Scents hair and reportedly repairs damage
Phyto Secret de Nuit Intense Hydration Regeneration Night Cream, $78.
Apply this cream on your hair before bedtime and let the ingredients, such as black grape polyphenols and black orchid extract, work their magic, reportedly repairing dry and damaged strands while you snooze. It is also said to prevent moisture loss caused by air conditioning, and helps to tame flyaway strands.
Bonus: the rich floral scent.
Brightens the eye area
Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin Youth Infusing Eye Concentrate, $70.
We love this eye cream for its light texture and how its illuminating pearl particles reflect light so the eye area looks lifted and more radiant. Apparently, these particles also lock in moisture, so the delicate eye area looks plump and hydrated in the morning.
Makes lashes look more lush
Cosme Decorte AQ MW Lash Revolution, $88.
This serum makes lashes look glossy instantly and promises fuller-looking lashes with continued use. The thin brush applicator makes it easy to apply it on your lash lines – just use it like you would a liquid eyeliner.
Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum, $106.
Massage this serum into your jawline for an instant tightening effect. It has guarana, ginger and kaki extracts to reduce puffiness and water retention, so you’ll wake up to a more contoured face too.
Firms skin and reduces the look of fine lines
Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, $144.
A creamy anti-ageing mask that leaves skin looking fresher and more hydrated within minutes. Thanks to its blend of black tea, belle de nuit, peptides and hyaluronic acid, your skin will also look firmer and plumper in the morning.
Brightens and evens out skin tone
Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-bright Dark Spot Correcting Night Mask, $90.
Soothe inflammation and reduce ruddiness with this mask, which also has vitamin C as well as mulberry and ume extracts to fade pigmentation.
Keeps you smelling fab
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-purpose Care Multi-use Dry Oil, $68.
Dry oils keep the skin moisturised without leaving a greasy film. This is one of our favourites as it absorbs quickly and leaves a white-floral scent that reminds us of an expensive perfume. We also like using this on hair ends, as it keeps them from becoming parched and dry when we sleep in an air-conditioned room.
Aesop Deodorant, $47.
This spray-on deodorant, which has essential oils such as vetiver, lavender and clove, has a clean and fresh scent that’s not overpowering.
Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder, $25.50.
After applying body cream or lotion, dust this jasmine-and-vetiver- scented powder on your neck, in the creases of your elbows or anywhere that’s prone to perspiration. It not only helps to wick perspiration away from the skin, so you’ll smell fab in the morning, it also has shaved cocoa powder that melts into skin to soften it.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $27.
This balm, which works as an overnight lip mask, forms a weightless film over your lips to lock in moisture throughout the night – like the brand’s iconic Water Sleeping Mask does – so you wake up to smooth, plump lips in the morning. We love the yummy-smelling berry scent.
Nivea Fruity Shine lip balm in Strawberry, $4.10.
If you have naturally pale or dull-coloured lips, this is how you can cheat at night: simply slick on this hydrating balm with a subtle, flattering pink tint. The best part? It won’t stain your pillow.
Photo of model: Newmann/Corbis
This story was first published in HerWorld Magazine June 2015.
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