9 night-time skincare products to help you wake up beautiful
Pamper your skin while you sleep
The more nutrients of the right kind skin gets at night, the better it feels in the morning. These fall into three categories: night creams, sleeping masks and overnight facials. Scroll through this gallery to learn what they do for the skin, and to check out our best picks.
Skin repairs itself at night, but that’s also when it produces more inflammatory hormones and loses more moisture, leaving it itchier and drier. That’s why night moisturisers have to be richer in every sense, with ingredients that replenish water loss and help with skin repair.
An oil-free moisturiser for mature skin, the gel cream promises to boost the production of six skin enzymes that are each needed to bring about and maintain firmness, smoothness, moisture, texture, clarity and protection so you get plumper, more lifted skin with less-visible wrinkles.
This has a nocturnal lift complex that works in tandem with your skin cells’ renewal cycle to boost collagen, elastin and laminin production while providing moisture. The results: facial contours look firmer and more lifted, and fine lines seem less obvious.
Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Night Oil-free Detoxifying Gel-balm, $56.
Especially good for oily and combination skin, this moisturiser with a beancurd-like texture doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy feel. A little goes a long way, and it’s said to clear up free radicals and pollutants that have built up in your skin during the day.
Lancome Renergie Nuit Multi-lift Lifting Firming Anti-wrinkle Night Cream, $160.
It reportedly tightens and firms skin by targeting 10 “connectors” in five layers of skin. The special blend of active ingredients strengthens the protein network in the skin layers and is said to make skin look lifted, while diminishing the look of wrinkles on the face and neck. The cream’s relaxing rose aroma may help prepare you for a better night’s sleep, too.
Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Cream E, $390.
This night cream is said to help repair cellular damage and promote the production of healthy new cells to boost firmness and radiance, and make skin more resilient to environmental aggressors that age it prematurely.
At times when you’re too tired to go through your whole skincare routine before bedtime, whip out one of these night-care treatments and let it do all the work so you can wake up to smooth, glowing skin.
This isn’t just another leave-on mask offering intense hydration, although it does that too. The translucent gel, applied to the face, neck and decolletage, helps to tighten, firm and smooth (we tried it and saw results in just two nights – our fine nasolabial lines looked less obvious, while our saggy skin felt tighter around the jawline). And its fresh floral fragrance helps you unwind. You can use it nightly, or every two to three nights.
Infused with a herbal scent, this rich yet lightweight cream is formulated to intensely nourish dry skin so that you wake up with a plumper, more hydrated and glowing appearance no matter how lethargic you may feel.
Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial, $159.
This hyaluronic acid-based home peel contains a blend of time-release ingredients like glycolic acid and Ally-R (an encapsulated, stabilised form of retinol that doesn’t irritate skin). This keeps your complexion intensely hydrated even as it exfoliates. To give your skin even more moisture, spritz on some facial mist before and after this peel treatment – the hyaluronic acid in the peel acts as a moisture magnet to retain moisture while you sleep.