Ten products you should never go to bed without.
Written By TARA LAMONT-DJITE
The benefits of a restorative eight hours of sleep are manifold; while the body rests, it also works overtime to repair, regenerate and heal. Give your skin the tools it needs to rebuild by choosing bedtime beauty formulas designed to work the night shift.
Below, a selection of anti-aging treatments, blemish fighters and ultra-rich moisturizers that give new meaning to a “good night’s sleep.”
OVERNIGHT BEAUTY ESSENTIALS
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Guerlain dubbed this silky serum a “sleep elixir” for its ability to mimic the effects of a good night’s rest. The key ingredient, hydronoctine, boosts microcirculation as well as cell oxygenation and enables skin to recover more quickly during the night.
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Not all after-dark treatments are about hydration. Thanks to a combination of acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and zinc oxide, this all-natural ointment reduces redness and inflammation overnight, resulting in visibly diminished spots by daybreak.
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La Prairie’s signature caviar extracts work to hydrate, firm and replenish in this luxurious night cream that doubles as a face mask. Apply just before bed to allow the natural exfoliation enzymes time to soften skin and remove impurities. [Editor’s note: The application brush feels like a dream and adds to its glamorous appeal.]
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Not only does this leave-on face mask work throughout the night to impart a subtle faux glow by morning, but the colorless gel formula is enriched with ingredients like aloe vera, red algae and hyaluronic acid to moisturize and condition the skin.
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Created for hypersensitive and irritated complexions, this rich, soothing cream is the skin-care equivalent of a calming cup of chamomile. Formulated without preservatives, parabens or fragrances and infused with Avène’s patented thermal spring water, it hydrates the skin while restoring its natural protective barrier.
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Consider this an amped-up version of RéVive’s cultish moisturizing cream. With glycolic acid and even more hydration, it works to plump and replenish severely dehydrated skin.
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Apply this rejuvenating anti-aging mask one or two times a week and leave on overnight to provide black rose extract — which plumps, tightens and hydrates the skin — with ample time to penetrate. A plus: Don’t be surprised if the scent induces dreams of a summertime stroll through Grasse.
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This cooling mask was specifically designed for dry or irritated skin. Enriched with jasmine flower (to stimulate cell renewal) and bisabolol and lily bulb (to soften and hydrate), the light-as-air formula repairs and soothes skin overnight. Ideal for sunburnt or jet-lagged complexions, it’s a summer vacation essential.
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NOURISH THE EYES
The potent mix of ingredients in this luxurious cream conditions the delicate skin around the eyes. Buckwheat wax reduces puffiness and dark circles, while caviar extract, sweet almond protein and La Prairie’s renowned Marine Lifting Complex provide maximum lifting, tightening and firming effects.
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HYDRATE AND BRIGHTEN
Like most daily moisturizers, this cream is more effective if it’s left to penetrate overnight. Apply a pea-size amount and massage upward, starting at the neck. The illuminating formula not only hydrates skin but also brightens it, diminishing dull, uneven texture and dark spots.