I’m going to hold my hands up and admit that I’m quite lazy when it comes to my beauty regime. This might be an odd confession from a beauty blogger, but if there’s a way to speed up the time spent applying products, or things that have multi-purposes, then I’m all over them like a rash.
Enter the ‘night time wonders’. AKA products that get to work while you sleep. You simply slap them on before bed and wake up looking better with minimal effort involved. People, this is basically LIVING THE DREAM.
REN Wake Up Wonderful – this is brand-spanking new from REN, but trust me when I say you’re going to need it. Wake Up Wonderful works a little like their Glycolactic face mask – it uses gentle acids and enzymes to exfoliate the skin, glycogen and magnesium to boost skin vitality and sodium lactate to gently raise the PH balance of the skin, leaving it looking radiant. Apply one or two pumps to freshly cleansed skin before bed, pop your regular moisturiser on over the top and leave it to work overnight. The immediate difference isn’t jaw-dropping, but used 1-2 times per week over a few weeks will really make a difference. My skin looks brighter, fresher and super healthy! £32
Oskia Super 16 Pro-Collagen serum – the key to this product is pretty much given in the name – it really is super! Oskia are a British brand that pride themselves on creating nutritional skincare that is not only 98% natural, but only uses ingredients proven for their effectiveness. The Super 16 Serum combines 16 super nutrients and bio-actives to increase collagen synthesis and get to work on fine lines. It also packs a serious hydration punch. Oskia have included Bakuchiol as a key ingredient in this serum - derived from Indian Babchi seeds, this is a natural equivalent to retinol. If you've previously found traditional retinol based products a little harsh, I'd urge you to give this one a try - it's gentle but incredibly effective. While you could use this morning and night, I like to save it for before bed as it’s quite rich. Used daily (well, nightly) this will make you wish they did a version that could be used top to toe – it really is that good! £80
Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep - if you're not getting enough sleep, it often shows up first in your skin. Vichy's new Skin Sleep is designed to help combat the look of dull, fatigued skin, making it look like you got a good night's sleep even if you were really up until 3am. It's quite a rich cream that tends to work best massaged gently into the skin, and a little bit goes a long way. I've been using this on and off over the past few weeks and can definitely notice a difference, especially after a few days of minimal sleep! £26.50
Sunday Riley Luna - I've harped on about this wonder oil before (full review here) but it's safe to say that despite the £85 price tag, it's one you need in your night time regime. It combines a gentle retinol with a face oil, so it gets to work on fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. I saw results the first time I used it and have been increasingly impressed ever since.
Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial - designed to give you a facial while you sleep, Overnight Facial is packed full of omega oils, antioxidants and vitamins. It has a texture somewhere in between a serum and an oil and a couple of pumps pressed into skin before bed should have you waking up glowing. It also uses vitamin A to help the anti-ageing process and calms stressed out skin with a mix of jasmine, rose and tuberose oils. if your skin is very dry, I'd recommend adding a little extra night cream over the top, but for all other skin types, this should be fine used alone. £46
Have you tried any of these before?