We all dream of a life where ‘I woke up like this’ didn’t require a quick dash to the bathroom to brush our hair and apply a little makeup all to appear as naturally beautiful as we feel comfortable with. Even the minimal makeup pros aren’t fooling many with those flushed cheeks and long curled eyelashes they’re so innocently claiming they woke up with. But what if that could be the way you wake up?
What if we told you that beauty sleep was more than just a myth? It probably sounds like the stuff of dreams but what if we told you that there are products available that work harder through the night, perfecting you skin to reveal a brighter complexion come morning?
Between the hours of 11pm and 4am, your skin’s cell production can double and if you’re in a deep sleep, you could see cell turnover increase by three time between 2am and 4am. When you take this into consideration it’s clear to see why exfoliating and brightening products designed to speed up skin healing, work better at night than they do during the day.
We spend so much of our time concentrating on our morning routine that we tend to forget just how important our evening beauty routine is too. No longer is a quick wash with a hot cloth suffice treatment to look after your skin but equally an eight step skincare routine just before bed isn’t sustainable for most, particularly when some struggle with remembering to take their makeup off. If dedicating hours on end of beauty maintenance every night is out of the question, you’re in for a treat. These seven beauty products do all of the work while you’re getting some rest.
Caudalie Vine Activ Overnight Detox Night Oil
Hailed by Allure as the “face oil for people who hate face oils,” this hydrating dry facial oil promises to treat the damage caused by UV rays and pollution. The product is actually touted as an anti-pollution treatment, using its plant-based ingredients (regenerating grape-seed oil, detoxifying carrot oil and hydrating and soothing lavender oil) to treat damage – fine lines, dullness, uneven texture. With all of this in mind, the product offers opportunity to end your day with a clean slate, helping tired skin to regenerate itself through the night.
Product direction recommends applying six drops of product either on its own or before your moisturiser.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
Watermelon extracts are traditionally used in Korea to soothe irritated and inflamed skin. Using that same approach in their products, Glow Recipe uses watermelon extract to flood the complexion with restoring vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids. Additionally, the product contains hyaluronic acid and pore-refining alpha Hydroxy acids to the formula. The product combines all of these ingredients to exfoliate and moisturise skin while you sleep, leaving you with soft, glowing skin each morning.
For those worried about the mess it will leave on your pillow, they’re one step ahead, ensuring the product was pillow-proof before releasing to the market.
Rumour has it that if you apply dry shampoo the night before, because of the extra time allotted for the product to absorb excess oil, you’ll wake up with hair that looks freshly washed. It seems so wrong to put something causing such dryness on your hair at night but provided it works, we’re not complaining.
Bumble and Bumble While You Sleep Overnight Damage Repair Mask
On the other end of the spectrum is the Bumble and Bumble overnight hair mask made up of camellia oil and evening primrose oil. The oils coat each strand of hair with fatty acids and antioxidants that work together to prevent damage and breakage over time. Wake up with “cleaner, rejuvenated hair that feels and looks stronger.”
In terms of application, it’s recommended you use the product twice a week on dry hair.
Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate
A bestselling product for Kiehls, the clue is in the name – this facial oil is specifically designed to be used at night. Goals? To enhance you skin’s natural nightly recovery system using a blend of essential oils and botanicals (lavender oil, evening primrose oil and olive derived squalene) to restore tone and radiance in your skin by morning. While any age group can use the product those exhibiting signs of ageing will see results most early.
Apply two to three drops directly onto cleansed skin or mix with moisturiser.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Night Cream
Try not to be put off by the name as this product promises to target visible signs of ageing by plumping out wrinkles and correcting uneven skin tone. The retinol solution penetrates the skin, reaching the elastin and collagen below in order to repair damage, working together with hyaluronic acid to minimise wrinkles and fine lines. When you wake in the morning expect to see much plumper skin celebrating a new lease of life.
This Works Sleep Plus Dream Body
While offering beauty benefits, this product is mostly championed for the sleep aid offered by the lavender, chamomile and vetiver essential oils used in its formula. The product does contain retinol and hyaluronic acid which not only creates a powerful anti-ageing solution but also means this cream works in overdrive to moisturise skin, reduce signs of ageing and also help you to relax into a restful night’s sleep.