These overnight skincare buys will work magic while you snooze

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Some skincare works best as you slumber – here are the pick of the bunch to repair, brighten and add plump moisture to your skin overnight.

Fancy upgrading your sleep routine? And no, I’m not referring to finding a sleep spray to help you drift off or investing in a silk pillowcase (although these are all excellent suggestions); I’m talking about skincare that works best as you snooze. After all, our skin enters a regeneration period while we sleep, making it the ideal time to feed it with the most stimulating and efficacious ingredients.

From intensely hydrating overnight masks to rich, repairing night creams, anti-ageing retinol, brightening vitamin C and nourishing lip balms, there are a plethora of products to pop on just before you hit Bedfordshire to help bolster your beauty sleep. 

So if you’re in the market for investing in some hardworking skin heroes, I can help. Here’s my pick of the best overnight skincare buys…

  • Murad Overnight Barrier Repair Cream

    A great one for city dwellers, this overnight repair cream helps to prevent damage caused by pollution and restore skin back to its most healthy self. Powered by a potent blend of vitamin C and botanical actives, it hydrates, nourishes and boosts dullness, leaving your skin brighter and bouncy-looking come morning. 

    Shop Murad Overnight Barrier Repair Cream at Space NK, £83

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  • Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

    This overnight face mask is an oldie but a goodie. Its velvety soft formula is packed with peptides, kombucha and tea extracts that help to restore suppleness and elasticity while you sleep. It works like an overnight facial – simply pop on before bed and wake up looking refreshed and glowy. It’s a cult skincare product for good reason. 

    Shop Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask at Cult Beauty, £30

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  • Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

    I can’t go to sleep without slathering my lips in lip balm and this is one of my favourites. It’s infused with minerals, shea butter and hyaluronic acid, to help draw moisture into your lips, while forming a protective barrier so that hydration can’t escape while you sleep. 

    Shop Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask at Lookfantastic, £19

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  • Soho Skin Eye Cream

    This hardworking eye cream ensures that you wake up looking refreshed, no matter how well you slept. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and squalene, it intensely hydrates the eye area – helping to plump out dehydration lines while peptides get to work on dark circles. 

    Shop Soho Skin Eye Cream at Space NK, £55

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  • Reome Active Recovery Broth

    For an instant hit of hydration, this serum is divine. It’s powered by a blend of 16 clinically proven actives, including hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and centella asiatica to rescue stress-compromised complexions, strengthen the barrier and super-charge hydration. I work this into my skin and lock it in with a moisturiser for brighter, healthier, plumper-looking skin.

    Shop Reome Active Recovery Broth at Space NK, £110

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  • St.Tropez Tan Luxe Tan Tonic Drops

    I’m all about faking a glow, so I love adding a couple of drops of this tanning serum into my nightly moisturiser. You can control how much you add in (one drop will give you a barely-there glow while two or three will ensure your skin looks golden). It’s the easiest way to fake a well-rested, radiant complexion come morning. 

    Shop St.Tropez Tan Luxe Tan Tonic Drops at Boots, £30

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  • Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Ectoin-Infused Cream

    If the winter weather is leaving your skin feeling a bit dry, tight, itchy or sensitised – this is a great cream for reinforcing your skin barrier’s health. It’s ultra-thick, nourishing and packed with peptides to help soothe and hydrate really dry skin. I like to slather this over a serum or face oil for ultimate hydration. 

    Shop Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Ectoin-Infused Cream, £50

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  • Rouje L’Huile Visage

    Speaking of face oils, this one from Jeanne Damas’s brand Rouje is one of my current favourites. It’s ultra-lightweight and sinks into the skin fast, while working hard overnight to plump and hydrate the skin. It’s formulated with a blend of avocado and grapeseed oil, vitamin C, plus prickly pear extract that leaves your skin nourished and moisturised without any sticky or greasy residue. Sold. 

    Shop Rouje L’Huile Visage, £52

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  • Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Retinoid Serum

    Recharge your skin while you sleep with a couple of drops of this hardworking retinol serum. Blending granactive retinoid with mushroom extract, melatonin and quinoa, it helps tackle fine lines, wrinkles and elasticity while you snooze. If you’re new to retinol, ease yourself in by using it every few nights, and layering with a nourishing moisturiser (the Dr Jart+ one is ideal).

    Shop Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Retinoid Serum at Cult Beauty, £22

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  • Typology Exfoliating Night Cream

    When I want to wake up glowy, this exfoliating night cream is amazing. It combines two AHAs to work hard overnight, tightening the appearance of pores, reducing blackheads and restoring skin radiance. 

    Shop Typology Exfoliating Night Cream, £26.50

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  • CeraVe Blemish Control Gel Moisturiser with 2% Salicylic Acid & Niacinamide

    If you feel a spot coming on, stop it in its tracks with this brilliant blemish gel. It’s formulated with salicylic acid to get deep into the pore and niacinamide to brighten, while CeraVe’s signature three essential ceramide complex ensures your skin isn’t dried out or compromised. 

    Shop CeraVe Blemish Control Gel Moisturiser with 2% Salicylic Acid & Niacinamide at Cult Beauty 

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