My nighttime ritual is one that I never compromise on, even if I’m utterly exhausted or have had one too many G&Ts. Removing my makeup effectively and applying a treatment or two helps to keep my skin looking its best, but also to ensure I awake the next morning with a fresh complexion and clear base that’s far easier to apply makeup to. If I’ve not been sleeping, not been eating as well as I should or have felt the stress pile up onto my shoulders, my skin is the first place I see it – so adding a great product into my pre-bed ritual is a great way to keep the negative effects at bay. I’m always introducing new products and rediscovering old favourites, but over the last couple of months these are the five of the best overnight treatments that have been helping to keep my skin looking half decent even when I’m surviving on interrupted sleep.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask* (£22.00)
Enriched with Swiss Glacier Water, Hyaluronic Acid and Avocado Butter, this super rich and creamy formula claims to offer up to 72 hours of serious hydration – and I’m not one to argue. Applying a thin layer to skin before bed (or for a more intense result apply a thicker layer earlier in the evening as more of a leave-on face mask) definitely leaves my complexion feeling much softer, supple and hydrated; it’s a great weekly pick-me-up, especially when I haven’t been keeping my water intake as high as I’d like. I love to layer this with more active ingredients or targeted serums too, so it’s a great multi-tasker.
GlamGlow Good In Bed* (£42.00)
I have a bit of a confusing relationship with GlamGlow – some products I love, some do absolutely nothing for me. I had high hopes for this, and although it doesn’t wow me as much as some of their other launches, it is an utter pleasure to use. A creamy night treatment that smells of passionfruit, it contains skin-exfoliating acids (AHAs) to gently slough away dead and dull skin as you sleep, as well as Hyaluronic Acid to plump and hydrate. They say it’s ‘powered by cationic technology’ (“the positively charged formula is attracted to the negatively charged skin surface and the skin-softening technology gets to work”) but I can’t find out much more about it; what I would say though is that it definitely leaves my skin looking brighter, feeling softer and generally like it’s had a good drink overnight. Expensive, but if you’re a fan of the brand or want to try something new it’s a worthy choice.
Nivea Q10 Power Night Cream* (£10.99)
I’ve been trying this since January for a collaborative project I’m working on (disclaimer: this isn’t paid, just something I wanted to include!) and it’s been great to rediscover a product and brand I used so much – before I apparently became a bit of a skincare snob! This is rich, creamy, easily absorbed into skin and provides an injection of moisture where I need it most; it also contains 10 x more Creatine than the original formula, which plays a pivotal role in supplying energy to cells, stimulating collagen, protecting against free radicals and helping to keep those fine lines at bay. This has been my daily go-to for weeks and works great over the top of a retinol treatment, making it a great affordable option no matter your age.
Bare Minerals SkinLongevity Vital Power Sleeping Gel Cream* (£35.00)
When the SkinLongevity range launched in 2016 I instantly became obsessed; I went through bottles of the serum, so when this super light gel cream landed on my desk last year suffice to say it became a firm fave within the first few days. I even ranked it as one of my top products of 2018 (see the post here!) For months this has been a default cream for when I don’t really know what my skin needs, or I’ve applied a face mask and don’t want to overdo it. The smell is incredible (think fresh summer days,) it’s super lightweight and the addition of Hyaluronic Acid works to lock in hydration. Bare Minerals’ unique Long Life Herb also helps restore skins resilience, while California Poppy and Ginger provide anti-oxidant protection from daily stressors; all in all it’s a great all-round nighttime treat.
Tropic Fruit Peel Resurfacing Serum* (£42.00)
When I first tried this back when it first launched a friend of mine kindly told me ‘it smelled like baby sick’ and I could never get that out of my head; luckily they seem to have reformulated so the scent isn’t anywhere near as strong, now just offering a hint of fruity sweetness rather than an intensive experience you’d rather not have before bed. A great weekly treatment if your skin is looking lacklustre, this gently but effectively creates a subtly glowing complexion: Papaya enzymes promote healthy cell turnover, Lime Pearl Extract helps to brighten skin and reduce pigmentation, while fruit AHAs exfoliate skin to leave it looking and feeling softer. Although you won’t awake feeling like a new woman (or man!) it does help to gently get rid of dullness when used as part of an integrated routine – without any irritation or redness.
Although no one pot will be a replacement for a good night’s sleep, lots of water, a healthy diet or looking after your skin during the day, there are some that can help give your complexion a boost while you’re snoring.
These are some of the best overnight treatments in my opinion, but what are yours?
*All products gifted with no obligation to feature.