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One Step To Better Skin — Really!

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    Photographed by Erin Yamagata.

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    After your nightly ritual of cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, adding another step — such as masking — can sometimes seem like a chore. Luckily, for skin-care slackers everywhere, sleep masks (which have been huge in Korea for years) are about to hit it big stateside.

    Unlike their clay-based cousins or sheet versions, these supercharged treatments soak into skin right away — much like an evening moisturizer — without a waiting period. Read: They don't need to be removed until morning when you wash your face again. That's right, these multitaskers make the most of your beauty sleep, the time when your cells are busy regenerating and repairing themselves.

    Here's how they work: Sleep masks do all the heavy lifting as you snooze by creating a protective veil over your skin, allowing the active ingredients to penetrate throughout the night. Each works a bit differently, which you'll read about ahead, but in general you simply wash and dry your face, slick one on, and hit the hay. Think of them as the lazy person’s ultimate skin-care hack. By the time your alarm goes off in the morning, you’ll wake up with a softer, smoother, and more supple complexion.

    Whether you’re looking for one that delivers deep hydration, provides anti-aging benefits, or helps to brighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation, there’s a treatment for every skin type and budget. Keep reading for 15 overnight masks that promise a well-rested glow come morning — with minimal work the night before.

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