Why You Wish You Tried Overnight Masks Sooner

Overnight masks are the pinnacle of skincare innovation.

Face masks in general are a popular pick to add to one’s beauty regime, with an array that offer different benefits and applications. You’re probably familiar with the average 10-minute sheet mask, paint-on clay and those trending bubble masks. They’re totally fine for a low-commitment solution and we do love our quick-fixes!

Enter the revolutionary overnight mask. If you’re used to the temporary remedies, then slathering on a mask and leaving it on for longer than 20-minutes might seem like a nightmare.

However, you’ll be thrilled to know that overnight masks are nothing but a sweet dream – well, for your skin at least.

 

Debunking the Myths About Overnight Masks

There are a few tales floating around make overnight masks look like no-no products because they might not let the skin breathe or could leave a yucky residue.

Fear not! Overnight masks are practically the same consistency as a moisturiser, and they’re formulated to be absorbed quickly and effectively. Since they glide on with no weight or greasiness, neither your skin nor your pillows need to face the horror of icky stuff found on them come morning-time.

Overnight masks do the opposite of suffocating your skin, by locking in moisture for ultimate hydration. And we all know that hydration is the hero for anti-ageing magic to take place.

 

Why Should I Use Them?

Overnight masks are effortless and hassle-free. There’s literally no waiting time, so you can apply and go right to bed. Easy skincare is effective skincare. Having something like a simple overnight mask doesn’t involve too much time or skill, which means you can keep up a solid daily routine. The only thing your skin will love more than an overnight mask, is the consistency of a regime that keeps the goodness constant and doesn’t compromise or switch between a bunch of things.

So, it’s not really a competition of regular face masks versus overnight ones,

Here’s the cool, technical bit. Research shows that skin cells “replicate and reproduce” as you sleep (Barcella 2018). Therefore, overnight masks give that process a big boost to promote cell turnover and replenishment. When your body is recharging and rebalancing everything, overnight masks like ours supports it all – like a proud mum at her kid’s soccer game. Cue waking up to fresh, beautiful skin.

 

What’s Right For Me?

Now that you’re sold on overnight masks, you need to work out which one will work best, right? The main debate is between those with exfoliants and those without. When your skin needs a to scrub off stubborn dead skin and polish up those clogged pores, opt for an exfoliation mask. But to invest in youthful, radiant skin as you sleep, gel ones packed with antioxidants and vitamins with no exfoliants like AHA or BHA, are your go-to for happy, revitalised skin.

At Hakko, our Sake Kasu Replenishing Overnight Mask is our pride and joy. The secret is all in the name; it replenishes and revitalises skin for a younger, brighter and all-round amazing complexion. It’s rich in wonderful ingredients that your skin will love, and is eco-fabulous with zero waste compared to sheet masks and the like.

Overnight masks are great when they’re packed full of vitamins. With the strength of Australian Kakadu Plum and the ancient beauty benefits of Sake Kasu, you get to reap the benefits of Complex for healthy and plump skin, ready with new strength to face the day ahead. Vitamin C is critical for aiding in repairing damaged skin cells and protecting from free radicals, whilst Vitamin B hydrates and brightens.

Remember how we said that overnight masks play a part in your body’s sleep-time rejuvenation ritual? Well, amino acids and ceramides are the fancy-dancy powerhouses that do just that. They promote cell reproduction and also banish dullness at the same time (bonus!).

 

What Are You Waiting For?

Overnight masks are heroes that operate under the dark of night, aiding your body’s natural skin replenishment and letting you wake up to hydrated, radiant perfection. With an unbeatable combo of natural botanicals and thoughtfully engineered miracle workers, overnight masks are the new best thing to incorporate into your skincare routine.

Why the Future of Beauty is Vegan

 

 

Fun fact: Hakko Skincare keeps both animals and your skin safe and happy.

Not-so-fun fact: There are still so many brands out there who are harming animals, and consequently harming your skin.

