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.

The Benefits of Amino Acids for Your Skin

Amino Acids Benefits for Your Skin

 

Amino acids are integral for a number of vital processes in your body, and especially in your skin. Without getting too bogged down in all the heavy scientific details, amino acids are compounds that act as building blocks to produce various proteins in your skin. 

 

Without amino acids, your skin would be unable to synthesize important structural proteins, including collagen and elastin. Without those, your skin would quickly become thin, dry, and rough. Did we also mention that your skin wouldn’t be able to heal itself properly?

 

So, as you have probably guessed by now, amino acids are incredibly important when it comes to maintaining healthy skin.

 

While some amino acids are naturally produced by your body, they can also be used as a topical treatment. When added to skincare products, they improve hydration while making your skin more resilient to harmful environmental stressors. They also provide anti-aging benefits by boosting the natural production of collagen and elastin. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the top five benefits of using amino acids on your skin.

Types of amino acids, best amino acids for skin

Our body is able to produce its own amino acids; these are known as non-essential amino acids. Non-essential doesn’t mean that they’re not important, it simply means we don’t need to find them from foods and supplements. Essential amino acids, on the other hand, are those that we need to source from various plant and animal-based products.

 

Essential amino acids can be found in various skincare products. Many companies use animal-based amino acids, but you can find plant-based ones, too. 

 

The fermentation of rice produces beneficial amino acids for your skin, which is why sake kasu and rice ferment are the key ingredients in our Sake Kasu Overnight Replenishing Mask. We’ve also added a combination of other useful plant-based amino acids, including lysine, arginine, and glutamine. Not only are these beneficial for your skin, but they also help to boost the benefits of the mask’s main ingredients.

 

There are various types of amino acids, and each one has a different job to do for your skin. The most common amino acids to look out for in beauty products are:

 

  • Lysine – Firms your skin, providing anti-aging benefits.
  • Histidine – Provides antioxidant benefits.
  • Glycine – Improves the skin’s elasticity.
  • Arginine – Helps to repair your skin.
  • Leucine – Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Glutamine – Repairs the skin’s barrier function and provides moisture.
  • Glycylglycine – Helps to normalise pore size

Who can use amino acids?

Amino acids are a natural, organic compound and therefore present little to no side effects. They can be used safely by all skin types, even on those with sensitive skin including eczema and psoriasis. 

What are the main benefits of amino acids?

Amino acids aren’t just a one-trick pony – they provide a huge number of benefits to your skin. From boosting hydration to plumping and protecting, you’ll want to add them to your routine once you’ve read these top five benefits.

They nourish your skin and boost hydration

Natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) are substances in the upper layers of your skin that work to keep it smooth and hydrated. NMFs are made up of amino acids, ceramides, and fatty acids that are naturally produced by your body. However, applying an amino acid infused cream directly onto your skin will provide the same nourishing benefits. 

They act as antioxidants

Amino acids also act as antioxidants for your skin, protecting it against environmental stressors, such as pollution, and the sun’s damaging UV rays. They have also been found to stimulate the production of an antioxidant known as glutathione, therefore supporting your skin’s natural defenses.

 

According to research, histidine is a particularly effective antioxidant, and may also provide anti-inflammatory effects to soothe your skin.

They help to repair your skin’s natural barrier

Your skin has a natural barrier that acts as a protective shield, preventing moisture from getting out, and potential irritants from getting in. It’s often compromised in those with dry skin, or in conditions including eczema and psoriasis. Amino acids help to repair and support your skin’s protective barrier.

They stimulate collagen production – amino acids for skin tightening

Collagen is a protein responsible for your skin’s firmness and elasticity. As we age, our skin produces less collagen, leading to sagging and wrinkling. Amino acids have been found to boost your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin. Over time, this leads to a plumper and more youthful appearance.

 

A study into the use of amino acid creams for anti-aging purposes found that after four months of daily use, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles significantly improved.

They help to heal your skin

Amino acids have also been found to accelerate the skin’s healing process, which is useful if you suffer from breakouts, or experience sore, cracked skin. They also boost your skin’s cell turnover rate, which over time can help to reduce scars and stretch marks.

 

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.