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The 8 Best Sleep Masks to Help You Get a Full Night’s Rest

These things make losing sleep a thing of the past.

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Sleep doesn’t get any easier over time. The slightest thing can keep us awake or disrupt an otherwise seamless slumber. That’s why people use things like noise machines and sleeping masks. As for the latter, finding the best sleeping mask typically starts with choosing the right material—and a comfortable one at that.

As it turns out, there are two comfortable and breathable options: Silk and cotton are your two go-to fabrics for any sleep mask, says New York City board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green. Silk takes top preference: “Silk is a great material for sleeping masks or eye masks because it is non-irritating, has a smooth surface that is comfortable on the delicate skin around the eyes, and is breathable and antimicrobial. This makes silk sleeping masks a great option for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Silk does not harbor bacteria, so it is also ideal for acne-prone skin.”

As for cotton, it is equally comfortable but might require even more cleaning or frequent replacements (luckily, it is usually less expensive than the silk options). “Cotton is a common material used for sleeping masks because it is soft, lightweight, and inexpensive,” Green says. “However, cotton is known for being very absorbent, which means it will absorb sweat as well as skincare products that remain on the skin.”

Dr. Green recommends cleaning the eye masks thoroughly (ideally daily, she says), in order to prevent the buildup of dirt, debris, makeup, bacteria and so forth. “This buildup can exacerbate acne and signs of aging,” she explains. “It is ideal to put the eye mask on clean skin, especially if the eye mask is reused for a few days in between washes.”

Here are the best sleeping masks—silk and cotton, of course—for you to consider. They’ll help block out any light, and will wear comfortably on your face meanwhile.

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