These are the hair and skincare products that work while you sleep

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Louise Whitbread
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Here’s the Stylist beauty team’s favourite 5 products that work while you’re getting that much-needed shut eye. 

It’s no secret that a bad night’s sleep can wreak havoc on all areas of your life, least of all your skin. But a well-rested night is actually when your skin is at it’s most productive.

During the day, skin battles the effects of environmental aggressors, pollution and UV/UVA light. According to Sally Penford, director of education at Dermalogica, night time is when skin shifts into DNA repair, cellular detox and cell production mode. “The time you spend sleeping is when your skin regenerates and repairs daily damage”, she says.

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Penford’s top tips for a good night’s sleep include turning off electronics (sadly that means iPhones and Netflix) 30 minutes before bed, making your room as dark and as cool as possible, as well as actively avoiding alcohol, sugar and caffeine before dozing off.

That’s easier said than done though. In a national sleep survey, conducted by Sleep Science Coach and DJ Tom Middleton, results showed that 5 million Brits never get a good night’s sleep.

Luckily there’s a plethora of products available that promise to make you wake up looking like you’ve had a full eight hours even if you really, really haven’t…

The best night time products that work while you sleep

  • Best overnight moisturiser

    Dermalogica’s first overnight product is formulated with a blend of essential oils, kakadu plum extract, evodia rutaecarpa fruit extract and tamarind seed extract. Working together to reduce signs of fatigue, boost radiance, brighten skin tone and deliver a softer, more hydrated complexion, it ticks all our boxes. It’s also scented with the relaxing smell of lavender, a key ingredient in aromatherapy that promotes a restful night’s sleep.

    Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon Night Gel-Cream, £72.50

  • Best overnight face mask

    Kiehl’s overnight cream mask is velvety in texture, and hydrating in its results. Infused with hibiscus and thai ginger leaf, the firming formula softens the look of fine lines a delivers a boost of moisture. Simply massage onto clean skin, leave overnight, then rinse off in the morning.

    Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask, £44

  • Best overnight exfoliating treatment

    Less is more with this simple but highly effective formula from Lixir. A blend of three acids; salicylic, lactic and azelaic target problematic skin. It improves hydration, prevents clogged pores and controls sebum production leaving you with a plumper and clearer complexion. Use in place of a serum or leave on skin for 10 minutes as a quick mask before bed.

    Lixir Skin Night Switch BHA/AHA 10%, £20

  • Best overnight hair treatment

    Stockholm based brand Sachajuan has reached something of a cult status in the haircare world. Its overnight hair repair is an intensive conditioning treatment combining algae and minerals that help build elasticity, add shine and strengthen the hair follicle. The oil-free formula won’t stain sheets, and after applying to the lengths of clean hair, can be left in overnight to work its magic. Rinse or simply style come morning.

    Sachajuan Overnight Hair Repair, £35

  • Best overnight hand and nail cream

    Think of this as a mini overnight facial for your hands and cuticles. Restore the loss of volume, dehydration and brittle nails by applying this omega and vitamin-rich cream before bed. Ingredients including chia seed, baobab and argon oils strengthen the skin’s barrier and a fragrant blend of jasmine, rose and frangipani will keep hands smelling sweet.

    Sarah Chapman Overnight Hand and Nail Treatment, £39

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Images: Doctor Macro / Dermalogica / Kiehl’s / Lixir / Sachajuan / Sarah Chapman


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