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By Rhea Cartwright
ontrary to popular belief, your skin doesn't have an internal clock to therefore "work harder" at nighttime. Having said that, with less external and environmental triggers for your skin to battle with, those precious moments of shut-eye are crucial for some much-needed rest and renewal.
Beauty sleep isn't just a myth but if you're only getting 5 hours of sleep due to babies or perfecting your pitch deck, finding products to work hard overnight is the ultimate lazy girl beauty hack. Although the jury is still out on whether you really need separate moisturisers for day and night, the best overnight beauty products will leave your skin looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed by morning.
Best for Dehydrated Skin: Dr Sam Bunting Flawless Revival Mask
In a world of endless skincare myths, Dr Sam Bunting is London’s go-to cosmetic dermatologist for no-nonsense but empathetic advice, racking up over 170,000 subscribers on her YouTube. Her eponymous skincare line is just as to the point, focusing on everything your skin needs and leaving out the things it truly doesn’t. Flawless Revival Mask is like a glass of water for the face. Enriched with Niacinamide, Shea Butter, Squalane, Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid, it's packed with 36% moisture-boosting ingredients to calm, restore and hydrate. If you've spent too much time in the sun or you've overdone it with active ingredients, this is the mask you need.
Best for Calming Stressed-Out Skin: Marie Reynolds Butter Balm
As we know, when we’re stressed it can manifest as redness, irritation and sensitivity on our skin. Marie Reynold’s Butter Balm is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, packed with probiotics and healing. A delicious cocktail of soothing and nourishing oils and butters, the rich texture should be in your skincare SOS kit. Whether using as an overnight mask, a recovery balm or even a hair treatment, your skin will thank you for it by the morning.
Best for A Sun-kissed Glow: Tan-Luxe Super Glow
Self-tanning overnight is typically far more forgiving as there is less chance of smudging as it develops. Tan-Luxe have become one of the leaders in at-home tanning and these self-tan drops can either be used before your night cream, or even mixed in with it, so you can control the depth and intensity of your tan. Ideal for a very natural, glowing look the drops are boosted with hyaluronic acid for plumping hydration without the associated dryness that self-tan can often cause. They take a little trial and error to find your perfect concoction but the result is indoubtedly worth it.
Best for Dry, Damaged Hair: Dizziak Deep Conditioner
Dizziak is firmly in the realm of cult, classic haircare brands. British, Black-owned and endlessly cool, Dizziak’s Deep Conditioner is one of the only treatments that truly works on all hair types. Enriched with inca inchi oil, babassu oil, argan oil, shea butter, quinoa protein and aloe vera it uses a powerhouse of proven hair restorers to work magic on your hair in as little as 5 minutes. For some serious strength and reconditioning, slather it on your tresses, twist your hair into a bun and wash it out in the morning.
Best Overnight Skin Peel: Medik8 Sleep Glycolic
We're very impatient with beauty products but with chemicals peels and acids, a slow and steady approach always wins the skin barrier race. Medik8 are perhaps most-known for their retinoids but Sleep Glycolic is a hero product that has flown somewhat under the radar. With 10% glycolic in a soothing base, it works to resurface and refine the complexion to reduce the appearance of fine lines, uneven texture and hyperpigmentation. Unlike many acids on the market, don't expect much redness or tingling and instead enjoy the fact that your skin is gently turning over skin cells without the need for unwanted irritation.
Best for In-Flight Beauty Sleep: Summer Fridays Jet Leg Mask
In an ideal world, Summer Friday’s Jet Leg mask would be in your in-flight skincare carry-on bag for its almost instant skin revitalising boost. Formulated with niacinamide, vitamin C and chestnut extract, it perks up dull, dehydrated skin and is adored by every beauty lover I know. If you’re hot-footing it to Margate rather than Mykonos, it’s still the perfect skin pick-me-up for when your complexion is looking lacklustre.
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