The Beauty Memo

The Overnight Beauty Products That Really Work

The truly covetable treatments are those that do their best work while you do nothing at all. SUZANNE SCOTT shares the overnight success stories that promise amazing results come morning

Beauty-sleep muse: Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Upgrade to a mask

If dry skin is a concern or you’ve spent some time in the sun, consider trading in your usual night cream for a richer, more occlusive mask for a few nights a week. Cleanse and apply your usual softeners and serums, allow your skin to dry a little, then massage in a generous amount of U Beauty The Barrier Bioactive Treatment – a super-hydrating formula with lashings of shea butter. Alternatively, reach for Emma Lewisham’s Supernatural 72-Hour wonder cream to wake up with plump skin – just don’t forget to massage the formula into your neck and décolleté, too.

Protect your lips

Lips have a tendency to lose moisture overnight, and the fine lines around your mouth that are normally undetectable can become more pronounced over time. If yours feel parched when you wake up, try makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes’ technique for soft, pillowy lips: “I apply lots of balm all over my mouth and lip line before bed. By morning, it’s plumped up lips like crazy for the fullest, most juicy pout ever.”

Rebalance the body

Sun and swimming are good for the soul, but they leach moisture from your skin, leaving your body dehydrated and ashy in appearance. When your limbs feel particularly dry, massage a concoction of body balm and oil in to restore moisture levels. Alternatively, layer oil over a body serum or intensive treatment – we love Aesop’s Geranium Leaf Hydrating Body Treatment, which cools and nourishes weary skin with concentrated botanicals. Allow a few minutes for it to dry before massaging in an intensely moisturizing oil on top, such as Mutha Body Oil.

Moisturize your hair

A traditional Ayurvedic method of hydrating and strengthening strands, hair oiling is ideal for all hair types, from fine through to tight curls. Place a few drops of hair oil into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to disperse the oil, then massage into your roots. And don’t be shy: you want to vigorously massage your scalp so that you stimulate blood flow whilst spreading the product. If you wear a turban or head scarf to bed, use your fingers like a comb to distribute the oil through your lengths and ends, where it will help to restore moisture lost to chemical treatments and dye. How often you oil your hair really depends on its thickness and how much oil your scalp naturally produces – and always remember to factor in extra time to shampoo it out the morning after.

Elevate the eye area

While a lighter eye cream or serum is beneficial during the day, when you’re applying it under makeup, you can afford to dial up the moisture at night. Renowned aesthetician Georgia Louise recommends tapping an overnight moisturizer onto your eye area, smiling to identify where your fine lines appear (usually around your mouth and from the outer corners of your eyes, down onto the tops of your cheekbones), then blending your eye cream into these target zones. RéVive Revitalizing Eye Mask is excellent for tackling all the above.

If crow’s feet are a concern, try 111Skin Meso Infusion Overnight Micro Mask, too – the adhesive patches should be placed onto the area where your lines are most prominent and then pushed down onto the skin with firm pressure. The patches are studded with self-dissolving micro spikes of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid that flood lines with hydration and antioxidants, so you’ll wake bright-eyed and line-light.


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