Accessible skincare has been booming since the 1900s, with thousands of brands paving the way to make beautiful skin available to everyone. A century later, after many trials and tribulations, people have started to realise that an amazing skincare routine is not worth the sacrifice when it comes to testing on animals or using animal-derived ingredients.

We don’t need to lecture you on why you shouldn’t support brands that take part in animal cruelty (that’s a no brainer – cruelty means cruelty) – so instead, we’re going to shower you with reasons why you are a superstar by going vegan with your skincare.

Vegan products earn a big high-five from your skin because a lot of animal-derived ingredients can wreak havoc on that precious epidermis of yours, by being highly processed with toxic additives like antibiotics, odour removers and unsafe hormones (yep, that’s your cue to run).

Consequently, non-vegan products are more than what meets the eye. No company would proudly disclose that their products contain parts of pigs or extracts from fish. Instead, these animal-based ingredients can hide under names like carotene, collagen, lipids, balms and hyaluronic acid. And although all of the above do garner benefits, vegan alternatives are clinically proven to work just as hard (if not harder), but with zero harm to animals or the environment. There is an endless list of vegan ingredients, that function as dermatological dreams, eliminating the need for animal-based products entirely.

Vegan-friendly skincare is also eco-friendly skincare, another thing that non-vegan products can’t claim. If we could give the planet a big hug in light of recent environmental disasters, we would. But due to our physical incapability, creating what we like to call eco-fabulous products is the next best thing. By leaving animals out of the question, you as an amazing human, also promote sustainability by boycotting the demolition of land, unnecessary use of water and release of gross emissions that would otherwise go towards farming those poor creatures.

Cruelty-free products have universal benefits, no matter what age, skin type or sized bank account you have. There are no limits to what the power of vegan products can do. Dry skin? Been there. Anti-ageing? Done that. From face masks, to serums, to lotions and eye creams, the future of beauty is vegan because a lot of awesome brands (including ours) have jumped aboard to save your skin, save the animals and save the planet – all while doing the best for your skin, unparalleled in efficiency and results. By avoiding animal testing and animal-derived ingredients, skincare brands like ours get to pack even more miracle-workers into our products so that you can reap the benefits. Your skin absorbs everything you choose to spoil it with, and vegan products are the best thing you could possibly feed it. Talk about bang for your buck!

So, be conscious and be great, and your skin will thank you later.

 

The Japanese Art of Fermented Skin Care

Hakko, the Japanese word for fermentation, has been at the heart of traditional Japanese cuisine since Neolithic times. Ingredients like miso, rice hulls, seaweed and sake are deeply engraved in Japan’s rich culinary history. Observing the mentality of mottainai, not wanting to waste something useable, Japanese women would take to using natural ingredients around their daily lives and adopt it into their skincare routine. By using simple, fruitful ingredients – usually fermented – Japanese women would attain ultra-soft plump skin known as mochi had (mochi skin), or rice-cake skin.

How Does Fermentation Work?

To understand fermented skincare, it helps to learn a little about fermentation. Fermentation is a method of food preservation that has been used for centuries. The main ingredient used in Japanese fermentation is a cultured grain known as Koji. When food is allowed to culture, it releases hundreds of enzymes and compounds that change its molecular structure. By fermenting the ingredients, you’re essentially altering the ingredients to increase its nutritional value. Often this makes it richer in vitamins, peptides, and probiotics, taking the original substance to a whole new level.

Fermented Rice Extract – An Ancient Ingredient Used in Skincare Rituals

Fermented rice water is the best Japanese skincare ingredient that has been incorporated into over the generations. Japanese beauty harmoniously combines traditional ingredients with science to create products that can help make mochi skin a reality. One of the reasons that Japanese people love rice fermentation is that it doesn’t choose skin types. It helps to adjust oil production while hydrating your skin, and it’s very gentle and soothing.

The Sake Brewers Secret

Tucked away in a small northern town known as Akita lies Japan’s best-kept beauty secret –located deep in a Sake brewery. Filled with Toji, sake master brewers, whose faces had distinct wrinkle lines, yet hands that were as soft and youthful as the day they were born. Legend has it that their youthful hands come from frequently dipping them into fermented rice during the sake fermentation process. This anti-aging miracle made it possible for their skin to never grow old. They had essentially discovered the secret of turning back time.

