In a perfect world, we would have 20 minutes each night to spend sitting at our dressing tables in a silk robe while slathering on layers of skin-plumping and revitalizing lotions and potions. While this is not always a reality, there is definitely something to be said for carving out a few minutes in your evening to care for your skin. If you must forgo the layers and use only one product, make it one that repairs, hydrates and brightens while you sleep. But which is the best one for you?
BEST FOR DRY, SENSITIVE SKIN La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream
This cream has been a skincare failsafe among beauty editors for years – and for good reason. When it comes to achieving that sumptuously nourished and cocooned feeling, it remains unrivalled. With La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth ingredient, this cream helps rehydrate and soothe dry, sensitive skin, while never feeling heavy or cloying. For particularly dry patches, press an extra layer onto the area for a double dose of hydration.
BEST FOR CITY DWELLERS Dr Michael Prager Urban Protect Night Oil With Retinol
Not everyone is a fan of oils, but we’re willing to bet that this one will convert even the staunchest objector. It’s packed with natural antioxidants, including rosehip oil and vitamin E, to help repair your skin from the damage caused by city pollutants, as well as retinol to boost your collagen production and smooth out fine lines while you sleep. Spend a minute or two massaging the formula into your skin to maximize absorption and improve circulation.
BEST FOR SUNDAY SELF-CARE 111Skin Meso Infusion Overnight Clinical Mask
Whether you have an important engagement or simply want to set your skin up for the week ahead, this is a product everyone should have in their beauty arsenal. With the help of two powerhouse ingredients, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, you can expect to wake up with brightener, plumper, firmer skin. Plus, you can forgo your usual serums and press this mask directly on to freshly cleansed skin about 30 minutes before going to bed.
BEST FOR A NATURE-BASED BOOST Seed to Skin The Midnight Miracle
Yes, it’s all natural, but it’s backed up with great science, so it really delivers. Ideal for treating super-dry skin after traveling, this oil has been formulated with vitamins C and E, plus calming essential oils, and it’s brilliant as a quick two-second booster – just add one or two drops to your usual night cream. Alternatively, massage a few drops into cleansed skin and wear on its own for a regular overnight treatment.
BEST FOR BLEMISH-PRONE SKIN Dr Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream
If your skin is on the oilier side, you might be inclined to skip creams in favor of lighter textures. But as fall approaches and temperatures start to dip, it’s important to prevent your skin from drying out. If this happens, your natural oil production switches up a gear and you’re more likely to break out. Enter this genius cream from Dr. Barbara Sturm. While balloon vine and sunflower help to soothe and nourish your skin, zinc ensures blemishes are kept at bay.
BEST FOR PLUMPING AND FIRMING Dr Sebagh Supreme Night Secret
Working with your skin’s natural body clock, this cream is one of those products you’ll use for a week and then wonder how you ever survived without it. While the formula is brimming with nourishing oils and antioxidants, the rich, velvety texture leaves skin feeling soft and supple rather than greasy. This cream really is the next best thing to booking an appointment at Dr Sebagh’s London clinic.
BEST FOR UNEVEN, PIGMENTED SKIN Elixseri Opening Act – Overnight Resurfacing Skin Renewal Treatment
We are familiar with the benefit of fermented ingredients for gut health, but they offer plenty of skincare benefits, too. Elixseri champions fermented noni fruit to rebalance your skin and strengthen its barrier, while alpha hydroxy acids help to even out skin tone and ease dark spots. It works perfectly on its own, but if your skin is feeling particularly parched, you can layer a moisturizer on top.
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