Wake Up Glowing
Master the well-rested look with a night-time arsenal that slaves away while you snooze
The ultimate night-time products for that morning glow
Sleep is one of our favourite things. While you’re snoozing after a day of getting it done, your skin is working overtime to turn over cells and regenerate collagen, thanks to high melatonin and lower cortisol levels. It’s a win if you get your eight hours and it’s also the perfect period to target your skin, says dermatologist Dr Natasha Cook. “Night-time products are often formulated as a treatment, so they get a chance to absorb without make-up, sweat or activity.” PM is the dream time to get a dose of vitamins if you want bright skin. “Vitamins B3 and C block the tyrosinase enzyme responsible for making pigment. They also reboot immune systems, restore the epidermal barrier function and stabilise sensitivity and redness, alongside rebuilding collagen,” says Cook. Like a recipe, following the steps matters. Repeat after us: cleanser, serum, moisturiser, mask. The reason? “Serums are best applied after cleansing so you get maximal absorption and they’re not diluted by your moisturiser.” And watch how you sleep. A study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found face-planting the pillow can lead to sleep wrinkles. “It depends on your sleep position and how long you stay there,” says study author Dr Goesel Anson. Ideally, doze on your back. But you can’t change unconscious habits, so slather on these treatments that work when the lights go out.
1 Sensai Extra Intensive Mask (R3 995) 2 Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon (R1 295) 3 Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide Caplet Serum (R730) 4 African Extracts AdvantAGE Rejuvenating Eye Cream (R161) 5 L’Oréal Age Perfect Cell Renew (R290) 6 Elemis Superfood Night Cream (R1 090) 7 Nivea Perfect & Radiant Even Tone Overnight Serum (R170) 8 Sothys nO2ctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream (R1 045) QMS MediCosmetics Night Collagen (R1 010)