No one can underplay the importance of sleep; your whole body, and in turn your skin, repairs, rejuvenates and recalibrates itself overnight. So what better way to improve your visage than by slathering on overnight masks that will work their wonder as soon as you hit the pillow.
Let your skin drink up these rich creams while you dream. Your morning skin will be ever thankful.
Now close those eyes and drift off into a halcyon slumber…bedtime beauty at its best.
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream
This is Charlotte’s nocturnal answer to her wondrous day cream. Ok, so not technically a mask, this elixir essentially performs the same function with a similar consistency. Boasting oils, vitamins and the like, her skin stars are the Daphne Stem Cell Extract and Time-Released Retinol – which cackle in the face of ageing – ha! But be warned, it is seriously rich and sticky, and you may incur some literal pillow talk in the night – so the dry damsels need only apply. Eight-hours sleep in a jar – magical indeed.
100ml RRP $400. Stockist: Charlotte Tilbury
Erno Laszlo Hydra Therapy Memory Sleep Mask
If it was good enough for Marylin…Laszlo was Monroe’s (and Audrey’s, and Jackie O’s) dermatologist, so you know you’re onto a good thing. This pale pink gel isn’t just pretty – but will also give you a pretty face. The weightless, bouncy texture shies away from greasy counterparts and literally melts into your skin. It’s springy consistency is actually based on memory foam developed for NASA – fancy pants much? With 24-hour skin hydrators, you wake with seriously smoother, plumped skin – sans any dryness, anywhere.
$136 RRP 39ml Stockist Adore Beauty
This miracle mask works to fight melasma overnight. You know that pesky smattering of dark spots – thanks, hormones – this pot aims to perfect those whilst you slumber. Enriched with Molasses, Mulberry, Vitamin C and Chestnut Seed extract, the mask helps to brighten and smooth the skin while you get your zzz’s. Whilst my spots aren’t quite ‘gone’ – a definite brightness is palpable, as is soft, bouncy skin. Like a nap for you face.
One for the night-dwellers, this tub of hydrating goodness is a cult fave. In the heavyweight corner, this potent masque is packed of moisture-attracting glistyrn and plant-based lipids. Cleverly, when your skin’s water levels are low – this guy knows, and replenishes them whilst simultaneously retaining your water reserves. So you rise from your slumber with resuscitated skin.
Nude Skincare Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask
As a huge fan of Nude already, this little (or big) tub ticked my night mask fantasies. It also ticked off my Greek foodie desires, a delicious combination of softening honey and vitamin-rich fig, coupled with Cupuaçu butter, which delivers Omega’s 6 and 9 deep in the skin. This natural, nasty-free mask is the perfect hydrating skin hugger for those with a holistic hankering.
This is skin sleep in a jar. When wear and tear from the day begins to manifest on my face – hello lines that were never there before – I slather this on just before hitting the sack. It’s a cool, gel-like texture that comprises tiny white capsules of Vitamin C and E that burst and melt onto skin upon application, wrapping, shielding and protecting your largest organ. For a well-rested guise – sans the zzz – it contains a phytoplankton extract which thrives in the severely dry Sahara Desert, whilst its aromatic scent is intended to generate a state of relaxation. When you awaken from slumber, skin is visibility plumper and bouncy, and above all, hydrated.
Like freshly plucked peonies, this overnight mask brought to you by Estée Lauder’s diffusion line (aimed at the millennials) smells divine and is one smooth operator. The water-based gel mask is rich in pink peony skin, gogi berry, blueberry, and cranberry to soothe, smooth, and brighten unhappy skin whilst the hyaluronic acid hydrates overnight. You’ll wake up glowing and baby soft.