Sleeping Beauty: 13 Overnight Products That Work While You Sleep
It’s that time of year again. We, unfortunately, just lost an hour of sleep. Which means our circadian rhythms are definitely all out of whack.
So why not make the most of the time you spend under the covers? It’s time to indulge in some overnight beauty products. Ones that will ensure you wake up looking rested and rejuvenated. After all, skin repairs itself at night.
Per Kendra Flockhart, education executive at Darphin: “All day, skin works hard to protect itself from constant attack but while we’re sleeping, skin switches into ‘recovery mode,’ a time of intense repair and regeneration. In fact, at this time the regeneration process can be up to three times faster than during the day.”
Skin also becomes more permeable. Products are more readily absorbed. But on the flip side, water is more easily lost. Thus what we choose to put on our skin is key.
Below you’ll find the best products out there to use before you hit the hay. That way you can maximize your (literal) beauty sleep. From a no-rinse hair conditioner to sleeping packs (K-beauty for the win), these nocturnal treatments will hopefully solve all of your beauty woes overnight. Sleep tight.
Omorovicza Midnight Renewal, $185 at Omorovicza
Want to visibly transform your skin while you sleep? Then you need this nourishing serum. It infuses next-generation retinal with stress protecting, repairing actives. So it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while stimulating collagen and boosting elasticity. You’ll wake up to a plumper, smoother and more radiant complexion.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, $45 at Sephora
This watermelon-scented sleeping mask — that's K-beauty for a heavy-duty moisturizer you put on right before bed — was so popular that it frequently sold out (and at one point racked up a 5,000-strong waiting list). Why all the fuss? Well, it's packed with gentle alpha hydroxy and amino acids that soften, smooth and brighten skin as you sleep so you wake up feeling fresh-faced and baby-soft. To top it off, the formula is transfer-proof, meaning it won't muck up your pillows.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $52 at Kiehl's
Pat two or three drops of this rich-but-not-too-rich, quick-absorbing serum into your freshly-cleansed skin (cheeks, forehead and chin) at night. Fortified with a potent blend of essential oils and distilled botanicals — including lavender oil, evening primrose oil and squalane — it works to nourish skin and enhance its natural recovery process. Bonus: Lavender is known to calm and induce sleep.
MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, $25 at Amazon
Those unfamiliar with the skincare benefits of snail mucin, get over the ick factor and get educated. (Basically, its regenerative properties help with hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and dryness.) This particular nigh-cream-slash-sleeping-mask is great for cell renewal, moisturizing and retexturization. You'll wake up hydrated, bouncy, glowy and smelling vaguely of cucumber.
Tatcha Camellia Gold Spun Lip Balm, $30 at Sephora
While not strictly an overnight product, those who suffer from chronically dry lips would do well to exfoliate using Fresh's Sugar Lip Polish, then finish off their nighttime lip routine with a healthy coating of this moisture-trapping, camellia oil-enhanced salve. Tragically, no one — save maybe your S.O. — will get to admire your 23-karat-gold pout, but you won't wake up with annoying mummy lips, either.
Talika Eyebrow Lipocils Expert, $59 at Amazon
Whether you plucked too enthusiastically during the early 2000s or always struggled with sparse-ish brows, a good nighttime conditioner will help speed the growth process along. RevitaBrow is the expert/celebrity choice, but this one is a good dupe and not as prohibitively expensive. (Alternatively, good ol' Jamaican black castor oil is said to work wonders.) Using a doe-foot applicator or disposable mascara wand, apply your formula of choice to clean, dry eyebrows (and/or lashes) just before bedtime. Keep in mind, a little goes a long way.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst, $27 at Ulta Beauty
Keep this one around for when your skin is acting extra parched. As you sleep, the avocado-, apricot kernel oil- and Japanese seaweed-laced formula floods skin with moisture and fights off signs of aging. Pretty legit — not that we'd expect any less from Origins.
Sachajuan Overnight Hair Repair, $53 at DermStore
This algae- and mineral-based overnight hair treatment is totally easy to use and plenty effective. To wit: after you shower and towel-dry your strands, just give 'em a spritz. The conditioner won't stain (or leave a gross residue on) your pillows and there's no need to rinse it out come morning. After only two to three uses you'll notice how soft and split-end-free it makes your hair. And yes, it works on all textures.
Clinique Smart Night Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Repair Treatment Retinol, $69 at Clinique
Jump-start the anti-aging process with Clinique’s nighttime treatment. Retinol can cause irritation and really dry out your skin. That’s why this formula also boasts the brand’s Comforting Hydrator Blend, which includes hyaluronic acid, mango seed butter, wheat and barley extract, coffee seed oil, squalane and vitamin E. Bottom line? It helps speed up cell turnover and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
Goop by Juice Beauty Replenishing Night Cream, $112 at Goop
Leave it to Gwyneth Paltrow to co-develop the most luxurious, hard-working night cream (apart from La Prairie's, that is). Key ingredients like sandalwood nut oil, linseed extract and hyaluronic acid help ensure you wake up radiant, hydrated, smooth, lifted and firm.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, $405 at Nordstrom
We know, we're terrible people for recommending this. But it is, in fact, worth every penny. More than a cream, more than even a haute face mask, this super-fancy formula will transform your face with its exfoliating enzymes (care of Carica Papaya) and moisturizing caviar extracts and sunflower seed oil. (Apparently, the fact that it works on your prone form makes it better able to combat the ravages of gravity.) Use the accompanying brush to paint the creamy pink goo over your face two to three nights a week, wake to meet the new, naturally glowy, even-toned, line-free, less-monied you.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, $55 at Sephora
Cosmetic chemist and product formulator Sunday Riley's eponymous beauty brand quickly amassed a cult following thanks to its affordable, seriously high-quality offerings. Of said products, this night oil is one of the founder's absolute faves. Per Riley: "Luna Sleeping Night Oil is my personal ‘holy grail,’ must-have product. It instantly calms and smooths my skin and I see results overnight in my fine lines and wrinkles.” Buy it now, thank us later.
Dermalogica Pure Night, $82 at Ulta Beauty
This rich nighttime moisturizer delivers deep hydration without clogging your pores or breaking you out. It contains pumpkin enzyme, cranberry and raspberry seed oils, which are good for moisture and texture, as well as oligopeptide, vitamin C, niacinamide and zinc glycinate to brighten skin and reduce the appearance of brown spots and hyperpigmentation. All that, plus a touch of white bird of paradise seed extract (best name ever) gives you a really bright, glowy finish.