With busy careers, social lives and families to jam into our hectic lives, often it’s the regular beauty regime which gets cut if we’re looking to free up some time. Just when are we supposed to fit in face masks, intensive moisturisers and anti-ageing procedures? Well, the latest crop of products works as you rest, adding a whole new level to the term beauty sleep.

Dull, dehydrated, dry or oily – skin is one of the trickiest things to care for. Yes, we should be applying face masks three times a week religiously, but we don’t always have the time. If this sounds familiar, go for an overnight product which you simply smear on and leave. Soap & Glory’s Beauty Sleep Accelerator is formulated to fight ageing while delivering a high dose of moisture. It plumps lines and wrinkles, firms up skin and leaves it looking dewy in the morning. After one use our dry skin looked visibly fresher and didn’t feel tight, plus the non-greasy formula makes it suitable for all skin types. This can also be used during long-haul flights to stop skin becoming dull and flaky.

The thought of leaving a film of product over your pillows puts some women off overnight products, so if that’s you, try out Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. This isn’t too thick and can be used as a simple night cream if you want, but applying a thicker layer will leave your skin glowing by morning. It is grease free and even suitable for those with acne.

Origins’ Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Mask has already achieved cult status thanks to its major hydrating properties. Skin is active at a metabolic level at night which makes it heat up and loses moisture, something this product combats. Apricot Kernel Oil, Plant Glycerine and Sodium Hyaluronate hydrate, while orange peel wax and avocado oil help it stay that way during the day, when external pollutants can strip the skin of moisture too.

If you’re looking for a cream rather than a mask, Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream could be the one for you. It has been made to work in tune with the skin’s regeneration process, help anti-ageing and boosting suppleness and hydration. The product replenishes the oxygen lost during the day, which in turn aids cell renewal and makes skin look younger.

Of course oils are more some women’s cup of tea, with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate the one to try out if you want an overnight hit. It boasts evening primrose oil, omega 6 fatty acids lavender essential oil, with 99.8 per cent of its ingredients natural. We can attest that just a couple of drops will leave skin feeling soft and supple in the morning.

Simply getting enough sleep can be tricky for some people, which is where Neal’s Yard Remedies Beauty Sleep Concentrate steps in. This is lightweight and works alongside your skin’s night time regeneration – which takes place at its most intense during 11pm and 4am. It contains three amino acids which boost collagen production, reduce fine lines and hydrate. It is also infused with essential oils which help relaxation and should mean a restful night’s sleep.

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