoon of freshly brewed chamomile tea (you may even use 2-3 drops of chamomile oil) to a tablespoon of rose hydrosol. You may add a pinch of turmeric. Apply the mixture to your face with a cotton ball before going to sleep.

11. Rosehip Seed Oil Face Mask

Rose hips (the fruit of the rose bush) are rich in vitamins and phenolic compounds, such as tocopherol, carotenoids, and tannins, which make them powerful antioxidants. Also, rosehip seed oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties (16).

Directions: Mix 5 drops of rosehip seed oil with a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and massage it on your face. You can also apply just rosehip seed oil on your face.

12. Licorice Oil Face Mask

Licorice oil used for one of the best DIY overnight face masks.
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Licorice extracts (whether in powder or oil form) can help in treating hyperpigmentation and melasmai  Uneven dark patches and markings on the skin caused due to sun radiation or hormonal changes. . They have anti-inflammatory properties and scavenge free radicals. They may help you achieve bright, glowing skin and reduce UV-induced skin damage (17). However, more research is required to establish the therapeutic properties of licorice.

Directions: Mix 3-4 drops of pure licorice oil with a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and a teaspoon of freshly brewed green tea. Massage this mixture on your face and let it stay overnight.

13. Lemon, Honey, And Yogurt Face Mask

Vitamin C face mask
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This vitamin C face mask will help you achieve naturally radiant skin in no time. Lemon is rich in antioxidants, malic acid, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which may help brighten the skin tone, promote natural glow, and fade pigmentation (18). Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, which may soothe skin inflammation and irritation (19). Yogurt may further help soothe the skin and prevent any skin irritation caused by lemon.

Directions: Mix 1 tablespoon of pure lemon juice with 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of yogurt. Apply the concoction on the face. Leave it on overnight and rinse it off the next morning with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser.

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Use a lightweight moisturizer based on your skin type to enhance the effects of the face mask.

Infographic: Top 5 DIY Overnight Face Masks To Nourish Your Skin

Switching up your overnight creams with overnight face masks once in a while may show tremendous benefits for your skin. These are facial treatments that may provide much-needed relaxation and rejuvenation to your skin. You can use different varieties of face masks depending on your skin type and conditions. If you want to explore organic options to avoid chemical-induced ones, there are many amazing DIY recipes. Check out the infographic below to know our roundup of the top five DIY overnight face masks made of ingredients that are easily available in your pantry!

top 5 diy overnight face masks for your nourished skin (infographic)

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Overnight face masks are a great way to show some love and care to your skin. Using natural ingredients such as coconut oil, cucumber, watermelon, or aloe vera to make your DIY face masks can do wonders for your skin. They provide necessary nutrients to nourish your skin, fight microbes, reduce inflammation, soothe sunburns, and promote the production of collagen. What’s more, they protect your skin from UV rays and slow down aging. So go on, use these overnight face masks in your self-care routines ,and see your skin shine! Remember to conduct a patch test to make sure you are not allergic to any of these ingredients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I leave egg white and honey on my face overnight?

A raw egg may contain salmonella, so it is not advisable to leave it on your face overnight. Sleeping with honey on your face can get messy and uncomfortable.

Is it possible to use curd or tomato as overnight face masks?

Curd has a cooling effect, but if left overnight, it may give you a cold. Tomato juice may irritate the skin if left for a long time. Hence, it is better to avoid these ingredients as overnight masks.

Do you use moisturizer before a sleeping mask?

While it is not required, you can apply a moisturizer, night cream, facial serum, or oils 15 minutes after your sleeping mask to boost hydration, especially if you have dry skin.

Which is better – a night cream or a night mask?

It depends on your needs. A night cream is formulated to be applied daily, while you use a sleeping mask 1-2 times a week. Use a night mask when you are in need of intense hydration and want to target a specific skin problem.

Can I use a sleeping mask in the morning?

You can use a sleeping mask in the morning as well. Remember that this product was created to be applied for hours at a time. Clear out your day for a pampering session for yourself so that you can leave the mask on for as long as necessary.

Do overnight masks clog pores?

Possibly not. Overnight masks were designed to have non-comedogenic properties with high sealant properties.

Can I use Vaseline as a sleeping mask?

It is not recommended to use Vaseline or petroleum jelly-based masks overnight as they may clog your pores and cause acne.

Key Takeaways

  • An overnight face mask is made with nourishing ingredients to boost skin health and appearance.
  • Watermelon not only refreshes the skin, it contains lycopene that prevents skin damage.
  • Oils like olive, jojoba, rosehip seed, almond and coconut oils are great ingredients for overnight face masks.
  • Cucumber refreshes the skin, eases sunburn, soothes inflammation, and diminishes wrinkles.
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Dr. Zeel Gandhi is an Ayurvedic doctor with 7 years of experience and an expert at providing holistic solutions for health problems encompassing Internal medicine, Panchakarma, Yoga, Ayurvedic Nutrition, and formulations. She graduated as a top ranker from Dr. D.Y.Patil College of Ayurveda and Research Centre , Navi Mumbai, and is a specialist in Panchakarma therapies. She believes that Ayurveda...read full bio

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