It’s the kind of beauty every woman can get behind: apply, hit the hay, and let these hardworking formulas do the rest.
Did you know that skin is more receptive to treatments overnight? That's when the body's natural renewal processes kick in, so while you're fast asleep, your skin is busy dealing with the damage it was exposed to during the day and boosting cell turnover, and the latest skincare formulas enhance this natural night-time repair process. If your skin is feeling especially dry, an overnight serum, moisturiser (Dr LeWinn's Private Formula Advanced Night Cream contains vitamins A and C, plus apricot kernel) or mask (we love: Priori LCA fx161 Hydrofill Masque, boasts a vitamin cocktail of A, C and E, and algae for intense hydration) is usually thicker than their daytime counterparts, and more concentrated with active ingredients, so they're able to both deliver and - this is key - seal in the extra hydration. Apply a thin layer pre-bed, allow a few minutes to dry, and then hit the hay. Rinse off in the morning, and expect to see and feel the difference.
If your skin is prone to irritation and sensitivity, try an overnight peel. These leave-on formulas often contain a combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids, which work to gently buff away dulling dead surface skin cells, reduce the appearance of dark spots, clear out pores, and diminish scarring, while added soothing ingredients keep the complexion calm. Our favourites: Philosophy The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Ageing Peel, combines resurfacing with a sleeping gel mask, and Pixi Overnight Glow Serum, which features glycolic acid to smooth skin's texture, and cucumber to calm and soothe.
Don't forget the skin everywhere else. Evenings are the perfect time to indulge in decadent body oil, we can't go past MOR Marshmallow Body Oil, which combines peach and mango extracts with avocado, sunflower and rosehip oils. Massage it in straight after a shower or bath, while skin is still damp, paying particular attention to areas prone to flakiness, like elbows, knees and heels. And keep a thick hand cream such as Blessed by Nature Nutrient Rich Hand & Nail Cream (it's enriched with macadamia, aloe vera and cocoa butter) by your bed and work it into dehydrated skin and raggedy cuticles.
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