There’s a reason it’s called “beauty sleep.” Getting enough hours in at night can ensure you look bright eyed and bushy tailed come alarm-time. But there are also a whole host of beauty product designed to help the process along. These are the items you can apply before bed, and which do the hard work overnight so you don’t have to. Welcome to our round up of overnight beauty miracles.
A classic in this category is a liquid facial exfoliant. Applying one of these by night is truly a lazy girl’s dream – you can skip the rest of your routine and wake up smooth and glowing. The Alpha H Liquid Gold is an oldie but a goldie, and a recent fave has been the Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment. Use once a week at first, then build up over time.
Night time is often the perfect occasion to tackle some pesky spots. I have a few products in my arsenal for when breakouts occur. The Kate Somerville EradiKate is a pink, powdery paste that can be dabbed over the offending areas. It’s effective, but hardly something that can be worn by day. In a similar vein is the De La Cruz Sulfur Ointment. This is a thick, sticky, yellow paste – never really suitable under makeup, but amazing at shrinking a painful pimple in a matter of hours.
For a truly deep and throbbing spot, though, the ZitSticka Killa Patches are pretty incredible. They’re like a conventional pimple patch, but with dissolvable micro-darts which penetrate the zit and take down redness and swelling, fast. In an emergency, it’s a reassuring feeling to have these on hand.
Acne isn’t the only thing that may require overnight help, though. Adding moisture back into parched skin is also an essential part of a successful overnight routine – and lips tend to be one of the bigger culprits. The Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi Balm is an amazing, thick and penetrating lip balm for overnight wear – the Pear scent is my ultimate favourite.
Eyes, too, can feel a little bit dried out, and a nice, thick eye cream can be a true overnight pleasure. The Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Multi Correction Eye Balm Gel is lovely for this. One pump creates a soft, hydrating, protective layer which sinks in slowly as you sleep. Expect to wake up looking like you’ve slept for at least twelve hours.
If uneven skin tone is your pet peeve, a strange but pretty incredible product I’ve been enjoying is the Yuli Cell Perfecto PM. It’s an oil which feels almost like it’s full of grit. I massage it all over my areas of concern by night, then wake to visible improvements. Because of the sandy texture, though, this is only really suitable for overnight use.
For hydration and healing, I also love the Filorga NCEF Night Mask. Think of this as like a night time moisturiser but turned up to eleven. It treats the majority of skin concerns, effectively plumping, smoothing, and soothing – and even has specific ingredients to help you sleep through the night.
Overnight beauty should never ignore hair. If you’re thinking of doing a wash in the morning, it can be a genius plan to wear a mask overnight. This gives it maximum time to get to work, allowing your hair to absorb the maximum benefits. The Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 is amazing for those who have hair damaged by bleach, but even non-damaged locks can benefit from something like the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.
If you’re on a no-wash day, though, I cannot recommend the Slip Silk Scrunchies highly enough. Tie your hair in a top knot with one of these before bed, and wake up to smooth, untangled, bouncy locks. They’re also an amazing time saver in terms of hair styling in the morning – meaning you can catch even more zzzs.
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