If you’re a 20-something, “beauty sleep” doesn’t just mean 8 hours of sleep every night. It also means using the right overnight facial treatments to replenish your skin for the morning. As someone who is notorious for waking up late and definitely not a morning person, my skincare routine in the morning is pretty minimal (cleanse -> moisturize -> makeup), which means I need to make up for it at night. And do I make up for it! My evening beauty routine can get really intense. Over the past few months I’ve added sleeping masks and oils to the mix and it’s completely changed the condition of my skin – for the better. Read on for my four favorite products and let me know which ones you use in the comments.
Best for Smooth, Clear Skin
If your skin feels rough and patchy or you have clogged pores, then you need to try this Overnight Resurfacing Concentrate by StriVectin.* After just one use, my skin felt smoother and my complexion looked brighter and renewed. It works like an overnight exfoliator without stripping your skin of moisture. Apply it after washing your face and just before your moisturizer.
*Disclaimer: I received this product courtesy of StriVectin for review; all opinions are my own.
Best for Hyperpigmentation
At $105, Sunday Riley’s Luna oil is pricier than its counterparts, but for good reason – it contains retinol. So if you have hyperpigmentation from, say, old pimples, large pores, or fine lines it’s totally worth it. The scent isn’t great and the oil (which really is blue) requires a lot of rubbing to properly absorb into your skin but aside from that, Luna is my holy grail. The following morning, my laugh lines are visibly reduced, as well as dark spots, and my skin looked like I had never missed a day of sleep. I’m still using my Sephora sample, which has lasted almost a month, but once I run out I definitely need to add this to my arsenal permanently. I use it every few days after washing my face with Sunday Riley clay cleanser and in place of my regular moisturizer. After applying it, I really don’t need to add anything else to my evening routine.
Best for Radiance
I received a sample of the Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial in my Sephora Play! box and I’m pretty much hooked. Not only is my skin brighter and smoother the next morning, but it also looks much clearer and even-toned. I like to use this in the middle of the work week when my sleep-deprived skin feels most tired and dull. And at under $50, it’s an amazing deal.
Best for Hydration
Like other Shiseido products, the Ibuki mask feels and smells luxurious. I apply it immediately before bed, over my moisturizer, and the spa-like scent even helps me fall asleep. Even though the results are minor compared to the other aforementioned beauty treatments, this mask still provides a lot of hydration and you’re guaranteed to wake up with brighter skin. The texture is a bit heavy, so I don’t recommend applying this as you would a regular mask; a little goes a long way.