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The Beauty Memo

6 of the best overnight beauty treatments

Not using an intensive nighttime treatment? You’re missing out on beauty’s golden hours, says SUZANNE SCOTT


Just like your mind and body, your skin regenerates while you sleep. “Overnight treatments are specially formulated to work with skin’s nightly repair and renewal process, which is synchronized by the circadian rhythm,” says facialist Sarah Chapman. “They help to boost repair at a time when skin isn’t working hard to protect itself from the day’s damaging pollutants, free radicals and UV rays.” Read on for six treatments that deliver truly transformative results…



BEST FOR TIRED SKIN: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recover Mask-In-Oil

Not only does this ramp up the natural restoration that happens at night, it also helps your skin’s cleaning and detoxifying processes, reducing daily damage. With a texture midway between a serum and an oil, you only need to apply one drop after cleansing.

BEST FOR DRY SKIN: Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Body Treatment

After one night’s use, you’ll feel like you’ve been treated to an all-over facial; after a couple of nights, skin will be visibly improved. It sinks in quickly, and the essential-oil blend of jasmine, frangipani, rose and tuberose is the most relaxing scent you’ll find outside a spa. Slather it over shins and arms, too.

BEST FOR FINE LINES: Natura Bissé Inhibit High Definition Patches x4

Inspired by in-clinic micro-needling treatments, these patches target laughter lines, frown lines and the deeper folds that run from the nose to the mouth. Each patch is covered with minuscule spikes of hyaluronic acid that painlessly pierce the outer layer of the skin and dissolve to boost moisture and plumpness at a deep level. After cleansing, press a patch onto the areas that bother you – apply it over an oil or serum for maximum results.

BEST FOR A SUN-KISSED GLOW: Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask

This glow-booster develops while you sleep to deliver a hint of warmth to the face without looking like fake tan. Massage it into cleansed skin last thing at night, making sure to blend it in well, particularly over the often-forgotten ears and neck.

BEST FOR PIGMENTATION: Allies of Skin 1A Overnight Mask

Pigmentation is stubborn, but this overnight treatment makes all the difference, using antioxidant ellagic acid, known to fade dark spots, and retinol to brighten and prompt collagen production. Use it every night, but wear extra SPF the next day as retinol makes skin more sensitive to sun.

BEST FOR DAMAGED HAIR: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo Treatment

Elasticizer softens, smooths and strengthens frazzled, over-processed hair, even when it seems beyond help. It should be left on for a couple of hours, but we recommend using it overnight for maximum results. Dampen your hair with water, then massage the cream over the lengths. You’ll need to place a towel over your pillow and pile your hair up before bed, but it will feel much silkier after you shampoo it out in the morning.

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