Wake Up Wonderful: Five Affordable Overnight Creams I’m Loving For Morning Freshness

It’s amazing how quickly you can adopt a new regime and forget what it was ever like before; I’m certainly like that with night creams, feeling somewhat unprepared and unpampered for slumber unless I’ve coated my skin in a delicious oil or cream that I know will get to work as I sleep. Although you can use any number of your ‘daytime’ formulas during the night too, the main difference is that night creams are saturated with ingredients that work best over a longer period of time while the body is resting. The skin can focus on absorbing the goodness, rather than protecting itself from environmental aggressors, and do so without the interference of makeup; I personally use my nights to layer up all manner of concoctions to provide not only an emotive pampering experience, but to ensure I awake looking and feeling fresh – even when I’m not feeling it. Over the last few months I’ve been putting all number of products to the test, but these five are the ones I keep turning back to. Although not all of them are cheap as chips, your skin is a worthy investment and a great night time regime is always something I would recommend; if you ever wish away those dark circles and dull skin of a morning, turning to one of these could be the answer you’re looking for.

1. Caudalie Reservatrol Night Infusion Cream (£39.00) 
As a long-time fan of Caudalie, I’ll happily apply anything with their brand name onto my face without question. It’s not often I have that level of trust and faith in a brand, but they’ve simply never disappointed. This new Night Infusion Cream features their pioneering ingredient Resveratrol (which they’ve been using in their skincare since 1997,) which diminishes visible wrinkles and enhances skin firmness, with the same regenerating process that allows grape vines to live up to 100 years. Now I’m not saying I look like an old prune, but this incredibly rich and delicately scented cream is a pleasure to apply and definitely leaves my skin feeling fresh in the morning. It’s just an added bonus that it helps to tackle those fine lines while I catch forty winks too!

2. Marks & Spencer Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream (£22.00) 
You may be forgiven for overlooking or turning your nose up at M&S’s own brand skin care – but you really are missing a trick. No longer is this range naff and only suited for your Nan at Christmas, but it’s full of serious skincare that’s clinically proven to transform skin without costing the earth. This overnight treatment claims to transform your skin with ten amazing benefits after just four weeks, but I can report back that after just one use I noticed a difference. Not only does it deeply hydrate and plump up skin (it appears less fatigued and fine lines are reduced, ) but I definitely feel like my complexion looks healthier and imperfections appear reduced; the result is brighter, radiant and smooth skin. With a claim like ‘helps you look like you’ve had eight hours sleep, even when you haven’t’ I was a little dubious – but this is really a bargain buy that works.

3. The Body Shop Oils Of Life Sleeping Cream (£28.00) 
This groundbreaking range from The Body Shop has been a firm favourite of mine since it launched a year ago, because it brings a touch of premium-esque technology (and the ingredients to match) into the mass market with a price point that doesn’t make you wince. Featuring black cumin, rosehip, camellia, lavender, rosemary leaf, geranium, camomile and orange peel oils from across the globe, together they calm, promote radiance, revitalise, stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, prevent free radical damage, improve skin tone and are concentrated in antioxidants. Phew. In short, this lightweight gel-like texture soaks into skin almost immediately to get cracking with some serious skin repair. If you don’t like the feeling of heavy creams or sticking to your pillow, then this is definitely one for you; it’s great for transitioning into Autumn without layering too much, plus it’s light enough to mix in a few drops of your face oil for a little overnight boost. 

4. Liz Earle Superskin Overnight Mask (£42.00)
Over the years my beloved Liz Earle has become a little neglected in favour of other brands vying for my attention, but that doesn’t mean their formulas are any less effective. This supersized (and therefore great value) pot hides a super luxurious and rich creamy texture that’s still incredibly fluid, meaning it’s much easier to apply and massage into skin. Featuring Persian silk tree to brighten, pomegranate flower to lift and firm, as well as buriti oil to help maintain natural moisture levels, this definitely helps to leave my skin feeling bright and ready for the day ahead. Although the initial results don’t wow me, this is a luxurious experience that I know is injecting some goodness over time – and sometimes that’s all you need.

5. Lancome Énergie de Vie Sleeping Mask (£42.00)
I’ve had this mask-slash-gel-cream for some time, and I didn’t quite know how I felt about it. However, I found myself reaching for this more and more when I wanted to inject a touch of moisture without overloading or irritating my skin. The sorbet-esque texture was beautiful during the hot summer months, but it’s also great as an accompaniment to other oils and treatments because of its lightweight nature. It melts instantly when it comes in contact with skin and apparently breaks into water droplets to plump up the surface in ten minutes; Lancome also recommend using this as an intense moisture treatment when layered on and removed with a tissue, but for £42.00 you’ll sure as hell want to get every possible last drop from it. Although I’m disappointed that there’s no additional ingredients to really help tackle skincare issues, it’s a delightful cream for those just wanting to keep it simple.

