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.

Ceramides for skin: How Can They Help Your Skin?

You’ve likely seen lots of skincare companies marketing them, and maybe even used them in your routine. But what are ceramides and how can they help your skin?

If you’re on the quest for happy, healthy, and hydrated skin, ceramides are a powerful ingredient that can help you to achieve a smoother, glowing complexion. While they’re particularly effective for those with dry and sensitive skin, they should be an essential part of everyone’s routine.

Ceramides: What are they?

Ceramides are a family of fatty acids, also known as lipids. They occur naturally in your body, and especially in your skin, accounting for up to 50% of your epidermis (the outer layers of your skin). Their main function is to help provide a natural barrier, preventing moisture loss and dryness. They also play a part in protecting your skin from environmental stressors, such as pollution and harmful microbes.

 

You can think of ceramides as natural sealants or mortar – they prevent too much moisture getting in, and prevent too much from getting out. They help to seal the gaps between your skin cells making them stronger and more resilient.

 

Without the right amount of ceramides, your skin will become dry, itchy, and irritated. Some of us are more prone to this than others – research has found that those with dry skin and eczema have fewer ceramides in their skin. As we age, our natural ceramide levels begin to deplete. This often leads to fine lines developing, as well as an overall loss of plumpness and a dull complexion.

 

Some people take nutritional ceramide supplements as a way of boosting the natural supply in their body. However, topical ceramides can provide fast relief from irritation and dryness by instantly replenishing your skin’s ceramide levels.

As opposed to standard moisturizers that simply hydrate the surface of your skin, ceramide based products work by supporting and repairing your skin’s natural barrier. This allows your skin to retain moisture, keeping it plumped and hydrated for up to 24 hours after application.

Where can I find topical ceramides?

You’ll find ceramides in a variety of skincare products, including moisturizers, masks, eye creams, and lotions.

Ceramides are often extracted from natural sources, including soy, rice, and corn. When added to creams, these plant-based ceramides will provide the same benefits as those that are naturally produced by your body.

 

The ceramides in our Overnight Replenishing Mask are extracted from purified, fermented soy lees. This means that they’re completely natural and plant-based, as well as being a vegan-friendly option.

What does the research say?

Don’t just take our word for it – there’s plenty of research to support the benefits of ceramides. A recent study found that applying a ceramide-rich cream just once a day will significantly improve moisture levels in your skin.

 

Ceramides have also been clinically proven to reduce and ease the symptoms of eczema, by supporting and repairing the skin’s natural barrier. These effects were observed just three weeks after starting the treatment.

When should I use ceramides?

Ceramides are usually found in creams, masks, and moisturizers, which means you should use them as one of the last steps in your daily skincare routine. For a deeply nourishing effect on your skin, apply a ceramide-based product just before you go to bed. This will allow it to sink in effectively and work its magic while you drift off to sleep.

 

You should aim to use ceramides on a daily basis, all throughout the year. Interestingly, one study found that our natural ceramide levels significantly drop during the fall and winter months – so you may need to adjust your routine and apply creams more frequently during these cooler seasons.

What packaging should I look for?

The type of packaging used for ceramide-based products can have a huge impact on their efficacy. Ceramides are typically unstable ingredients, which means they break down from repeated exposure to sunlight and air. Over time, this reduces the effectiveness of the product.

 

To prevent this from occurring, ceramide-based creams should be packaged in airtight containers, particularly with a pump to avoid contact with air.

In summary…

We love ceramides and think you should too. If you haven’t already, it’s time to incorporate these super helpful lipids into your routine. Not only are they effective in keeping your skin moisturized, but they will also leave it feeling smoother and looking brighter. They’re particularly effective in treating dry and eczema-prone skin, by helping to lock-in moisture, reduce skin roughness, and protecting from further damage and irritation.

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.