Fuelled with this knowledge, products using rice fermentation have spread rapidly across Japan. Japan’s best-kept beauty secret is still the left-over lees that comes from making Sake, known as Sake kasu. Sake kasu is the residue left behind after the fermented rice water is expressed from fermented rice, the mixture of rice and koji mold. The miracle ingredient has properties that have been proven to brighten, hydrate, and increase elasticity in your skin.

Result of applying fermented rice water nightly for 3 months.

 

How This Age-Old Tradition Will Benefit You

You’ll love fermented skincare as much as your Kombucha cocktails because, let’s face it, fermentation gives you a serious boost of nutritional benefits. But what else can it do?

Balance your microbiome

The main draw of fermentation is the production of probiotics. Fermented skincare works by balancing good and bad bacteria on your skin. Did you know that there’s a ton of bacteria on your skin? The collection of bacteria is called microbiome. This may sound scary, but not all bacteria are bad. Some are bad, such as acne-causing bacteria, while others can be essential to maintaining healthy skin. When your skin’s microbiome gets thrown off balance, bad bacteria can fester and cause good bacteria to die off. This can cause issues such as skin irritations, sensitivity, and acne.

Fermented skincare products can help restore your microbiome by increasing the number of good bacteria in your skin. When your skin’s microbiome is balanced, it’s better able to produce natural humectants. This attracts moisture to skin to keep it hydrated, making to appear plump. Probiotics may also help in improving your skin barrier function, dermatitis, eczema, and improve scars.

Deeply nourish your skin

If you’re on the hunt for skincare products you might not realise that while the ingredients in some skincare products are beneficial to your skin, the molecular structure of the ingredients may be too large to penetrate your pores. Fermentation is the holy grail of beauty products because during the culture process complex compounds are broken down into simple compounds. This allows the ingredients to be more readily be absorbed by your skin to amplify the nutritional impact. It’ll feed your skin at a deeper level. The ingredients are then better able to do their job, whether it’s fighting free radicals or acne.

Delivers a pure and potent dose

Fermented skincare delivers a potent dose of four skincare ingredients: lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides. The fermentation process creates lactic and hyaluronic acid. This helps create a moisture barrier on your skin for a plumping effect. Hyaluronic acid has amazing benefits for dehydrated skin. It can make your skin feel smoother, softer, and may reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The dose of ceramides will replenish the natural lipids that are lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors or the aging process. And peptides, which are made from amino acids, will help with the anti-aging process, by helping you produce collagen and signalling your muscles to relax. With fermentation… you get all four ingredients in addition to base ingredients usual benefits. Could you ask for anything more?

Our Alchemy: Ingredients for Luminous Skin

Derived from a natural fermentation process, Hakko combines superfoods with Sake kasu to create a potent serum that promises to hydrate, brighten, and reduce fine lines. Our unique signature ingredients are formulated to dramatically improve your skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process while enhancing collagen and translucency. Each ingredient is fermented to maximize its nutritional impact.

Kakadu Plum is an Australian superfood. It has the highest levels of Vitamin C of any fruit in the world, measuring up to 100x the Vitamin C found in an orange. It’s is celebrated for its high level of antioxidants and helps reverse free radicals. Kakadu plums are renounced for their anti-aging benefits and aid in the reduction of fine lines and puffiness under your eyes.

Seaweed is packed with all of your favourite vitamins and minerals. It helps soothe and soften your skin. Seaweed cells are similar to skin cells. Because of this, seaweed extract can help protect and maintain your skin’s natural balance while boosting hydration and protecting it.

Plant-Based Ceramides are waxy lipids usually derived from purified fermented soy lees. It works by reinforcing your skin’s barrier to increase hydration. This results in plumper, smoother skin, firmer-feeling skin with fewer visible lines and wrinkles.

With our innovative formula, the Japanese art of fermented skincare is now yours to keep.