Overnight Tanning Face Masks


I’ve always preferred to self tan my face overnight and it seems several of my favourite tanning brands have read my mind, as He-Shi, Vita Liberata and James Read Tan have all developed products specifically designed to do this. Self tan under makeup often leaves me with a greasy film as it develops, except for Clarins Radiance Plus. Of course you can use any facial self tanner overnight, but these three are also masks, with built in skin treatments for extra nourishment as we snooze. I’ve touched on two of them before, but thought you might be interested in a comparison of the three, in terms of colour, performance and skin benefits.

In all honesty, all three perform well and leave my skin feeling more hydrated than a standard facial self tanner, which I know many people find drying. Designed to be used alone on clean, dry skin, they don’t congest my skin, emphasise pores or cause me to break out. While I can get away with using them all, He-Shi gives me the best colour for this time of year. Vita Liberata adds subtle colour, good for pale skins or anyone scared of overdoing it - and can be built up over a number of days for deeper colour. One coat leaves my skin looking evened out and healthier without looking mega tanned, while the He-Shi makes me look more sun kissed and helps match my face with a self tanned body. James Read Tan gives me the most colour and is more yellow based than the other two; his facial tanners are an old favourite of mine, but I’ve been reaching for the other two more lately. 


He-Shi Overnight Ageless Tanning Balm contains a blend of antioxidant Millesis, repairing Jojoba Protein and Hyaluronic Acid to boost moisture levels and elasticity, while leaving skin looking more rested. Contains 100% natural DHA, paraben and alcohol-free. Very natural looking light to medium tan.

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask contains Organic Sunflower Seed with soothing Vitamin A, C and D, while Tocopherol protects against free radical damage and Apple softens fine lines and wrinkles. Subtle colour for a light glow that can be built up over a number of nights. Available in one suit-all shade.

James Read Tan Sleep Mask Tan contains Aloe Vera and cucumber to soothe, repair and calm skin and moisture boosting Hyaluronic acid and Red Algae. Gives me the deepest colour of the three, available in one suits-all golden shade.


Apply an hour or more before bed if possible to avoid any colour developing on your pillow... I haven’t had this issue, but just in case!

I also use these on hands and feet, neck and d├ęcolletage as the colour gives a more natural, subtle effect than full-on self tan. Just blend well for a seamless finish.

He-Shi Overnight Ageless Tanning Balm £21.35 | Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask £29.95 |  James Read Tan Sleep Mask Tan £25

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