Q&A with Elina Fedotova: Sleeping Mask vs. Night Cream

Elina Fedotova was recently interviewed for feature in The Klog's recent article, What’s the Difference Between a Sleeping Mask and a Night Cream? You can view the full article here.

“In general, a night cream provides overall general nourishment and hydration which helps to balance the skin on a daily basis. They also help protect your skin overnight.” —Elina Fedotova

Q. What are the primary differences between a sleeping mask and a night cream?

A. Masks usually have a higher concentration of active ingredients. They are similar to serums and are treatment products which are supposed to target specifics areas and effects. For example reduction of acne or hyperpigmentation or extensive hydration. They are supposed to be a more intense corrective treatment vs a night time moisturizer which is supposed to give you nourishment and protection every night. Sometimes a sleep mask can be combined with a night cream because sometimes you can just use the mask in specific areas and the mask all over.

Q. Would you say the two products are interchangeable?
A. Yes sometimes you can do the mask a couple days a week and the night cream the other half of the week.

Q. What goal does each serve?
A. A mask is more direct and intensive corrective treatment, could be too intense to use daily. A night cream is overall general nourishment and hydration which helps to balance the skin on a daily basis.

Q. What is the best way to use a night cream?
A. When you apply a night cream if you do not have a special cream for your neck do not forget to apply it on your neck area. That area is usually the most vulnerable to the aging process and is often forgotten. You need to make sure that you do not use too much and remove any excessive amount of cream with a pad. Too much cream could make you look puffy in the morning because you will have excessive amount of moisture. So you like a thick application and apply it thick, leave on for 5 minutes, and absorb the access with a facial tissue. Or, just use a thin layer of cream all over.

Q. What is the best way to use a sleeping mask?
A. Practically the same as a night cream. However if it is for problem complexion and are specific areas then you can just apply on those areas as needed. If it is for the entire face then you can use it in the same way that you would use a night cream.