Have you tried any of these five overnight treatments? Which sounds like a must-have to you?


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  1. Beekeyper
    October 13, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    Oooooh Lancôme's offering sounds just lovely! I'm very oily but dehydrated, so anything which doesn't overload my skin is perfect! Beekeyper – Latest – The Ordinary-What's all the fuss about?

  2. Marie
    October 13, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Lovely pictures! Therefore I don't really find them affordable but they all do sounds great 🙂

    • Hayley Carr
      October 14, 2016 / 9:13 am

      Affordable is all in context I guess – I personally think £20-40 for a night cream is reasonable. Any more than £50 and it gets into expensive territory where it's hard to justify!

  3. Philippa
    October 13, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Really want to try the TBS oils of life cream – sounds lovely!Philippa x

  4. Abigail Alice x
    October 13, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    I would love to try more Liz Earle, is this your fav product from her skincare range?Abigail Alice x

    • Hayley Carr
      October 14, 2016 / 9:17 am

      Not my fave, but a good one. I do love Cleanse & Polish, the hand creams, some of the body products… Lots!

  5. Barbs LeCupcake
    October 13, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    I got a sample of the body shop Oils of life, I loved the smell and the texture, and my skin the next morning was in great shape, but I had to keep using it, it wasn't anything like a treatment that would improve my skin in time. So I checked the ingredients and, oh boy! I would not recommend it on your blog as a 'wonderful cream'. And it's not very affordable either, considering the 'oils' are a tiny percentage compared to the tons of Dimethicone and Glycerin. Barbs

    • Hayley Carr
      October 14, 2016 / 9:20 am

      If it left your skin in great shape the next morning I don't understand the issue? My recommendations are personal and based on what I deem to be a worthwhile investment; it's not for me to make choices for readers based on what ingredients or formulas they have a preference to. And the oils are going to be a small percentage, as that's the same in all skincare; they're actually using high concentrations in comparison to other brands, but because of the efficacy they're limited in quantity so as not to cause irritation.

  6. WineAnd Whine
    October 14, 2016 / 7:08 am

    I recommend the Body Shop Vitamin E cream, it's really moisturising and thick xhttps://wineandwhine99.wordpress.com/

  7. Vivian Yuen
    October 14, 2016 / 7:35 am

    The Liz Earle mask sounds lovely~Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE ~

  8. Mellisa Mellie
    October 14, 2016 / 8:46 am

    I use organic skin care cream that soothes my face. My night cream boosts collagen in my skin that has reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. and it also helps in better blood circulation.

  9. Sophie Stewart
    October 14, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Love the sound of the Marks and Spencer night cream and more within my price range then the others 🙂 Sophie x sophiehmstewart.com

  10. HazelxJoy
    October 14, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    I like the sound of the Body Shop one. I have the face oil and it's wonderful (and today they have 30% off non sale items… just sayin').

  11. Sarah | ECLAIT
    October 14, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    The Marks & Spencer cream sounds amazing! It's not a very common brand in the US so I'm grateful to you for introducing me to it! 🙂

  12. JaynieShannonx
    October 14, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Oo the Caudalie and Body Shop ones sound right up my street. I really need to up my skin care now I am getting old!Jaynie Shannon | Beauty & Lifestyle xx

  13. MissJulziez
    October 17, 2016 / 9:16 am

    I've loved the new Body Shop products that I've tried so I'll definitely look into that night cream!xx Juliamissjulziez.blogspot.com.au

  14. beautyqueenuk
    October 21, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I clearly need to try them all but I am totally intrigued by the M&S one!

  15. Andrea Clarke
    October 27, 2016 / 3:10 am

    The marks and spencer is the cheapest in your list but it seems like the most convincing buy of them all. I am excited to try it.

  16. Sephora Couturier
    January 4, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    I am a lazy, 28 years old girl with super oily skin 🙁 Hoping to try the one from Body Shop.Thanks for your wonderful post ^_^

  17. Samantha Moore
    February 3, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Those are some lovely recommendations…I do already use a night cream for my skin but would love to try one of these. I also often use a night serum for my eyelashes and eyebrows…

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