We all know by now the importance of a full eight hours’ sleep to keep our body and brains healthy and happy. But did you also know the effects that sleep has on our skin are oddly similar? A good night’s sleep can leave you waking up with a healthy and radiant glow, and there are plenty of overnight treatments for your skin, which will accelerate and enhance that rejuvenation. But which are the best?
The science behind beauty treatments
While we are sleeping, our cells go into overdrive to repair the damage our skin has incurred during the day from the environmental pollutants and UV rays of the day. Overnight, our blood vessels dilate, allowing an increased flow of nutrients and oxygen to our skin. This helps to stimulate the removal of toxic cellular products.
The period before you go to bed is a great opportunity to feed your skin cells everything they need to optimise healing via your beauty regime. Whether that is fighting sun damage, hydrating your skin or minimising pigmentation. But how do we know which treatments are the most effective?
We spoke to five beauty bloggers who describe what they think are the best overnight beauty treatments:
Ellie from The Elle Next Door:
‘I think we live in a day and age where most of us are aware of the importance of skincare, but one component that isn’t as often in the spotlight is the importance – and amazing benefits – of overnight skincare. Your body and skin naturally repair overnight, meaning that there really is no better time to amp up your skincare regime and give that body of yours a helping hand.
‘Two of my favourite night-time products are the Origins Drinkup Overnight Mask, which is a rich, nourishing mask that you leave on overnight, and, in the morning, you wake up to plump, glowing and healthy-looking skin.
‘The second product is an overnight oil; Jurlique’s Herbal Recovery Face Oil is my top pick for all skin types as it balances the skin, diminishes dullness and protects from ageing.
‘On a budget? Coconut oil (which can be found in most supermarkets) is inexpensive and an amazing, natural all over moisturiser. You can also use it as a hair mask so it’s very versatile. Another reason why I love overnight skincare is because if you, like me, are not a fan of your skin feeling a little sticky and tacky from skincare products, doing your regime right before you go to sleep means you won’t be tempted to touch your face and potentially spread germs.
‘Overnight skincare really will make a difference to your skin!’
Top Treatment Tip: ‘Always remove your make-up before going to bed. I always remove my makeup no matter what time I get home or how tired I am. Leaving your makeup on all night is my biggest no-no!’
Em from Em Talks
‘My favourite beauty treatment to leave on over night is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil, it completely restores the skin and makes you fake 8 hours sleep! I always wake up and feel happier about my skin when I put this on the night before.
‘If I’m having a really dry skin day I’ll sleep in Clarins HydraQuench Mask and if my hair needs some TLC, I’ll sleep in a hair mask!’
Top Treatments Tip: ‘Keep a glass of water next to you during the night, and drink a glass before you go to bed to keep you hydrated.’
Heather from Of Beauty and Nothingness:
‘My latest go-to product is a new addition to my skincare routine but it’s more commonly found in baby changing bags. I’m talking about Sudocrem!
‘I recently tried it as a face mask and also as an overnight spot/blemish treatment, and it’s pretty amazing. I apply a small amount using a cotton bud onto spots and leave it on overnight – in the morning the spot will have reduced in size and it will be less inflamed. The cream soothes and protects the skin from irritants.
‘I’ve noticed that a lot of people actually use this nappy cream for blemishes, including the cast of The Only Way Is Essex.’
Top Treatments Tip: ‘Wear cotton or moisturising socks and gloves after applying your hand/foot cream so the products are more effective overnight.’
Katrina from Carousel Diary:
‘For me to be able to have the best sleep possible, I need to ensure that my environment is quiet and serene. For a little while before I go to sleep, I switch on my electric aromatherapy diffuser – which is a recent purchase. This device is filled with water and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. It then has three speeds at which the device will diffuse this scent across your room.
‘Of course there is a vast array of essential oils to choose from, but for this purpose I like to use something calming and relaxing like lavender or green tea.
‘Not only does this make your room smell lovely, but it creates a relaxing sleeping environment.’
Top Treatments Tip: ‘Before you go to bed, fill a glass with cold water. Drinking water as soon as you wake up will refresh you dehydrated body and give you an energy boost.’
Lily from Pint Sized Beauty:
‘The Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is a perfect addition to any skincare routine. The rich, gel-like formula is ideal for you if your skin is dehydrated and in need of some extra TLC.
‘I use this twice a week, leave it overnight and when I wake up my skin is nourished and glowing, ready for my make-up application. Containing an array of ingredients such as Japanese Seaweed and Apricot Kernel Oil, this product not only smells amazing, but it works to brighten the skin, prevent any future dehydration and premature ageing.
‘This product is great if your moisturiser isn’t hydrating enough; it gets rid of any dry patches and gives an extra boost to your complexion.’
Top Treatments Tip: ‘Always remember to double cleanse before bed.’
Kristina from Creepers and Cupcakes:
‘Evening skincare routines are so important! I tend to use the tougher products at night so I usually exfoliate with the Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Scrub which helps get rid of all the impurities whilst also fighting the dreaded blackheads.
‘Then I apply some Tea Tree Water from Lush, which is great for people with combination and oily skin because it helps you combat any spots.
‘Once a week I use the Clarifying Clay Mask by Skinceuticals on my T-zone to unclog the pores, and if my skin is feeling dehydrated then I sleep overnight with the Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Plumping Mask.
‘My favourite day and night creams are by Nourish, their stuff is amazing!’
Top Treatments Tip: ‘My tip would definitely be to always, ALWAYS remove makeup before going to bed, for sure. No matter what, it’s crucial. Your skin needs to breathe! Not doing this step means your skin will age faster.’